When you have decided to quit smoking, it is your apprehension that by doing so you will gain some pounds, and actually this is not unusual for people to experience it after they stopped smoking. Fortunately, there are some tips that you can observe in order to help you quit smoking without the after effect of gaining weight.
In order to avoid gaining extra pounds once you quit smoking, our first pointer is that you should take extra care of your diet. Examples would be to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, avoid foods that have high salt or sugar content, and fill up on healthy fats like olive oils and avocados.
It is common to find another habit to substitute your cravings when you quit smoking, and when this happens it is advisable that you stock up on healthy snacks. To substitute your cravings in smoking, you surround yourself with healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, vegetables, granola, fresh popped popcorn, and others.
The next pointer is you eat more frequent than the normal 3 large meals, for example is eating 5-6 small meals. By doing this new schedule of food intake, you are reducing your cravings to smoke.
Another advice we can give is in tuned to what our parents would tell us to eat always our breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day. Know that you stand at higher risk of succumbing to your cravings to eat unhealthy foods if you skip your breakfast, plus be reminded that eating breakfast is the fuel that can give you power through the day.
The next pointer to avoid gaining pounds when you quit smoking is to keep yourself adequately hydrated. We should target to drink around two liters of water every day, and by doing so, you will avoid feeling hungry.
To take the place of smoking, our next tip is that you chew gum so that you will be distracted from craving cigarettes and stop your appetite. Some may be struggling with nicotine withdrawal symptoms and so you can get a nicotine gum to solve your concern.
We always hear that diet is not enough and that you should get into exercising too, and so this is our next advice to you to avoid gaining weight when you quit smoking, and that is you exercise. It is a fact that having an exercise regime would help you in your cravings after you stopped smoking, plus it is great for your mind, will help relieve your irritability, stress and anxiety and other negative effects of cutting off cravings.
Getting the support from your friends and families is another best way to be successful in cutting off your smoking habit, and you can do this by letting them go with you to the gym, or accompany you when you go grocery and choose those healthy foods.