Did you ever consider using scents for weight loss? Some scents are known for their energy boosting qualities, too. I was surprised at the foods permitted with the hCG diet and the scents of things like grapefruit, etc. Read below…
To get an energy boost, try rosemary or peppermint. These scents are stimulating and can help you think more clearly, remember, concentrate and focus more clearly. They also boost circulation.
Lavendar scents are known to lift a mood and make you feel happier. Lemon is more soothing.
In a study at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, overweight people smelled banana, green apple, and peppermint when they felt a craving–and lost more weight than the other people who smelled a neutral scent. The instructions were to smell three times in each nostril before a meal.
Peppermint (and some other mints) may be one of the most effective appetite suppressing scents. They discovered that people who regularly smelled peppermint reduced their cravings and consumed 3,000 fewer calories over the course of a week. Peppermint promotes a feeling of fullness, which lessens the chance that you will overeat, and also helps cut back on cravings for sweets. Sniffing peppermint oil 10 to 15 minutes before eating helped curb appetite during a meal.
I found it interesting in researching this, that the oil of grapefruit scent is one of the top scents for decreasing appetite for sweets.
There is some research that shows very sweet smells release serotonin in the brain. That’s the “feel good” hormone we stimulate when eating chocolate.
Patchouli has been used in aromatherapy for years to treat various conditions, and one effect has been its ability to decrease appetite. Used with fennel and patchouli may provide more effective appetite control benefits. Along with orange, lemon, sandalwood and ylang ylang, bergamot is said to have natural appetite controlling powers.
Cinnamon may actually stimulate appetite because of it’s association with hot apple or pumpkin pies and cinnamon rolls. It may also appease a desire, so you can pass up eating those foods a little easier. Watch out though, if it makes your stomach growl.
You can go to any health food store and purchase essential oils of different scents. They should not be put directly on the skin because that can cause irritation. Normally you might mix the 5 drops of the scent with 5 teaspoons of another oil and apply, but you won’t want to do that during the VLCD. You can try candles or buy some scented skin patches. Or try breathing in some scented tea while steeping in hot water.
Vanilla has been used to help prevent the desire for chocolate. I came across this info in quite a few studies.
This is an article on skin patches. Skin Patch May Reduce Chocolate Cravings – ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/
They found vanilla patches helped reduce desires for sugary drinks, too. They are working on one to help reduce cravings for fried foods.
From what I have read, the aroma patch or anything similar helps a little with weight loss. Not a lot. But opening a little bottle of essential oil infused with scent and pouring a little onto a piece of fabric and keeping that in an airtight pill box in your purse or pocket, and then sniffing it whenever you feel hungry, may, just may really help you stick to the HCG Diet.
You may find that putting on your favorite perfume makes you feel good and can help you resist certain foods. See what works for you.