It could be a complete contradiction of terms but we are now being told that it may actually be possible to fight fat with fat! A certain kind of Adipose tissue called brown fat may fight fat, according to scientists.
The bad news however is that most of us have more ‘White fat’ than ‘Brown fat’; because we are conditioned by nature to store fat for future use and in times of adversity. Scientists are now exploring the possibilities of using this for fat loss.
In a study conducted by the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg scientists are attempting to make white fat behave more like brown fat, which is more calorie hungry and can help to melt away pounds.
This research is currently being conducted on overweight mice.
The key to this process may be an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) which is involved in a number of bodily processes including to controlling inflammation and contracting muscles and regulating blood pressure.
Boosting the function of this enzyme in the mice being studied was seen to make them lose 20% of their body weight. Researchers are hopeful this could help in regulating weight among humans as well sometime in the future.