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Smoking and Weight Loss?
Bad habits are called bad habits because of mercilessly harm to our health. Believe me, smoking is not an indicator of your solidity and adulthood, it is another obstacle on the way to strong immunity and good condition of internal organs. It also smells unpleasant from heavy smokers. Do you need it?
The consequences of quitting smoking
Many heard that after quitting nicotine, people begin to gain weight. Indeed, within a year without smoking, most ex-smokers gain 2-4 kg. Nicotine speeds up the metabolism a little, and the body suffering from toxins is forced to spend additional calories to recover.
But after all, you can accelerate the metabolism in ways that are beneficial to health: for example, switch to a proper balanced diet and do sport, or at least increase physical activity.
However, weight gain in people who quit nicotine most often occurs not due to a slowdown in metabolism, but due to seizing cravings for smoking junk food.
It has been proven that smoking all the time fuels our infant sucking reflex, which must fade in adulthood (this reflex is necessary for babies to quickly understand the principle of breastfeeding)…
When a person stops smoking, his sucking reflex does not immediately disappear. That is why those who quit smoking for the first time constantly want to eat. Food and its chewing satisfy the need for the sucking reflex, and you want to smoke less.
In addition, while smoking, people calm down a little bit. This explains the craving of former smokers for simple carbohydrates: pastries and sweets. When we eat simple carbohydrates, blood glucose rises sharply and mood immediately rises. This is what pushes former smokers to seek quick pleasure.
But simple carbohydrates contribute to weight gain and slow down the metabolism even more. That’s where the extra kg come from after quitting smoking…
After Smoking Nutrition not to gain weight
In order not to gain excess weight after giving up nicotine, you need to immediately start practicing fractional meals. Frequent meals (every 2-3 hours) in small portions will speed up the metabolism and extinguish the sucking reflex, which will be drawn to cigarettes.
Only it will be necessary to eat correctly and in a balanced way – this way you can guarantee the restoration of health and the preservation of the figure and even its improvement.
Ex smokers need to give preference to complex carbohydrates: wholegrain bread, fruits and vegetables. These foods will help keep you feeling full and energized for long. For snacks, you should use nuts, dried fruits, biscuits, whole grain cookies. Of course, chewing all the time between meals is not a great eating habit, but it is still preferable to reaching for a cigarette again.
To restore the acid-base balance, it is necessary to include alkalizing products in the menu. These include parsley, nuts, herbs, legumes, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery. In addition, you cannot do without fiber and pectins, which will remove harmful substances from the body. All this is in fresh vegetables and fruits.
It is worth considering the fact that smokers have reduced immunity (again, nicotine intoxication is to blame). In order to restore the protective functions of the body, you will have to eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. You can find Omega-3s in fatty seafood, seafood, avocados, nuts, flaxseed and olive oil.
What else should I know after quitting smoking?
Along with the transition to proper nutrition, it is very desirable to start doing sport or fitness (even at home). Physical activity will once again accelerate metabolism and contribute to the production of “happiness hormones”: serotonin and endorphin. After training, the mood will automatically improve and, mind you, without any cigarettes…
P.SAlso, remember to stay away from coffee, milk chocolate and alcohol for the first time after quitting smoking. Doctors have proven that it is from these products that former smokers most often “break out” and again grab onto cigarettes.
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