It is believed that certain scents aid weight loss. If the smell of certain foods can make you hungry, then perhaps certain scents could suppress appetite as well. Can certain scents aid weight loss?
Certain scents can invoke a hunger response, such as chocolate or freshly baked cookies and bread. There are bad smells that can cause you to temporarily lose your appetite as well. But are there scents you wouldn’t mind smelling on a consistent basis that can suppress your appetite or make you lose weight?
A Study on Certain Scents Aiding Weight Loss. A study was done by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Ltd., that showed certain scents did help people to lose weight. The scents used in the study were peppermint, banana and green apple.
Participants in the study used inhalers with certain scents whenever they felt hungry. During the study, the average weight loss was almost 5 pounds a month, though some individuals lost more. There was no change in diet or exercise patterns during the study.
Companies Are Jumping on the Scents to Aid Weight Loss Bandwagon. Many companies are using this study to tout their scent products for weight loss. They are selling special aromatherapy blends, scented patches and even scented sprinkles to add to food.
I see no harm in aromatherapy as it can provide many benefits. But there could be added dangers of actually ingesting some of these products. Before purchasing a product that uses scent to aid weight loss, check the ingredients. You may find you don’t want some of these chemicals in your body.
More about Scents and Weight Loss Study. The leaders of the study noted that people who didn’t like chocolate or who had poor sens of smell didn’t seem to lose weight from scents as easily.
They also noted that the study shows that in the future, scent might be helpful in addition to a program that combines proper nutrition and exercise. Participants who lost weight were also noted to eat less chocolate and more apples and peppermint candies.
Can Other Scents Aid in Weight Loss? Rachel Herz, Ph.D., in an article in Psychology Today, notes that smelling the scent of vanilla can keep you from eating sweet junk food if you are not already hungry. She also mentions that from a psychological viewpoint, the scents of apple or peppermint will not help you lose weight.
To learn a little more about aromatherapy and the potential it may have for weight loss, you can read Landra Lynn’s article How Your Nose Can Help You Lose Weight on Associated Content.
So if you like aromatherapy products, they have many benefits. Although scents may be found to help dieters, don’t expect a miracle that certain scents will aid in weight loss.
A.R. Hirsch, M.D. and R. Gomez; Weight Reduction through Inhalation of Odorants; Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery (1995) 16:28-31
Rachel Herz, Ph.D.; Smell Your Way Thin?; Psychology Today
Landra Lynn; How Your Nose Can Help You lose Weight; Associated Content