Sniff a banana, an apple, or peppermint and lose 5, 10 or 15 pounds in one month! Does it sound to good to be true?
Imagine every time you are hungry, all you got to do is to use an inhalator. Smell the odorants of a banana or perhaps even your favorite foods, and boom your hunger is gone!
For many, sniffing bananas for weight loss sounds way out and I guess that many will feel kind of silly running around sniffing bananas all day.
But according to the study The Weight Reduction Through Inhalation of Odorants by Dr. Hirsch and Dr. Gomez. There is something about it. Using your smelling senses may actually help you to lose weight.
They did the first study regarding the role of olfactory senses and weight loss. 3193 overweight volunteers with an average age of 43 and an average weight of 217 lbs, participated in the study.
Here they received inhalers with odorants they were supposed to use for 6 months. Every time they got hungry they were supposed to use the inhalers and merely sniff the odorants.
The people with test scores of having a good olfactory. That ate 2 to 4 meals daily. Felt terrible about overeating but not themselves, did surprisingly well according to this study.
They were able to lose 5 pounds on average monthly and maintain a sustained weight loss over the 6 months that the study lasted.
You can find the study here
Sniffing Bananas for Weight Loss Does It Work?
So can you really lose weight by sniffing bananas for weight loss, or for that matter apple or peppermint?
Yes, according to this study you can. But only, as long as your olfactory senses are excellent and combined with a proper diet and exercise.
But of course, don’t expect this to be the magic solution that will eliminate the motivation and dedication you have to put into your diet.
As the study explicitly stated, it all depends on your olfactory senses, your ability to smell odorants potent enough to send a signal to your brain. It is all about making your brain act, like signaling to your body that you no longer a hungry, because your smelling senses made you feel full and satisfied. Indeed it is about being able to fool your brain.
When Does It Not Work?
So when does this approach not work? If you are a smoker, the smoke will limit your smelling senses. You will be able to correct it by quit smoking, but I can imagine staying on a diet can be hard enough, so quit smoking at the same time is out of the question.
Also, keep in mind that your brain doesn’t like to starve. It will send out loads of hunger hormones like Ghrelin and Leptin to make you eat. So I guess with some of us, having a “stubborn or strong” mind the sniffing banana approach will give limited results as well.
The Whole Thing We Call Aroma Therapy Weight Loss
The Hirsch and Gomez study was, as far as I know, the first one of it were kind and was made back in 1995. Later on, other studies have been conducted and found that other food and ingredients may carry some of the same effects, like bananas, apples, and peppermints. According to the article Smelling These 5 Foods Could Help You Lose Weight—Seriously! Ingredients like Olive Oil, Garlic, Fennel, and Grape Fruit, may also carry an appetite suppressing effect when smelling them. But remember, Bananas, apples, and peppermint should still be the best ones.