Ready for your totally weird weight loss tip of the day? Sniffing your fruit may actually help you shed pounds!
Psychologists at the University of Bourgogne in France say getting a good whiff of your apples and oranges can help you make healthier eating decisions all day long.
The findings, published in the journal Appetite, are the result of a study that monitored the food choices of 115 people.
According to the Daily Mail:
Half the volunteers were told to sit in a waiting room that had been sprayed with the smell of fresh pears just minutes before. The remainder sat in a room that had not been sprayed.
After 15 minutes, the volunteers were shown into another room and asked to pick three courses from a buffet-style presentation.
For each course, there was the option of a dish with fruit or vegetables and another with no fruit or vegetables.
Starters was either a plate of cold meats or grated carrots, the main course choice was between between cannelloni Bolognese and salmon with green vegetable risotto, while dessert was either chocolate brownie or apple compote.
Although the smell of food had little effect on the participants’ choices when it came to entrees, it seemed to make a big difference when dessert time rolled around.
“Three out of four participants who did not smell fruit beforehand plumped for the unhealthy chocolate brownie, compared with less than half the ‘pear’ group.”
Which means you may want to consider having eggs with a side of pear perfume for breakfast tomorrow!
xx, The FabFitFun Team