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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. When it comes to weight changes after quitting smoking, people have different experiences that may range from weight loss to a small percentage of people gaining over ten kilograms. According to studies, the average weight of those who quit smoking will be pretty the same 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 predisposes an individual to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and greater risk of death. Women who quit smoking tend to gain weight, with fats being deposited in normal and safer areas of the body that follows a female body pattern such as the hips rather than the waist. If you are experiencing weight gain because you just quit smoking, it is more important to focus first on keeping yourself healthy rather than controlling your weight. You have to set your short-term and long-term goals, get regular exercise, and get enough sleep. The known causes of weight gain after quitting smoking includes eating more food and nicotine effects on the body. Most ex-smokers find oral satisfaction by replacing cigarette smoking with eating, so make sure to consume only healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, cereals, granola, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil and avocados instead of high-sugary and high-salt content, 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. Before eating for more, wait for sometime because it make fifteen minutes before you tummy signals your brain that you are full. It is fine vaping with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but limit it. instead of eating junk food or fast food, eat more fruits and vegetables instead, and drink water eight glasses every day.