My name is christine marquette and i’m a registered dietitian with the austin regional , and I’m going to talk to you about how to stop smoking without weight gain. Smoking actually can cause an increase in calories burned. If you’re smoking an entire pack a day, that means you’re burning an extra two hundred and fifty calories. Now that’s not to say that you want to continue smoking to make sure that you maintain your weight. Most commonly when people quit smoking, they do have an increase of about two hundred and.
Fifty calories on a daily basis, but that usually is a temporary, temporary situation. Within a few weeks normally, the metabolism will return back to normal. So at the most, a person may gain on average of between five and seven pounds when they just quite smoking because of the fact that their metabolism is still readjusting. So that’s something that you want to keep in the back of your mind. Realize that it’s not going to be a significant weight gain. The other thing to keep in mind is you want to have a plan. If.
You’re going to quite smoking, it’s a good idea to start planning a healthier diet. that in itself will help you prevent, will help prevent you from gaining any excess weight. So you want to make sure you have a lot of healthy foods available to you. Things like lots of fruits, lots of different vegetables, whole grain products, lean sources of protein. If you have all those foods available to you and you quite smoking, if you have the urge to snack, then you know you’re going to be snacking on something healthy. You’re not.
Going to be choosing a high calorie, high bad fat type of item that’s going to make you gain even more weight. The other thing that you want to plan for is physical activity. You want to make sure that you have something that’s available that’s easy for you to do that’s going to help you start burning more calories. So that physical activity can be the way that you’re burning more calories rather than that smoking that you previously did. So the best thing to do to avoid weight gain when stopping smoking is to come up with.