Sniff a banana, apple, or peppermint.
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 lb each. One theory is that sniffing the food tricks the brain into thinking you’re actually eating it.
Surround yourself with blue. Lots of blue.
There’s a good reason you won’t see many fast-food restaurants decorated in blue. Well, McDonald’s is one of the few exceptions. Because believe it or not, the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant. Conversely, avoid red, yellow, and orange in your dining areas. Studies find they encourage eating.
(McDonald’s! What have you done to us!)
Tie yourself up.
Mind out of the gutter please. We’re not talking about sadomasochism or BDSM here. A number of French women wear a ribbon around their waist and underneath their clothes when they go out for dinner. It keeps them conscious of the tummy – particularly if the ribbon starts to feel tighter as the evening goes on!
(Source: Reader’s Digest Health)