is possible to quit smoking without gaining weight – but only if you use
a method that makes it easy. Most smokers gain weight when they quit because
they feel deprived of cigarettes – hence they tend to substitute; they eat or
drink instead of smoking. Make sure you use a method that prevents you from
feeling miserable when you quit.
- Nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and e-cigarettes are
all indicate to the person quitting that they are sacrificing. You can’t
smoke anymore so you use a patch, gum, or e-cigarette. This makes the smoker
feel miserable when they attempt to quit and they tend to use other
substitutes to compensate; they eat or drink instead of smoking.
- Nicotine-free substitutes make it harder to quit; they still indicate to the smoker who is
attempting to quit that they have "given up” something. The feeling of
sacrifice is strong and soon the candy bar or chocolate makes the smoker
gain weight and become miserable.
- Even calorie-free substitutes make it harder to quit; you might think that a carrot stick or celery
stick wouldn’t do any harm – but they still perpetuate the myth that the
smoker has sacrificed something. Sooner or later the feeling of sacrifice
gets worse and the smoker returns to smoking.
- Understand that nicotine isn’t an effective appetite
suppressant; As a
smoker it does feel like your hunger goes when you have a cigarette. But
smokers don’t realise that all that happened was that they ignored their
hunger for 5 minutes while they smoked. They don’t realise that
non-smokers do this all the time; they simply brush off their hunger. When
a non-smoker does this they don’t credit cigarettes (they don’t smoke),
yet when a smoker does it they believe the cigarette acts as an appetite
- Nicotine speeds up your metabolism; but it doesn’t do so enough to keep you slim.
Smoking simply doesn’t increase your metabolic rate enough to burn the
required calories to enable weight-loss or weight control.
- There are lots of overweight smokers; if smoking prevented weight gain then you wouldn’t
see so many overweight smokers. In fact the more people smoke – the more
likely they are to be overweight.
- Use a method to quit that avoids eating or drinking
instead of smoking; Allen
Carr’s Easyway to Stop smoking ensures that smokers don’t feel the need to
substitute when they quit smoking. If you don’t substitute then you
shouldn’t gain weight.
- Taste buds return; sometimes people enjoy their food more when they quit smoking
because their sense of taste returns. If you’re happy not smoking then it
is easy to guard against this. In fact most people who use a method that
makes it easy to quit automatically look after themselves so much better;
they don’t gain weight, in fact they get fitter.
Allen Carr’s Easyway has been described as ‘a real
smoker’s way to quit’. You carry on smoking until you’re ready to stub out your
final cigarette. Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking – smokers
know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question ‘What’s
so great about being a smoker?’ Understanding that is the key to being set