You are on a diet? Pay attention to smells and noise around you

It seems that there are two key moments throughout the year when it comes to losing weight, after Christmas and after summer. With the end of the holidays and the return to routines, there are many who have the purpose of losing those extra pounds. We already know that there is no magic way to lose weight, but according to recent studies, paying attention to smells and noise could be a great help in the process.

To lose weight, the essential thing is to eat less than what you burn - simplifying a lot, of course - with healthy habits. To do this, willpower and perseverance are essential, which are often the reason for failure of many diets. Apparently there are other environmental factors that can reinforce that willpower, the smells we perceive and the sounds that surround us.

It is clear that the good smell of cooking or freshly cooked food can whet our appetite, and on the contrary, bad smells can close our stomach. But the issue of smell seems to go further, and that is that offering our brain certain aromas could influence our decisions when choosing what to eat.

According to a study by researcher Nicola Buckland from the University of Leeds, smell can play a key role in our ability to choose properly and resist temptations. To verify this, he offered chocolate in two processes to a group of women who wanted to lose weight. In one of them he asked them to smell the aroma of oranges first, and in the other chocolate. It turned out that after being subjected to the citrus aroma they consumed up to 60% less chocolate than they would if they only smelled cocoa.

The sounds that surround us, and more specifically the noises, also seem to play a role in our decision-making when it comes to eating. According to recent research, such as the one carried out at the University of Manchester or the study carried out by Suzanne Higgs in Birmingham, if the sounds we perceive are pleasant we enjoy what we eat more and we are more likely to choose healthy foods.

Whether we are dieting or not, we all want to eat a more or less healthy diet. We will still have to wait for researchers to reliably demonstrate that certain smells and sounds can help us eat better, and how to apply it to our habits in a practical way, but just in case maybe we should be careful with those environmental factors that surround us, especially if we are on a diet.

Via | NPR Image | Frank Mahon Live at the Paladar | Do you want to lose weight? The key could be in the schedule of your meals Directo al Paladar | The ear in the kitchen and the importance of sounds

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