Courtesy Yuqi Zhang in Dr.Zhen Gu’s labSay goodbye to pricey gym memberships, fad diets, and every other weight loss tool out there. Pretty soon, a simple skin patch could make the fat melt right off your body—no effort required.
Does it seem too good to be true? The numbers don’t lie. Trials with mice show that these patches reduce fat by as much as 20 percent in treated areas.
The miracle medication was developed by researchers at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina. And not only could it give you the metabolism of your dreams, but it could also help combat conditions like obesity and diabetes. (You can also lose belly fat with these easy home remedies.)
Courtesy Yuqi Zhang in Dr.Zhen Gu’s labHere’s how it works: The patch’s grid of microscopic needles lightly pierces the area where the fat is stored, delivering nanoparticles of weight loss drugs underneath the skin. Those drugs then transform energy-storing white fat (the bad kind) into energy-burning brown fat (the good kind). Although a growing body of research has focused on how to activate this conversion—a process called browning—this is the first type of treatment to deliver the drugs via a patch.
“There are several clinically available drugs that promote browning, but all must be given as pills or injections,” pathologist Li Qiang from Columbia University said. “This exposes the whole body to the drugs, which can lead to side effects such as stomach upset, weight gain, and bone fractures. Our skin patch appears to alleviate these complications by delivering most drugs directly to fat tissue.”
Courtesy Yuqi Zhang in Dr.Zhen Gu’s labTo test the patches, researchers applied them to obese mice every three days for four weeks. The treated mice had two patches applied on different sides of their bodies: one containing one of two browning drugs—either rosiglitazone (also called Avandia) or a chemical called CL316243—and the other containing empty nanoparticles.
The patches containing the medication produced a 20 percent reduction in fat on the treated side of the obese mice, compared to the patches with no browning drugs, according to the final results. Mice who received the browning patch also showed lower fasting blood glucose levels than their control counterparts.
More research is needed to determine if this drug will be safe for humans to use, of course. But the results look promising so far. Until then, you can get a head start with these 42 fast, easy tips for weight loss.