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DannyOcean
03-22-2003, 03:26 PM
OK, this might seem weird so I want to see if anyone else has a similar experience...

Whenever I chew gum I get really, really hungry. By the time I finally get to eat I'm just ravenous and end up devouring more food than I normally would. I'm trying to bulk up so I'm wondering if I should be chewing a lot of gum. This sounds stupid but if it works, why knock it right? Does this happen to anyone else? Is there another explanation (like the calories burned chewing gum are responsible for the hunger)?

Thanks!

Manveet
03-22-2003, 03:53 PM
I don't know how chewing gum would make you more hungry. It will make you salivate more, and if that has some sort of effect on hunger I don't know. I know that chewing gum can make your mouth really dry, and that sucks.

DannyOcean
03-22-2003, 03:58 PM
I'm not sure about the "how" or "why" either. I guess if it works, go with it huh? The only reason not to be is if for reason the extra calories burned up chewing gum counteracted the increased appetite but I really doubt that is the case.

It's interesting that there are a lot of "appetite suppressants" on the market but really no "appetite accelerators". Of course one of the best accelerators is a raging hard workout but I'm wondering if there are other things that will help an individuals to eat more.

AJ_11
03-22-2003, 04:02 PM
If the gum has suger in it that may cause your senses to crave more. I actual use gum for cutting, gets my mind off of food.

bradley
03-22-2003, 04:58 PM
I have read in a few different places that Vitamin B12 can increase appetite but couldn't really find any solid information. Anyone else heard of this before?

Also I doubt the calories burned from chewing a piece of gum would be significant to cause "ravenous" hungar.

EdgeCrusher
03-22-2003, 05:40 PM
Mens Health Mag said chewing gum can increase your metabolism by up to 20%

Ironman8
03-22-2003, 07:06 PM
Well, if you're bulking, it's a good idea to be hungry. So if gum makes you hungry, go for it.

galileo
03-22-2003, 07:30 PM
20%?? LOL!

aka23
03-22-2003, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by EdgeCrusher
Mens Health Mag said chewing gum can increase your metabolism by up to 20%

The study they are referring to found an increase from 58 calories/hour to 70 calories/hour. This is a 20% increase, but only a 11+ calories per hour difference (11, not 12 due to rounding). 11-12 calories per hour does not effect your overall weight goals much. Using this study's numbers it would take about a month of chewing 10 hours per day to burn off a pound.

EdgeCrusher
03-22-2003, 08:08 PM
Originally posted by aka23


The study they are referring to found an increase of 58 calories/hour to 70 calories/hour. This is a 20% increase, but only a 12 calories per hour difference. 12 calories per hour does not effect your overall weight goals much. Using this study's numbers it would take about a month of chewing 10 hours per day to burn off a pound.

Well, I figure that might help a bit over time, just like an ECA helps a bit and so on.

Could you help me out with the info on Xenadrine EFX or Ripped Fuel (w/ Ephedra) like the info you gave on gum? I know they help, but laying it out like that would help.

galileo
03-22-2003, 08:17 PM
Ripped Fuel with Ephedra works nicely. Take 1 pill (half-dose) every 2 hours until about 6 hours before bedtime (usually 6 pills for me). I found it helps keep water down. My only issue is a bit of lethargy in the evenings, but it's managable.

It works, it's cheap, and there is lots of science to back it up.

EdgeCrusher
03-22-2003, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by galileo
Ripped Fuel with Ephedra works nicely. Take 1 pill (half-dose) every 2 hours until about 6 hours before bedtime (usually 6 pills for me). I found it helps keep water down. My only issue is a bit of lethargy in the evenings, but it's managable.

It works, it's cheap, and there is lots of science to back it up.

I tried it and it worked for me, but I'm unsure whether I would wanna go with RF or Xenadrine EFX. I tried both and couldn't tell which one worked better, but I heard more bad effects with Ephedra (that prostate swelling freaks me out).

Jip
03-22-2003, 11:39 PM
If the gum has Asparatame in it, Asparatame makes you crave carbs.

Shankerr
03-23-2003, 11:46 AM
I love cut-and-paste jockeys

Shankerr
03-23-2003, 11:47 AM
On a sidenote, I once heard that mint gum in particular can help trigger your appetite, something to do with the way the mint reacts with your stomach acids

restless
03-23-2003, 12:21 PM
The act of chewing triggers the digestive process and this is why it can facilitate digestion. Essentially your body figures there's food coming and gets ready for it, this is also why chewing gum on an emptty stomach may lead to stomach ulcers.

Ironman8
03-23-2003, 03:57 PM
Originally posted by restless
Essentially your body figures there's food coming and gets ready for it, this is also why chewing gum on an emptty stomach may lead to stomach ulcers.

Wow, you learn something new everyday :eek:

DannyOcean
03-23-2003, 04:33 PM
Originally posted by restless
The act of chewing triggers the digestive process and this is why it can facilitate digestion. Essentially your body figures there's food coming and gets ready for it, this is also why chewing gum on an emptty stomach may lead to stomach ulcers.

