All you need now is a pill..you don’t even have to sweat.
The article “Couch Mouse to Mr. Mighty by Pills Alone” is an interesting insight into what could potentially ‘fix’ the obesity trend throughout the world…or could it?
Researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego reported that they had found two drugs that did wonders for the athletic endurance of couch potato mice. One drug, known as Aicar, increased the mice’s endurance on a treadmill by 44 percent after just four weeks of treatment.
A second drug, GW1516, supercharged the mice to a 75 percent increase in endurance but had to be combined with exercise to have any effect.
Now people have no reason to exercise. What an interesting concept.
I believe, coming from someone who have now lost 116lbs/54kg, you have to eat well and exercise. The question, well one, is: Who would have access to these pills?
They should help people who are too frail to exercise and those with health problems like diabetes that are improved with exercise, Dr. Evans said.
The premise is for
the drugs (to work) off a person’s genetics, pushing the body to an improved set-point otherwise gained only by strenuous training. “This is not just a free lunch,” he said. “It’s pushing your genome toward a more enhanced genetic tone that impacts metabolism and muscle function. So instead of inheriting a great set-point you are using a drug to move your own genetics to a more activated metabolic state.”
So, does this create people who have muscles underneath all of their fat? Does this increase their metabolic rate so that fat is decreased and muscle tone is increased? Perhaps it’s an interesting thing to provide for people who struggle from diabetes, auto immune diseases and obesity. However, with the later being obesity, I do believe that the reason many people are obese is beyond needing their metabolism increased by some pill. Perhaps these pillds could help to jump start the process of losing weight, but at the end of day…it’s about diet and exercise.
HOWEVER, the benefit of providing this to those who genuinley need these strength inhancing pills for things which are out of their control…then I am happy that such can be provided.