It's true that the nicotine in tobacco products reduces your appetite
and perks you up when you feel your energy level drop because of hunger. But
those effects don't last long, and before you know it, you're hungry
Using smoking to maintain a lower body weight has other drawbacks.
Smoking does nothing for your muscle tone. You might weigh less, but you won't
have the toned muscles or the increased energy that comes with maintaining a
lower weight through exercise and eating right.
If you are smoking because you are afraid of the weight you may put
on when you quit, remember that not everyone gains weight when they
The keys to maintaining a healthy body weight are to eat well and get
For tips on creating a balanced diet that will
help you keep your energy level up, reduce your cravings for fatty snacks, and
help you maintain a healthy weight, see the topic Healthy
For more information about managing your appetite and
maintaining a healthy body weight through regular exercise, see the topic
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
July 6, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 06, 2011
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