- Many people who are considering
quitting are very concerned about gaining weight. If you are concerned
about weight gain, keep these points in mind:
- Quitting doesn't mean you'll
automatically gain weight. When people gain it's because they often
eat more once they quit.
- The benefits of giving up cigarettes
far outweigh the drawbacks of adding a few pounds. You'd have to gain
a very large amount of weight to offset the many substantial health
benefits that a normal smoker gains by quitting. Watch what you eat,
and if you are concerned about gaining weight, consider the tips that
to Help You Avoid Weight Gain
- Make sure you have a
well balanced diet, with the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates
- Don't set a target date for
a holiday, when the temptation of high calorie food and drinks may be
too hard to resist.
- Drink a glass of water before
- Weigh yourself weekly.
- Chew sugarless gum when you
want sweet foods.
- Plan menus carefully, and count
calories. Don't try to lose weight; just try to maintain your prequitting
- Have low calorie foods on hand
for nibbling. Use the Snack Calorie Chart to choose foods that are both
nutritious and low in calories. Some good choices are fresh fruits and
vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, low-fat cottage cheese, and
air-popped popcorn without butter.
- Take time for daily exercise,
or join an organized exercise group.