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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. According to research, only about 4 to 5 kg amount of weight is added to your total weight over four to five years, and you have a lot of time to change poor eating habits and get healthy and fit. 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. Of course, there are differences among the experiences of people quitting smoking when it comes to weight change that ranges from losing weight to a small percentage of people gaining over ten kilograms. In the long run, the average weight of those who quit smoking will be similar to those who have never smoked.

In fact, smoking is associated with uneven distribution of fat among women 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 makes women more at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic and debilitating medical conditions. As a woman quit smoking, the weight gain happens in the normal body areas such as the hips rather than the waist. Don’t worry too much about weight changes after smoking, it is best to focus first on being healthy than controlling your weight because an acceptable weight will come naturally after you established good eating habits and healthy lifestyle. 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.

It is important to be active to prevent weight gain by exercising around twenty to thirty minutes a day every day. Do not engage in a crash diet because you will run out of energy that you need every day for work and daily activities, making you eat more if you can’t withstand it anymore. The fact is that it takes fifteen minutes for our stomach to signal our brain that it is full so wait for some time before getting another plate or serving. It is totally fine using vape with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but limit it. Rather than consuming fast food and junk food, eat healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, make sure to exercise regularly, and drink water for at least eight to ten glasses per day.

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