I just saw this cool article this morning, and I had to share it with you...
It outlines an eye-opening (and weird) study that took place in 1999 that shows how certain smells can actually HELP your weight loss efforts... very interesting stuff!
The Fat-Burning "Sniff Trick"
by Jeff Anderson
Do you realize that if you were blindfolded and plugged your nose that you couldn't tell if you were eating an apple or an onion? It's true! You can even test it yourself! You see, our olfactory sense,(our sense of smell) is directly tied in with our brain's perception of what we eat, and as recent research has concluded,how much we eat! Here's why it's important and how it can help you shave off inches over the next month and even reach your fat burning goal. A 1999 project conducted two randomized, double-blind studies consisting of over 3,000 subjects who had at least 10 lbs to lose. 3/4 of the subjects were also psychologically affected by their weight, claiming: Impaired sex life, Bad feelings about overeating, Lack of energy, and Poor self-image. Each test subject was directed to not make any changes to their diet or exercise program except for one thing: One test group was directed to sniff a specific aroma prior to eating their meals and whenever they felt hungry.
Specifically, here's what they smelled: Month 1 and 4: Peppermint, Month 2 and 5: Banana, Month 3 and 6: Green Apple. The other group (the "control" group) was given a placebo inhalant that simply smelled like detergent. At the end of the study, the subjects who were given the varied inhalents reported: 50% decrease in food cravings, decreased appetite, no nagging hunger pains, much less snacking, and get this, 497% more weight loss! The food aromas group lost 19.15 lbs average vs. only 3.85 lbs in the placebo group.Here's why,
one of the factors that tells your brain that you're "full" is your sense of smell as you bring food up to your mouth to eat. Literally, after your brain senses it's "smelled enough", it tells your body you're full and it's time to stop eating. By smelling the three aromas, you're able to "trick" the body into eating less and therefore consuming less calories and you know what that means, right, faster weight loss.
Now, here's what you need to do to use this weight loss trick...
1. Find yourself 3 different essential oils even candles will work if you can find them that match the 3 used in the study:
* Green Apple
2. Use each scent for one month and then switch.
(I don't know why this is important but it's how they conducted the study so I'm sure there's a reason. Why fix what isn't broke.
3. Keep the scent handy throughout the day and sniff it in the following instances:
* 5 minutes prior to your "main" meals
* 5 minutes prior to any planned snacks
* Any time you feel feel hungry
4. To "sniff properly" (I know...sounds strange, right?), plug up one nostril and sniff the scent 3 times through the other and then switch.
Do this 3 times for each side (total of 18 sniffs) at the designated times.
Enjoy your new found weight loss results, appetite control, and less cravings!
Now I don't have any overweight clients I'm training right now but if you are overweight and reading this try this and let me how it worked for you...Good Luck...
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