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Chewing Gum For Weight Loss? What You Need To Know

Chewing gum does not necessarily allow your body to lose significant weight. A diet expert, however, claimed that it can help you avoid eating more meals. Studies also showed that the activity only leads to weight loss if one also refrains from eating high-calorie foods.

Chewing gum does not shed body weight, and it also does not burn sufficient amounts of calories to afford the whole body weight loss. It is, however, an effective strategy for some who wish to avoid eating dessert and midnight snacks, as pointed out by Fox 2 Now.

According to registered dietician nutritionist and author of “The Small Change Diet” Keri Gans, chewing gum could be a useful tool for those who need sugar. The sugar content of chewing gum signals the body that it has finished eating a meal, thus preventing one from eating dessert and additional food. In turn, the chewing sensation limits one’s cravings for additional calories.

On the contrary, a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine claimed that chewing gum does not influence appetite or food intake. A study published in Science Direct also suggested that chewing cannot prevent weight gain when the person eats less-nutritious foods that have the higher calorie content. There’s also a study published by Wiley that negated the idea that chewing gum is a weight loss strategy, since participants of an experiment conducted by the researchers did not show positive effects against obesity.

Gans noted that chewing gum only leads to weight loss if the person also abstains from eating excess food. The strategy may work for those who can control their urges for dessert by chewing some gum. The flavor may thwart the body’s desire for more sweets, and this is expected to help one prevent the consumption of more calories throughout the day.

There are, however, sugar-free gums that have been linked to increased satiety. They make the body feel full faster, decreasing one’s desire to eat more, according to a study published in Springer. Moreover, chewing this type of gum also improves your teeth by increasing the flow of saliva that prevents plaque buildup, resulting in lower risks of tooth decay, as per the American Dental Association.