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.

Get to Know Your pH Levels

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Whether you are trying to get healthy by way of weight loss or via healthier eating habits, it is important for you to get to know your pH levels a little better. You may remember pH levels from your high school biology class, but probably know very little about how they work. It is time for all of that to change—understanding you pH levels is integral to keeping your body in health and balance. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Weight Loss is Not Fat Loss, What’s the difference?

Many people who are trying to lose weight fail to make the distinction between weight loss and fat loss. A big mistake, since weight loss and fat loss are not interchangeable terms.  Misunderstanding that there is a major difference between weight loss and fat loss often leads people to fitness frustration and stagnation. In order to really achieve your optimal body and health, you need to have a proper understanding of how everything really works so let’s start by getting a better understanding of the difference between losing weight and losing fat.

Fat loss is not about how many kilos you lose, how much you weigh on the scale—fat loss is about getting rid of body fat and inches in the right places while maintaining a good muscle mass. Weight loss, on the other hand, is literally only about how much you weigh. It does not care about whether or not your body weight is made up of fat or muscle—only the kilos count.

The biggest red herring in physical fitness is the numbers on the scale. Your weight is not what defines your fitness. Muscles weigh more than fat, so sometimes you may have a lower weight but still look flabby and out of shape. Many people focus solely on their weight as a sign of their fitness progress and become exasperated that they aren’t looking any better even as their kilos go down. Some people stop focusing on building muscle mass (the right thing to do) because they see that their kilos are going up.

Both of the approaches to fitness mentioned above betray the fact that many people do not understand how their bodies work.  Your body has two stores that it uses for energy: fat and muscle. When your caloric intake goes down, your body selects one of these stores to use for energy. If you are not working to build muscle through physical fitness, your body will turn to the muscle stores for energy and leave you stuck with excess fat. Fat weighs less than muscle and so losing muscle means that you may weigh less, but still have that pesky stomach overhang.

The way to ensure that you get fit, lose fat and retain your muscle is by combining a healthy diet with regular exercise. Crash dieting is the perfect recipe for fat disaster—without the exercise it needs, your body will eat away at your muscle for energy and leave you stuck with flab (and frustrated beyond belief).  Don’t cheat by crash dieting or taking diet pills. Get fit the healthy way by working out, eating right and understanding how your body works to avoid excess fat that won’t go away.

What Is the Thyroid and How Does It Affect Our Weight?


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You have probably heard of the thyroid, but do you know how it affects your health? More specifically, do you understand how it controls your weight? Let’s take a closer look at what the thyroid is and exactly how it contribute to weight fluctuations in order to better understand the way our bodies regulate weight gain and loss.

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is the largest endocrine gland and it is located in the bottom of your neck. The thyroid regulates the speed with which your body makes proteins and uses energy. It also controls how your body interacts with hormones. The thyroid gland controls most of the metabolic processes in the body and it is therefore a crucial component of both your physiological and psychological health.

Thyroid disorders

You thyroid controls your metabolism, so when it is functioning properly, all of your metabolic processes are regular and normal, and this includes your ability to gain and lose weight. However, there are a number of thyroid disorders that can contribute to weight problems. These include:

· Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is when your thyroid over produces thyroid hormones. This encompasses a broad range of disorders, from Graves disease to subacute thyroiditis. In terms of weight gain and loss, hyperthyroidism makes it extremely difficult to gain weight because the system is overactive, and this can cause moodiness, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, and an overproduction of sweat.

· Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is the opposite of hyperthyroidism-it is the underproduction of thyroid hormones. An underactive thyroid makes it very difficult to lose weight and can lead to heightened levels of cholesterol and increase your risk of heart attack.

· Thyroid cancer: The thyroid can be affected by cancer and this can also wreak havoc on your body’s metabolic systems and ultimately be fatal.

As evidenced above, struggling with being overweight or underweight can be a hallmark symptom of a thyroid disorder. If you have tried all other options for weight loss or gain, such as a healthy diet and normal exercise, it might be a good idea to visit your doctor and have your thyroid checked. Thyroid disorders are very treatable-they can be helped with surgery, medication, or radiation. Doctor’s will check a patient’s blood work for thyroid hormone levels and then determine the best course of action for treatment.

Understanding the fact that your thyroid plays a major role in your weight management can save you the stress of long hours at the gym or crash diets that don’t seem to work. If your thyroid causes you to gain weight, then exercise and diet won’t fix the problem. If you suspect that your weight problems are due to a thyroid issue, don’t delay-visit the doctor as soon as possible.

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