Your Health: Jan. 1, 2000

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CHEW ON THIS Your personal trainer may not approve, but a new study reveals what may be the easiest way to burn off calories: chewing gum. Chomping for an hour on a big wad (half a pack, sugarless) raises the metabolic rate 19% and burns 11 extra calories. That may not sound like much, but researchers calculate that chewing every waking hour can knock off 10 lbs. a year. The experiment illustrates that even the most trivial increase in activity can affect weight. Another example: strolling at a snail's pace (1 m.p.h.) doubles metabolic rate and burns 62 calories...

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