How to Manage Weight Gain and Nicotine Withdrawal Effects After Quitting Smoking
Quitting smoking is the best health decision you have ever made, and although it may add you extra pounds due to some factors, the amount is usually modest for most people. The fact is that the average amount of weight among ex-smokers is only about 4 to 5 kg over five years. Most of your extra pounds are deposited on your body within the first year after you quit smoking, most especially for the first three months. When it comes to weight changes after quitting smoking, people have different experiences that may range from weight loss to a small percentage of people gaining over ten kilograms. In the long run, the average weight of those who quit smoking will be similar to those who have never smoked.
In fact, smoking is associated with uneven distribution of fat among women 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 predisposes an individual to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and greater risk of death. As a woman quit smoking, the weight gain happens in the normal body areas such as the hips rather than the waist. If you are experiencing weight gain because you just quit smoking, it is more important to focus first on keeping yourself healthy rather than controlling your weight. Make realistic short-term and long-term goals, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. The known causes of weight gain after quitting smoking includes eating more food and nicotine effects on the body. Food can be comforting that greatly satisfies an ex-smoker, but instead of eating high sugar or high salt food, it is best to choose healthy snacks, chew sugarless gum or drink water.
Be active and exercise more often, around twenty to thirty minutes a day everyday. Do not even consider having a crash diet because it burns the muscle tissues for fuel depleting you energy that you need in performing your daily activities, making you eat more if you can’t withstand it anymore. Before eating for more, wait for sometime because it make fifteen minutes before you tummy signals your brain that you are full. It is fine vaping with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but limit it. Eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid eating junk food or fast food.