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 after quitting smoking, people have different experiences that may range from weight loss 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.
The fact is that women who are smokers tend to follow an uneven distribution of fats 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 predisposes an individual to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and greater risk of death. Women who quit smoking tend to gain weight, with fats being deposited in normal and safer areas of the body that follows a female body pattern such as the hips rather than the waist. If you are experiencing weight gain because you just quit smoking, it is more important to focus first on keeping yourself healthy rather than controlling your weight. 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. Food can be comforting that greatly satisfies an ex-smoker, but instead of eating high sugar or high salt food, 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. Before eating for more, wait for sometime because it make fifteen minutes before you tummy signals your brain that you are full. 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.