UT professor takes us inside lab where weight loss supplement was developed

8:26 AM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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A University of Tennessee professor, who made headlines for a weight loss breakthrough ten years ago, has made a new discovery.

This time Dr. Michael Zemel, a recently retired UT Nutrition and Endocrinology professor, founded the biotechnology company NuSirt through the university.  Last week, NuSirt released two dietary supplements on the market: NuShape and NuControl.

Dr. Zemel, claims his scientific research shows NuShape can burn an hour worth of calories in fifteen minutes of exercise. NuControl is used to curb blood sugar levels.

"Our initial discoveries were made while I was at UT; those were originally licensed from UT to this company and UT helped us form this company," he said.

It's the first company launched in the nutrition biotechnology field from UT and the first to have a product on the market.

NuShape doesn't use stimulants, rather an amino acid compound leucine Dr. Zemel claims burns 300 calories per day.

"The way it works is to shift energy metabolism [or calories] from storage in fat to burning in muscle," he said.

Dr. Zemel says it isn't magic. It requires small exercise and diet changes.

Dr. Zemel has worked in nutrition and endocrinology sciences for 30 years. He is known for patenting the link between weight loss and calcium intake in 2002.

Because his products are dietary supplements, they do not require FDA approval to be sold.

Cheryl Hill, dietician at the Knox County Health department says they will not comment on a specific supplement, but they recommend eating a nutritious diet and exercising in order to lose weight.

If you would like to find out more about NuSirt Sciences, visit their website nusirt.com.

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