You might gain some weight after you quit even if you're more active and don't eat more. Here's why and here's what to do.
Smokers often avoid between-meal snacking by lighting up. And research shows smoking is also linked to increased metabolism. That could explain some weight gain when you quit. Here are a few ways to minimize weight gain — usually to just 5 or 10 pounds:
- It's okay to snack if you choose healthy foods like fruit and vegetables.
- Choose a variety of tastes and textures so you can feel satisfied even though your usual favorites may be high in saturated fats and processed sugars.
- Eat smaller portions to minimize the caloric damage.
- Try more whole grains like wheat, oats, barley and corn. These nutritious foods can help reduce your calorie consumption and satisfy your appetite.
Print out a handy, helpful guide to eating healthy and exercising. (PDF: Eating healthy and exercising while quitting.)