According to research by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, you don’t have to eat a food in order to feel satisfied by it.
Simply smelling certain foods may instead trick your brain into believing you’ve eaten it, helping you to feel full faster — and ultimately lose weight.
In a revealing study, 108 overweight participants sprinkled Hirsch’s tasteless calorie-free but scented crystals onto everything they ate for six months. They lost, on average, a respectable 30+ pounds each![i] Although the research has yet to be published, and many remain skeptical about whether or not the scented crystals really work, the results seem to speak for themselves.
Plus, taste begins in your nose, as the olfactory nerve in your nose is linked to the brain regions that tell you when you’re full, so it’s a hypothesis that makes perfect sense.
Hirsch told ABC News:[ii]
“By smelling the smells, their brain perceives: ‘I’ve smelled it, therefore I’ve eaten it, therefore I better stop eating it. I’ve overeaten … It fools your brain into thinking you’ve eaten more and thus you eat less. You can eat whatever you want to eat. You eat whatever you normally would eat. You’ll feel full faster, you’ll eat less.”
Of course, you don’t have to have scented crystals to get these appetite-suppressing smells (and the crystals used in Hirsch’s research aren’t even on the market if you wanted to). Instead you could try smelling the actual food or spice itself, and see if it helps you to feel full faster, eat less and lose weight.
What are the Best Food Smells to Suppress Appetite Naturally?
So what were the food smells that led to a 30+-pound weight loss in just six months?
- Cheddar cheese
- Parmesan cheese
- Ranch dressing flavor
Interestingly, separate research has also shown that the smell of olive oil may also help with weight loss, as people exposed to its scent had improved blood sugar responses as well as ate fewer calories.[iii] Hirsch also recommended adding any strongly aromatic fruits, vegetables and spices, such as garlic and onion, to your meals to help boost your feelings of satiety at home.[iv]
What Else Can Stop Your Cravings in Their Tracks?
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Written By: Updated: June 28,2013