(TELEGRAPH) — An "imaginary meal" pill is the latest weapon developed by scientists to fight obesity.
The pill tricks the body into thinking it has consumed a large amount of calories – as if you have just eaten a substantial meal.
In early tests on mice it effectively halted weight gain, lowered cholesterol, controlled blood sugar, and reduced levels of unhealthy white fat.
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US lead scientist Dr Ronald Evans, director of the Salk Institute's Gene Expression Laboratory in La Jolla, California, said: "This pill is like an imaginary meal. It sends out the same signals that normally happen when you eat a lot of food, so the body starts clearing out space to store it. But there are no calories and no change in appetite."