In a gum chewing society -- these types of questions come up a lot.
Can I chew gum while on Phase 2? Can I use breath lozenges? What about mouthwash?
TrimYou Handbook Page 13 says:
"Most Common Errors During Phase Two:
Chewing gum, mints, etc. These may look safe because they can be sugar free, but these can stimulate the digestive cycle and cause undue hunger or alter the process instigated by the HHCG."
Pounds and Inches page 25 says:
"Other Reasons for a Gain
Apart from diet and cosmetics there can be a few other reasons for a small rise in weight. Some patients unwittingly take chewing gum, throat pastilles, vitamin pills, cough syrups etc., without realizing that the sugar or fats they contain may interfere with a regular loss of weight. Sex hormones or cortisone in its various modern forms must be avoided, though oral contraceptives are permitted."
So there you have it. These are not allowed during P2.
While allowed in P3, we caution you that these items artificially stimulated appetite/digestion. As a point of perspective: It may be helpful to think about how long (in years) and how often (say, during the week) you used to chew gum, candies, etc., i.e., before Phase 2. Some folks defend this: "I simply HAVE to have my gum!" etc. Now, think of how long you've been overweight. Is there a correlation? Is this a habit that might be central to keeping you hungry or "used to" eating, chewing, masticating SOMEthing? It's worthy of examination.
If fresh breath is a concern: Some folks chew on cinnamon bark or cloves or sprigs of parsley. Others use mouthwash/brush their teeth.
Listerine® is the approved mouthwash. Whatever you use, make sure you read the ingredients. As long as you rinse out your mouthwash, you should be fine.
The only popular toothpaste to avoid is Tom's of Maine® as it uses REAL mint, which is forbidden during Phase 2.
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