How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

One of the many reasons smokers cling to their habit is because they believe that it is the perfect form of weight control. Unfortunately, this belief is not based in myth, but grounded in reality: smoking does cause weight loss.

How Does Smoking Help to Lose Weight

Nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant thus causing smokers to eat less. Additionally, cigarettes boost the body’s metabolic rate. Indeed, researchers estimate that smoker’s lose an extra 250 calories a day from the side effect of smoking alone.

The fact that smoking makes weight control easier is particularly problematic because it gives smokers an excuse to keep indulging in their toxic tobacco habit. Many smokers live in a world of denial, enjoying the short-term weight loss benefits of cigarettes without thinking about the long-term health damages of tobacco.

The cigarettes lead to weight loss dilemma which highlights the importance of smoking cessation assistance. Quitting smoking is not just a matter of getting rid of cigarettes. It requires a total lifestyle change. Smoking is a psycho-social habit, and along with the need for re-shaping attitudes towards cigarettes, people who quit smoking are also in need of re-shaping their approach to health and physical fitness.

Weight Gain is Not Always Associated with Quitting Smoking 

Quitting smoking does not equate to weight gain if the quitter in question is willing to create a balanced diet and exercise plan. This does not need to be complicated or difficult. Instead, people need to understand that weight management is basically built around the certain principles.

Stay Health and Eat super foods

Super foods include green vegetables, colorful vegetables, Omega-3 fatty fishes, lean proteins, legumes, brown rice, spices, herbs nuts and fruits. A diet fortified in these foods will keep a person’s body going strong (and will also mitigate the harmful effects of tobacco smoke) by way of a diversity of nutrients and antioxidants. Conversely, when people eat diets heavy in starches, processed junk food, sugar and unhealthy fats, weight gain becomes a major problem—with or without cigarettes.

Stay Healthy with Exercise

The second key principle of weight management is exercise. The body needs regular cardio activity such as walking, swimming, running, aerobics or cycling in order to keep the metabolism running, the muscles growing; exercise is also a weapon against mood disorders. Around Day 4 when the energy kicks, most people are greatly motivated to exercise.

Why do People Gain Weight When they Quit Smoking

When that energy kicks in on day 4, there are some people who ignore this burst of energy and they are the ones who put on weight. Add to that the fact they are probably not eating healthy and are more inclined to eat high levels of processed food.  When a person quits smoking they are certainly hungry as the body is craving healthy food.

How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

When the weight management pillars of super foods and exercise are combined, they keep the body in its optimal state. What many smokers who use cigarettes as a means of weight management don’t want to admit is that they don’t want to go through with creating a fully healthy lifestyle—that takes time and effort. It is easier to puff on a cigarette and keep eating unhealthy foods than it is to give up the habit and learn how to eat and exercise right. But this is a fatal excuse—habitual smoking can only lead to severe medical problems and even death. If people want to quit smoking and manage their weight, then they need to be ready to make the commitment to move their bodies and eat the right foods, In other words, they need to make the choice that is healthiest for their mind, body and spirit.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Will I be Tempted to Smoke?

Have you ever broken a habit and occasionally thought about that habit? For example you may have made the decision to stop watching TV every night and as you walk into the study or go outside to play, you have a memory of that action.

Is Smoking Really a Habit?

There was a man who was a gym junky and over did it with extreme exercise and high protein rather than a balanced diet and moderate exercise. He did end up in hospital to recover.  He said he knew he had overdone it however occasionally he recalled his experience and while he was back at the gym he was more careful and eating a balanced diet.  So the answer is yes, you MAY have a thought about the habit you once had.  However rarely do people actually restart the habit if they really don’t feel the need again.  This includes people who have become non smokers.  A  non smoker would not pick up a cigarette or light one or even start again as they recall their goal in wanting to be a non smoker.

A successful non smoker at last

Now a Non Smoker

Happy non smoker after hypnosis!

