In recent years, investigators have been looking at the role gum chewing plays in weight management. The findings prove to be good news for those interested in bursting the bubble on weight gain. Here are some of the benefits to which you can look forward if you choose to “stick” it to the obesity epidemic:
Suppressed hunger and increased sense of “fullness”
Reduced cravings for sugary foods
Decreased caloric intake from snacks by 25-36 calories
Decreased caloric intake at lunch by approximatley 67 calories
Increased energy expenditure by 11 calories per hour of gum chewing as a result of working the jaw muscles
Prevention of “mindless” eating due to boredom or stress
Decreased feelings of fatigue which, in theory, would eliminate “lack of energy” as an excuse to not exercise
Thinner waist circumference measurements
Although gum chewing can help to ward off a case of the “munchies,” it should not be the sole means by which you try to manage weight. Adhering to a low-calorie, nutrient dense diet and engaging in regular exercise are still your best bet for weight control. Chewing gum can be used in conjunction with these other weight management efforts.
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Sources for more information:
Appetite Short Communication (2007) pp. 397-401, “Short-term effects of chewing gum on snack intake and appetite,” Hetherington, M.M. and Boyland, E.