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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,014
1/12/14 6:25 P

You are looking for that "oral satisfaction" and using sugar-free mints, gum, tea, coffee, beverages is a "great" weight loss tool" to use. Good for you!

Becky
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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,595
1/12/14 4:45 P

I agree with the others, try drinking water or tea or use something else to distract yourself from boredom eating.

SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,118
1/12/14 4:25 P

I don't eat hard candy much, but once in a while will chew gum just as a distraction from cravings. Water or tea work for me too.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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1/12/14 4:16 P

No, because sugar-free candy and gum almost always has Nutri-Sweet/Asartame in it. For me, that is deadly. I have a reaction to it that causes my brain to swell. Even one stick of gum will give me a terrible headache.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (150,304)
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1/12/14 3:50 P

I use either sugar free gum, or Werther's Original Sugar Free Candies - they are 10 calories a piece, and because they are very hard, they take a long time to suck. I only usually have 1 or two in a day, and ALWAYS enter them into the Nutrition Tracker :-)

Kris

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,299)
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1/12/14 2:37 P

Just be sure to count them. ;)

My favorite "not really hungry" trick is hot tea. I drink a LOT of it; the warmth helps me feel full, and keeps my hydrated. Often, we're dehydrated, not hungry! Try drinking 8 ozs of water every time you feel hungry, but not truly hungry. Also try distracting yourself. usually, I've found the cravings strike when I'm lonely, bored, or tired.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (79,967)
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1/12/14 1:56 P

I can't say I'm never guilty of it but I try to avoid treating my mouth as a tool to relieve boredom, tension, stress, etc. and try to substitute other alternatives/distractions rather than putting something in my mouth.

DAKOTADENISE Posts: 25
1/12/14 1:08 P

Does anyone use these little things to help lose weight? I'm not sure if this makes sense, but sometimes *I'm* not hungry, but my mouth is. Does that make sense? LOL So I though keeping some mints or tic tacs around (sugar free of course) might help me.

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