When I was doing Atkins, which worked great for me but I lost all I needed to and I was so used to this woe that I just kept losing weight so I slowly got off of it and stayed off of it a long time before I started gaining. Then I just did different eating plans off and on. Anyway what worked for me instead of gum was the Listerene strips that melt in your mouth. I always worried about bad breath and I could have as many of those as I wanted and it never seemed to slow down my weight loss and the stick still turned purple. Hope this helps.