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Stick a bottle of mouthwash in your desk drawer, break room cubby, or on the counter!
According to the journal Appetite, when study subjects ate a bite or two of a favorite snack – then rinsed with mouthwash – they were less likely to go back for more. That’s because the mouthwash sweeps away the savory, salty, sweet, or fatty flavors lingering in your mouth, and the minty taste switches off your appetite.
Even just sniffing something minty can do the trick. A study found that people who sniffed the scent of peppermint every 2 hours weren’t as hungry as those who didn’t sniff mint, and consumed 400 fewer calories each day! The scent distracts the brain from thinking about food and even dials down hunger hormones.