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Effects of Odors and Aromas on Weight Loss
Grapefruit Scent Can Cause Weight Reduction While Lavender Less Effective
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Weight Loss & Odors

Japanese researchers at Osaka University's Institute for Protein Research say the scent of grapefruit has weight loss effects while the aroma of lavender can make you fat.

Weight Loss Odors Study Method
The study involved the use of laboratory rats. The average weight of one group that was made to smell the scent of grapefruits three times a week went up from 250 grams to 400 grams -- about 20 grams lighter than a second group exposed to no scent of any kind.
A third group exposed to the aroma of lavender three times a week had an average weight gain of 420 grams.

Weight Loss Odors Study Results
The research showed the scent of grapefruit activates animals' sympathetic nerves, which break down fat while restraining the activities of the digestive systems. The scent of lavender, on the other hand, intensifies activities of parasympathetic nerves and creates the opposite effect.

The research is the first to scientifically show the connection between weight change and odors.

Source: Osaka University's Institute for Protein Research

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