Your body knows when it’s fat

Published April 30, 2020

One way to reduce obe­si­ty is to strap on some weights. Wearing a weight­ed vest seems to trick the body into think­ing it’s fat­ter than it is, found Swedish researchers.

After three weeks of wear­ing dif­fer­ent­ly weight­ed vests, peo­ple who wore the heav­ier vests had lost two pounds, and peo­ple who wore the lighter ones lost 2/3 of a pound.

The new study indi­cates that there is some­thing com­pa­ra­ble to built-in bath­room scales that con­tributes to keep­ing our body weight and, by the same token, fat mass constant.

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