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The vibrating weight loss pill works surprisingly well, at least in pigs

Good vibes can take you far, and now they can even help you lose weight. That’s because a group of researchers and engineers have created a vibrating diet pill that makes you feel full without having to eat as much. The pill, called VIBES (Vibratory Ingestible BioElectronic Stimulator), has only been tested on pigs, but it shows very promising results.

It’s kind of funny when you think about it. Of all the weight loss options we’ve seen tested or marketed over the years, a vibrating pill is probably the least likely to catch your eye because it seems so weird. And yet, the VIBES pill could well be the basis of a new generation of weight loss supplements.

The vibrating weight loss pill works by stimulating nerve endings that detect stomach expansion, allowing your body to register your stomach as full even if it isn’t. As I have already noted, the tests carried out so far have only been carried out on a few young Yorkshire pigs. However, the results published in Scientists progress are very promising and show that the six pigs who received the pill ate 40% less than those who received a placebo.

Weight loss supplements on a scale. Image source: terovesalainen/Adobe

Biomedical engineers involved in the study say these results are roughly what they expected, but were also assumed by the consistency of the effect. It is also important to note that the heavy user of the VIBES pill did not lose weight. However, they did not gain as much as the control group.

One of the main inspirations behind the vibrating weight loss pill was to offer better ways to manage your weight. Currently, weight loss medications like Wegovy and Zepbound are expensive and may require the person to continue receiving injections to maintain their weight. But with the VIBES pill, you will be able to decide when and when not to use it, giving you more control over how the stimulus is delivered.

Of course, there is a huge caveat here. You can’t fool the brain until the end of time. And researchers say they don’t know how long the trick VIBES relies on will actually work. If the brain decides that the stretch signals from the stomach are a reliable indicator of how much food is being eaten, then it will rely on other measurements that the pill doesn’t take into account.

Still, it’s a particularly intriguing weight loss option that will be worth keeping an eye on in the new year, as researchers will no doubt delve deeper into the possibilities it opens up.

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