There's no doubting the powerful role smell can play in stimulating a craving—freshly baked apple pie, anyone? But here's some surprising good news: Smelling certain scents can also help you with weight loss.
Smelling your way thin may sound too good to be true but according to exciting research at Niigata University School of Medicine in Japan, certain scents trigger weight loss. According to the study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine,the smell of grapefruit and lemon activates the bodys ability to burn fat while suppressing further weight gain.
Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science College in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils reduced belly fat in post-menopausal women. The scientists divided women into two groups. Study participants massaged their own abdomen twice daily for 5 days each week and continued for the duration of the study, which was 6 weeks. One group used only grapeseed oil while the other group used a blend of grapefruit, lemon, and cypress oils. The women who used the citrus-cypress blend had significantly less abdominal fat at the end of the study. Their waist measurements …
This vitamin C and lycopene-loaded citrus powerhouse is a favorite fruit of dieters, but it might boost your weight loss efforts even more if you take a few seconds to smell it before digging in. 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. They also had higher increases in serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety. This is great news for olive oil enthusiasts because this potent substance is also loaded with MUFAs, the healthy fats that help blast belly fat.
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