Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University have reportedly found the “switch” in the brain which regulates weight loss and weight gain.
Monash University Professor Zane Andrews told the Today Show the breakthrough discovery of a fat-burning enzyme could be life changing for everyday Aussies who are diabetic or obese.
"We discovered that these cells help us switch from burning fat to immediately burning the calories from the ingested food,” he said.
"We found this enzyme and when we removed it, we found that we could continue the fat-burning process and try and keep that fat off."
During laboratory tests, the mice were successfully placed on a fasting diet, with scientists able to control the “fat switch” in the brain.
With 60 per cent of Aussies currently overweight or obese, Professor Andrews said the discovery could have a life-changing impact on the general population.