How to Manage Weight Gain and Nicotine Withdrawal Effects After Quitting Smoking
While it is true that quitting smoking can cause weight gain because of withdrawal effects and poor eating practices, the few extra pounds are in a modest amount to most people. According to research, only about 4 to 5 kg amount of weight is added to your total weight over four to five years, and you have a lot of time to change poor eating habits and get healthy and fit. The first three months after quitting smoking is the critical time when most extra pounds are added to your weight and within a year after quitting smoking. When it comes to weight changes, people have different experiences, ranging from losing weight to a small percentage of people gaining over ten kilograms. According to research, the average weight of those who quit smoking will be the same to those who are not smoking.
The fact is that women who are smokers tend to follow an uneven distribution of fats likened to the male ‘apple’ body pattern, with more fat around their waist as compared to women who don’t smoke. It is a fact that women who smoke have uneven distribution of fats likened to the male ‘apple’ body pattern, with more fats deposited around their waist as compared to women who don’t smoke. It makes women more at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic and debilitating medical conditions. Women who quit smoking tend to gain weight, with fats being deposited in normal and safer areas of the body that follows a female body pattern such as the hips rather than the waist. Don’t worry too much about weight changes after smoking, it is best to focus first on being healthy than controlling your weight because an acceptable weight will come naturally after you established good eating habits and healthy lifestyle. Make realistic short-term and long-term goals, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. Weight gain is thought to be caused by eating more food and nicotine effects on the body affecting metabolism. Most ex-smokers find oral satisfaction by replacing cigarette smoking with eating, so make sure to consume only healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, cereals, granola, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil and avocados instead of high-sugary and high-salt content, chew sugarless gum or drink water.
Be active and exercise more often, around twenty to thirty minutes a day everyday. Crash diet is a big no no as it burns the muscle for fuel depleting you energy you need in performing your daily activities, making you eat more if you can’t withstand it anymore. Before getting another plate or serving, it is best to wait for some time because it takes fifteen minutes for our stomach to signal our brain that it is full. It is fine vaping with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but limit it. Rather than consuming fast food and junk food, eat healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, make sure to exercise regularly, and drink water for at least eight to ten glasses per day.