Can smoking make you gain weight? 5 tips to stay slim after you give up cigarettes

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Common sense tells us that smoking is not a good choice for weight loss. There are endless ways to kick-start your metabolism and control hunger pangs. One healthier way to curb your hunger is replacing nicotine with a cup healthy cup of green tea.

Smoking is not a good choice for weight loss

Smoking is not a good choice for weight loss |Photo Credit:&nbspThinkstock

New Delhi: In the hope of achieving a slim trim figure, many people, especially young girls, seem to have fallen victims to this common fear and misconception that quitting smoking will result in weight gain. Tobacco in any form, including smoking, increases your risk for severe health conditions such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, cancer, etc. In fact, studies have shown that smoking affects fat distribution and can lead to weight gain in the short-term. It is suggested that this may be one reason why women who smoke tend to have fats settle around the waist area, creating an ‘apple-shaped’ body. Women with this body type are deemed more dangerous than the alternative ‘pear-shape’ because an apple-shaped person has a higher chance of weight-related diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. Common sense tells us that smoking is absolutely not a good choice for weight loss.

Experts say there could be a couple of reasons why some people tend to gain a few kilos after quitting smoking. For instance, nicotine in tobacco is shown to speed up metabolism and provide a burst of energy. Studies have also shown that nicotine increases the amount of calories your body uses at rest by about 7% to 15%. According to a report in MedlinePlus, your body may burn food more slowly, without cigarettes. Cigarettes also distract you from feeling hungry, reducing your appetite. That’s why people who quit smoking may feel hungrier and crave high-calorie foods to replace cigarettes. But does this marginal boost to metabolism really worth taking it, even if it’s at the cost of your health? Read – World No Tobacco Day: How smoking damages your heart and blood vessels (Watch VIDEO)

For one simple reason, smoking kills you in a variety ways. There are endless ways to kick-start your metabolism and control hunger pangs. One healthier way to curb your hunger is replacing nicotine with a cup healthy cup of green tea. Other healthier habits to avoid putting on pounds and lose weight include –

  • Being physically active to help you burn more calories. Exercising can help you deal with frustration arising from nicotine withdrawal and help calm you down.
  • Creating healthy eating habits and focusing on whole foods that will provide your body with essential nutrients to function normally while also keeping you full for long hours, so that you don’t give in to unhealthy snacks.
  • Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol, sugary sodas, and sweetened beverages that may lead to weight gain.
  • Drinking plenty of water to stay well-hydrated and keep you feeling full.
  • Getting adequate sleep every night – a lack of sleep can put you at a higher risk of gaining extra weight.



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