Smoking cigarettes suppresses appetite and diminishes the ability to taste and smell. But when you stop smoking, your appetite may return. Because of this renewed feeling of hunger and greater ability to appreciate foods, many smokers fear that quitting smoking will lead to unwanted weight gain.
However, this does not have to be the case. Quitting smoking successfully means focusing and setting priorities. Don’t let worries about gaining weight discourage you.
Although some people take a few pounds off their daily routine after removing cigarettes, any weight gain can be mitigated by following a proper diet, following some smart snacking habits, and focusing on other ways to satisfy your oral fixation. None of these changes are drastic or require a complete lifestyle change.
Small adjustments can lead to big advances. Having a bag of sugar-free gum on hand, pre-portioning meals, and always keeping a small bag of nuts or fruit in your car or pocket can neutralize cravings without the guilt of eating anything unhealthy.