The reason is that the smell of food is what gets those taste buds going.† If you canít smell the aroma of your food, it wonít be as tasty.† On the other hand, smell influences your sense of fullness more than the amount that you eat.
To accelerate weight loss:
1.†††† When your food hits the plate, stop to enjoy the aroma before you dig in.
2.†††† While you are eating your food, chew it slowly to enjoy and appreciate the flavor and the texture as well as the aroma.
3.†††† Eat hot foods while they are hot to maximize the aroma vapors.
Use the latest smell research to your advantage
It seems that different fragrances and odors† can evoke different physical responses in our bodies.† New research shows it can lower our stress levels, improve mental and physical performance, ease pain, end insomnia, and even help us lose weight.
Close your nose to cut your appetite
Remember when your nose was stuffed up from a cold.† You probably lost your appetite.† Why?† Because so much of our taste is wrapped up in the fragrance of the cooked or raw food.† If you have a clothes-pin in your house (or anything else to close your nose) , place it on your nose and check your appetite when food is placed in front of you.
Smell satiety to feel full
According to Prevention.com in a new study, 1,436 overweight people lost an average of 30.5 pounds over 6 months, just by sprinkling intensely scented crystals on their food (the researchers used flavors such as taco, pizza, and Parmesan cheese). “We’re not sure of the precise mechanism,” says Alan Hirsch, MD, founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, which conducted the study. “But clearly, satiating your odor and taste receptors can play a key role in weight loss.”
Try this: Hirsch says you can achieve “smell satiety” simply by making an effort to savor every bite before you put it in your mouth.
Resist a snack attack with your favorite scent
A favorite fragrance can help manage cravings. In one study, Hirsch gave overweight people banana, green apple, and peppermint to sniff when they felt a craving; they lost more weight than non-sniffers.
Try this: Keep a bottle of a favorite scent handy throughout the day, and try sniffing instead of snacking.
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