How to Avoid Putting on Weight When Quitting Smoking
There are a million different reasons why you should quit smoking, but there is one reason that could be holding you back: you don’t want to put on weight. As nicotine is an appetite suppressant, a lot of people turn to food to replace cigarettes when they are giving up. This inevitably leads to a few extra pounds. But, it doesn’t have to! There are ways to manage your weight while you give up smoking.
Why do you put on weight when you quit smoking?
Before we discuss the different ways you can manage your weight while giving up smoking, it is important to understand why weight gain occurs. There are a number of reasons, including:
- A lot of people need to replace the ‘hand-to-mouth’ action that is associated with smoking, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by snacking.
- It is easy to think that your nicotine cravings are actually hunger cravings. Some people will also eat to distract themselves from the nicotine cravings they are experiencing.
- A lot of foods can taste better once you have stopped smoking, especially sugary snacks.
- As mentioned in the introduction, smoking can suppress your appetite. Once you quit, you will feel hungry more often.
- When you stop smoking, your body requires fewer calories. This is because smoking speeds up your metabolism, causing your body to burn calories at a quicker rate.
How can you avoid weight gain while quitting?
- Eat slowly - Make your food last. Savor each mouthful and chew it slowly, instead of simply piling more on the plate.
- Look for a different ‘hand-to-mouth’ replacement - Instead of replacing the act of smoking with the act of snacking, choose something else. Kangertech vapes are a good idea, as you will feel like you are still smoking without the negative health impact. This will help you to give up nicotine without putting on weight at the same time.
- Eat smaller portions - Until your metabolism has stabilized, you should eat smaller portions of food. You can snack regularly, so long as you are enjoying healthy snacks. Serving sizes are often a big downfall for people when they are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. It can be difficult to know what the right amount is. Remember, the key is moderation.
- Handle setbacks - If you treat yourself to a Burger King, don’t then go and have a pizza for dinner and call it a ‘fat day.’ We all have a tendency to do this; we fall off the wagon, so we decide that we will start again fresh tomorrow. Calories don’t know the difference between each day. How you handle a setback will be the making of you.
- Get rid of unhealthy snacks - If you have unhealthy snacks littered around the house, you are going to eat them. Instead, stick up on vegetable sticks, fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts. Take healthy snacks to work with you too.
- Join the gym - Finally, now would be a good time to join the gym! You don’t need to sweat it out on the treadmill. Why not join Zumba or a different gym class? This will keep your metabolism high.