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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. The fact is that the average amount of weight among ex-smokers is only about 4 to 5 kg over five years. 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. 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 only makes women at a greater 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. 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. It is important to set short-term and long-term goals, get enough sleep, and get regular exercise. The known causes of weight gain after quitting smoking includes eating more food and nicotine effects on the body. Most ex-smokers eat more food for oral satisfaction or as a replacement for smoking and they are very comforting, but it is best to choose healthy snacks, chew sugarless gum or drink water.

Be active and exercise more often, around twenty to thirty minutes a day everyday. Crash diet is a big no no as it burns the muscle for fuel depleting you energy you need in performing your 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. 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.