How to achieve primal fat-loss: smell your food
The fast-paced lives we lead don’t leave much time to sit and smell the roses (or your food). Here’s why smelling your next meal is awesomely primal… and it could help you lose that oversized muffin top you have.
On one hand, the percentage of the population that smells their food on a consistent basis has to be relatively thin, pun intended. And then there’s the majority, I dare assume, that have absolutely nothing to do with smelling food before it is consumed. And they’re usually the “Morbese”, or morbidly obese as I like to call them.
Sorry peeps. When you don’t smell your food your brain doesn’t get that sensory head-start that will keep an appetite healthy but not overindulgent while your masticated meal heads down to the stomach. I mean, eating food is all about tasting the perfectly juxtaposed flavors, not only to be had by palate, but also through the nostrils.
Yes, I get carried away about one of my favorite past-times: eating. But, it’s for good reason. It’s our fuel as humans and you are what you eat. If you want to be an athlete or even just a healthy person smelling the aromatic and intoxicating spinach Linguine, before you dive into that gorgeous plate of pasta goodness, is analogous to olfactory foreplay and ultimately good for your fat-deposits.
The whole reason why effective fat-loss tips, like smelling your food thoroughly are so important is because you HAVE to find ways to get leaner that have NOTHING to do with working out. Granted, I’m all for training outdoors all day long but if you are overweight or need to drop 20 pounds of fat to drop your 40-yard dash from a 4.7 seconds to 4.5 seconds (the .2 difference can separate amateurs and professionals) the ONLY way you can do this is by dramatically eating differently AND/OR significantly burning more calories through exercise.
However, most people DO NOT work out enough or simply eat too much but yet are still consistently in the gym WHILE not losing a pound. If you steadfastly workout 3-5 times a week for a good 1 ½ hours of heart-pounding intensity and you’re still hating your love-handles then it’s time to take a hard-look in the mirror and call yourself out for succumbing to too much food intake.
Food addiction is the #1 addiction in America, yet it is not discussed, but tolerated and often ignored. In this day and age of medical and healthcare costs skyrocketing the age of ignoring morbidly obese (again, "Morbese") people are over and statistics show that 1 out of 2 adults are at least overweight or obese. Not a pretty picture considering the overwhelming burden healthcare costs have become on the average American citizen coupled with the increasing availability of fast, cheap, tasty and artery clogging food.
It turns out that scientists are finding out that people that smell their food on a routine basis tend to weigh less than their nasally negligible counterparts. The theory behind this phenomena is that your brain gets to steep in all the sensory indulgence that a healthy nose can provide when thoroughly smelling your next plate of salmon.
And the worst part is there are actually “aroma patches” that people will smell in order to lose weight. Or…you could simply get in the habit of smelling your food before you eat, every single time. The fact that anyone would buy a patch that produces aroma (in addition to the aroma your food has when consumed/prepared) points to the level of ignorance and bloated discretionary income Americans have to spend on unnecessary items. Consumption is consumption, whether it is of material things that ruin the quality of your life, drugs or food and the result of hyper-consumption equals an early and painful death, all things being equal. Let's avoid that if we can, shall we?
And of course, it’s primal to smell your food. You never see an animal in the wild simply consuming whatever is in front of them. A thorough chemical analysis via the smell glands are had before any bite is minced. This is a mammal’s way of deciphering if the nearly extinct meal is tasty enough to scarf down or if it should be left for the scavengers that are more adept at eating rotting flesh like buzzards, etc. This is why God gave us noses; to enjoy food and to keep us from getting violently ill and violently fat.
In the land of the devolving male species I tend to gravitate towards aligning myself with something more primordial, ancient and adaptable. After all, we are simply mentally advanced animals through no fault of our own. The human experience should be tasted with every sensory organ possible and the good ol' nose is an oft-neglected perspective that could otherwise "feed" your brain more of the satiating feel-goodery that tasty, super-nutritious food allows. In fact, TylerGrip.com already published an article on the need to chew your food thoroughly and how this can ALSO increase fat-loss and satisfaction, blunting midnight cravings and extra poundage. Thoroughly smelling and chewing your food go hand-in-hand and as a HABIT the two can help you get in the best shape of your life, young or old.
So, take a seat, pull out the napkin and take a couple of good pulls through the nose of what you’re about to make part of your own body because food is special fuel for the body. If you want to be a Ferrari on the game of life then don’t eat garbage. It’s as simple as that.
Until next time…train harder and smarter.
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What's wrong with a whole pie to yourself?
With food-poisoning and food recalls happening several times a year it's worth it to really SMELL your food. Salmonella in your Sourdough Jack is not how you want to lose weight.
How 'bout I just soak a rag in a plate of spaghetti and tie it around your arm? It'll look cooler, I promise. Or you could just smell your food before you scarf it down.