Food Aromas: How They Make You Lose Weight!

Many people across the United States struggle to lose weight on a regular basis. Of course the foundation for successful weight loss is exercising and eating well, but that doesn’t always provide the results that most people are looking for. According to a new study, particular food aromas lead to smaller bites of food which will work as a form of portion control for enhanced weight loss results. Some food scents even help boost your motivation. Using food aromas for weight loss means you don’t have to give up the foods that you enjoy eating or join an expensive gym. It’s about making your food work for you in a way that adds up to big benefits! Read on to discover nose-pleasers that will help you feel and look better than ever.

Grapefruit: Researchers in Japan at Osaka University found that when people were exposed to the scent of a grapefruit for at least 15-minutes at a time, their appetite and weight were noticeably reduced. Inhale the scent of a grapefruit to limit the portion of your next meal. If you do not have a fresh grapefruit on hand, consider investing in a grapefruit-scented oil diffuser.

Peppermint: Many studies have proved that the refreshing scent of peppermint increases alertness, improves the effectiveness of a workout, reduces feelings of fatigue, and helps to heighten your mood. Take a whiff of peppermint next time you’re exercising for a kick of calorie-boosting power. Those who regular smelled peppermint consumed 3,000 fewer calories over the course of a week.

Bananas: Bananas are known for their ability to calm one’s appetite. You can battle temptations with the scent of bananas! The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago found that the people who smelled bananas when they felt a craving lost more weight than those did not.

Vanilla: Researchers have learned that the smell of vanilla reduces cravings, especially ones for chocolate. Without these sweet cravings, you are less likely to reach for the nearest chocolate bar or other sugary dessert.

Lemon: Many aromatherapists believe that the smell of a lemon not only helps lower one’s appetite, but drastically speeds up the body’s metabolic rate and provides essential fuel to powerful fat-burning cells.

The average human nose has the ability to recognize over 10,000 scents. And while some of them don’t do much to benefit your health, many recognizable fragrances have surprising benefits, such as weight loss! In addition to the previously listed foods, any food with a strong smell has the power to control someone’s appetite.

Several studies have shown that the stronger the smell of a food, the smaller the bite that someone will take. The same study suggests people will consume 5 to 10 percent less in a single bite. Combining the aroma of food with portion control can trick the body into thinking that it is full after consuming a smaller amount of food, an approach that is sure to help lead people to weight loss success!

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