Once you stopped smoking, you may worry that by doing so you will start to gain weight, plus the fact that it is common for some to gain some pounds when they quit smoking. No need to worry that the situation could happen to you since if you follow some guidelines, you will avoid the side effect of gaining weight once you stop smoking.
The first tip that we can offer to avoid gaining weight, when you stop smoking, is to eat a balanced diet. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, cutting down on foods with high level of salt or sugar, and filling up on healthy fats like olive oils and avocados, are examples of how you can enhance your diet.
Many ex-smokers would have the tendency to turn to snacking as their new habit once they stop smoking, and so if you are caught in this situation, our next advice is that you stock up with healthy snacks instead. You can stock up healthy snacks such as fruits, nuts, granola, vegetables, sugar free candy and so on.
Another advice that we can offer is to eat more frequent like 5-6 meals a day instead of the usual 3 large meals. Craving for a cigarette is usually experienced after a big meal, and so this new method of eating your food will reduce the craving.
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. If you skip breakfast you take the higher risk of craving and eating unhealthy foods, and so be reminded that eating breakfast will give you the energy to last the day.
Another guideline to control weight when you stop smoking is to stay hydrated. Note that drinking plenty of water will make us full thus we avoid feeling hungry all the time, so you can aim for 6-8 glasses of water daily.
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. You may be one of those who are experiencing nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and so to satisfy yourself, you can take instead a nicotine gum.
Diet is just one way of controlling your weight as you go through the process of eliminating your smoking habit, but this is not enough, meaning, you have to couple it with 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.
Our next advice is to get the support from your friends and families so you can quit smoking and avoid gaining weight in the process, and one of these ways is to join you in your exercise routine, or check out on your grocery list for healthy foods instead of the bad ones.