Stopping Weight Gain While Quitting Smoking
Many people who quit smoking gain 10 pounds, but not you.
More Smoking-Cessation Secrets: Plan Ahead and Drink Lots of Water
Besides eating a healthy diet and exercising more, here are some other tips
to help you avoid gaining the "kick the habit 10":
- Plan ahead. "Some of my patients, when they know they're going to quit,
start improving their diet and exercise ahead of time so that they're not
already at a really high weight when they quit," says Covey.
- Find something else to do with your mouth. Keep sugar-free hard candies,
gum (nicotine gum if you like), or Tic Tacs in your car, purse, and coat.
Crunching on a carrot when you feel like a cigarette or a snack will keep your
mouth busy without adding calories.
- If you're keeping a "smoking journal," track your cravings to eat
just as you track your cravings to smoke, and identify replacement activities
(a walk, a run, a video game, playing with the dog).
- Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated will boost your metabolism, while at
the same time helping you beat back the craving to smoke. Carry a water bottle
with you throughout the day.