Prevent Weight Gain as You Quit Smoking
You deserve a big round of applause and congratulations because you decide 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. The fact is that many people resort to eating or carving food as a replacement for cigarette smoking so it is not uncommon to gain extra pounds when quitting smoking. When you quit smoking, you can prevent gaining weight through healthy practices and diversion techniques. It is simply being careful with the food you eat and taking the enough amount of exercise. Pay attention to your dietary intake and it’s good adding a lot of fruits and vegetables to keep you full.
It is a must to cut on salt and sugar in your diet because food containing high amounts of these substances are the major causes of 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. If you can’t help taking snacks, then purchase healthy snacks such as granola, fresh-popped popcorn, nuts, fruits, vegetables, or sugar-free candy. For instance, instead of a burger or french fries, you can just eat celery or carrot sticks, as well as fruit or vegetable salad with healthy sauce. Eat six small meals a day instead of three large meals for an effective weight control method after quitting smoking. Another method is using e-cig or vape with e-juice if you need a nicotine fix after eating rather than taking one or two sticks of cigarette a day. 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. When you feel hungry, drink water by taking at least eight glasses a day to keep you full and prevent cravings. You can chew gum instead of smoking to give your mouth a distraction against smoking. Take a nicotine chewing gum to alleviate any discomfort from withdrawal symptoms. You should also take exercise by walking, stretch, jog or any exercise at least twenty minutes a day to reduce weight.
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