Losing weight can be an intimidating task for many people. While there are numerous methods to shed those unsightly pounds, like dieting and working out, there are a few, unknown methods that have proven to work wonders.

According to different studies, sniffing certain types of food scent can help you lose weight.

Peppermint Oil

Food scent from peppermint oil helps synchronize our thinking pattern by providing clarity to the mind. The scent stimulates the trigeminal nerve that keeps the body alert and active for the rest of the day.

Menthol’s minty scent is known to rev up your metabolism and burn calories to keep weight in check. The best strategy is to sniff it when you feel energy-deprived, in order to activate your slowed-down metabolism.

Bananas And Green Apples

According to the findings from a research carried out by Smell & Taste Treatment Research Foundation, smelling bananas and green apples during extreme hunger helps trim the waist. It was found that a neutral, sweet fragrance helps quench hunger. If you can’t get yourself bananas or green apples, use the scent of vanilla to keep your pounds under check.


Fruit with a lot of Vitamin C

The tarty and tangy citrus fruit comes with profound health benefits. While a single grapefruit can provide you with a total of 41 calories, 59{317a7769e272dec17b69bda26c6a5a4c5e6799efcd8a85f72cb552b76862c2b9} Vitamin C, 7{317a7769e272dec17b69bda26c6a5a4c5e6799efcd8a85f72cb552b76862c2b9} Vitamin A and 4{317a7769e272dec17b69bda26c6a5a4c5e6799efcd8a85f72cb552b76862c2b9} Vitamin B1, the food scent will help keep your weight under check. Osaka University conducted a study that showed rats lost their appetites when exposed to grapefruit scent. A loss of appetite helped decrease their weight. Since the fragrance impacts the enzymes present in the liver, it plays a vital role in curbing appetite and controlling weight.


A research published in Flavor Journal in 2012, strong and sharp scents make it hard to gulp food hastily, thus making you chew food slowly. Chewing food at a slow rate signals the brain that the stomach is getting full. This ultimately leads to lesser food intake. 

Spicy foods with aromatic odors such as of garlic have known to play a vital role in helping the body lose weight. Some researches indicate that eating hot peppers burn down calories in the body, too. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

German Research Center for Food Chemistry conducted a study that found that the smell of extra virgin olive oil tricks the brain into believing the stomach is full. Consuming the aromatic extract of oil with yogurt gives the feeling of satiation. Additionally, it helps regulate the blood sugar levels in the body. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in healthy monosaturated fats and antioxidants, which prevent heart diseases and fight weight loss. The fats present in the oil are also useful for combating protruding fat around the belly.

Serotonin, the chemical nerve produced by the cells, is primarily found in the digestive system, giving the body a feeling of fullness. Olive oil’s scent improves the serotonin levels in the body, signaling the body for satiety.


According to a study conducted by the West Coast Institute, the aroma from the hardy, perennial herb helps curb hunger, and so acts as an appetite control.


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