Although everyone knows that smoking is detrimental to health, it’s surprising how many smokers cite fear of putting on weight as a reason to not quit smoking.
The simple fact is that it is not quitting smoking that affects your weight, but the change of habit can result in you increasing your food intake.
But there are plenty of ways to ensure this does not happen to you.
There is no need for a special diet when you stop smoking, but you must use your common sense. If you eat chocolates instead of smoking then you are very likely to gain weight!
Monitor your diet for about two weeks before you stop smoking – write a food diary, noting everything you eat and when. You simply use this to make sure that what you eat post-quitting follows a similar pattern.
In a similar way, note how much exercise you can do as a smoker. When you stop smoking, you can begin to compare how much more exercise you can do with ease. This will inspire you to the possibility of becoming fitter in other ways, and will actually help you through the tough period of giving up the addiction.
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