Healthy Eating Guidelines : How to Use Chewing Gum to Lose Weight

Healthy Eating Guidelines : How to Use Chewing Gum to Lose Weight


My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I’m going to talk to you about how to
lose weight with chewing gum. Now how this all came about where there were actually a
few cases of some patients in different parts of the country and actually different parts
of the world for that matter who started having significant unexplained diarrhea where they
were losing massive amounts of weight and initially their medical providers couldn’t
figure out what was going on and then they found out they were chewing an excess of 14
sticks of gum that had sorbital in it. Sorbital is a sugared alcohol that is known to have
a laxative effect and in some people that are very sensitive it can be an extreme laxative
effect. Someone who is chewing that much gum it definitely would cause severe bouts of
diarrhea so that is the first published case of people losing weight from people chewing
gum. Again this was not a good healthy way to lose weight so now some of the reasonings
of using chewing gum to lose weight are some people think that if you chew a piece of gum
you will be less likely to snack on the high fat or high calorie items. There may be some
benefit to that say for example if during the holidays you are doing a lot of baking
for friends and family, most people if they are baking or they are cooking a lot they
will tend to nibble on things as they are preparing their food. So in that case it may
help a little bit, you can chew on a piece of gum. If you have that gum in your mouth
you can’t really eat the cookie or nibble on whatever you are preparing at the same
time so from that perspective it can save you a few calories. It may also help during
the day if you for example have the munchies and you are wanting to snack on foods and
the only thing that is available are potato chips out of the vending machines. At that
point sharing a piece of gum may distract you for a bit of time until you can actually
choose a healthier option. So it can help slightly but it is not going to be a miracle
weight loss aid. It is just something that ma help replace some calories because a stick
of chewing gum if it is regular gum it is going to have probably less than 10 calories
so it is a low calorie option as opposed to eating a bag of chips but in and of itself
chewing gum isn’t going to make you lose weight.