The Benefits of Chewing Gum

October 2, 2007 · 8 comments

Last week the Diet Blog asked the question “Chewing Gum for Weight Loss?” to which I respond, “Heck yes!”

I currently have a pack of Wrigley Extra in my car, my desk and my backpack.  This gum helps me in three key ways:

  1. My body has been trained to have sugar after a meal.  I can’t help it right now, when I eat I need to have a dessert or something else sweet.  I’m hoping over time that I get over that but for now a piece of gum replaces all the bad stuff I would normally have eaten.  I have conditioned my mind to be as happy with a stick of gum as I am a 500 calorie large chocolate chip cookie – and that’s a real good thing.
  2. When I have a piece of gum in my mouth it is much less likely that I will graze or impulse eat.  This is because I have to think about getting rid of my gum first, which is an extra step that helps stop the reactive eating.
  3. I have found that when I am in meetings or other group gatherings where food may be offered that I can more easily decline by saying “no thanks, I just put in a fresh piece of gum.”  That seems like an easier excuse than “no thanks, I am a big fat slob who really shouldn’t eat that doughnut.”

I’m certainly not suggesting that a piece of gum should replace a piece of fruit or any other good for you food, but if you need a little something to get you past tough food situations a piece of gum just may be the ticket.

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