The Smell Of Food Has An Impact On Bite Size And How Much We Eat

If you are anything like me, you love food. Eating is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, but overeating causes discomfort, fatigue, lack of motivation to exercise and predominantly...guilt! Overeating on a regular basis leads to weight gain which over time can lead to obesity and the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes. If you find yourself lacking in willpower to stop eating or use portion control, perhaps taking a whiff of your food before you eat it will help you take smaller bites and eat less.

Focusing on your food instead of being distracted while you shovel your meal down is the first step to eating sensible portions and healthy foods and using your sense of smell can help you too!

Researchers have found that bite size is dependent on the familiarity, texture and smell of food. We take smaller bites of unfamiliar foods or foods with a strong smell as we link this with decreasing the flavour release. Taking smaller bites during a meal is often linked with the sensation of feeling fuller sooner which helps to prevent overeating.

Combining portion control with strong smelling foods may be the combination needed to stay in the best shape possible and avoid the awful physical and mental side effects of eating more than necessary.


De Wijk RA, Polet IA, Boek W, Conraad S, Bult JHF, Food Aroma Affects Bite Size, Flavour, 2012, 1:3.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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