How to Avoid Weight Gain when Stopping Smoking?
This month it's all about STOPTOBER...
Now that you are ready to quit smoking, you may be worried about piling on the pounds. It may not happen to everyone, but on average most smokers gain 11 Ibs (5kg) in the year after they stop smoking. But this weight gain can be preventred with the following simple tips:
- Get active: Exercise to help you burn calories.
- Stop Smoking Treatments
- Portion Size: Eat 5-6 small meals instead of 2-3 large meals. Enjoy your food and savor every bite.
- Drinking more water
- Having more healthy snacks
- Creating healthy eating habits
- Ensuring you are getting enough sleep
Why do smokers gain weight when they quit smoking?
- Nicotine: It raises your metabolic rate and increases the amount of calories you use when stationery by approximately 7%-15%. It also serves an an appetite suppressant- so when you stop it is normal for your appetite to increase.
- Studies show that people want more sweet and fatty foods once they stop smoking as their ability to taste and smell is enhanced.
- Smoking is a habit and after you quit, you may replace it with high-calorie foods to satify your needs. Some ex-smokers eat more because they are more hungry.
- Ex-smokers may want to turn to eating when they feel bad or life is stressful.
Succesful weight control while stopping smoking can be achieved with a little bit of extra effort, planning and discipline. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not forget the benefits of quitting. which are:
Benefits of Quitting:
- Your lungs and heart will be stronger
- Your teeth will be whiter
- You will save a lot of money when you are not buying cigarettes
- You will perform better in sports
- Your skin will look younger
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