Don't let the worry of putting on a few pounds stop you giving up cigarettes!
The health risk of a little weight gain is nothing compared to just how damaging smoking is for your health. The average person puts on around 6 to 8 pounds when they quit smoking. For seven out of ten people who put on weight after quitting, the reason is simply that they eat more calories. Feelings of hunger are common; but these will go away after a few weeks.
Here are the 5 things you can do to stop weight gain while you focus on giving up cigarettes;
What's done is done. There's nothing to gain from beating yourself up over a mistake made. Negative feelings could turn your slip-up into a much bigger thing; you may feel like ditching the plan entirely.
Think about why your slip-up happened. If you know, you can stop it happening again.
Maybe you ate unhealthy foods because you were bored or upset, or you missed your evening walk because of something on the telly. Find the reason why you went off-track.
Think about what you'll need to do differently next time to avoid making the same mistake.
Next time you're bored, could you phone a friend, read a book or take a walk instead of snacking? If you don't feel motivated to do any exercise in the evening, perhaps you need to buddy-up and find a partner who will do it with you.
There is no need to dwell on the slip-up now that you have a plan in place to deal with it next time you are tempted. Move on, and expect that things will work better for you this time.
Are you having regular slip-ups?
Having support is also really important for success. Try to get your close family and friends on board to support you.