The Skinny on Chewing Gum

Calorie intake is something that most people have a problem with. Much of the time we pay more attention to what kinds of foods we are eating, and less attention towards how many calories we are consuming every day. No matter how many different diets and gimmicks you try though, the best way to lose weight* is to reduce your calorie intake (while eating healthier of course!) and increase the amount of calories burned. The best way to do this is to up your daily exercise and cut back on calories.

The Skinny on Chewing GumThere are a couple of ways to do decrease the amount of calories that your body consumes each day: one is to watch your portion sizes, and weigh and measure every item of food that goes into your body every day. This is very time consuming, and unless you have not much else to do every day, it takes up too much time to be a realistic solution. Another way to cut back calories is to take a diet supplement that suppresses your appetite. This method is fairly successful, but it can end up squeezing your bank account dry very quickly. Many people simply don’t have the extra cash flow to spend $20 to $60 dollars on every bottle of suppressant pills – especially when they would have to spend this much money one to 3 times per month! We need a better solution, and it has to be easier, less time consuming, and above all, cheaper.

Kathleen Melanson, a nutrition professor at the University of Rhode Island, also thought there should be a better way, and she studied the effects that chewing gum had on calorie intake. Her findings will be very encouraging to every person out there who is trying to lose weight* – no matter how much or how little you need to lose. The study she did on the subject was only a short term one, but since her findings were successful, she will be conducting another long term study to make sure the effects she found last through the long term.

Basically, Melanson took 2 groups of people and monitored their calorie intake and their energy levels. The first group did not chew gum at all. The second group chewed sugar free gum for 20 minutes, 3 times a day. The gum chewers ate fewer calories with each meal, and also did not consume as much food as they would have normally. She also noticed that the gum chewing group had more energy, especially after chewing the gum. Melanson said that the brain equates the chewing with eating, and because of this, your brain will not send out hunger signals when you have chewed some gum. You will get full faster and will not be as hungry. Also, because of the energy burst that chewing gum gives, your metabolism may be affected positively.

Sugar free gum costs are significantly less than any appetite suppressing supplements out there, and even less than a food scale. You can find packs of gum almost anywhere for about fifty or sixty cents or you can buy a pack of 5 or 6 packs of gum for around $2 – much more affordable, and anyone can buy them!

*Results may vary. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a serious medical condition, or have a history of heart conditions we suggest consulting with a physician before using any supplement. The information contained in this Website is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as and should not be relied upon as medical advice.We do not suggest that any product alone is effective for weight loss without acknowledging the importance of diet, exercise and restriction of caloric intake in any weight loss program.