Chewing Gum to Lose Weight
A study presented to the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society revealed that chewing gum to lose weight can help with weight reduction. Researchers found that chewing gum after meals for approximately 15 minutes per hour prior to snacking reduced the craving for snacks.
Further to reducing the cravings, participants in the study also kept healthy snacks on hand, such as baby carrots, low fat yogurt, low fat cheese, whole grain crackers and fruit. Keeping the focus on fibrous snacks also assists in the weight loss because of the filling nature of fibre.
I think it’s important to note that chewing gum to lose weight won’t work by itself. The study shows that it can provide assistance as long as you are committed to changing your eating patterns. Eating plenty of fibre and healthy snacks instead of junk food is the key to long term change.
One interesting note from the study is the reported change in mood after chewing gum. People found that chewing gum helped them relax. Some also suggested that it reduced their feelings of anxiety and stress, as well. Perhaps the act of chewing induces a medatitive effect which helps with relaxation.
I believe this to be true. Just the act of eating can induce an altered state of mind and we always feel contentment after eating a fine meal. So, chewing gum to lose weight would also assist in providing some feelings of relaxation.
It would be interesting to see more studies in this area in the future. But for now don’t get carried away thinking that chewing gum will make you thin, but realise that it can assist with coping with a new diet. Once you change your eating habits you can let go of the gum and carry one by yourself.