According to a new research published in the Journal Metabolism, combining an appetite-suppressing supplement called inulin-propionate ester (IPE) with moderate exercise could help in burning fat faster.
Previous research has shown that IPE could help reduce cravings for high-calorie foods and boost fat oxidisation rates. Researchers from the University of Glasgow and Imperial College London conducted a small study which included 20 overweight women aged 25-45 years who underwent a four-week programme of moderate-intensity exercise. During the course of the study, the participants maintained their usual diet but were additionally given regular supplements of either IPE or a placebo.
The findings showed that the rate of fat burning was substantially higher in women who took IPE than those who took the placebo. Furthermore, the fat-burning effect persisted for seven hours after consuming the supplement.
IPE is currently in the process of seeking regulatory approval and is not available over the counter in the UK. In the studies conducted to date, no adverse health consequences have been reported.
Professor Gary Frost from Imperial College London said: "These results are encouraging in that they show this potential food supplement, when combined with exercise, can help people burn through their fat stores faster, decreases appetite and could in the long term help to achieve a healthy weight."