Many people do put on a few pounds after they stop smoking, but it’s not a forgone conclusion. Nicotine can speed up your metabolism and inhibit your appetite, so often when people quit, their metabolism slows down and their desire to eat goes up. In addition, smokers often report increased snacking as a replacement to the hand-to-mouth movement they have become accustomed to as smokers.
However, gaining a few extra pounds is still far healthier than continuing to smoke. Adding exercise to your daily routine can help to increase metabolism and burn calories. Exercise is also a good stress reliever and a great way to replace a bad habit with a good one.
If you feel you have an increased urge to snack when you quit smoking, make sure you have lots of healthy snacks, like fruits and vegetables available.
For more information on smoking cessation, schedule and appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital Internist today by calling HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us at www.ejgh.org.