Eat at will without getting fat. No, we do not see telling the dream that we could have done last night, but the discovery made by a Texas university and an Australian one. The unfortunate inconvenience of putting on a few pounds more after a binge could depend on a single gene that, if "deactivated", would eliminate the problem. For now, tests have been limited to laboratory mice, but researchers do not rule out the possibility of producing a pill capable of making this magic
Researchers at a University of Texas and Australia have discovered that the gene called RCAN1 intervenes on metabolic processes and on body heat production; By "deactivating" the action of the gene, laboratory mice immediately become resistant to gain food-induced fat. It was as if their bodies underwent an energetic recharge that caused them to burn more calories.
For now, the experiments have concerned only mice, but the resulting discovery has potential in the development of a prescription drug for obese people who have difficulty losing weight. "Developing a pill that targets the RCAN1 gene could lead to weight loss," said the study's main car, Professor Damien Keating.
The power of this pill is enormous: "The drug we are developing would burn much more calories even when a person is still, meaning the body would accumulate less fat, without the need to reduce food or increase physical exercise", added the professor.
Clearly, pill administration will not be indiscriminate. The recipients of the treatment will be first of all those people with problems of obesity, or other metabolic disorders, who need to lose weight in no time. It is not a shortcut to achieve goals for which it takes constancy and commitment, especially to make them durable over time.
Finally, it should be remembered that we do not ingest certain quantities of food just to gain weight or lose weight; the diet is not limited to the accumulation of fat and this is the reason why, magic pill or not, it is still appropriate to maintain a balanced diet.