Absence of protein 'key to fighting obesity'

8 January 2013

Scientists in America have revealed that the key to fighting and in fact preventing obesity from arising in the first place could be in the absence of a certain protein.

Researchers from the University of Florida noted how when TRIP-Br2 is absent, the body is better able to burn fat, as well as "prevent insulin resistance".

So radical is this discovery that it is thought that blanking out this protein can help people who are already obese lose weight much more successfully.

Doctor Stephen Hsu, one of the corresponding authors of the report, said that while other research has confirmed the importance of making lifestyle changes in the fight against obesity, keeping a high level of consistency is often difficult to achieve.

"The problem is when these studies end and the people go off the protocols, they almost always return to old habits and end up eating the same processed foods they did before and gain back the weight they lost during the study," Doctor Hsu added.

TRIP-Br2 is a protein which exists to help regulate how fat is stored in and released from cells.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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