You might have seen some commercials on late night television or on the Internet talking about “sprinkle diets” where you simply shake expensive salts on your food and lose weight. The argument is that the scent causes you to become fuller… faster.
I am not so sure about these expensive salts, but according to a recent study out of Vienna, you may be able to actually get results from one of my favorite fats.
Hint: If you’ve been reading our articles for a period of time, you know that I recommend using this fat instead of dangerous “all natural” salad dressings.
And if you are a customer, you know I recommend consuming it every day because I consider it one of the “healthy fats”.
Smell This, Lose Weight
But what I didn’t tell you (because I didn’t know)… is that the smell of this specific fat might actually help you get rid of some flab.
How is this?
Let’s go back to the research from Vienna… Some really clever researchers decided to test the effects of eating two cups of fat-free yogurt per day for three months.
One group ate plain yogurt, while four additional groups ate yogurt enriched with about three tablespoons of one of four fats: lard, heavy cream, canola oil, or olive oil.
Group One: Yogurt Only (Boring)
Group Two: Yogurt and Lard (Yuck)
Group Three: Yogurt and Heavy Cream (Yummy)
Group Four: Yogurt and Canola Oil (Awkward)
Group Five: Yogurt and Olive Oil (Not So Sure)
After three months, researchers were surprised by a star performer… Can you guess which one?
And The Winning Fat Is…
Despite the extra calories of the yogurt and fat – 567 extra calories per day to be exact1,2 – the olive oil group did not gain body fat percentage, had the highest increase in serotonin (a hormone associated with satiation and mood), and naturally cut back on the rest of their food intake.
What puzzled the researchers was why olive oil had this effect when canola did not… despite their similar health properties. So they continued on with another study to determine whether something other than the nutrients in the two oils accounted for the body fat differences.
Get a whiff of this.
This time they divided 30 participants into two groups. One group ate yogurt mixed with an olive oil aroma extract only, while the other group ate plain yogurt. The results were pretty astounding
Compared to the plain yogurt group, the olive oil-scented yogurt group:
- Ate 176 fewer calories per day
- Showed stable serotonin levels (compared to a drop in the yogurt-only group)
- Decreased body fat percentage
In my opinion this is a very powerful effect, from just the scent of one of my favorite oils.
Another study found that a diet high in olive oil can also help reduce insulin resistance and help maintain higher levels of adiponectin3. As you may know, higher adiponectin (a hormone increased by Weight Loss Formula No. 1) levels are directly correlated to lower body fat.
And yet another study found that olive oil helps women burn stored fat for energy quicker than other fats4.
How Are You Using Olive Oil?
Whether it’s the scent, the olive oil itself, or a little bit of both, olive oil is a great staple to use in your diet. Drizzle it in a salad dressing, use it to marinade lean meats or vegetables, or mix it with some cooked white beans and garlic to make a heart-healthy dip.
Always store olive oil in a dark, room-temperature cupboard or even in the refrigerator, and use within a year.
And pay attention, because in a little bit I am going to share with you a way to get the best olive oil you have ever tasted!
Steve Sisskind, M.D.
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1. Schieberle P, Somoza V, Rubach M, Scholl L, Balzer M. Perception of Fat Content and Regulating Satiety: An Approach to Developing Low-Fat Foodstuffs: 2009-2012. Bonn, Germany: Research Association of Food Industry (FEI); 2012:55-56. Available at: http://www.fei-bonn.de/download/publikationen.html/sonderpublikationen/abschlusspublikation_cluster3/cluster3_abschlusspublikation.pdf.
2. How oils and fats regulate feeling of satiety: olive oil makes you feel full [press release]. Freising, Germany: Technical University of Munich; March 14, 2013. Available at: www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/press-releases/short/article/30517/.
3. Paniagua JA, Gallego de la Sacristana A, Romero I, et al. Monounsaturated fat-rich diet prevents central body fat distribution and decreases postprandial adiponectin expression induced by a carbohydrate-rich diet in insulin-resistant subjects. Diabetes Care. 2007;30(7):1717-1723. PMID: 17384344
4. Soares MJ, Cummings SJ, Mamo JC, Kenrick M, Piers LS. The acute effects of olive oil v. cream on postprandial thermogenesis and substrate oxidation in postmenopausal women. Br J Nutr. 2004;91(2):245-252. PMID: 14756910.