Use Scents to Lose Weight Without Hunger

Everybody knows that the sense of smell to a large extent governs our appetite. Neurologist Dr. Alan Hirsch has taken this simple truth and used it to help people lose weight without suffering hunger pangs.

“Our sense of smell and our appetite are closely related,” says Dr. Hirsch, author of Dr. Hirsch’s Guide to Scentsational Weight Loss. “More than 90 percent of taste is smell.”

When you smell food, odor molecules enter the nostrils and reach the olfactory, or smell, center at the top of the nose. The molecules affect the brain’s satiety center, located in the hypothalamus, and they send a signal that you’ve had enough to eat. The molecules trigger the release of hormones that create the sense of fullness even before you get the “stop eating” signal from your stomach. According to Dr. Hirsch, you can fool your brain into thinking you’ve eaten more than you have, so you feel satisfied while eating less. And as a bonus, you can eat whatever foods you like.

Dr. Hirsch has the scientific evidence to back his theory. He conducted a study involving 3,193 overweight volunteers. Each was given an inhalant containing various herb and fruit scents and was told to inhale three times into each nostril when they felt hungry. “The more people used the device, the more weight they lost,” says Hirsch.

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