Chewing gum while walking can lead to weight loss, according to a released by Japanese researchers. Researchers took a sample size of 46 people, ages 21 to 69, and found that the individuals experienced a higher-than-natural heart rate when they chewed gum and walked.
Men over 40 experienced a pronounced physical difference, according to researchers.
The study follows previous research that found chewing gum when at rest has the ability to boost energy expenditures and increase heart rate. The findings may help people lose weight faster when chewing gum is combined with a healthy diet, leading and adequate exercise.
As part of the study, teams performed two, 15-minute walking trials, with one group chewing gum during the trial and another ingesting a powder that contained all of the same ingredients as the gum. Researchers found that among all participants, there was a notably higher heart rate for those that chewed gum and walked.
Men over the age of 40 were also able to walk for a longer distance, expend more energy and increase the number of steps they took when chewing gum. Researchers have yet to explain the link, but they speculate that the heart beats along with a repetitive movement, such as chewing gum.
In another , researchers found that adding cumin to your diet can also help increase weight loss efforts. The study aimed to find the effect that cumin powder has on lipid profiles and body composition of obese and overweight women.
The study included 88 women that were overweight and split into three groups. One group was given yogurt with two of their meals daily and the other was given yogurt with three grams of cumin. The study took place over a three-month period.
Cumin was found to decrease cholesterol levels in all of the women, and noted decreases in waist circumference, fat percentage and fat mass were also noticed. BMI levels dropped significantly.
The cumin group lost 14.64% of their body fat over the three-month period. Researchers claim that the link between cumin and weight loss is that spicy foods leads to people eating less. Lower caloric intake leads to fat loss. Spicy foods, such as red chilies, are filled with capsaicin, which is known to raise a person's metabolism.
Researchers also claim that adding cinnamon water into your diet can help burn body fat faster. Cinnamon is linked to lower insulin levels and as reduction in blood sugar, too.
Small, incremental changes are what lead to long-term results. Chewing gum and adding cumin to your diet aren't going to provide you with quick results. These methods can help, but for a truly healthy lifestyle and diet, you need to make additional changes.
True results are the end result of small, cumulative changes.
A few of the small changes that you'll want to make are:
Of course, if you're ready for a big change, start cutting out your bad foods for foods that are rich in protein, fats and some carbs. Over time, tweak your diet in an effort to reach your goal weight.