On of the most common fears that I hear from someone contemplating quitting smoking is the fear of gaining weight. Many of the Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss Slender For Life™ clients are former smokers who gained a significant amount of weight when they stopped smoking. yes, you can stop smoking and not gain weight. In fact, you can stop smoking and lose weight. My Break Free Stop Smoking program and Slender For Life™ are perfect companions.
How to Avoid Gaining Weight When You Quit Smoking
WebMD Feature, January 27, 2011: Many smokers worry that they’ll gain weight if they try to quit. Some even use that concern as a reason not to quit. That’s a bad idea for many reasons.
Research shows that nicotine from tobacco boosts the body’s metabolic rate, increasing the number of calories it burns. Immediately after you smoke a cigarette, your heart rate increases by 10 to 20 beats a minute. The unnatural stimulant effect of nicotine is one reason smoking causes heart disease.
When smokers quit, metabolic rate quickly returns to normal. That’s a healthy change. But if ex-smokers keep getting the same number of calories as before, they put on pounds.
When smokers quit, nicotine isn’t all they crave. They also discover that they miss the habit of lighting a cigarette and putting it to their mouths. Many smokers turn to food to satisfy this so-called need for “oral gratification.”
Are you ready to stop smoking and lose weight? Then my Break Free Stop Smoking Program and Slender For Life™ are the perfect combination for you. If you live too far away from Bainbridge Island or Seattle, we can create a phone and internet program just for you.
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