Keeping The Weight Off When Quitting

April 29, 2022 2 min read

Keeping Off The Pounds When Quitting Smoking

It’s often one of the issues most smokers are very nervous about; they ask the question, “Will giving up smoking make me put on weight?” but the problem is that there are no hard and fast rules about this. Smoking is a diversion activity for sure…some people quell their natural hunger pangs with a cigarette whilst others claim they feel less hungry when they’re smoking daily.

The truth of the matter is this; people only put on weight if they consume more calories than they’re burning. So if you stop smoking and immediately begin eating double what you were as a diversion technique…then yes, you will probably gain weight. If you use other diversion techniques then no; you’re not going to suddenly pack on the pounds.


Fail-Safe Tips To Keeping The Weight Off!

Using smoking cessation tools such as E-Cigs can be a good way of diverting the energy you once put into smoking; similarly, drinking more water will not only help you to avoid smoking but also eating as a well hydrated person is far less likely to experience cravings than someone who hardly drinks anything throughout their day.

Exercise can help; boosting your metabolism and contributing to a general feeling of well-being it serves two purposes in one; you will lose weight and your body will function better in general making your stop smoking drive more likely to succeed.

Below are your fail-safe tips for avoiding piling on the pounds when you’re stopping smoking.

  • Don’t go on a diet at the same time as you’re quitting; dieting can actually cause more weight gain during times of stress.
  • Don’t replace cigarettes with alcohol; alcohol is often full of sugars which will slow you down, cause low moods and make you more likely to gain as a result.
  • If you are already overweight, speak to your GP and get some professional advice regarding making a change for the better.
  • If you are a heavy smoker, consider using a replacement such as an E-Cigarette.

Smoking is bad for your health; this is a fact of life and whilst being overweight is also unhealthy, you are at far more risk on a day to day basis from smoking cigarettes. Attack the smoking first, then try to address the weight issue but don’t use food as a diversion technique…it’s a slippery slope!