Recently researchers affiliated with the Harvard Medical School have found a new and interesting method to treat obesity in the form of an oxytocin hormone based nasal spray which reduced appetite among a small group of study subjects, which led to reduced consumption of calories with a single dose.
For the obese and overweight persons looking out for losing their weight, the love hormone oxytocin might be the solution.
Earlier studies have suggested that women craved for oxytocin to have a feeling of well being. However the study alternatively also suggests that oxytocin could help men lose weight also. The researchers associated with the study found that it reduced the number of calories which the men consumed particularly calories from fatty food.
Oxytocin also known as love hormone is a hormone which is secreted by the pituitary gland. The hormone is also secreted in significant quantities during labor and is believed to induce the powerful contractions of the uterus muscles which expels the fetus and also secreted during breast feeding or lactation.
They were asked to self-administer the nasal spray and were allowed to have breakfast after an hour. They were given double the amount of breakfast they ordered. At the end of the meal, the research team checked their intake.
The study involved 25 men with an average age of 27 years, who were offered nasal formulation of oxytocin or a placebo. Of the 25 men, 13 men were of normal weight while 12 men where obese.
The entire participants were asked to self-administer the nasal spray. They were allowed to have breakfast after an hour. The participants were given twice the breakfast they ordered. At the end of the meal, the research team checked their intake.
The study revealed that the participants who took the oxytocin consumed 122 fewer calories, on average. They also consumed less fatty food, roughly 9 fewer fat grams on average, which can be quantified as about 80 fewer calories from fatty food.
This is a small study but and its results can be called preliminary but there is scope for more research in the future.