Could an 'imaginary meal' pill solve the obesity crisis? Drug tricks the body into feeling full - AND lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Fexaramine sends out the same signals that normally happen when you eat a lot of food, so the body starts clearing out space to store it, say the Californian scientists behind the research. The pill tricks the body into thinking it has consumed a large amount of calories - as if you have just eaten a substantial meal.
The dieter's dream, it would allow them to continue to enjoy fatty foods without putting on weight.
The drug, which tricks the body into believing it has eaten, also cuts cholesterol and keeps blood sugar levels under control.
Researcher Ronald Evans said: 'This pill is like an imaginary meal.
'It sends out the same signals that normally happen when you eat a lot of food, so the body starts clearing out space to store it.
'But there are no calories and no change in appetite.'
British doctors described the US breakthrough as potentially of great importance – but cautioned that much more work needs to be done.
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