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How to Manage Weight Gain and Nicotine Withdrawal Effects After Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is the best health decision you have ever made, and although it may add you extra pounds due to some factors, the amount is usually modest for most people. The fact is that the average amount of weight among ex-smokers is only about 4 to 5 kg over five years. Most of the extra pounds happen within a year after you quit smoking, most especially for the first three months. When it comes to weight changes, people have different experiences, ranging from losing weight to a small percentage of people gaining over ten kilograms. According to studies, the average weight of those who quit smoking will be pretty the same to those who have never smoked.

In fact, smoking is associated with uneven distribution of fat among women likened to the male ‘apple’ body pattern, with more fat around their waist as compared to women who don’t smoke. It is a fact that women who smoke have uneven distribution of fats likened to the male ‘apple’ body pattern, with more fats deposited around their waist as compared to women who don’t smoke. It only makes women at a greater risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic and debilitating medical conditions. As a woman quit smoking, the weight gain happens in the normal body areas such as the hips rather than the waist. If you are experiencing weight gain because you just quit smoking, it is more important to focus first on keeping yourself healthy rather than controlling your weight. It is important to set short-term and long-term goals, get enough sleep, and get regular exercise. The causes of weight gain after quitting smoking can be associated with eating more food for cigarette diversion and nicotine effects on the body affecting metabolism. Most ex-smokers eat more food for oral satisfaction or as a replacement for smoking and they are very comforting, but it is best to choose healthy snacks, chew sugarless gum or drink water.

It is important to be active to prevent weight gain by exercising around twenty to thirty minutes a day every day. Do not engage in a crash diet because you will run out of energy that you need every day for work and daily activities, making you eat more if you can’t withstand it anymore. The fact is that it takes fifteen minutes for our stomach to signal our brain that it is full so wait for some time before getting another plate or serving. It is totally fine using vape with nicotine e-juice if you can’t withstand the withdrawal effects but be sure to limit your vaping episodes to prevent addiction. instead of eating junk food or fast food, eat more fruits and vegetables instead, and drink water eight glasses every day.