As per the recent statistics, most of the people who quit smoking gain some weight between 5 to 10 pounds. This is all because the people who have special interest in food when they quit smoking and this reason comes from two different sources, physical and psychological. Once you identified these areas will help you curb your snacking so that you don’t end up with unwanted weight gain due to quitting smoking.

Why people who quit smoking gain weight?

There are a couple of reasons why people gain weight when they give up cigarettes. Some have to do with the way nicotine affects your body.

  • The nicotine in cigarettes speeds up your metabolism. Nicotine increases the number of calories your body uses at rest by about 7% to 15%. Without cigarettes, your body may burn food more slowly.

  • Cigarettes reduces appetite and you may feel hungrier and as a result you may crave high-calories foods to replace cigarettes.

Smoking-Cessation Secrets- Manage Your Weight

Engage in Physical Activity

Physical activity helps you burn calories. and ward off your cravings to avoid unhealthy foods or cigarettes. If you already exercise, you may need to exercise for longer or more often to burn the calories nicotine used to help remove.

Shop for healthy groceries

Decide what you will buy before you get to the store. Make a list of healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, and low-fat yogurt that you can indulge in without eating too many calories. Stock up on low-calorie “finger foods” that can keep your hands busy, such as sliced apples, baby carrots, or pre-portioned unsalted nuts.

Stock up on sugar-free gum

It can keep your mouth busy without adding calories or exposing your teeth to sugar.

Create healthy eating habits

Make a healthy meal plan ahead of time so you can combat cravings when they hit. It is easier to say “no” to fried chicken nuggets if you are looking ahead to a roast chicken with vegetables for dinner.

Never let yourself get too hungry

A little hunger is a good thing, but if you are so hungry that you have to eat right away, you are more likely to reach for a diet-busting option. Learning to eat foods that fill you up can also help ward off hunger.

Sleep well 

If you often do not get enough sleep, you are at greater risk of putting on extra weight. Try to give 7-8 hours of sleep to make your mind relax and to start fresh day with smile.

Control your drinking

Alcohol, sugary sodas, and sweetened juices may go down easy, but they add up, and can lead to weight gain. Try sparkling water with 100% fruit juice or herbal tea instead.

Bottom Line

Giving up cigarettes is a huge accomplishment! Even if you do gain weight, it’s far healthier to put on a few pounds than to keep smoking. Boot the addiction of nicotine out from your life now and tackle cravings and other challenges out from your life.