Avoid Gaining Weight After you Quit Smoking
Why does one gain weight after you quit smoking, and how to keep that weight off you?
It is a MYTH that by just quitting cigarettes you start gaining weight.
The fact is that quitting cigarettes drops your blood pressure, and pulse rate making you less energetic for only the first few days. And during this period when you are not involved in any physical activity, you also tend to develop a craving for eating or munching.
It is what you munch on, that determines whether you gain weight or lose it.
When I quit smoking, I think I did gain around 3-4 lbs but right then I identified why I was gaining weight. I had started craving potato chips. First of all they are fried, secondly they are potato (lot of carbs and calories) and addictive. So I would eat half a pack or even more during the day. Also since I felt I was healthy since I quit smoking, I could eat more. And the fact is that after your quit smoking, your apatite increases, your taste buds clear up making the food taste delicious and you end up eating more. Followed by a dessert, making things worse.
There have been reports where people have gained 20, 30, 40 even 50 pounds after quitting cigarettes. But this is not because nicotine withdrawal made their bodies swell up, it was the people themselves who just started eating twice as much and cut down their physical activities even more.
Quitting Smoking is a great experience and it enhances weight loss and here is how:
Smoking brings in Carbon Monoxide (CO) to your blood which goes in your muscles and reduces your overall oxygen content. As you know, muscles burn fat, so with less oxygen in your muscles, your muscles get exhausted soon and do not contribute in burning fat. They also get exhausted with very little work out, making you tired and prevent any workout that you do.
Involve in Physical Activities
When you quit smoking, the Carbon Monoxide levels in your blood decrease, and more oxygen is contained in your body. This oxygen lets your muscles burn fat and lets you work out more. So the more you walk, run, work out at the gym or at home, the better your results will be and the more weight you will lose.
Drink Water and keep yourself Hydrated
Drinking a lot of water will keep you hydrated and provide oxygen to your body. It will also help detoxify your system. It also keeps you full most of the time, hence will help you avoid munching on foods that you want to stay away from.
Increase your Meals, Reduce your Portions
If you want to lose weight 24/7 this is the way to go. Eat 5-6 times a day, but eat very little each time. Make sure you are eating a good amount of protein during the day (Tuna, any Fish, Soy, Chicken, etc) with little carbohydrates but no carbohydrates after 5 or 6pm. Drink a lot of water, liquids like juices, milk, etc and your metabolism will be on all the time and keep burning fat for you. I highly recommend visiting a dietitian and getting a mean schedule from him/her.
A nice walk after your dinner
All the carbohydrates or fat that you consume after your dinner are the ones that primarily add up to your weight. A brisk walk in the evening can help burn off some of these at night. A walk also regulates your system so you will not have any constipation or other digestion related issues.
Munch if you must, but Munch on Greens
Thats true ... If you must munch, go ahead and eat all you could, but fill your self up with greens. Eat celery, lettuce, salads, have a soup, eat shrimps (in moderation as they are high in cholesterol), beans, whatever you want but healthy. Avoid fried stuff, avoid chips, oils, greases, cheeses (only eat em in the morning / afternoon) and you will start losing weight instead of gaining it.
Eat right, and involve yourself in a physical activity (walking, running, jogging, tennis, swimming, etc) and you will see great improvements to your health.