They often say that you need to chew a bite of food x times before you swallow. That doesn't work. Don't count the amount of times you chew, instead chew until you feel that the bite is as soft and fluid as can be, and mixed very well with saliva. That's when you can swallow. AND you will have enjoyed the taste and the texture of the food more!
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I started measuring my food and really watching my portions sizes recently. I found that when I was finishes I was still hungry. Besides drinking a glass of water before eating, I also found that taking smaller bites, and chew better actually helped with hunger. It makes me feel like I am eating more than I am, and I think it helps the body metabolize the food better also (though I have no proof of the latter)
This tidbit may be minimal, however, so long as you chew gum (mostly the SF 5 calorie stuff) for 30 minutes, its not necessary to track it.
Believe it or not, you can actually burn some extra calories by chewing gum. "Besides being good for your breath--especially if you eat a lot of protein--researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that chewing gum will burn an additional 11 calories per hour," says Dan Benardot, Ph.D., R.D., author of Nutrition for Serious Athletes.
I'm only posting this because gum is such a great way to curb sweet tooth urges, yet so many people feel the need to track every last detail, when in fact, chewing gum burns more calories than you consume. CHOMP AWAY I SAY
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