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The fear of gaining weight is often an obstacle to quitting smoking. Yet, the benefits of smoking cessation far outweight putting on a few pounds.
The fear of gaining weight is a reason frequently cited by people, barring them from quitting smoking. It is true that smoking cessation can contribute to some weight gain, and it isn’t pleasant to see one’s physical appearance change.
Let us put things into perspective. If you are concerned about this issue, tell yourself that smoking affects your physical appearance in several ways, since it:
You can bet on the fact that, despite a few extra pounds, your charm ranking will greatly improve in the eyes of those around you if you quit smoking.
Trust yourself: you will find ways to limit weight gain and you will eventually shed the extra pounds. You may even be surprised to learn that you are among those who successfully quit smoking without gaining weight!
Why is it that smokers seem less likely to gain weight? Here are three explanations. Smoking:
Smoking cessation leads to an average weight gain of 2.3 to 4.7 kg (5 to 10 pounds) after a year of abstinence. Because this is an average, some people will hardly gain any weight at all, while others will gain a bit more.
Most of the weight gain will occur in the first two months and will then slow down considerably after six months. Don’t worry, regardless of the weight you may put on, the benefits of smoke cessation on your health will always greatly surpass the drawbacks, even if you are overweight.
Caution: smoking cessation is often accompanied by strong urge to snack and difficulty recognizing when you are full. People who gain more than 10 kg after quitting smoking may have replaced their cigarette addiction with food, since it isn’t normal, or expected, to gain that much weight.
After a year, metabolism finds its balance again and weight becomes stabilized once more. Many people lose weight after this time without any particular effort. After a year, if you have gained weight following smoking cessation, it will be time for you to concentrate your energy on losing the kilos that you have gained.
Your pharmacist can help you in the smoking cessation process in many ways, so don’t hesitate to talk to him/her.
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