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Does mindful eating help you avoid weight gain when quitting smoking?

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Staying mindful (aware) when you select, prepare, and eat your food can help you make better choices and become more in tune with your body so you don’t replace your smoking habit with mindless snacking or unhealthy meals. Set the table and sit down for meals when you can. Turn off distracting devices like your phone and TV. Focus on what you’re eating and pause to notice if you're full.

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: “How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?”

American Cancer Society: “Staying Tobacco-free After You Quit Smoking.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why is weight gain common after you quit smoking? What can I do to avoid it?”

Smokefree.gov: “Managing Portion Size.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Heart Association: “How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?”

American Cancer Society: “Staying Tobacco-free After You Quit Smoking.”

Mayo Clinic: “Why is weight gain common after you quit smoking? What can I do to avoid it?”

Smokefree.gov: “Managing Portion Size.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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