One of the most common things people adopt as a New Year’s Resolution is weight loss, and these days there are all manner of crazy diets out there to help you achieve the results you want. A new one from a couple of years ago is the 100-bite diet, which proposes that counting bites could help you save your waistline. But will it also reduce your need for reconstructive dentistry?

Bites, Calories, and Weight Loss

The theory of behind the 100-bite diet is that every bite you take introduces calories into your body. Counting calories can be hard, but tracking bites is easy. All you have to do is be able to count to 100 (though researchers found that the diet works best if you count down from 100).

In studies, researchers have found that the average man takes in about 17 Calories per bite while the average woman takes in about 11 Calories, making a total of 1700 or 1100 Calories from food. If those are all the calories you take in, you’re going to lose a lot of weight.

The average American takes in about 3700 Calories a day, so a man on the 100-bite diet is dropping about 2000 Calories a day. Since every pound of fat is about 3500 Calories, you could, theoretically be losing as much as 4 pounds per week.

Of course, that rate of weight loss is not healthy and sustainable, so it’s best to transition slowly to your reduced diet and talk to your doctor about the best ways to reduce your food intake.

The Benefit for Your Teeth

Of course, taking fewer bites also means less chewing, which means less wear on your teeth. Using the figures above, the average American probably takes about 260 bites per day, and every one of those bites translates into wear on your teeth. Cutting down to just 100 bites would reduce your number of bites and potentially tooth wear by over 60%!

But where the 100-bite diet might really be good for your teeth is if it cuts down on between-meal snacking. If you just don’t have enough bites to eat between meals, then you’re going to snack less, and you won’t have as much time when bacteria are feeding on sugars in your mouth and excreting damaging acid on your teeth, causing cavities.

Of course, there are potential drawbacks. If, for example, you’re making up for some of the bites by drinking sugary beverages or even diet sodas, your teeth are likely to be just as bad off from erosion, if not worse than before. And, of course, no matter what your diet you still need to make your regular cleaning and prevention visits.

If you are considering a new diet, it’s a good thing to mention to your dentist who can help you tweak your efforts so that you lose weight from your hips and not behind your lips. If you are looking for a dentist in Wilmington, NC that is concerned with your overall health, not just your teeth, please call 910-392-6060 for an appointment at Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.