After 50 years as a smoker, Ted Gray can now call himself a non smoker. Ted had many supporters encoraging him to see Maureen Hamilton for Hypnosis and eventually he did. He has never looked back.  However he did say, ”There was a time when I was tempted to have one. However I recognised I didn’t really want it, it was just a thought. So I told myself very sternly I am a non smoker and the thought went away.” He also mentioned that being around other smokers didn’t make him feel like a cigarette.  He is now saving himself $150 a week or $7,800 a year, enjoying his golf and looking at healthy options to spend his money.

Do you feel like a Leper when you smoke?

There are many people still smoking even though the pressure is on to quit.  Smoking is becoming more anti-social with limited areas in which to smoke. As people often say they feel like lepers when they are seen smoking.  Then there is the price which has gone up. People often associate smoking as an addiction so in people’s  mind, there is the perception that it will be so hard to quit.  However as Ms Hamilton says, with hypnosis, it is one easy session and people are non smokers at the end of their session providing they do want to quit. So if this is you, a friend or a loved one then share this information with them so they know there is an option for them to quit.

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist, assisting people to overcome emotional and habitual issues including smoking, weight challenges, anxiety, depression. People have the power to quit—they just need to make the decision to do it. And when they do, they can contact Maureen on 1300 619 684 or check out this website. You can also send Maureen a message on the Contact form.

The Dangers Of Fructose Sweeteners


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Many people have a sweet tooth, but a good rule of thumb with food is that the sweeter it tastes, the less likely it is to be good for you. In the 1970’s the food industry, especially the U.S. industry, began using high fructose corn syrup as a substitute for raw sugar as a sweetener. Fructose makes sweets tastes sweeter and is easier and cheaper to produce with such an overabundance of corn. However, researcher have now determined that fructose is worse for you than sugar and lead to higher obesity rates, according to a 2010 study conducted at Princeton University.  Let’s take a close look at what fructose is and how it works and then discuss how it harms you and how you can avoid it.

Fructose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that the body can use as energy and that sweetens the taste of food products. Fructose is found in small doses in fruits and vegetables and consuming the little amount that is found in nature is not a bad thing at all; it is when fructose is consumed in high intensity volumes that it overwhelms the body’s ability to process it. This is because fructose is processed in the liver and the liver cannot handle high volumes of it. When fructose cannot be properly processed, it becomes fats and triglycerides that contribute to the blockages and weight gain that lead to obesity and cardiovascular problems.

So how do you avoid the dangers of high doses of fructose? You have to be a smart sweet eater. Avoid candies, juices, and sodas that are sweetened with fructose and pick products sweetened with cane sugar or even better stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener made from herbs and does not have the same harmful effects as fructose or even cane sugar.  Indulging yourself in sugary treats is something that you shouldn’t be doing on a regular basis, and if you are one of those people with a major sweet tooth than you should try your best to satisfy your cravings with fruits. However, nobody is perfect and nobody should be forced to live as a dessert ascetic, so counterbalance your need for the occasional sweet with healthy food and exercise.

The dangers of fructose provide a small scale example of what we are finding out today on the meta level after a few hundred years of industrialization: trying to mimic and falsify nature only leads to major problems and long-term damage, whether to our bodies or the environment. What nature gave is enough to sustain us in a healthy way, and tampering with nature often leads to catastrophic results. Nature gave us fructose naturally, but messing with it and increasing its volume to make money and satisfy our cravings does not lead to health. Make the healthy choices you need to keep your body functioning optimally and cut out artificial fructose sweeteners today.

