Chewing gum has been one of the best secrets in the history of weight loss. It allows you to stay hungry without actually feeling the hunger. Research from the University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum consumed 68 fewer calories at lunch and did not compensate by eating more later in the day. Chewing gum also helped the study participants satisfy their cravings and resist fattening treats. And there’s more: Gum chewers actually burned about 5% more calories than non-gum chewers. Another study, from Louisiana State University, indicated that chewing gum was helpful in controlling appetite, decreasing participants’ daily intake by 40 calories and reducing snack cravings. If you cut 50 calories a day or so by chewing gum, then make another small lifestyle change — like switching from 2% to 1% milk or taking the stairs at work — you can easily cut 100 calories a day. And that could add up to losing 10 pounds in a year. Perhaps the biggest benefit of chewing gum comes if you routinely reach for a stick of gum instead of something more caloric like a doughnut or candy bar. Substitute gum for a snack-size bag of chips once a week, and you could lose two pounds in a year.