Jan 222011

Did you that about 55% of smokers gain approximately 3kgs of weight after they stop smoking? This weight gain may be caused by 2 reasons.

First, nicotine increases the rate of digestion of any food. Therefore, stopping your body from nicotine makes food burning slower. This provides a good opportunity for the body to store some of the foods in the form of fats.

Second, smoking affects the minute parts of the tongue which are responsible for tasting, and thus, stopping smoking improves your sense of taste which leads you to eat more quantities of food that you enjoy.

Medical studies show that about 10% of smokers have fear to stop smoking because they are afraid of the weight gain. However, this reason should not to be your excuse to not stop. Here are some tips to help you stop smoking without gaining any extra weight or any complications.

The decision of stopping smoking has to be accompanied with another decision.  For example, taking up sports or going to the gym will help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal on one hand, and to resist the increase in weight on the other.  At the same time, increasing the volume of muscles in the body will make the fat burning more effective.

There are also some drinks that help to reduce the tension results from smoking cessation like orange juice.  Preferably, freshly squeezed and sugar-free.

You can also stop smoking using some of the following steps:

  • Stop smoking at once! It is proven that stopping smoking gradually is usually futile.
  • Choosing a particular time to begin stopping just so to avoid experiencing heavy pressure.
  • Some foods and beverages increase the tendency to smoke. You have to temporarily stop taking them, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and red meat.
  • Finally, try to get rid of any packet of cigarettes, lighters, or any other thing related to smoking in your house.

Give yourself a pat on your shoulders every time you refuse a cigarette!