A new year is always a time for resolutions and most of the time those resolutions involve stuff like quitting smoking or getting rid of a few of those extra pounds you gained during the holiday season. The problem is that when you choose to quit smoking quite often many people turn to food as a replacement and this leads to weight gain. Many people try to quit smoking first and then lose weight or vice versa. However, it is very possible and sometimes easier to do both at the same time and the benefits to your health will be extremely good. Here are some tips to help you through.
There is no getting around the fact then when you are craving a cigarette the first thing you will want to do is reach for a snack. This is usually something high in sugar that will dull the craving for a little while. However, this is the easiest way to start gaining weight and whilst you won’t be reaching for a cigarette it is still going to be damaging to your health in other ways. Instead of reaching for the sugary and fatty snacks try eating a piece of chewing gum. And if you still find yourself wanting to eat something then take away the source of the problem by throwing away any of these unhealthy snacks in the trash can and filling your cupboards with fruit, vegetables and healthy snacks instead. Remember that a craving does not last forever and it will pass within a very short amount of time.
If you find yourself wanting a cigarette, instead of reaching for a candy bar or bag of chips choose fruit, vegetables or other low-fat snacks such as pretzels, low-fat yogurt or cheese cubes, or nuts.
The chemicals that are found in cigarettes have the effect of speeding up your metabolism so you will digest your food a lot faster and will be less likely to gain weight from those calories. Common sense tells us that if this is true then quitting smoking is going to slow down your metabolic rate meaning you will be at a much more increased risk of gaining weight. For this reason, you will need to cut down on the amount of calories you are ingesting in your normal diet if you want to avoid any excess weight gain.
Take note, however, that smoking accounts for almost 200 calories that you burn a day. Therefore, if you quit smoking, you will automatically gain for yourself an added 200 calories a day.
Getting regular exercise is an essential part of any person’s lifestyle if he wishes to stay healthy. However, it is important to remember that a smoker’s lung capacity will be much smaller than that of a non-smoker’s. For this reason, you will need to start off your exercise program very slowly and work your way up to a more intense level over a period of time if you wish to avoid causing yourself injury or some other damage.
Establish A Network
Quitting smoking and losing weight are two very difficult tasks and trying to complete them together makes it more difficult. Research has found that having a support network around greatly increasing your chances of success. This can be in the form of family and friends who can keep you on the right path, or you may be able to find a support group in your local area. A quick internet search will bring up several weight loss and smoking cessation websites and forums which can be a great source of information and advice.
Let your friends and family in on your plan to quit smoking and tell them you need their support and encouragement to stop.