Sadly, no. I just throw out the piece I'm chewing, eat the bad stuff, and then pop another piece of gum. I'm awful.
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37 10/27/10 4:22 P
It works for me and also holds my appetite a little longer for those times for isn't readily available.
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7 10/27/10 1:12 P
My doctor advised me not to chew gum. When you chew gum it stimulates your saliva glands and gets your stomach working, thinking it's getting food. Then when it doesn't you get hungry and often people wind up eating something anyway. I know it works for some people, but it can actually make you want to snack worse. I agree with a lot of you who said to snack on a healthy snack. An apple, cheese stick or some almonds are my favorite snacks to keep me on track.
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23 10/27/10 12:50 P
its never worked for me sadly!!
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5 10/26/10 11:57 A
I have always used gum to help stop cravings and it also helped me quit smoking. I like all flavors but spearmint is my all time fave. PLUS, it makes everything very minty tasting so that is an added bonus.
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173 10/25/10 2:31 P
Brushing teeth is a great way to break that snacking habit - not only are your teeth clean, the mint ruins the taste of most things you'd snack on.
Gums does this for me in short stints. If I want something sweet, I know it'll be at least 20 minutes once I start chewing before I even dare try to eat something.
I have found it helps a little but for those late night cravings, nothing works like brushing my teeth. I brush, floss, and rinse with a pro-health mouthwash. My mouth is so clean...I would never ruin it by eating! If you must snack during the day and gum isn't helping, try something crunchy like an apple or celery or carrot sticks. They will give you crunch and work your mouth and that will help curb cravings.
I am one of those people who feels the need to put something in my mouth all the time. If I'm chewing gum, I don't feel the need to put something in my mouth. It's the perfect substitute. Seems my jaws just want to chew on something... anything.
So, to answer the original question; yes, chewing gum keeps me from snacking, aside from the two snacks I'm allotted. I look forward to those two snacks.
10/3/10 10:47 A
i do snack, i eat an am snack and an afternoon snack. but when i need to stop myself from eating another snack right after i just finished one...yes i chew gum. i work in a job where snacking can be a problem, so i pop a piece of gum in my mouth to avoid the candy jar or a handful of cheez-its from the kitchen.
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122 10/2/10 8:32 P
Not generally, but then I'm not trying to not snack. Pretty much all of the advice I have gotten from books and professionals is that snacking is great for your metabolism. So I usually eat a snack between each meal and occasionally after dinner if my dinner is pretty early.
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1,416 10/2/10 7:57 P
I chew a lot of gum! It is my lifesaver! I often just want something in my mouth and I am not necessarily hungry.
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