How socializing, pals help in turning bad fat into good

Yearning to be slim without hitting the gym? Then have an active social life, says a new study.

Scientists from Ohio State University found that socializing and meeting with friends aid weight loss by converting energy-storing white fat into energy-burning brown fat.

Lead researcher Dr. Matthew J. During and colleagues used mice to study the effects a socially and physically engaging environment has on weight loss and obesity.

They found that mice in an `enriched` environment with friends and stress expend more energy and lose weight even as they eat more.

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They said that the animals` abdominal fat decreased by 50 percent after four weeks in the enriched environment.

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