Results of a new study published in the journal Cell, show that a new experimental drug called GW1516 when given to sedintary mice, appeared to allow them to burn calories and lose weight without exercising.
If this news is not good enough for couch potatoes, when the mice who received the drug were given treadmill tests, they could run faster and longer than mice not given the drug.
Researchers state that if similar results could be achieved in humans, it would drastically cut down on the cases of obesity and other weight related health problems that are reported yearly.
“We have exercise in a pill,” said Ron Evans, an author of the study. “With no exercise, you can take a drug and chemically mimic it.”
The drug is yet to be tested on humans, but due to its encouraging results when fed to mice, it is only a matter of time before a human trial is launched.