There is a bit of information for you. Shocking, yet a happy news. Confused? Did you know that sniffing some food can actually help you in elevating your weight loss program? According to a research done by University of Burgundy, France, smelling certain kinds of food before dinner could be conductive to opt for a healthier diet.
The research group recruited 115 men and women between the ages of 18 to 50, then divided them into two groups. The first group was arranged to stay in the waiting room that had been sprayed with the smell of pears just a few minutes before, while the second group stayed in a room without any odour.
Fifteen minutes later, the volunteers were asked to choose three courses from a buffet-style meal. The results showed that three-fourths of the second group participants, who did not smell fruits, chose unhealthy biscuits, but for the first group, only less than half of the participants chose unhealthy snacks.
Indian Food Network gives you a list of five food items which will help you on your journey to weight loss. So, keep sniffing!
Grapefruit: Loaded with Vitamin Cand lycopene-loaded, sniff a grapefruit before dinner time could alleviate your weight loss journey. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan found that exposing rats to the scent of grapefruit oil for 15-minute intervals helped lower their appetite and weight. Researchers believe it may have to do with how the smell interacts with liver enzymes.
Banana: Most of usmust have heard that eating banana can add in your weight scale. But did you know that smelling the fruit can actually make you lose weight.? According to a study at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation it was found that overweight people who smelled bananas when hunger struck, lose more weight than those who does not. So next time when you are hungry try not to eat that banana but smell it instead!
Chillies and garlic: There is one more reason to make your food at little more spicy. According to a 2012 study in the journal Flavour, strong aromas make you take smaller bites of food. Look for spicy food with bold flavours like chillies, onions or garlic, or try sprinkling chilli pepper flakes into a simple soup for a strong kick.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We all know that replacing olive oil with any other high saturated oil definitely adds to that weight loss. Now, a study from the German Research Center for Food Chemistry found that even just smelling extra virgin olive oil may lead to feeling of fullness. When an aromatic extract was added to yogurt, participants consumed fewer calories and had a better blood sugar response compared to those who were given plain yogurt without any added extracts.
Fennel: This crunchy, refreshing plant with a hint of rice flavouring has long been used by Italians as palate cleansers between courses, but according to the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, it also functions as an appetite suppressant. When cravings hit, break off a stalk or two of the celery-like herb and have a tall, cold glass of water.