A 10-Point Plan for Wellness (Without Being Overwhelmed)

June 13, 2018

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Prevent Weight Gain as You Quit Smoking

Congratulations to you for deciding to quit smoking! It is yet the start of a new challenge especially that you are worried about the possible weight gain effect associated with quitting smoking. A lot of people who decide to quit smoking experiences weight gain because they resort to eating or carving food as a replacement for cigarette smoking. Given the right diversion and healthy practices there are ways to prevent gaining weight when you quit smoking. It is all about getting the right amount of exercise and watching what you eat. Pay attention to your dietary intake by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables to help in detoxifying your body so you can recover from the effects of smoking, and to keep you full and prevent weight gain.

The major causes of weight gain include foods with high amounts of sugar and salt so you need to cut it down to prevent weight gain. It is better to fill up your diet with healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil for weight reduction and to keep you full for a longer period for you to avoid cravings. Most of the time previous smokers try to find a replacement for cigarette and food is always a good option but it increases chance of weight gain, so consume granola, fresh-popped popcorn, nuts, fruits, vegetables, or sugar-free candy instead of junk foods. For example, instead o eating ice cream, cake, burger or french fries, divert to fruits, celery, carrot sticks, fruit or vegetable salad with healthy sauce. An effective weight control method after you quit smoking is eating five to six small meals a day instead of three large meals. Instead of returning back to one or two stick per day, it is best to use vape with e-juice if you need a nicotine fix after eating. Never skip your early morning breakfast because it will only make you hungry all throughout the day which will allow you to eat more. You will be more energized and alert if you eat breakfast because you fill up your energy requirements.

While it is true that you watch out what you eat, it is also important to watch what you drink because if you want to prevent weight gain after quitting smoking, it is also important to ensure that you are properly hydrated. Water must be consumed at least eight glasses a day to keep you full and prevent cravings. Instead of smoking, chew gum because it is safer and it gives distraction to your mouth. In order to alleviate any discomfort from nicotine withdrawal symptoms, you can just take a nicotine chewing gum. Exercise also plays an important role in weight loss by walking, stretching or jogging twenty minutes a day.