The habit of smoking is very strong: you puff on a cigarette
hundreds of times each and every day. When people who have smoked for a long
time stop, they find it strange to have nothing in their hands or mouths. They
have become so accustomed to handling cigarettes that their hands seek
cigarettes from habit, even when they aren't strongly craving them.
Quitting smoking and weight gain have long been
linked. But when you kick the butts, is it inevitable yours will expand?
True, four out of five people who smoke gain some weight. On average, people
who quit gain between 4-10 pounds. Most weight tends to be gained in the first
six months after quitting.
The fear of weight gain is so great many smokers cite it as the reason they
continue to puff away. Although the benefits of quitting far outweigh the
possibility of extra pounds, few want to...