Weight gain is a common problem for cigarette smokers trying to quit. And while nicotine is an appetite suppressant, so is exercise.
Research suggests that physical activity can lead to changes in appetite and hunger. Moderate to high-intensity exercise can lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that temporarily stimulates appetite, while increasing levels of peptide YY, a hormone that suppresses appetite. Studies also show that a consistent exercise routine can restore the sensitivity of the brain neurons that control satiety.
The idea of ”exercising” can be daunting, but remember that there are many forms of exercise that don’t involve a treadmill or a steamy gym. A game of basketball, a hike, or a leisurely bike ride can help relieve your hunger and improve your general physical well-being and mental outlook.
After a good workout, it’s natural for your body to crave calories, but if you stick to snacks that are largely unprocessed and low in sugar – hummus, carrots, peanuts, fresh fruit, avocado, dark chocolate – you will Easier Manage your post-workout diet. Exercise often encourages the adoption of additional healthy behaviors that make it easier to replace those junk food cravings with a better alternative for you.