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Many people who are
considering quitting are very concerned about gaining weight. If you are
concerned about weight gain, keep these points in mind:
Quitting doesn't mean
you'll automatically gain weight. When people gain, it's because
they often eat more once they quit.
The benefits of giving
up cigarettes far outweigh the drawbacks of adding a few pounds.
You'd have to gain a very large amount of weight to offset the many
substantial health benefits that a normal smoker gains by quitting.
Watch what you eat, and if you are concerned about gaining weight,
consider the tips that follow.
To Help You Avoid Weight Gain
Make sure you have a
well balanced diet, with the proper amounts of protein,
carbohydrates, and fat.
Don't set a target date
for a holiday, when the temptation of high-calorie food and drinks
may be too hard to resist.
Drink a glass of water
before your meals.
Weigh yourself weekly.
Chew sugarless gum when
you want sweet foods.
Plan menus carefully and
count calories. Don't try to lose weight; just try to maintain your
Have low-calorie foods
on hand for nibbling. Use the Snack Calorie
Chart to choose foods that are both nutritious and low in
calories. Some good choices are fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit
and vegetable juices, low-fat cottage cheese, and air-popped popcorn
Take time for daily
exercise or join an organized exercise group.
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