If you're worried about gaining weight, find out what you can do to avoid making food a substitute for smoking.
48 hours after quitting smoking, nerve endings start to regrow and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced. So if food tastes better now, will eating be a problem? Concern about weight gain after quitting is a serious obstacle for both men and women. Since smoking increases metabolism most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds when they quit. This weight gain can be minimized if you avoid making eating the new response to triggers, and concentrate on enjoying healthy foods. Also plan on being more active now that you've quit, both to deal with stress and to burn some calories.
Think before you eat
When you quit, it's natural to look for something to fill the void left by cigarettes. But ask yourself if you're hungry before you reach for food. Try other ways to cope with snacking triggers like anxiety and boredom by finding distractions, by drinking more water, or by trying simple relaxation techniques like breathing deeply.
Keep your hands and mouth occupied
Find healthy low-calorie, low-fat foods that take time to chew. Carrot sticks and celery sticks keep your hands and mouth occupied. Wait a few minutes If you feel the urge to eat and it just might go away. When you do decide to snack, think moderation.