Food can be your friend or foe on the path towards staying tobacco-free. The fear of weight gain is one of the most common barricades to quitting, and you might worry that since you're not smoking or chewing anymore, you're going to gain weight. But you don't have to pack on the pounds just because you put down those cowboy killers. Studies show that three out of four people do not gain weight after they stop smoking.
Those who do gain weight only add 5 pounds on average. And some people actually lose weight after quitting. Many people who stop smoking have more energy and exercise more—a great way to keep extra weight at bay.
Since you've given up nicotine, you might find yourself drawn to grabbing a snack instead of going outside for a smokebreak. For example:
Food for Thought
Being a non-smoker is not easy, and it involves practicing coping skills and making lifestyle changes. Set yourself up for success by being prepared and having your own plan in place!
When you know what's lurking around the corner, you're better prepared to hold your own. So keep these thoughts in mind when you make your battle plans.
Last Updated 1/2/2018
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