You think that to lose weight one must eat less fat and exercise more? Well, think again. Modern research is challenging what we always took as certain.

A diet high in a certain type of fat may actually increase metabolism, according to recent research by Texas Tech University nutrition scientists.

The researchers investigated the role of an enzyme, called SCD1, found in skeletal muscles of obese people. Increased levels of SCD1 were associated with greater appetite but they also encouraged the cells to burn off excess energy as heat instead of storing it as fat.

The mice on which the experiment was conduced displayed greatly increased exercise capacity. For example, on the exercise wheels, normal mice fatigue after 7 to 10 minutes, while SCD1 made them run for about 70 minutes.

The discovery could lead to supplements and a diet regimen that will increase metabolism and decrease muscle fatigue.

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