If you find yourself struggling to lose weight because you’re unable to resist giving in to hunger pangs, fear not. The solution might be as simple as sniffing a banana, an apple, some peppermint or vanilla.

Yes, it does sound a bit silly, but it reportedly works. Dr Alan R Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago experimented on 3,000 volunteers and found that the more often they sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost—on an average, 30 pounds each.

The theory is that sniffing the food fools the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it. If you want to curb your dessert cravings, simply light a vanilla-scented candle after dinner. You won’t just look pretty by candlelight, but you will lose weight as well.

 

With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.