View Full Version : Certain scents can help you lose weight

03-11-2003, 09:14 AM
I just read an article in Shape Magazine that says research shows that any pleasant scent, even those from candles and oils, can suppress appetite. They did a study of 3,193 people who sniffed certain scents when a food craving hit and they averaged a 2.1% reduction in body mass, or a 5-pound weight loss per month during the 6 month study. The researcher said, "Smelling something good tricks your brain into thinking you have eaten it and what works best is the smell of the food you like best." I don't know if it will work, but maybe I should buy a chocolate scented Yankee Candle!


03-11-2003, 10:48 AM
How very interesting. I'll have to watch for chicken fried steak scented candles ;)

03-11-2003, 12:25 PM
ROFLMBO Katholyn!:p

03-11-2003, 12:33 PM
That's interesting but it sure seems like smelling a food you crave would make you want it even more. I've always avoided the food scented candles like sugar cookie, etc. because then my family would come in thinking I was baking and then be disappointed!!!

03-12-2003, 06:50 AM
Hmm, maybe Yankee Candle paid for the test results to swing in their favor? It could really boost their sales (kidding!) :)

I hope they make a lime margarita on the rocks with no salt and tortilla chips with cilantro infused salsa candle. MMMMMMM!!!!!

03-13-2003, 08:21 AM
Funny, but I could believe this. I find that when I do baking for a while that by the time I'm finished I usually want a lot less than I would normally want. Same if I spend a long time cooking a large meal. Maybe that is why? Now I just need to figure out how to get rid of what I spend a long time cooking without actually eating it, and maybe then I'll make some REAL progress!!

I want the Chicken Fried Steak Candle too!!!