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Quit Smoking and Keep off the Kilos!

 

Smokers are always coming up with excuses for why they can’t quit smoking. Maybe they only smoke at parties. Maybe they use cigarettes as a way to meet people. Maybe they just plain like cigarettes. Of the endless reasons why, one very popular pro-smoking excuse is the belief that smoking is a form of weight management; that is, a tobacco habit will help people manage their eating habits and thus keep their kilos to a minimum. While there is a kernel of truth to the previous statement, the larger reality is that there is really only one healthy path to weight management–and that path involves dedication to healthy diet and exercise habits.

Although nicotine has been scientifically proven to be an appetite suppressant, the main reason that people associate thinness with cigarettes is because this is a message that is culturally ingrained into the psyche of smokers by mass media. Films, commercials, TV shows (particularly from the mid-20th century) all portray smokers as glamorous and physically fit. People have learned to view smoking as a viable form of weight management. Consequently, smokers fear that giving up their habit will result in weight gain. Yet what smokers fail to realize is that weight gain occurs when eating habits are out of control and exercise is at a minimum.

When people are able to control the way that they eat, they are able to control their weight. When people are able to engage in regular exercise, they are able to control their weight. Diets fortified in super foods (green and colorful veggies, lean proteins, nuts, fruits, herbs, spices, grains, legume, and low gluten indexes) keep the body healthy and strong. Super food diets coupled with regular cardio exercise enables the body to maintain its optimal weight, leading to better mental and physical health. Cigarettes, on the other hand, systematically damage the body’s health and vitality. Hence, smoking cigarettes for weight loss is more like an eating disorder than a healthy weight management effort. Starving oneself will produce weight loss results, but such weight loss behavior can lead to grave illness and death. Similarly, the nicotine found in cigarettes can produce weight loss results but smoking can lead to grave illness and death.

Smoking is not the answer to weight loss problems. Developing healthy eating and exercises over a lifetime is the way to manage weight. When people learn to eat and move right, the body will naturally find its weight equilibrium. Just as quitting smoking is a mind over matter issue, so too is weight loss- There is no magic fix for weight loss problems. The only way to have a healthy body is to consciously create it.

Smoking is a psychosocial habit that wreaks havoc on a person’s mental and physical health. If you are someone you know is struggling with a smoking habit, please contact us for more details or join our discussions on Facebook.

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I am so glad I came too see Maureen to become a non smoker with hypnosis because it was extremely helpful, easy and well presented. Best of all I am now a non smoker after many years smoking and having tried everything else.
Therese Williams

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