A fear a great many people have about quitting smoking is that they will gain weight after quitting, and will soon look like a beached whale on vacation. Rest assured that this is an extreme case, in that in the immense majority of cases, the weight gain after stopping smoking cigarettes will be minimal.
In any case, gaining a few pounds, even permanently (which doesn’t really happen) is a small price to pay to be rid of the evil and addiction of nicotine. You are MUCH better off carrying 4-5 pounds to many than smoking 15-25 cigarettes a day, there is no comparison!
But do not worry about the possible weight gain. It’s true that if you abandon all control and just dive into all kinds of fatty foods telling yourself: “It’s Ok, at least I don’t smoke cigarettes anymore!” you will pack the pounds on faster than you would have believed!
But you are not an animal – at least not that kind – and you will be able to exercise control over your body and your eating habits. You’ve just quit smoking, how hard can it be?
One of the easiest way to avoid eating like a total porker at every occasion is to drink a lot of water. Make sure that you drink two tall glasses of water before every single meal, this will have the double effect of quenching your thirst, as well as filling up your stomach. Whatever space is taken by the water can’t be filled by food, right? And since water is absorbed directly through the stomach lining – it doesn’t need to be digested – you’ll soon have room for another pair of tall glasses of water!
Drinking a lot of water before meals is not only a great way to make sure you don’t overeat as a result of quitting smoking, but it’s great for your health, too, as studies show that as North Americans, we don’t drink nearly as much water as we should.
It is a well known fact that when you quit smoking cigarettes, there are some good chances that you will gain a few pounds. For some people, the weight gain will be quite significant, while for others, the increase in mass will be barely noticeable, if it is even there at all. The reasons why stopping smoking can make you gain weight are many-fold, however, the most common is that your body needs to regain normalcy after years of nicotine consumption. Nicotine will alter your metabolism to some degree, and its sudden withdrawal can lead to weight gain as your body processes nutrients differently.
The most common reason for weight gain after quitting smoking is not your metabolism, however. It is you. When you stop smoking, you will find that your hands are very much idle, and will not only crave nicotine from the withdrawal symptoms, but you will discover just how powerful habits are.
The odds are that you will try to occupy your idle hands and your mouth with food. Since in the Western world, almost every available snack it extremely sweet, extremely fat or extremely salty – sometimes a combination of all three in one! – you will find yourself consuming great quantities of sweets you did not eat before.
This can lead to an increase in body mass. So what can be done to prevent weight gain when quitting smoking? The easiest thing to do is nothing. The great majority of people will not be hurt by gaining a few pounds, and it is much, much better for your health to have a few extra pounds than to be smoking.
Of course, this is for people that can either afford to gain a few extra pounds, or do not care overly about it. Remember to keep your eyes on the ball: nothing is more important than quitting smoking. Do not let yourself be undone by a little belly fat!
One of the most common and indeed noticeable side effects of quitting smoking is the weight gain that is often present. This weight gain, when present, is due in part to the changes in metabolism to your body, as you suddenly stop poisoning yourself with cigarette smoke, as well as the more behavioural component brought on by the need to keep your hands and mouth busy now that you don’t have a cigarette to stick in there occasionally.
Of course, don’t ever consider the weight gain that you may experience as a reason not to quit smoking. Whatever health risks may be associated with gaining a few pounds, they are nothing compared to the quality years you have just added to your life because you stopped smoking. It is important, however, to limit your weight gain as much as possible because as you know, it is a lot easier to gain a few pounds than to lose them.
One of the best tricks to busy your mouth and hopefully make it forget about the cigarettes that use to grace it is to chew sugarless gum. It is important that the product you select be sugarless, because chances are you will be consuming quite a bit of it, and you would not like to rot your clean new teeth by chomping down on a large quantity of sugar crystals!
Chewing sugarless gum as a means to avoid eating, and also to busy your mouth when quitting smoking are a good start on the way to leaving smoking cigarettes behind you. Smoking cigarettes belongs in the dustbin of your personal history, and hopefully with this simple trick, you can help keep them there!
When quitting smoking, chewing sugarless gum will serve the dual purpose of helping to control your weight gain and also fool your mouth into thinking that it is busy, just when you were a smoker.
For a lot of people, gaining weight when quitting smoking is a real fear. Whether this fear is well-founded or not is another story, but if you believe that you may gain weight when you stop smoking, and this is something that you would like to avoid, there are some simple precautions you can take to put every chance on your side. Simply believing it won’t happen will not necessarily make it true, even though some people will gain little or no weight when they stop smoking for good.
There are several reasons why some people gain weight when they stop smoking. The first reason is biological, and there is very little you can do about it. When you withdraw an active substance, such as nicotine, from your metabolism, it will change, and this can lead to small to significant weight gain. As I said, your body in this instance does as it wills, and you have no control over that. You do have control about the intake of food you take, and this is where you can really show your body who’s boss!
In short, you have to cut off your access to excess food. I know this is easier said than done! After all, what is excess food? Excess food is anything that is not part of your pre-planned, three daily meals. This means no snacks, no fridge full of pop or overly sweetened fruit juices, no bags of chips, etc.
Plan your meals in advance to make sure you won’t go hungry, and remove all excess food from your house or apartment. This will remove temptation and is akin to throwing away your last cigarettes when you quit smoking! If the food’s not there, you can’t eat it! Believe in yourself, avoid temptation by removing excess, junk food from your house and you’ll be able to limit your weight gain to a minimum after quitting smoking!