Smokers often come 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 like cigarettes.
Of the endless reasons why, one very popular pro-smoking excuse is the belief that smoking is a form of weight management. In other words it is a tobacco habit to will help people manage their eating habits and thus keep their kilos to a minimum. While there is a element 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 eating and exercise habits.
Does Nicotine Suppress Appetite?
Although nicotine has been scientifically proven to be an appetite suppressant, the main reason 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 (particularly from the mid-20th century) all portrayed smokers as glamorous and physically fit people.
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.
Quit Smoking and Control Eating
When people are able to control the way they eat, they are able to control their weight. Engaging in regular exercise and eating a well balanced diet enables people to control their weight. Diets fortified with 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 Damage the Body
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 or placing eating limitations on oneself may produce weight loss results, although they may also increase weight.
You may ask how this could happen. Most smokers do not eat breakfast and often have little to eat during the day. Snacking on the way home followed by a large evening meal is fairly normal behaviours for a smoker. So the body acts as though it is in starvation mode and stores everything as fat in case there is a need for the nutrients later. This then adds additional weight to the body. So it is better to “Eat like a king for breakfast, eat like a prince for lunch and eat like a pauper for dinner.” Food is to give us energy for use during the day, not for night time storage.
Weight Management and Quit Smoking
However such weight management 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. Weight Loss Management can be done with the help of an experienced Hypnotherapist.
Are you a Smoker?
Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.
Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist
Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit smoking in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
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