We Tested 14 Popular Weight Loss Tricks

The Internet is full of secrets to get a great body quickly and easily. But which ones should you trust?

One our editors decided to test all of them firsthand to be able to tell right from wrong, so you don’t have to repeat her mistakes.

We should warn you that everybody is different, and what works for one might not work for someone else and vice versa. Here we want to share our own experience and observations.


Tip #1: Drink water before a meal.

What to do: 15 to 20 minutes before eating, drink a glass of water at room temperature. Water fills you up and doesn’t let you eat a lot. You also burn calories warming the water up to body temperature.

What happened: I managed to trick my stomach for maybe 10 minutes, after which the hunger returned, and I ate no less than usual.

Our verdict: #nope

Tip #2: Aromatherapy.

What to do: While cooking, the appetite might decrease or disappear completely because smells deceive our brain into thinking we are full. This is why aromatherapists recommend inhaling smells of apples, mint, or vanilla when dieting.

What happened: The intense smell of aroma oil really does reduce the appetite but not for long. After half an hour, the hunger returns stronger than before.

Our verdict: This does work but not for long.

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