So I chew gum pretty much 24/7. It keeps me from binging by giving my mouth something to do. The thing is, I crack it and blow bubbles etc and it really works the muscles of my cheeks and jaw. I know it sounds really weird, but it does. Lately I've noticed my face looks, well, fatter. I have gained 1.6 pounds recently but I don't think it could have been that much of a difference. Could it be the gum? or is it just in my head.
Sorry if this is weird.
I doubt that chewing gum would make your face look bigger, but it will ware out your jaw joint. My dentist told me to stop chewing gum because I was developing a click in my jaw and over working the joint.
It is not quite the same thing, but when my dad stopped smoking, he started sucking on whole cloves. I liked it, too. They do fall apart in your mouth after a while, but I like the taste. It has quite a spicy bite to it.
I read somewhere that if you were to chew gum all the time you are awake, that chewing gum alone would cause you to lose .5 of a lb in a year.
Extremely small I know, but I think this just shows that the more movement your body is doing, the more calories you are burning. But it seems that that movement could also cause muscle growth.
If you have very little fat on your face, then I would think your face would 'tone up' but if there is some fat, then you might be building muscle underneath it causing it to look bigger.
In my opinion, I think chewing gum will not cause your face to get larger in a bad manner. The main goal is to burn more calories than you eat, so keep chewing especially if it keeps you from eating.
Check out this article on WomensHealthmag.com It gives 100 ways to burn 100 calories. Number 39:
39. Chew calorie-free gum for 9 hours.
Chewing constantly makes your saliva glands swell. I experience this and I know others do too. It's not in your head, but it's not real weight gain either.
do you ever notice how some people had really defined muscles in their face when they chewed gum or clenched their teeth or whatevr.....anyway, i thought it was from constant motions like chewing gum!!!
This actually happened to me. Turns out, the gum chewing was causing an inflammation (related tangentially to TMJ) which, in turn, was causing my cheeks to swell. Stopped chewing the gum (switched to lozenges), and the swelling diminished.