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.

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion?

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion

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Many of the negative side effects of smoking are well-known:  quit smoking campaigns have made the dangers of cancer, emphysema and heart disease crystal clear to consumers. However, smoking can lead to a great many other health complications, including indigestion. Let’s look at some of the ways that tobacco use affects the gastrointestinal system in order to drive home the point that it is important to quit smoking as soon as possible.

What is Indigestion?

Indigestion is often defined as some kind of impairment of the digestive process. When this occurs the symptoms are very uncomfortable and include bloating, heartburn, nausea, belching and general discomfort in the stomach. There is nothing at all pleasant about indigestion.

Indigestion, however, is often a symptom in itself of a larger medical condition. For example, many people with chronic pancreatitis, ulcers, and gastro esophageal reflux disease experience the many discomforting aspects of indigestion listed above.

Aside from medical conditions that walk hand in hand with indigestion, smoking plays a big role in creating the right conditions for digestive disruption in the body. When a smoker inhales the tobacco smoke, the stomach and the esophagus is irritated, as well as the valves connecting them to the stomach lining. This boosts acidity and contributes to heartburn, bloating and indigestion.

This kind of disruption occurs every time a smoker inhales, and thus people who smoke many cigarettes on a daily basis are constantly irritating their digestive system and creating discomfort. The more the digestive system is mistreated, the higher the chance of a person developing gastrointestinal diseases. Thus, smoking contributes to a destructive gastrointestinal cycle.

Quit Smoking and Stop Indigestion

Luckily, a vexatious case of indigestion can be mitigated or even cured by giving up cigarettes. One of the great things about quitting smoking is that the benefits are immediate; that is, the body begins to heal in a New York minute. Once the body is no longer exposed to toxic tobacco smoke, the indigestion begins to fade as the gastrointestinal system is no longer agitated by the cigarette poisons.

Quitting Smoking is Not Always Easy

Especially since it is a matter of will power. Recent research conducted at the University of Tel Aviv confirms that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit. However, the good news is that there people can overcome their smoking habit by taking on a mind over matter mindset and this can best be done by enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists help people change their core beliefs and thought processes in order for them to live more healthy and fulfilling lives. Quitting smoking takes commitment and persistence, but the long-term health and happiness benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of giving up a bad habit.

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.

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and Risks of Habituation

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and the Risks of Habituation

Smoking is a habit and NRT only prolongs that habit

The mainstream public has been led to believe that the main culprit behind tobacco use is the addictive nature of nicotine. Despite evidence to the contrary, such as studies that confirm that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit, many smokers cling to the idea that kicking smoking simply means kicking nicotine addiction. Thus, many smokers readily enlist the services of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). However, there is a major problem with this approach to quitting smoking: NRTs can create the same psychological dependency as cigarettes.

What is NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT is used by many people who want to quit smoking for good. The method is pretty simple: smoking cessation is achieved by administering doses of nicotine by way of either nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The idea is that as long as the smoker gets a little bit of nicotine, he or she will have satisfied the craving for cigarettes. Unfortunately, NRT very often becomes a bad habit of its own.

Research on NRT

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, NRTs are not effective in the long-term battle against tobacco use. In other words: those who smoke before they start chewing nicotine gum will likely keep smoking later on in life.

Tel Aviv University’s study that demonstrated the fact that smoking is a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction shows that the reason for both cigarette and NRT dependency is a belief system that creates an unhealthy reliance on the former and the latter. Smokers continue to smoke because they learn to associate positive emotions and phenomena with the act of smoking a cigarette.

NRT users continue to chew gum or use patches because they become dependent on the psychological satisfaction they get from believing that they are controlling their smoking habit.  In the end, both dependencies are rooted not in the physical body but in the needs of the psyche.

So why do many quit smoking professionals continue to advocate NRTs?

The unfortunate truth is because there is money to be made in the manufacturing of such products. Helping people conquer the smoking habit via quit smoking hypnosis or other mind over matter methods is not very lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry. Hence, the mainstream has a tendency to promote NRTs.

The most surefire way to quit smoking for good is not to depend on NRTs but instead to create new beliefs and thought processes that diminish the need for the tobacco habit. Quitting smoking is really about getting to the psychological root of the problem and then fixing it.

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.

Quit Smoking and Heal the Lungs

Lung With Cancer

Lung With Cancer

Smoking damages the body in countless ways, but one of the hardest hit areas is the respiratory system. Habitual smoking often leads to respiratory illnesses like emphysema and lung cancer. Fortunately, the harmful effects of smoking can be undone, but it can take months to years to get the lungs back to normal.

Here are the best ways to get the lungs healing after quitting smoking.

