Can I still lose weight with a paleo diet if I am still chewing sugar-free Xylitol gum at a rate of 10 sticks a day (Stride)? I know gum isn't paleo, but what is chewing gum doing that would affect my diet plan? (assuming that the gum is the only thing in my diet that isn't paleo) ===Quick Background=== 2 weeks ago I started a paleo diet along with a crossfit class 3 days a week.
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Well it's gum so it doesn't really have many calories to begin with, probably less than 5 per stick right? I wouldn't worry about it, it won't stall your weight loss at all. By the way, Xylitol is a completely natural sweetener, as a matter of fact it occurs naturally in many fruits (such as berries), vegetables, oats, and fungi (mushrooms). Nothing to worry about, enjoy your gum.
Going to chime in here cause I do the same thing as rblythe, but aspartame gum.
Although 0 calorie, artificial sweetners are shown to raise insulin levels.
Chewing gum does help me lose weight though because gum doesn't have any calories.
Basically I chew two pieces a day and used it to help wean me off the SAD which is high in sugar.
I'm trying to stop entirely but sugar is more addictive than cocaine so its hard
I chewed a couple pieces of SPry per day with no apparant ill effect on fat loss.
Is the xfit for fun?
Becasue I lost 30 lbs 220 to 190 (6') in ~7 months no exercise other than walking 10,000 steps per day
I think artificial sweeteners are even scarier than plain sugar - there aren't a lot of objective studies done on long-term effects on human health.
I'd recommend buying your own "gum base," which is what hobbyists use to make their own gum. There is a company called Glee Gum which sells it for about $15 per pound online. Then you can add your own flavors :)