Scientists at the Salk Institute in California have created a new diet drug called Fexaramine that has been dubbed an ‘imaginary meal in a pill’.
It is claimed that consuming this drug will essentially trick your body in to thinking it has consumed a large meal, therefore stopping any future food cravings you would have otherwise experienced.
It is also claimed that this drug can also cut cholesterol, while keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
How does Fexaramine work?
Fexaramine works by tricking your body into believing you have eaten. Professor Ronald Evans, a researcher at Salk Institute had this to say about the process:
“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.”
When the drug reaches the stomach digestion begins, which makes your body believe that you have eaten.
Fexaramine has also been shown to burn fat by increasing the metabolism.
It is also claimed that as the drug stays in the stomach rather than being passed into the bloodstream the risk of experiencing any side effects will be reduced.
Is Fexaramine proven?
While no human studies have been undertaken, tests on mice have been positive.
Obese mice who were fed a diet of fatty food no longer gained weight after being given Fexaramine, with an increase in their metabolism shown.
What next for Fexaramine?
At the moment a lot of work still need to be done. Fexaramine has not yet been tested on humans, which is important to ensure that it is safe and will not cause any side effects.
It is quite possible that research on its effectiveness and safety aspects will take many years, with the outcome unclear at this stage.