A new study has revealed that the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin could help men to lose weight as it may help to reduce their appetite.
What is oxytocin?
Oxytocin is a hormone only found in mammals, it is produced by the hypothalamus and recently research has been undertaken to gauge its role in various behaviours.
What did the study entail?
During the study 25 men were given oxytocin in a nasal spray to see if it helped them to lose weight.
These men were asked to self-administer the nasal spray 1 hours before breakfast, and were then given twice as much food as they ordered.
Over the course of the study, their food intake was measured as well as both their calorie and fat intake.
What were the results of the study?
At the conclusion of the trial the researchers noted that those volunteers who used the nasal spray consumed less food, therefore took in fewer calories than the control group.
Study lead author Dr. Elizabeth Lawson at the Harvard Medical School in Boston had this to say about the results:
“We studied the effect of a single dose of oxytocin on food intake and metabolism on healthy men. We are seeing early signs that oxytocin reduces how much food someone eats at a meal and improves the way their body handles blood sugar.”
How much weight could you lose?
The researchers concluded that using the oxytocin nasal spray could result in a 9 pound weight loss over a 12-week period.
Although these results were promising, the study was small so further larger scale tests will need to be undertaken to see if these results can be replicated.
At present this method is unlikely to come to much due to the high cost of production, it has been estimated that using this spray 3x daily could cost as much as $275 for a months use.