Will chewing sugar-free Xylitol gum stop me from losing weight on paleo?

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Commented on September 12, 2014
Created August 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

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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495 · August 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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.

103 · September 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

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


10 · September 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Yeah, I know what you are saying...when I have been on traditional calorie restriction diets in the past, gum was a great way to space out my meals and I lost a great deal of weight.  One paleo though, my crossfit trainer and others tell me not to restrict my calories...so I find myself less sure of the "diet equation" to lose weight with Paleo when compared with the simplicity of calorie restriction.

710 · August 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

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

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167 · August 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

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 :)

495 · August 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Except Xylitol is actually 100% natural. And also, there are plenty of studies on the safety of artificial sweeteners, you just haven't bothered to read them.

10 · August 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I'm no sure I would do it as a permanant replacement, but the idea of making my own gum does sound fun.

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