Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quit Smoking without Gaining Weight

Many women would try to quit smoking except that they are afraid of putting on unwanted weight. To what extent are these fears true and how can they keep the weight off? The main reason for gaining the weight back lies in the improvement of gastric mucosa and the secretory function of the stomach impaired by the gastritis that develops in smokers gradually. That’s why those who quit smoking experience increased appetite and eventually higher metabolism. That explains why you tend to gain your pounds back after discarding bad habit.

Change Your Diet

To eliminate the problem of gaining weight, you should eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more liquid and exercise more intensely within first months without cigarettes.

Developing Eating Habits to Avoid Weight Gain

In addition, it is advisable to eat more, but in small portions, for some time. The best way is to eat five small meals per day. Eat slowly, chewing food carefully, and make a pause for a few seconds every time you swallow.

Keep on Dieting

If you’ve stayed away from smoking and stuck with your new diet plan for a month, you can return to a regular diet without adding inches to your waist or thighs. But why stop your healthy diet? Once you quit smoking and started a healthy lifestyle, keep it up and eat healthier small meals as well as more fruits and vegetables

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