Most smokers suffer from a chronic cough and excess mucus in the lungs. As soon as a person quits smoking these problems diminish, but the lungs are still weak.

Breathing exercises

One way to get them strong again is to do breathing exercises. On a daily basis, non smokers should practice breathing in and out deeply and steadily in order to retrain the body’s normal breathing capacities. Try the 4,7,8 process. What is this? Breathe in for 4, hold for 7 and breathe out slowly for 8. Repeat this at least twice and do it at least 5 times a day. You may find you will be coughing up phlegm which may be discolored. It is not unusual to see black phlegm but it means your lungs are clearing out all the toxins and poisons in your lungs.

Cardiovascular exercise

Ex-smokers should engage in a regular program of cardiovascular exercise in order to get their lungs expanded, oxygenated and strong. Cardio workouts can include walking, jogging, aerobics, swimming and even cycling.

Super foods

In addition to physically exercising the lungs, the respiratory system needs to be fortified with healthy vitamins and minerals. A diet rich in super foods will infuse the lungs with antioxidants and nutrients that will eliminate the harmful free radicals that have been circulating throughout the respiratory system with each puff of tobacco smoke. Super foods include green veggies, colorful veggies, lean proteins, legumes, spices, fruits, and whole grains.

Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows that it is not easy, but anyone who has ever successfully put out the last cigarette for good knows that it is totally worth it. Smoking cessation benefits are immediate—they begin as soon as the body is no longer subjected to cigarette smoke. The human body was built to heal and smoking damages can be undone when smokers develop the willpower to quit.

The Easiest Way to Quit Smoking

But the willpower to quit smoking is not always easy to find. This is why many people  enlist the services of quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis makes use of the principles of hypnotherapy: identifying the root issues of a problem and then using hypnotic induction to create healthy habits and core beliefs.  Since smoking is a psychosocial habit, hypnotic induction can help smokers discover why they smoke and then discover how to stop it. Many people find hypnotherapy to be a satisfying way to permanently give up smoking and as a result, heal their lungs for a longer, more enjoyable life.

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.

Smoking and Cardiac Arrhythmias: What You Need To Know

Smoking is incredibly damaging to the human heart. Whether contributing to heart disease, heart attacks, or other circulatory problems, tobacco smoke is a deadly poison for the cardiovascular system and it is imperative that people quit smoking in order to save their lives.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

What is Cardiac Arrhythmia

One cardiovascular aspect of smoking that is discussed less often than the others is the cardiac arrhythmia. Cardiac arrhythmia is common. It is quite normal to have the occasional irregular heart beat due to occasionally wacky electrical impulses coursing through the veins. However, cardiac arrhythmia can also become chronic and may signal more serious cardiovascular problems. And chronic cardiac arrhythmia  is very often caused by smoking.

Smoking can cause cardiac arrhythmias because it is a stimulant that makes the heart beat faster and more irregularly. Chronic cardiac arrhythmias can be very uncomfortable: dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches and racing heart beats are all symptoms that can be bothersome and even alarming when occurring constantly.

Quit Smoking to Stop the Cardiac Arrhythmia

The good news is that cardiac arrhythmia can be eradicated when smokers quit; over time, the body heals and the cardiovascular system gets back on track.  In fact, quitting smoking can reduce the risk of death by cardiovascular disease by nearly 50%!

Getting rid of cardiac arrhythmias means quitting smoking, but this can very often feel harder than climbing Mt. Everest. As a psychosocial habit, the need to smoke is deeply habituated and it takes a lot of patience, willpower and commitment to quit.

Luckily, there are a variety of quit smoking methods available to make tobacco cessation easier. One such method is quit smoking hypnosis, which gets to the root of the smoking habit. It allows smokers to re-wire their beliefs relative to cigarettes so that they no longer depend on them for emotional gratification or stress relief. Quit smoking hypnosis is easy. Of course the long-term health benefits, such as reduced cardiac arrhythmia makes it definitely worth the effort.

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.

The Harmful Effects of Nicotine

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Nicotine is one of over 4,000 toxins found in cigarette smoke. Traditionally, nicotine has been held responsible for smoking addictions. However recent research has shown that smoking is actually a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction.

How Harmful is Nicotine to the Body

Regardless of whether or not nicotine is the smoking addiction culprit, it is still a very dangerous substance to have floating around in the human body. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more harmful aspects of nicotine inhalation in an effort to underscore the importance of quitting smoking.

Nicotine is an alkaloid poison that both stimulates and depresses the systems found in the human body. Some of the more dangerous effects of nicotine include:

Narrowing of the blood vessels

When nicotine is ingested by way of tobacco smoke it contributes to vasoconstriction, or the narrowing of the blood vessels. This is because nicotine stimulates the cardiovascular system and thus elevates the blood pressure and may even lead to hypertension and heart attack.

