Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cut Calories: Chew Gum

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New Year's Day is fast approaching, so it is time to make those New Year's Resolutions.  For a lot of us, one of the more popular resolutions is to try to lose weight.  If you are trying to lose weight, any helpful tips are worth looking at.

A nutrition professor at the University of Rhode Island has just completed a study that suggests that chewing sugar free gum can help you reduce your calorie intake and increase your energy expenditures.  A winning combination to be sure in the battle of the bulge.

Participants in the study who chewed gum for three 20-minute sessions in the morning consumed about 67 less calories at lunch, and did not "make up" those calories later in the day.  Those same participants also expended about 5% more energy when chewing gum than when not chewing.

From personal experience, I feel like chewing gum helps me to curb my appetite somewhat.  Though, I have to admit that I do look at the results of the study with a bit of healthy skepticism.  The study was supported by a grant from the Wrigley Science Institute, part of the Wm Wrigley Gum Company.
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