Lose pounds by chewing gum. According to some, it is the only right way to become slimmer. Many people have tried this method. Because who doesn’t want to be slim and toned? Overweight people in particular have often tried everything. To what extent does losing weight with the help of chewing gum work?
Sugar-free chewing gum
It has been selling well for years: sugar-free chewing gum. According to some, it is the only way to lose weight permanently. Women in particular pass this method on to each other: sugar-free chewing gum makes you lose weight. Sugar-free chewing gum is sweetened with a sweetener such as sorbitol or xylitol. Chewing gum with sugar is still relatively rare: only the so-called children’s chewing gum (bubble gum, chewing gum balls) contains sugar. The sugar-free chewing gum is used to lose weight.
The idea behind losing weight with chewing gum
Chewing gum for weight loss is used in different ways. Firstly, there are people who want to suppress the feeling of hunger by chewing gum. Attempts are made to postpone a meal or to avoid reaching for snacks, snacks or sweets. Anyone who has chewing gum in his mouth will not put other things in his mouth. Because you don’t swallow chewing gum. In addition, it is thought that chewing gum tricks the body. By chewing, the body would think it is getting food while nothing is being swallowed.
Chewing gum makes you hungrier
However, the opposite is true. Chewing gum actually makes you more hungry. People who chew gum a lot may eat less often, but they do eat larger portions. Ultimately, the chewing gum user consumes more calories than people who do not use chewing gum. Delaying meals also makes you hungrier. This means that people eat a lot more.
Burn calories with chewing
However, chewing gum also has an advantage: it burns calories. Average 11 calories per hour. Then significant chewing movements must be made. Anyone who chews gum for 10 hours every day will burn more than 110 extra calories per day. It’s not much and you do have to chew a lot every day, but you would think that every little bit helps. It is easier to eat 110 fewer calories every day. That will save you tired and sore jaws.
Be careful with sweeteners
Sugar-free chewing gum is sweetened with sweeteners. On the one hand, this has a useful effect: the sweeteners give an unpleasant taste to other foods. People who chew gum find the food they eat afterwards unappealing and therefore will hardly want to eat any of it. However, the unpleasant taste quickly disappears and you simply cannot ignore hunger. The sweeteners in sugar-free chewing gum also have another effect: they have a laxative effect. The sweetener sorbitol is especially known for this. Xylitol also has this effect. In addition, when broken down in the intestines, the sweeteners cause the production of gases, resulting in flatulence.
Xylitol in chewing gum also has a positive effect: it cannot be broken down by the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, causing the bacteria to die. In addition, chewing gum, with any sweetener, promotes the production of saliva. Saliva has a beneficial effect on teeth and molars. It is not recommended to use chewing gum that contains sugar. In addition to the higher amount of calories they contain, sugars cause tooth decay (caries). Moreover, chewing gums with sugar are more likely to be addictive. Sugar causes the brain to produce dopamine, a substance that makes us feel happy. The body will soon ask for more dopamine and therefore more sugar.
For comparison, the number of calories chewing gum contains:
- Sugar-free chewing gum contains 0 kcal per 100 games
- Sugary chewing gum contains 295 kcal per 100 grams (depending on the brand)
A few tips
If you want to start using chewing gum, it is therefore better to choose sugar-free chewing gum. Do not eat too much of this: the sweeteners have a laxative effect and cause flatulence and intestinal cramps. Chewing gum does not work for weight loss, so do not use it specifically as a means of losing weight. Eating less and exercising more has a much more favorable effect. Be careful when chewing gum in public or at work/school. Not everyone likes to look into an open mouth or hear the sounds. Chewing gum is often also seen as antisocial: it comes across as rude. Especially in the business world, chewing is not done. In addition, it is often extra noticeable: chewing movements attract the attention of others. The comparison with a ruminating cow is sometimes quickly made. If you want to chew a lot of gum, do so in your spare time or unnoticed in public. Do not spit chewing gum on the street: this is very difficult to remove and causes unsightly marks in public. Moreover, others suffer from this when it sticks under the shoe or on a dog’s paw.