Respiratory problems

In addition to stimulating the cardiovascular system, nicotine also stimulates the respiratory system. Breathing rates increase as do respiratory secretions which can lead to difficulty breathing and in the worst case scenario, respiratory failure.

Gastrointestinal problems

Nicotine depresses the appetite and as a result, many smokers eat much less than they should. This throws the gastrointestinal system off balance and many smokers experience constipation, inflammation and general discomfort.

Heart Palpitations

Nicotine stimulates the heart and this can lead to the development of arrhythmia and other irregular heart beat problems.

Above are just a few of the many issues associated with nicotine use. By smoking nicotine-filled cigarettes, smokers put their heart, lungs and stomach at risk and are more prone to developing a variety of diseases that can either decrease the quality of life or end life altogether. This can include poor circulation affecting the extremities especially the legs and feet.

What is the Alternative to Nicotine

Luckily, smokers do not have to let nicotine get the best of them if they can learn to get their smoking habit under control. Smoking cessation requires patience and dedication, but it is a very attainable goal for those willing to work for it.

One of the best ways to quit smoking for good is by utilizing quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis is a method that employs the strategies of hypnotherapy to help people create new thoughts and beliefs that will enable them to give up tobacco. Since smoking is a psychosocial habit, quit smoking hypnosis helps people address the core issues behind their need to smoke cigarettes. This in turn decreases their dependency on tobacco and instead building new habits that will lead to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

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.

Link Between Heart Disease, Cancer and Nuts

Medical researchers around the globe have known for a long time that the benefits of eating nuts are numerous: nuts have been shown to improve blood cholesterol, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, improve circulation and stabilize blood glucose levels.

But did you know that eating nuts can also lower your cancer, heart disease and even diabetes risks?

In a nutrition trial conducted by PREDIMED, people who ate nuts (particularly walnuts and almonds) at least three times a week reduced their risk of death by heart disease by 55%

Almonds and Walnuts are so beneficial!

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and their risk of death by cancer by 40%—incredible numbers for just a few handfuls of nuts a week.

So how can a little old nut be such a powerful weapon against deadly medical conditions like cancer and heart disease?

According to the PREDIMED study, nuts are particularly protective because they are rich in fats and vitamins associated with a wide array of health benefits: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phenolic acids and other phytochemicals (plant chemicals). All of these properties have been shown to keep the heart healthy and the body cancer-free.

So which nuts are the best nuts?

The PERIMED researchers conclude that walnuts are most effective when it comes to combating cancer and heart disease. This is because walnuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid—an especially potent phytochemical. Also, since the skin of nuts typically have the highest concentration of phytochemicals, and walnuts are typically eaten with their skin, eating walnuts leads to a higher consumption of phytochemicals.

So how does eating more nuts relate to quitting smoking?

If you are a smoker, or have recently quit, then you know that both your heart disease and cancer risks are high. Nuts, then, can assist you on your path back to health!

Quitting smoking is, of course, the best way to cut your cancer and heart disease risks, but eating nuts will help you with those risks even more. So make like a squirrel—and eat more nuts!

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Is it Difficult to Quit Smoking?

This habit was commonly commenced during teenage years – a bit of fun or peer pressure. However after a short or even a long while people really want to quit, especially in today’s society where it is such an anti-social behavior.

How difficult is it to quit smoking?

For the average smoker the answer will most probably be – nearly impossible!  Giving up smoking is not easy and it is made more difficult when we are lead to believe that smoking is an addiction.  Of course we all have our own ideas and beliefs around addictions.

People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction controls them and they may reach a point at which it is harmful or even dangerous.

What is an addiction?

Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will causes problems. Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives

People with a substance use disorder have distorted thinking, behavior and body functions. Changes in the brain’s wiring are what cause people to have intense cravings for the drug and make it hard to stop using the drug. Brain imaging studies show changes in the areas of the brain that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory and behavior control. (Psychiatry.org)

People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, whether they are consuming something or a doing a particular behavior.  People use drugs or alcohol to escape, relax, or to reward themselves.

Most Common Form of Addiction

Drugs are the most common form of addiction followed closely, according to the authorities, smoking!  However research is showing, that smoking is also a very powerful habit.  This is made more convincing when we understand how successful hypnosis is in assisting people to stop smoking.

Many people have never heard of using hypnosis to stop smoking.  So when they realise there are other options such as hypnosis to quit smoking, they are delighted.  They are even more delighted at the end of their quit smoking session to find they are non smokers.

So watch the video and if it is time for you to stop smoking then go ahead and Make your Booking.