The idea that “you might get fat after you quit smoking” makes some smokers who are concerned about their body weight less willing to quit, but is it reasonable to think that way?
The Health Promotion Administration says that people may indeed gain weight after they quit smoking. That is because when people quit smoking, their basal metabolic rate will go back to normal and their digestion and absorption of nutrients will be more efficient than when they smoked. In addition, people who are in the process of quitting are more inclined to eat snacks as a way of satisfying their urge to smoke, and this causes them to absorb more calories. However, the harm done to one’s body by smoking is much greater than the health risk associated with a temporary weight gain of two or three kilograms, because the damage done by smoking lasts a lifetime, but your body weight can be controlled and gradually reduced.
The nicotine in tobacco can cause bodily reactions similar to those produced by taking narcotics, so people may experience some unpleasant symptoms when they quit smoking. Some people may experience withdrawal symptoms such as short temper, low spirits, sadness and changes in appetite, but these symptoms are actually the body’s reactions as it adjusts to falling levels of nicotine. These symptoms usually last for two to four weeks, and although they are hard to control, they are not harmful to one’s health. Generally speaking, the unpleasant feelings will gradually diminish after a few days.
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The Health Promotion Administration suggests that people who are giving up smoking should drink plenty of water, get a reasonable amount of exercise and avoid excessive intake of calories. When you feel like smoking, you can chew some sugar-free chewing gum or eat some fresh fruit snacks.
(Translated by Julian Clegg, Taipei Times)
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