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Life is easier when you are physically healthy. Being the right weight helps too.

Which is why an Australian research team has been experimenting with a molecule that helps our body regulate its heat production and burn fat.

If we don’t get enough nourishment, the molecule neuropeptide Y is released, and our body is instructed to store fat.

If, however, that message is blocked, then our cells work instead to generate heat which fuels the fat metabolism and our body burns the stored fat.

Initial results have been astoundingly successful. What’s more, unlike with the use of appetite suppressors, blocking so-called Y1 receptors has no impact on the central nervous system.

Making it an altogether safer way to treat obesity.

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