New technology and research is making it easier than ever to lose body fat. Although the importance of a healthy diet and exercise should not be understated, it is interesting to look into the possible shortcuts for losing weight fast and their potential benefits.
Through the development of cutting-edge technology, gene identification and re-application of long held beliefs, scientists are constantly working on ways to get rid of pounds, inches and calories. Herein are several developments to watch out for based on revolutionary
technology and research.
- ULTRASOUND MELTING
Ultra sound technology has demonstrated its ability to kill fat cells. The Ultra Shape recently received FDA approval in the United States last year. This weight-loss treatment had seen wide popularity in Canada for several years. It promises patients that it can melt away fat without the need for surgeries.
The procedure is conducted in three separate sessions about 10 to 14 days apart. Patients must have at least 1 inch of extra fat around the midsection to be considered for the treatment. If they are eligible, the doctor will then take the necessary measurement such weight and Body Mass Index (BMI).
Writer Cheryl Wischover detailed the steps taken during her procedure. She says her doctor gathered up as much of her prominent abdominal fat as possible and molded it into a rectangular shape. The doctor then taped all around the rectangular spot to form a treatment area.
A fine gel was then applied over the treatment area in preparation for the procedure. The ultrasound was subsequently passed over the area. Wischover claims that the entire process lasted for less than ten minutes.
However, it can sometimes last for anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. This treatment costs approximately $1200 per session. For Cheryl, she says that she witnessed a three-quarter inch decrease of her waistline after a week.
- PILLS THAT MIMIC DIGESTION
According to new research by the Salk Institute that was published in the Journal of Natural Medicine, if the body is tricked into thinking it is consuming something it can start the digestion process. Apparently, it may soon be possible to achieve this metabolic boost and fat burn in the form of a capsule. The pill is formulated to function in the intestines in order to curb any adverse side effects.
According to study author; Ronald Evans, this pill serves as an imaginary meal. It works by sending out signals similar to those sent after the consumption of a lot of food. Consequently, the body begins creating space to store it. There are no calories or changes in appetite.
However, this study was only conducted in lab mice. The effects of the drug; called Fexaramine, were not only limited to weight loss. The pill controlled blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation and lowered cholesterol in the blood. The researchers will try the new technology on human subjects.
- A WORK OUT IN A BOTTLE.
Many people have trouble losing weight because they dread strenuous physical activity. Nestle apparently looks to address this problem. Located in the mountainous regions of Switzerland is the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. Scientists at this institute constantly work on revolutionary weight loss technologies.
Some researchers have supposedly identified an enzyme that regulates metabolism when it is stimulated by a compound called C13. According to a study published in the Journal of Chemistry & Biology last year, the researchers think this may be a start in developing a fat burning product with similar effects to those of a workout session. However, there are a lot of challenges facing its development.
Scientists point out that a beverage with those benefits is nowhere near being viable in reality. According to Bloomberg, such a product is aimed at people with limited mobility. Lead author and scientist Kei Sakamoto, who oversees diabetes and circadian rhythm research at Nestle says the enzyme would be ideal for help people who are unable to do rigorous exercises.
The product could be used in unison with light exercises such as brisk walking to boost metabolism considerably. This would be very good news for people with declining health who are seeking to prevent further lifestyle diseases.
- GENE SUPPRESSION.
Many people would love to be able to consume whatever they wanted without gaining weight. Researchers at the University of Southern California gave a nod to this idea in a 2014 press release. Scientists are looking into the possibility of such a fantasy diet.
While studying worms in a lab, researchers identified a gene that suppresses weight gain. They found out that certain worms could consume a western-like diet high in fat and sugar without adding any weight. These worms had a genetic mutation that led to a hyperactive SKN-1 gene. They noted that the worms without the mutation gained weight from the same diet.
The SKN-1 gene exists in humans as the Nrf2 protein. Pharmaceutical companies are already developing drugs that activate the effect of Nrf2 protein. Some of these effects are body detoxification and cell damage repair.
However, an increase in the actions of this protein has been linked to the development of cancer. More research has to be conducted on this protein in order to ascertain the risks involved and its potential benefits.
- THE ICE-PACK VEST.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps was apparently subscribed to a unique diet. According to sources, he was consuming more than 12,000 calories a day to fuel his swimming sessions and was not gaining weight. Fascinated, NASA scientist Ray Cronise decided to look into this phenomenon. Due to his familiarity with heat transfer and the effects of low temperatures on metabolism from his work in space, he discovered something interesting.
He deduced that Phelps was burning calories simply by being submerged in cool water for many hours a day. Cronise tested his theory by taking cold showers and going for topless walks during winter. He lost nearly 27 pounds in 6 weeks. This idea is definitely not new to science but the technology behind it is developing.
Professor at the University of California at Irvine, Wayne Hayes has developed an ice-pack-laden vest called the Cold Shoulder. Going by The Atlantic, the vest can help burn 250 calories. However, this weight loss technique is not as straightforward as it seems. Ray Cronise says that a person cannot “freeze themselves thin.”
For sustainable weight loss, the basics of a healthy lifestyle such as proper diet and exercise are still the most important. They are the proven best ways to lose weight safely.