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    Chewing Gum and Running

    I have been told by some cross country and track runners that chewing gum while running is beneficial for weight loss and building endurance. Supposedly it has something to do with your breathing and makes you work harder; I don't know the whole theory behind this.. Has anyone heard of this? Anyone know more details about the whole thing? Does anyone here actually do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KentDog
    I have been told by some cross country and track runners that chewing gum while running is beneficial for weight loss and building endurance. Supposedly it has something to do with your breathing and makes you work harder; I don't know the whole theory behind this.. Has anyone heard of this? Anyone know more details about the whole thing? Does anyone here actually do it?

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    you can chew gum and run at the same time?
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    I'd imagine that if you chew, your mouth must shut. If your mouth is shut, you cannot breathe. If you cannot breathe, your lungs must work harder when your mouth is open to make up for lost time, thus drawing in more air than it usually would and at a faster rate. So, yes, I suppose it could be beneficial, but I don't know how much it will help.
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    Forces one to breath through the nose, the nose sucks in less air than an open mouth working the lungs harder. I was told in SEAL pre-training that singing cadence while running helps develop the lungs too.
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    GOOGLED:
    Chewing sugarless gum burns about 11 calories an hour, adds very few calories to your day (almost a negligible amount), and keeps you from snacking (you can't eat if you're chewing gum). So keep some sugarless gum at your desk, in your car, wherever you are tempted most, and chew your way to weight loss.
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    Also it helps to keep moisture in your mouth when you're not breathing through the mouth it won't dry out, and the chewing stimulates the saliva glands.

    I also just read that chewing gum helps memory and concentration. Wow alot of benefits to chewing gum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDyl
    It hits the upper chest muscle.




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    maniclion - Just the info I was looking for! Thanks for taking my questions seriously.

    I've always been a gum-addict and all my favorite gums are sugarfree so I'm good. Got a question though, was looking at the nutritional facts for the Dentyne and Trident White gums that I chew regularly and it's got 5 calories for 2 pieces, but doesn't state where the calories are coming from (everything's 0's). I would have thought carbs, but then wouldn't the label say at least 1g carbs? Maybe a mixture of multiple macros? Either way, nothing important, just wanted to satisfy my curiousity.

    Thanks again for sharing the info, maniclion.

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    Probably .456 carbs, if it's not a full carb or near they won't list it. Everything has Calories even cold water requires calories from the body to warm it up for your body to use, so all those ingredients are going to take some body processing to run through your system.
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    But think about it, if you chew it for long enough those calories are negligible any way right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    If your mouth is shut, you cannot breathe.
    exactly the opposite, the body is designed to breathe mainly through the nose. when you breathe through the mouth the large volumes of air that are inhaled and exhaled offset the correct balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAM
    exactly the opposite, the body is designed to breathe mainly through the nose. when you breathe through the mouth the large volumes of air that are inhaled and exhaled offset the correct balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our blood.
    That's just dandy, but anyone that I've ever seen run hard breathes through the mouth. I always breathe through my nose except when I need a lot of air (it helps to filter things out of the air and the mouth doesn't).
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    Okay, looked at the label a little closer. It seems the gums I chew contain 2g of "Sugar Alcohol," per serving (2 pieces); technically carbs. I googled it and this is what I found:

    http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/sugaralcohols.html

    It's nice to know it's not gonna give me cavities, but I feel a little bit deceived as the gum is labelled as "sugar free." I've been chewing this stuff straight all day my teeth hurt.

    Anyone have any comments about sugar alcohol?

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    Some other quick reads (warning, a lot of the same info):
    http://www.ific.org/publications/fac...ralcoholfs.cfm
    http://www.dif.org/DiabetesTopics/SugarAlcohols.htm
    http://www.lowcarb.ca/tips/tips010.html
    http://www.countcarbs.com/advice/To_...t_to_Count.htm
    http://www.ynhh.org/online/nutrition...r_alcohol.html

    So basically better than sugar but pretty much the same in terms of effects (just 1/2-3/4 the amount)?

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