Smoking can be a rather tricky habit. There a lot of reasons that may lead to someone starting to smoke, and a lot of reasons not to. And once one has started smoking, there are also a lot of reasons to quit, and a lot of reasons not to.
One of the apprehensions that smokers have against quitting is the possibility of gaining weight. Studies have suggested that people who quit smoking can gain an average of 10 lbs.
There are reportedly two reasons behind this weight gain. First is the fact that when a smoker decides to stop, he or she will be missing that act of putting something in one’s mouth. This leads to the tendency to eat more to mimic the action of placing something to the mouth. The fact that one has stopped smoking will also allow one to smell and taste food better, then the sweet and sugary – and similar things sinful – will start looking awfully attractive.
The other reason is reportedly metabolic in nature. The nicotine in smoking increases one’s metabolic rate; its absence will lead to a decrease.
But what if you really want to quit smoking? There are ways of getting around the weight gain. One is to exercise more. You will no longer be constantly out of breath, so one can actually take full advantage of that and be more physical. Exercise will also reportedly help one “burn off nervous energy” that those trying to kick the habit sometimes experience. A healthy diet will also help.
Smokers who intend to take the plunge without putting on weight are also encouraged to plan ahead. A gradual change in diet and exercise routines before actually quitting is reportedly a great way to do it. It will also be to one’s advantage to find something else to stick in one’s mouth other than sweet temptations, such as carrot sticks or sugar-free candy. Lastly, it is deemed important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.