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Want to Burn Extra Calories? Chew Gum While You’re Walking Want to Burn Extra Calories? Chew Gum While You’re Walking

Want to Burn Extra Calories? Chew Gum While You’re Walking

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If you haven’t yet mastered the fine art of walking and chewing gum at the same time, you may have an incentive. A new study has linked the multitasking activity to increased weight loss. The research follows a previous study that found that gum chewing while walking increases a person’s heart rate.

The results were especially notable among males over the age of 40, showing an average of two calories per minute extra burned while chewing gum and walking. Women of all age groups showed less significant calorie-burning differences. The 46 participants were between the ages of 21 and 69 and were asked to walk normally while chewing gum. For two intervals of 15 minutes each, some of the volunteers walked, going through two pallets of chewing gum. Other volunteers walked while drinking water mixed with powder had the same ingredients as the gum.

As for the reason behind the weight loss, the researchers speculate it could be something called “cardiac-locomotor syndrome,” which is when the heart beats in sync with certain movements. This effect is said to be even stronger in those who are older. More research will need to be conducted, though, to show a direct connection between gum chewing and weight loss.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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