I've never heard that before. I'm not disputing this but can you point me to any proof of this?

djreef
03-25-2003, 12:00 PM
I remember reading in Consumer Reports a number of years ago that mint can irritate your stomach. Funny how just about all antacids are mint flavor, huh.

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restless
03-25-2003, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by DannyOcean


I've never heard that before. I'm not disputing this but can you point me to any proof of this?

Actually no, and unfortunatelly I don't have the time right now to dig up anything. Sorry.

Ritzol
03-27-2003, 08:14 PM
Originally posted by Jip
If the gum has Asparatame in it, Asparatame makes you crave carbs.

I chew sugar free gum everyday for 8 hours..... and it doesn't make me crave carbs, nor does it make me hungry.

And about the mint thing increasing appetitie, I've never heard that. Although, it has been proven the scent of peppermint can increase endurance during physical activity. I do think there is truth to that.

Dkm911
03-27-2003, 09:01 PM
actually the act of chewing the gum makes your stomach begin to churn anticipating food because normally when you chew something food follows... chewing gum is actually bad for u in that respect...

DannyOcean
04-02-2003, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Dkm911
actually the act of chewing the gum makes your stomach begin to churn anticipating food because normally when you chew something food follows... chewing gum is actually bad for u in that respect...

This is exactly what a buddy of mine told me and it seems to make the most sense to me. What you say that chewing gum is "bad in that respect" what do you mean? I can see that it would be for someone trying to lose weight but for me trying to gain weight, it seems that chewing gum would be a good thing as it would increase my appetite during times when I otherwise might not be very hungry. Thoughts?

Nights
04-02-2003, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by DannyOcean
This is exactly what a buddy of mine told me and it seems to make the most sense to me. What you say that chewing gum is "bad in that respect" what do you mean? I can see that it would be for someone trying to lose weight but for me trying to gain weight, it seems that chewing gum would be a good thing as it would increase my appetite during times when I otherwise might not be very hungry. Thoughts?

I've read the same thing in two place actually (for those that were asking for references). A short article in Men's Health (I'll see if I can find which for anyone that's really interested) and also a little bit longer one in a magazine I was reading at a clinic a while back.. while I might not be right, I'm thinking it was McClanse (sorry about that spelling).

And while I'm not sure about what he meant on "bad in that respect" I'll tell you what the article basically said. It's thought was that chewing gum could help you lose weight. Like someone mentioned, a very small amount. It said something like five pounds in a year of constant chewing. On the other hand, it mentioned that you'd more then likely get stomach problems from doing so. Now, like someone mention, the reason you get hungry is because of the chewing process, which makes the body believe that food should be sitting in the stomach.

Now, the body believing this, will try to digest that food sitting in there, thus the acids and all the fun stuff that lead to stomach problems. Now, these acids are there to digest food when you eat it, and while the body constantly replenishes them, they are not an unlimited resource at all times. That means, when you finally do get around to eating, your body might not have everything it takes to properly digest it all. So, a lot of nutrients from that food you just ate is not really broken down.

Hopefully I got this all right. It's been a while since I read the second article (the one that actually went in depths about the problems).

DannyOcean
04-02-2003, 08:13 PM
Makes sense but let me throw a scenario out there. I wake up in the morning at 8 AM. I'm not hungry at all (common for me in the mornings). I start chewing a piece of gum. Within 15 minutes I'm ravenous and can eat a large meal.

This is what happens to me. I just want to be sure that it's not harmful but I really can't see how chewing gum for 15 minutes a couple of times a day would be. For me at least it tends to set off some type of appetite trigger which leads to increased caloric consumption. In my situation, this is a good thing.

Dkm911
04-02-2003, 10:14 PM
your stomach churning when theres no food in it is bad.. it causes the lining to be eaten away slightly...

bradley
04-03-2003, 02:28 AM
Originally posted by DannyOcean
Makes sense but let me throw a scenario out there. I wake up in the morning at 8 AM. I'm not hungry at all (common for me in the mornings). I start chewing a piece of gum. Within 15 minutes I'm ravenous and can eat a large meal.

This is what happens to me. I just want to be sure that it's not harmful but I really can't see how chewing gum for 15 minutes a couple of times a day would be. For me at least it tends to set off some type of appetite trigger which leads to increased caloric consumption. In my situation, this is a good thing.

If you usually do not have an appetite and gums helps with that then I don't see a problem with it. I seriously doubt that chewing gum is going to have a detrimental effect on your body, especially if you are only chewing it for 15 minutes. If gum increases your appetite then start chewing, especially if you have problems eating enough when bulking.

BUFF STUFF
04-03-2003, 04:30 PM
What about a new breed of gum

Minty WBB-ECA-Minty-Gum

Chew 2 bits 3 times a day and pre workout!

Ironman8
04-03-2003, 04:39 PM
Does anyone chew gum while working out? After workouts my breath usually smells (don't ask me why), so gums helps alot.