Is Chewing Gum An Effective And Safe Aid For Weight Management?

A study conducted at the University of Rhode Island states that chewing gum is effective in reducing calorie intake and improving energy expenditure, thus promoting weight loss. While this study alone (which by the way was funded by Wrigley’s) is by no means 100% factual, chewing gum can help with weight management in a number of ways:

- It prevents boredom eating. If you are used to a higher calorie diet, you may find chewing gum comforting and satiating.

- Chewing gum when you have a sweet craving can prevent you from reaching for a chocolate bar and adding 250kcal to your daily intake.

- Chewing gum while cooking will prevent you from tasting or snacking on the food while you work which can save you from consuming calories you would not normally account for.

- Chewing gum while watching TV or focussing on something else can help prevent ‘mindless’ eating, where you are likely to eat more than you realise.

- Some people find chewing to be stress relieving which can improve mood and prevent emotional eating.

It is important to note:

- While it may only be a small change to your routine, cutting back on a few calories every day does add up in the long run and if you are capable of making one small positive change into a habit, you can focus on another area of your lifestyle – for example, simply taking the stairs instead of riding in the lift every day.

- Chewing too much gum is associated with intestinal issues such as bloating and diarrhoea so don’t overdo it.

- Do not chew gym while you are physically active.

- Do not chew gum as an alternative to healthy snacks or use it as a way to cut an excessive and unhealthy amount of calories from your diet.

Reference:

Melanson K, Chewing Gum can Reduce Calorie Intake and Increase Energy Expenditure, University of Rhode Island, 2009.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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