Weight gain is a concern with quitting smoking, as it should be—but it needn’t happen. Patients can minimize or even eliminate weight gain. In fact, some ex-smokers lose weight. Medications (bupropion and Chantix), nicotine gum, and behavior modification help with weight control.
It is normal to try to replace an absent source of pleasure with another. Losing the satisfaction of smoking sometimes makes smokers want to eat more as a substitute. It replaces the “hand/oral” pleasure of smoking with another “hand/oral” pleasure. There is an answer for that.
Bupropion has been shown to limit weight gain in studies comparing smokers who quit while on bupropion versus those who were not. Also, nicotine speeds up the metabolism. Chewing nicotine gum maintains some of that effect and gives chewing satisfaction. It is a great substitute for smoking and a better alternative than eating. Making exercise a steady part of your routine, especially when you would be most likely to eat, is another great, new habit to form.
Imagine being free of smoking, having better eating and exercise habits, and a healthy heart. With a proper plan and medications, if needed, it can happen.
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.