Sniff a banana, apple, or peppermintStokkete/Shutterstock
You might feel silly, but it works. When Dr Alan R. Hirsch of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago tried this with 3,000 volunteers, he found that the more frequently people sniffed, the less hungry they were and the more weight they lost—an average of 30 pounds each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it. Here are even more foods that can keep you from overeating if you smell them.
Eat a bigger breakfast than dinnerHealthyLauraCom/Shutterstock
According to the physicians of The Doctors, in a recent study one group of obese women consumed 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 200 at dinner. Another group ate the same foods but had 200 calories in the a.m. and 700 at night. After 13 months, the big-breakfast eaters shed 18 pounds, while the big-dinner eaters lost only about seven. Make sure you’re not eating one of these breakfasts that can cause you to gain weight, though.