Quit smoking without gaining extra weight

October 21, 2010

Quit smoking without gaining extra weight
Quit smoking without gaining extra weight

In Women's Health Magazine, nutritionist Lisa Drayer writes that she has met many women who have taken the steps to quit smoking, but are troubled by the weight that they put on as a result of calling it quits.

She states that this is often a symptom of kicking the habit, because of the effects that nicotine has on the body. The primary reasons for weight gain are likely to include the fact that cigarettes speed up the metabolism, burning more calories, and are also responsible for high levels of the calm-inducing neurotransmitter serotonin.

When someone stops smoking, they may seek an alternative to smoking to induce those same levels of relaxation - namely, sweet or starchy foods that can lead to weight gain.

However, Drayer assures women who have given up smoking that they have made the right choice, and suggests some ways that they can slim down without cigarettes.

Distraction is key - taking a coffee break or going on a walk can replace smoking, and also still provide an activity for those who miss taking a drag with friends or coworkers.

If the craving for sweets is overwhelming, using sugarless gum or mouthwash can help ladies overcome the urge to snack.Additionally, the Mayo Clinic recommends staying physically active and eating fresh fruit instead of sugary treats.

Along with the multiple health risks associated with smoking and second-hand smoke, having any type of surgery while smoking will increase the chance of complications and slow down the healing process.

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