Health Tip: Kick Butts Without Weight Gain

Stop smoking without packing on extra pounds

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(HealthDayNews) -- When smokers quit, they may gain weight for a number of reasons, according to the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases.

These include:

  • Feeling hungrier than usual. This sensation usually goes away after a few weeks.
  • Having more snacks and alcohol. Some people eat more high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drink more alcoholic beverages after they quit smoking.
  • Burning calories at normal rate. Smoking makes the body burn calories faster. After quitting, the body's normal caloric-burn returns, which could lead to weight gain.

To limit weight gain, try to accept yourself and be proud that you are quitting smoking. Also, get regular exercise and limit snacking and alcohol. If these suggestions fail, consider using medication to help you quit.

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