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Facts About Quitting Smoking, and Gaining Weight

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  • Weight gain varies from person to person. The average person gains less than 10 pounds.
  • The weight gained is a minor health risk compared to the risks of smoking
  • Women tend to gain slightly more weight than men. African Americans, people under age 55, and heavy smokers are at greater risk for major weight gain, but your personal experience may be different.
  • Exercising, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals and pasta, avoiding a lot of fats, and getting enough sleep can help.
  • Nicotine gum appears to help prevent or delay weight gain.

Don't Let The Prospect of a Modest Weight Gain Prevent You From Quitting Smoking, Advises the American Lung Association

Experts say that the risk of smoking far outweighs gaining a few pounds

Americans attempting to quit smoking must determine which is more important: Gaining a few pounds or risking lung health problems. To most people, the decision to quit smoking is quite easy, but actually doing it is not. In fact, quitting smoking can be more difficult with the additional concern of putting on weight. Medical experts at the American Lung Association advise potential quitters that a modest weight gain is common, but should not be used as a rationale to continue smoking.

"The first six months after quitting smoking are the most difficult," says Dr. Edwin Fisher of the American Lung Association. "A person not only has to contend with constant urges to smoke, but also with putting on up to 5 - 10 pounds. But, that person must realize the tremendous lung health benefit of not smoking. Youll feel better, you'll have more energy and youre more likely to live longer. And, those few pounds gained during the quitting process can eventually come off."

According to the American Lung Association, an estimated 46 million Americans smoke cigarettes and more than two thirds, 32 million, reportedly would like to stop. Each year, 34 percent of smokers actually attempt to quit. While the short-term consequence of quitting smoking is gaining approximately 5 - 10 pounds, the long - term consequences of continuing to smoke are the increased risk of lung cancer and chronic lung disease.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The American Lung Association wants to help in the struggle to maintain healthy weight and still quit smoking. The Lung Association offers these tips for balancing quitting smoking and weight gain:

1. Recognize that it will be more difficult to quit smoking if you also try to lose weight. Controlling weight can sometimes distract you from your ultimate goal: Stopping smoking. A plan for losing the gained weight can only be put into effect after you have stopped smoking for a period of time.

2. Do not try to limit your eating until urges to smoke subside. If not, you may find yourself in a cycle of quitting smoking, gaining weight, returning to smoking to lose that weight and then the pattern starts again.

3. Incorporate an exercise regimen into your daily activities. Exercise can be used as a potential substitute activity to distract urges to smoke. Exercise reduces tension and stress as well as increases your metabolism and helps burn off excess calories.

4. Adhere to a healthy nutritional plan. Eat three square meals a day consisting of the six basic food groups: Proteins, breads, milk products, vegetables, fruits and fats. Know what you are eating and what triggers your eating. It is important to know what foods you are eating, how much, when and why.

5. Monitor your weight. Weigh yourself regularly. Do what you can to avoid weight gain.

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