Sunday, April 12, 2009


Here's a story about a study indicating turning down the thermostat being an effective weight loss strategy for some people.

The idea is that fighting off cold kicks in burning of a certain type of fat (called "brown fat" in the article).

The idea is presented that perhaps drugs could be developed to stimulate the same effect. It reminds me a little bit of a book I read a few years back describing how one of the unintended consequences of the quest for leaner meats via selective breeding was also causing animals to become more high strung and aggressive. Essentially breeding for leaner meats had created hyper animals who burn alot of calories keeping their meat leaner. Makes me wonder if a similar diet pill would cause the same effect in people.

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