According to recent research magnetic brain stimulation can help alter the composition of bacteria found in your gut, which in turn will result in weight loss.
What is Magnetic Brain Stimulation?
Magnetic brain stimulation, or to give it its full name deep transcranial stimulation is often used in neuroscience to increase or decrease excitability of large populations of neurons located in the deepest areas of the brain.
This technique is often used as an alternative to drugs when treating major depression.
For this technique to work an electromagnetic coil is placed on your scalp, and once fitted magnetic pulses are sent to specific regions of your brain.
What was the purpose of this study?
This new study was intended to build upon an earlier study that suggested that magnetic brain stimulation could cut food cravings.
It was suggested that by changing the type of bacteria found in your gut weight loss would occur, which will help in the fight against the rising obesity levels.
What were the results of the study?
This study involved 3 men and 11 women, aged between 22 and 65, all of whom were classed as obese.
They were placed into 2 groups, with the first group undergoing magnetic brain stimulation, with the second not receiving any treatment.
This study lasted 5 weeks, with the participants asked to provide stool samples both before and after the study.
The researchers then looked at these stool samples, in particular at blood levels of glucose, insulin, pituitary gland hormones and any neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, which is a hormone that helps to regulate your appetite.
At the end of the study it was discovered that those who underwent the magnetic brain stimulation had lost 3% of their body weight and over 4% of their body fat.
Those who did not receive any treatment unsurprisingly saw very little change in their physicality.
While these results did prove the theory to be correct, as the study was small there is still plenty of research and testing yet to do.
The findings from this study will be revealed during the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, during April 2017.