If you’re bored or stressed, well, it looks like the choice is yours. Bowerman says chewing gum can help calm your nerves and keep you from stress-eating extra cals. But if you find that sugar-free gum leaves you wanting more sugar or upsets your stomach, try drinking seltzer with a splash of juice to satisfy your sweet tooth instead, says Defazio. When you’re tempted to stress eat, take a break by going for a walk or closing your eyes for a moment and listening to music.
It depends. First off, chewing gum can be very helpful when used as a behavioral tool, says Susan Bowerman, R.D., director of worldwide nutrition, education, and training at Herbalife.