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. 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.
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 only makes women at a greater risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic and debilitating medical conditions. Instead of the waist, a woman who quit smoking tend to gain weight on normal body parts such as the hips. 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 eat more food for oral satisfaction or as a replacement for smoking and they are very comforting, but 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. 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. The fact is that it takes fifteen minutes for our stomach to signal our brain that it is full so wait for some time before getting another plate or serving. It is totally fine using vape with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but be sure to limit your vaping episodes to prevent addiction. Eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid eating junk food or fast food.