This week an article in U.S. News http://bit.ly/2cGDVWX discuses a concern that is close to the heart for many smokers and former smokers – weight gain after stopping smoking. In the article a former patient of ours describes how he found the ‘sweet spot’, and lost weight after stopping smoking. As he attests, it can be done. While it is common to gain weight when stopping, it is not inevitable.
Snacking on calorie dense foods and having larger portions during meals is probably the major cause for gaining weight after becoming tobacco free. Smoking suppresses appetite and once a person stops, their appetite returns and food may become more appealing. In addition, sometimes people become less active when they stop smoking. No longer do they have to leave their home or office every time they need a smoke. These little calorie burners can add up over the course of a year.
Making healthy snack choices, watching portion size, eating mindfully to fully enjoy each bite, and becoming more physically active are the keys to achieving a healthy weight along with a healthy smoke free lifestyle. You can use that additional time and energy gained from stopping smoking to engage in an exercise plan. Get support from family or friends for your healthy lifestyle changes. You can join in the becomeanex.org community discussions for additional support. https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Simona-blog/2008/04/01/weight-gain-problems-when-quitting-smoking
For more information please read the inspiring article in U.S. News, and find additional information on the Mayo Clinic website http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/expert-answers/quit-smoking/faq-20058312.
Enjoy living healthy and free.