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TIPS TO STAY IN SHAPE EVEN AFTER QUITTING CIGARETTES
Posted On June 8, 2016
The fact that quitting cigarettes often goes hand in hand with weight gain stops a lot of people – especially beauty-conscious female smokers – from seriously pursuing tobacco cessation programs. How would you like the idea of kicking the butts, but without putting on extra pounds? You will be delighted to know that it's actually possible to get the best of both worlds. How? Follow these tips from the experts:
Quitting and Weight Gain – Know How the Two are Related
Smoking tends to perk up your metabolism. A pack a day can help you burn 250 calories. Quitting, on the other hand, may slow down metabolism, handing your body some extra calories to deal with. This leads to weight gain in some people. You may put on about two pounds during the first few weeks after quitting. However, this weight gain is by no means going to be a recurring process. The metabolism rate stabilizes eventually, and people don't generally gain more than six to seven pounds in total as a result of quitting smoking.
Take the Right Approach
Now that you know why people put on weight after giving up cigarettes, you can understand that a few lifestyle changes are necessary to make your quitting efforts a success. Here are a few tips on how to get going:
Switch to a Healthy Diet
During the initial weeks of quitting, try to avoid parties and buffets. By eating a balanced diet comprising a lot of greens and whole grains, you can avoid packing in extra calories.
Increase Water Intake
Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Besides keeping you hydrated, it will help you feel full. This will help cut down the urge for snacking.
Make Smart Snacking Choices
Munching on healthy snacks does help you to control your craving for cigarettes. When craving strikes, try healthy snacks such as wedges of fruits, cut-up veggies and nuts – all in limited quantity. Say NO to sugary and starchy snacks.
Make Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine
Squeeze out some extra time from your daily schedule to take up some physical activities such as walking or jogging. Losing extra body fat becomes easier when you embrace an active lifestyle.
Don't panic and light up another cigarette just because the needle on the scale has moved upward. Weight gain is only temporary – simply follow a healthy lifestyle and let your metabolism even off automatically. And your rewards? A happier, healthier and more beautiful you!