Can You Smell Yourself Into Weight Gain?

FriJuly21CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today demonstrates there may be a link between your sense of smell and your metabolism.

MAKING CHANGES: While we won’t encourage you to stop enjoying the wonderful odors that come from your food, there are other options you have to improve your metabolism and reduce weight gain.

FACT OR FICTION:  Did you know that this particular piece of jewelry, although expensive, will dissolve in vinegar? Do NOT try this at home!


In The News

Researchers from the University of California- Berkeley have found when they temporarily eliminated the sense of smell in adult mice, those mice could eat a high-fat diet and stay within their normal weight. Those mice who were bred to be super-smellers gained more weight.

On the surface, this should come as no surprise, since your sense of smell is intimately related to your sense of taste. If you don’t taste the food, you don’t eat as much. However, both sets of mice ate the same amount of food each day, which suggested to the researchers that your sense of smell is also related to your metabolism.


Daily Health Tip

Don’t stop smelling your food! Half the enjoyment of eating comes from tasting, which disappears when your sense of smell is gone. Instead try intermittent fasting to increase your metabolism and reduce your potential for gaining weight.

Making Changes

It’s easy to incorporate fasting or intermittent fasting into your routine. There are three different ways of fasting:

1. Fast from dinner until lunch making sure you go over 12 hours between meals.

2. Fast two days a week for 24 hours.

3. Combine the two types fasting for 24 hours once a week and between dinner and lunch or lunch and breakfast the remaining days of the week.

Remember to drink enough water that your urine is a light straw color to stay hydrated and eat plenty of healthy saturated fats to fuel your body.


Daily Affirmation

Today, I realize that life is less stressful when I carefully think through my choices. I am dedicated to taking that approach with each decision I am faced with. I know the results end up being more favorable.
Self-Reflection Questions:
1. How well do I make decisions when I lack the time to think them out carefully?
2. What considerations do I make when assessing the suitability of a decision?
3. How do I respond when I realize my decision brought an unfavorable result?

Fact or Fiction?

A grain of sand may get into a mollusk shell, or in this case a clam. The irritation from the sand will cause the clam to secrete layers of nacre, coating the sand until it grows into a pearl. These pearls are made of calcium carbonate and, believe it or not, will quickly dissolve in vinegar. While diamonds are a hard substance, pearls are more delicate and require greater care. The carbonates in the pearl react with the acids in the vinegar, dissolving the carbon from the pearl and into the remaining fluid. The pearl will essentially ‘disappear’ into the vinegar.

Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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