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Effective Ways To Stop Weight Gain When You Stop Smoking

by HealthyLivingTrends.com

One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking. However some people who stop smoking start to worry about gaining weight. That does not need to be a concern. Here are some ways that you can minimize weight gain and improve your health by stopping smoking.

Start exercising more often. If you've been smoking for some time, exercise may be difficult for you. However now that you no longer smoke, exercise may be more fun. Find an exercise that you enjoy, and do it regularly. You should be exercising about 3 to 4 times a week. You can walk after meals, or you can go to the gym. Any exercise you do is good.

Drink more water. You should be drinking about 8 to 10 cups of water every day anyway, but this is especially important if you have just stopped smoking. Water is a substance that will make you feel full. Sometimes, your body thinks it is hungry when it's really just thirsty. When you drink water, you won't feel the urge to have food.

Eat healthy snacks. Because you will not be having your smoke break anymore, you may still want to take breaks. You can have a break, just make it a healthy snack break. Eat a few pieces of celery with peanut butter, or have a few carrots. You can eat some yogurt or a stick of cheese. You can even snack on nuts. Having healthy snacks makes your cravings go down, and it makes you less likely to go and have a cigarette.

Plan your meals. When you plan your meals you can make sure that you always have something to eat. That means that you will not be tempted to go and get fast food, or junk food from the vending machine. When you plan your meals you know what you were going to eat that day and you know what you have to look forward to. You will have an easier time with food if you plan it ahead of time and know you are eating things you find delicious.

Find something that you enjoy eating and eat that instead of smoking. For example, if you enjoy chocolate, get a bag of chocolates and snack on those during the day. While your special snack might not be too healthy, it may help you with your cravings a little bit as well. Make sure it doesn't turn into another unhealthy habit, however.

Know what a healthy diet is. When you were smoking, perhaps you did not give that much thought to what a healthy diet is supposed to look like. Educate yourself on your calorie requirements, as well as the food that you should be eating. There are enough healthy foods in the world that you can find some that you truly enjoy and can eat without feeling deprived.

When you quit smoking, you need not worry about all the weight you will gain. Use the information in this article and you can be sure that you will not gain as much weight as you may expect.