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.
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 :-)
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.
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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.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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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