Avoiding The Weight Pitfalls Of Smoking Cessation


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If you are a smoker or you know a smoker, then you know that when it comes to quitting smokers always have an excuse, a reason for why they just aren’t quite ready to give up tobacco. One of the most common excuses smokers use to avoid putting out that last cigarette is weight gain. Many smokers claim that smoking helps them keep their weight in check and they fear that if they quit, they will, to put it bluntly, get fat. If we look beyond the appalling fact that many tobacco users laud smoking as a health benefit in terms of weight control, we are forced to confront the reality that smoking actually is a weight deterrent, as paradoxical and unhealthy as it may sound. According to smokefree.gov, smoking cessation causes the average person to gain between 4-10 pounds or roughly 2 to 5 kilos. Since smoking is an appetite deterrent and nicotine raises the rate of our metabolism, giving up tobacco means that the metabolism slows down while the desire to eat increases. Hence, the weight gain.

Even though smokers tend to gain weight after they quit, this does not mean that they will permanently be on the road to obesity. Within six months, those who have quit smoking are usually back to their normal weight. If you are a smoker and are worried about your weight, and use this as a crutch to keep lighting up, here are some ways to help yourself get healthy and keep your weight in balance:

  • Exercise: it is never too late to get yourself moving and grooving and in shape. Make walking, running, bicycling or any other physical activity a regular part of your life and reap the benefits of a healthier, fitter body.
  • Eat right: Your diet will determine your weight. If you eat right and cut our excess sugar, junk and other gunk you will find that you feel better mentally, physically, and you will be able to find the weight that is right for your body and makes you happy.
  • Set realistic expectations: If you are worried about gaining weight if you quit smoking, then realistically assess the state of your body. How was your body before you started smoking? What is your weight now? If you never had Heidi Klum’s body in the first place, then don’t act like the few excess pounds gained after smoking cessation will ruin chances at being a super model. You are in control of your weight and you have the power to make yourself healthy, but don’t compare yourself to perfection—smoking cessation should be about creating optimal health for your uniqueness as an individual.

The cold, hard truth is that smoking cessation usually causes weight gain, but the good news is that you have the power to create the body and weight you want, without the positive or negative influence of tobacco. This starts with exercise, a healthy diet, and realistic expectations about what is right and achievable for your body. Stop making excuses and take control of your body today—quit smoking!

The Connection Between Weight And Depression


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The medical and psychological communities are starting to come around to a more holistic idea when viewing illnesses of the body and mind: our body and mind are not separate compartments, they have a constant connection and influence on one another. For this reason, many people now recognize that physical problems can start in the mind and problems in the mind can be influenced by physical factors. One area in which researchers find the aforementioned statement to be true is weight control. Many studies, including one published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, are establishing a link between weight control and depression. This conclusion is intuitively self-evident to many people, especially if they struggle with weight control, depression or both. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between weight control in terms of excessive weight gain and depression in order to better understand how they influence one another and how to end the unhealthy cycle.

One question many people ask when they accept that weight gain and depression go hand in hand, but like the chicken or the egg, many people wonder which one comes first? Unfortunately there is no clear answer to this one: depression and weight gain contribute to each other, but we can’t definitively decide in which direction. Weight gain can cause depression and depression can cause some to gain weight. Weight gain can lead to lower self-esteem and decreased physical functioning; enzyme and metabolic process are not functioning properly and this can affect serotonin levels and brain functioning which can cause depression. Likewise, depression can lead to a decreased physical activity, overeating and indulging in comfort foods and junk food and this can lead to gaining weight. Pinpointing where the cycle starts isn’t necessarily the key to breaking the unhealthy cycle-understanding how both contribute to each other, as mentioned above, is the way to identify unhealthy habits and find a way to create new, healthy ones.

Whether you are suffering from excessive weight gain, depression, or likely both, it is important that you seek professional help to address both issues. Resolving one issue often leads to the resolution of another. Seek a form of therapy and guidance that empowers your sense of control over your body and mind by helping you focus on building healthy habits related to eating, exercise, and mood regulation. Your body and mind are more intimately connected than you realize, and you are the driver of your body and mind. You also have more power than you realize when it comes to controlling your thoughts and habits, so take advantage of professional help that helps you take the reins of your life with strength and confidence.

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