Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight
Would you like to quit smoking but have concerns about gaining weight? While it's true that the average person gains about 10 pounds, you can beat those odds. Try these strategies to tackle the oral cravings.
Tips to Help You Resist the Urge to Eat More:
#1 Drink more water.
Plain water is the best thing you can reach for when you experience oral cravings. It's free of calories and keeps you hydrated. It will also suppress your appetite naturally.
Create a pleasant ritual by keeping a pitcher on your desk and carrying along with a water bottle wherever you go.
#2 Chew gum.
Sugar-free gum is another good friend to have around. The chewing action can help substitute for the satisfaction you got from cigarettes. It's even good for your teeth because it stimulates saliva, which breaks down bacteria.
#3 Eat more slowly
If you spend more time eating the same amount of food, you'll avoid packing on pounds and may even improve your digestion. Chew slowly. Put your fork and spoon down in between each bite.
#4 Seek out distractions
Even if your cravings are intense, you'll feel better knowing that the hardest part will be behind you within a few weeks. Meanwhile, take your mind off your discomfort by having a refreshing nap or playing with your kids.
#5 Give yourself non-food rewards.
Look forward to all the money you'll save on cigarette purchases. Try spending some of that on movie tickets or a good book to avoid feeling deprived.
All these tips can help you deal with oral cravings, but there is another main challenge — slower metabolism, which we will talk about in the next article! So stay tuned and we’ll see you next time!