How Chewing Gum Can Help You Lose Weight

Drop 6 pounds with sugar-free treats.
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How Chewing Gum Can Help You Lose Weight

Drop 6 pounds with sugar-free treats.

-Jackie Newgent

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Attention, gum chewers: Your habit may be healthier than you think. As for the rest of you, listen up!

There’s more and more evidence that chewing sugar-free gum can help you lose weight in the long term. Laboratory research findings from the University of Rhode Island, released last October, suggest that chewing gum may help reduce your calorie intake and enhance energy expenditure (calorie burning).

More specifically, the study shows that over half a day you might be able to save over 60 calories just by casually chewing sugar-free gum for an hour in the morning. The research also showed that when people chewed gum before and after eating, calorie burning could be higher than in non-gum chewers by about 5 percent.

This hasn’t been the only study reporting on the benefits of sugar-free gum. Several have concluded that by chewing gum before snacking, you might be able to curb your cravings, reduce your hunger level, and shrink your calorie intake from the snacks. Though all these studies are talking about small calorie differences, we’re reminded frequently by dietitians that little changes can add up to major differences in the long run. After all, if you’re reducing 60 calories daily, that may add up to a weight loss of about 6 pounds in a year!

And chewing gum has caught on in “reality,” too: Contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser in the U.S. are encouraged to chew sugar-free gum to potentially help reduce food cravings.


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0 thoughts on “How Chewing Gum Can Help You Lose Weight

  1. FBNYC says:

    I think I may have to start chewing gum again!

  2. lilian says:

    i never thought chewing gum could make you loose some kilos. i will definately start.

    Lyn

  3. Cheer321 says:

    Oh, this is abslutely silly. No way on earth can you lose weight while taking them in! Especially sugar-free gum! If you girls really want to lose weight, try cutting off a couple of calories every meal, do exercise, and eat well!

  4. lpfns says:

    Cheer321 – I believe they said you only save 60 calroies a day with this – taking you a year to maybe loose 6 pounds…Clearly not a quick fix for anybody and they state it.

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