Yesterday while sitting in an optician's waiting room (Jonathan broke his glasses) I found an interesting article in Readers' Digest (May '05 issue) titled "Sniff Your Way Thin." Here's the gist.
A public study done by an olfaction expert indicated that if you inhale the aroma of food before eating a meal you will eat less and lose weight because your senses of smell and taste are satisfied. Experts say you will stop eating even if you don't feel full.
The idea is that the smell of food can fool your brain into thinking you've already eaten. Scents don't magically speed metabolism or burn fat but might reduce your appetite. 92 participants lost an average of 33.6 pounds in six months.
You wonder if this is the reason people can actually work all day around chocolate or in a Dunkin' Donut shop and not have the desire at all to eat the stuff. Interesting thought.
If you want to experiment with this, follow this advice: "To get more of the smell to your brain, make sure food is hot and chew thoroughly." The experts also suggested sniffing green apples, peppermint, and bananas.
Helen Keller said, "Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across 1000 miles and all the years we've lived." What's your favorite scent? Does any particular smell bring back memories from the past?
Favorite Food Scents: chocolate chip cookies baking, pizza, chicken baking in the oven, freshly ground coffee, cinnamon, anything with cumin in it.
Non-food: newborn baby, the earth after a rain, evergreen trees, roses from the garden, cut grass, clean-from-the-shower smell, campfires, skunks. :)