Your inner couch potato’s fantasies might be coming true: Exercise in a bottle.
Nestlé — the makers of candy bars, chocolate milk, cookie dough and Nespresso coffee capsules — is brewing a fat-burning beverage, reports Bloomberg.
The world’s biggest food company says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic the fat-burning effect of exercise.
The goal in developing the drink — which eight scientists at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences in Switzerland are working on — is to help people who can’t tolerate or continue intense exercise, like those with limited mobility due to old age, obesity or diabetes, all of whom would benefit from even just light exercise.
“Instead of 20 minutes of jogging or 40 minutes of cycling, it may help boost metabolism with moderate exercise like brisk walking,” said Kei Sakamoto, the scientist who oversees research on diabetes and circadian rhythms at Nestlé. “They’d get similar effects with less strain.”