Some people gain weight when they stop smoking. Why is that?
- Food often tastes better
- The quitter may be used to having a cigarette in their mouth so instead they use food as a substitute.
- The metabolism of recent quitters slows down slightly as nicotine acts to speed it up.
There is good news.
Many people don’t gain weight, and the average gain for those who do is somewhere around 3.5 - 4.5 kilos (7-10 pounds)
What can I do to quit and keep weight gain down?
Don’t let a few pounds set you back.
You may worry that gaining a few pounds will change your appearance. Remember what smoking does to your looks: it stains your teeth yellow, makes your clothes and hair smell, and causes wrinkles and ageing of the skin. If you do gain weight the same skills that helped you stop smoking can help you lose that weight. The Health Promotion Unit runs Weight Management courses – they can be contacted on Telephone 707311.
Visit their website – www.guernseyhealthpromotion.com.
Remember The Quitline Stop Smoking Specialists are here to help. Contact us on tel. 233170 or e-mail.