Can Chewing Gum Help You Lose Weight?

Should you chew gum if you’re trying to lose weight? Possibly, though you certainly don’t have to start a gum habit if you don’t already chew gum.

Here’s the lowdown: Chewing a stick or two of gum won’t magically help you shed pounds. Chewing certainly doesn’t burn many calories, and it won’t undo the calories you just packed away from, say, a large meal or a Thanksgiving feast. Still, for certain individuals, popping a piece of gum could be a helpful strategy when it comes to shedding pounds, especially if doing so helps you steer clear of midday snacking, nighttime nibbling or caving in on dessert.

“I think for some people, it could be a useful tool. … Everyone has things that can possibly help them on their road to weight loss, and little behaviors like gum chewing can make a big difference for some,” said Keri Gans, a registered dietitian nutritionist and author of “The Small Change Diet.”

Excerpted from CNN

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