Should I eat fewer calories when I quit smoking?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 23, 2008 in Weight Maintenance



I'm about to quit smoking and I know that my metabolism will slow down during smoking cessation. I do not want to put back on any of the 30 pounds I just lost.


Answer

When you quit smoking, you burn about 200 fewer calories a day, and so to avoid weight gain, you have three options:
     1. Decrease your calorie intake
     2. Increase your calorie output
     3. Decrease your calorie intake and increase your calorie output
I prefer to increase your calorie output because exercise easily burns 200 calories and increases your metabolism just like nicotine did. Besides, aerobic exercise makes you appreciate your ability to breathe and it reduces anxiety associated nicotine withdrawal. But the best way to prevent weight gain is to avoid using food as a cigarette replacement altogether. Drink water and knit a scarf or do a puzzle instead, but don't get involved with candy, baby carrots, or any food at all.


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