Stopping Smoking... A Weighty Issue?
Everyday, more and more people choose to stop smoking. Smoking is no longer seen as glamorous or “cool” and we all know what there is to gain by becoming a non-smoker; improved health and longer life, a younger and healthier appearance, more money and social freedom, especially now the smoking ban has come into force. So with all these benefits, what prevents some people from giving up?
One popular myth is that when people stop smoking they substitute food for cigarettes and gain weight. What most people don’t know is that cigarettes contain sugar. A smoker’s body gets used to this regular supply and, when it stops, wants to replace that sugar in other ways. So, how can you successfully maintain or even lose weight when you choose to live as a non-smoker? The simple answer is to eat more fruit, which is full of healthy, natural sugars. Fruit gives you all the sugar you want whilst you remain or become slim.
Maybe you know someone who stopped smoking, stepped on the scales and could see they’d put on a few pounds? What most people don’t know is that cigarettes dehydrate your system and when you become a non-smoker, your muscles and organs re-hydrate to a healthy level. Although the weight of this re-hydration may show on the scales, it is not weight that can be seen physically.
So, if you’re dreading being left out in the cold this winter, maybe the time has come for you to stop now?
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