Some people chew sugar-free gum as a weight loss strategy, but does it work? An recent online study in the journal Obesity finds chewing gum daily may have no effect on losing weight. The eight-week study included 201 overweight or obese adults, about half of whom were randomly put in an intervention group and told to chew gum daily for at least 90 minutes at specific times throughout the day. The others were part of a control group that did not chew gum. Both groups were given nutritional information and told to continue their regular activity programs.
By the end of the study there were no significant changes in weight or body mass index in either group. In a questionnaire taken by those in the gum group, there was moderate agreement chewing gum diminished snack cravings and helped them stay on their diets and cut back on eating after meals and late at night.
Smokers want to quit
When it comes to quitting smoking, the lungs might be willing but the flesh is weak. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds while about 69 percent of smokers last year wanted to quit, only about a tenth were able to do so.
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report used data from a large national survey from 2001 through 2010. Among the smokers surveyed most – 68.8 percent – wanted to quit for good in 2010, and 52.4 percent tried to quit in the previous year. Only 6.2 percent succeeded, however.
Just fewer than half of study participants who saw a healthcare professional said they were advised by them to stop smoking discount Classic cigarettes. Among current and former smokers who were able to quit in the last two years, 31.7 percent used counseling, stop-smoking medication or both. Among people age 25 to 64, attempts at quitting went up from 2001 to 2010.
If we are what we eat, we also may be how fast we eat. A study from the University of Rhode Island offers some insight into the relationship between how fast we eat and how much we eat.
The study compared eating rates and calories consumed among 30 men and 30 women at various meals. Research-ers discovered people who ate quickly consumed about 3.1 ounces of food per minute, versus 2.5 ounces per minute for medium-speed eaters and 2 ounces per minute for slow eaters.
At lunch, men ate about 80 calories per minute, while women ate about 52 calories per minute. At breakfast and dinner, men still consumed more calories per minute than women, but the gap wasn’t so wide