Have you heard from a talk show or a fitness magazine where this food may help you lose more weight?
If you don’t know what I am talking about it is gum.
Yes, that gum that is at the ends of all the checkout lanes at the grocery stores.
So, are the claims that it can help you lose weight really true?
Let’s take a look at the facts…
Keeps Your Mouth Busy
One benefit of chewing gum is that it helps prevent you from eating something else when you really are not hungry. It isn’t as easy to mindlessly shove food into your mouth when you have a piece of gum already in your mouth.
Those times when you are sitting at your desk and there are cookies in the break room or when you are making dinner and are already hungry are perfect times to consume too many calories that you really don’t need.
You can easily consume 200 calories or more while making dinner because you are snacking on food that may already be prepared or you snack on some of the individual ingredients.
This is where chewing a piece of gum can stop that…
The science actually supports this.
Scientists in the UK examined the effects of chewing gum on participants appetite and snack intake. They took 60 participants in those who chewed gum before eating a snack had less desire to eat, they consumed less calories from the snack and also craved less sweets.
If snacking is something you struggle with try reaching for a piece of gum and see if it helps reduce the calorie intake.
Also, Helps You Eat Less Calories While Dieting
One of the hardest things to overcome when dieting or restricting calories is that so many of us are constantly nagged by hunger.
The cravings can be less severe if the diet is rich in lean proteins, healthy fats and plenty of fibrous vegetables. The cravings can still rear their ugly head though.
Scientists have looked at this and found that chewing gum can help us cut down on this.
Researchers call this Orosensory Stimulation and it is the stimulation of the oral factors in the mouth. Your mouth and brain feels like you are consuming calories, when you really aren’t. Or very few calories. This can actually suppress the appetite.
This can be a key to successful weight loss…
Burn Extra Calories Just By Chewing
Most of us don’t think of this, but it does take energy to chew, swallow food and digest it. When you are chewing gum there is basically no energy return because there are not any calories you are consuming to digest and use.
Researchers have discovered that when chewing gum you can burn at least an extra 11 calories per hour. Now I know this doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is considered a non-exercise activity like other changes in lifestyle such as standing instead of sitting, taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make huge changes in how your body looks.
What Kind Of Gum Should You Chew?
There are many different brands of gum out on the market, but not all of them are created equal.
Look for gums that are sweetened with a natural sweetener like xylitol and stevia. Avoid gums that are loaded with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or acesfulfame-K.
Naturally flavored mint or cinnamon is also something to look for.
Read the labels carefully and choose a gum that won’t ruin your other healthy decisions.
Chewing gum can help you eat less, feel more full and prevent unwanted cravings that can derail your weight loss success.