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How to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Posted Apr 25 2010 11:14am

Weight gain is one of the most common excuses for not quitting smoking. Although the benefits of giving up smoking far outweigh the risk of gaining weight, many nicotine addicts prefer not to endanger their figure and keep on smoking.

“Some people do gain weight after quitting, but certainly not everyone”, says PhD Scott McIntosh, who teaches at the University of Rochester, New York. He estimates that only one third of the smokers gain weight after they quit smoking. “Obviously that’s something many people would rather not see. But by quitting smoking, you can add years to your life — and years of being in good health rather than sick or disabled. Those extra pounds are a small price to pay.”

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According to World Health Organization, tobacco is the leading cause of death can be prevented. Statistics show that the world is smoked 20 billion cigarettes per day.

Why do we gain weight?

Weight gain after quitting smoking may be caused by two factors:

-          First of all – you eat more. If you quit smoking, you want to replace the habit and it often happens to replace it by overeating. Since now you feel the smell better you have a better taste, sweet foods will become more attractive for you;

-          A second reason is that nicotine increases the calories burning rate of the body. Along with quitting smoking, your body will not burn as many calories.

How can you take care of your figure?
Here are some tips that you will be helpful in keeping the figure after quitting smoking:

1. Store only low calorie snacks in your fridge. Nicotine addiction also means that you have the habit of keeping something in your hand and lead it to your mouth. When that something isn’t a ciggarette, it usually happens to be low-quality, high-fat food. If you trade the cigarettes for high-calorie sweets, then those extra pounds should not surprise you. Keep only fruits and vegetables in your kitchen… maybe a dietetic yogurt as well.

2. Drink plenty of water. Water consumption before and during meals helps you moisturize, might offer you the feeling of a full stomach and thus helps you eat less. Also, water consumption can help when you feel the need to put something in your mouth, apart from cigarettes.

Warning! Smoking attacks more than your lungs!
The cardiovascular system. Smoking increases the risk of the following diseases: tachycardia, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorders, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, obliterative arteritis, phlebitis, stroke. One of the consequences of smoking is the narrowing of blood vessels that carry both oxygen and carbon monoxide.

The digestive system. Smoking increases the risk of certain cancers (starting from the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, etc.), cavities, gingivitis, stomatitis, colitis, entero-colitis, gastro-duodenal ulcers, chronic hepatitis, biliary dyskinesias.

The endocrine system. At women, smoking can lead to infertility, irregular and painful menstrual cycles, early menopause reinforced by osteoporosis, various cancers (breast or genital). It also affects sperm quality and male sexual function. Testicular cancer is more common at smokers.

Respiratory system. Smokers are at increased risk of bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and acute respiratory infections. Smoking increases the risk of infection with BK and the development of serious forms of tuberculosis and mortality caused by this disease.

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