Ask a hundred people, 'Will you gain weight when you stop smoking?', and virtually all will say, 'Yes'.
And yet.....virtually all ARE wrong. If I asked you the question now, what would you say?
But before you answer, please read this article.......AND find out the real truth about smoking and weight gain........and THEN answer.
The Old Willpower Method
This is important. Get this clear in your mind.
When you stop smoking, it does not mean that you HAVE TO gain weight.
There are two parts to this problem and it is important that you understand BOTH of them.
First, I need to be honest with you......
Yes, in the past, people DID tend to gain weight when they gave up smoking.
But this was BECAUSE most people tried to give up smoking using the old Will-Power Method alone.
These people believed that when they gave up, they would feel terrible.
They were then told that the ONLY way to deal with these cravings was to endure them.........and hope that, with time and persistence, they would go away.
They were advised above all...... to use their Willpower and FORCE themselves not to smoke.
And......finally, they were told.... to eat snacks or nibble this or that - ANYTHING, in fact to keep them busy and their minds OFF smoking.
Because the feeling or the 'hunger' for a cigarette is very similar to the feeling you get when you are hungry.
And so, in the past, people ate in the terrible mistaken belief that by eating, they could satisfy their craving for a cigarette and that it would help them keep their minds off smoking.
But of course it didn't work.....
....And the MORE the feeling came back..... the MORE they ate in the belief it could help them.
'Your present is NOT dependent on your past'
So we all have to accept that there was some validity for people gaining weight in the past when they tried to quit.
But that need not be the cause today.
Remember the CAUSE was not giving up smoking but HOW these people went about the process of giving up smoking.
If you look closely at how they went about it, you'll see that....People ate TO NUMB their cravings.
Remember, when you give up smoking, you too will get these selfsame feeling/craving - 'I want a cigarette.'
And you will experience similar feelings when you realize that you cannot have one.
But unlike the old Willpower Method, you will not eat extra in order to ESCAPE or NUMB these feelings.
Because, as we explain in Our Course you will want to WELCOME and ACCEPT these feelings. You will WANT to transmute them.
These FEELINGS/CRAVINGS are NOW the KEY to your success.
Please underline this: The Old Way (Willpower method) was to hate and fear these cravings to smoke.
You were told you had a big fight on your hands, that these feelings would be unpleasant and overpowering.
And because the feeling you get when you want a cigarette is similar to how you feel when you are hungry, of course, you believed that by eating, you could satisfy these feelings or at least alleviate them.
But all you did was to temporarily block off these feelings.
By eating, you give yourself an excuse not to have to deal with and really feel these feelings.
You put off the evil day........and started to put on the pounds!
Never forget that when you give up smoking, you will CONTINUE to have these empty, restless, insecure cravings for the first two or three weeks.....
But now, for the first time in your life, LET yourself have these feelings, these empty sensations in your body. Actually feel them, moment-by-moment in your body.
CALL THEIR BLUFF!.
Sure, you will get the temptation to eat extra - to compensate - to 'fill' in the feelings you believe you are now lacking.
These desires are natural, normal.
They are not bad in themselves. And they are ONLY TEMPORARY.
Just feel them! Yes, it takes courage not to run away and try to escape by eating extra.
If you will just have patience and stay with these feelings, you will discover your moment of truth - that these cravings are no big deal and that you can easily handle them.
You don't have to eat to escape from them. (to find out more about this process, go to our free course
The belief that you will automatically gain weight if you stop smoking is a myth.
However, there is one other issue we must deal with in regard to weight gain before we proceed.
This is the second part of the problem we mentioned earlier........
Again and again, get this clear in your mind: Giving up smoking does not automatically have to lead to weight gain. And even the latest studies seem to confirm this.
In a large study in the UK involving over a thousand women quitting up smoking - no clear picture emerged.
Some women gained weight, others experienced no change whatsoever while other women actually LOST weight!
However, in regard to the women who gained weight - the average gain of between 5 to 10 pounds over a number of months was generally attributed to metabolic alterations i.e. the change in their metabolic rate.
Let's look at this carefully as a lot of people, especially women STILL use this as an excuse not to give up smoking.
The effects of smoking
To help us, let's try to understand the effects of smoking on your weight........
First of all, smoking DOES burn calories. Up to 200 a day if you are a heavy smoker. Thus smoking can increase your energy expenditure or metabolism.
What does this mean?
It means that when you quit smoking it can cause slight weight gain for certain individuals (unless we take appropriate action!) because their body begins to work more efficiently and their body's metabolism slows and food is digested more efficiently.
Is this bad news if it applies to you? No. it's not.
Please consider this.....
An average candy bar contains 300 calories. If you were to stick to your regular eating habits but eat just six fewer candy bars (or equivalent calories found in some other food item) per month, you could easily prevent yourself from gaining even a single pound.
It's that easy!
It's that easy!
All it means is that you'll have to learn how to , as Kristy Farley points out ........outsmart the pounds!
But first, get this clear in your mind again and again.
When you give up smoking and do not RUN AWAY FROM or try to NUMB your cravings by EATING, YOU WILL NOT GAIN WEIGHT when you stop smoking.
The only weight gain some of our readers should be aware of is a slight weight gain of up to 5 pounds due to the change in their metabolic rate.
However, you can EASILY even avoid that by taking the FOLLOWING SIMPLE ACTION.......
......Outsmart the Pounds!
To ward off gaining ANY extra pounds when you quit, follow these simple steps and improve your general health at the same time.
Remember, if you are a heavy smoker, smoking will burn up 200 calories a day so......
To burn an estimated 200 calories used by smoking, for example, walk briskly for 45 minutes or swim laps for 30 minutes each day.
Or eliminate 200 calories of food intake, and you've used up the extra calories from not smoking. What does that translate to?
2 lite beers (220 calories)
20 regular potato chips (220 calories)
4 chocolate sandwich cookies (213 calories)
2 tablespoon of butter (200 calories)
2 oz. of cheddar cheese (220 calories)
1 small order of McDonalds fries (210 calories)
1 hot dog and roll (250 calories)
2 frozen waffles (240 calories)
1/2 cup macaroni and cheese (205 calories)
One benefit of quitting, however is that as your body realizes the benefits of not smoking, your energy levels will increase, and you will begin to feel better physically.
A moderate increase in physical activity can keep weight gain to a minimum so.....Exercise daily.
A daily moderate workout not only distracts you from smoking, but also helps reduce tension and stress. Endorphins released in the brain during exercise actually make you feel better. Exercise also increases metabolism, helping you burn more calories.
And .....here's a great fact from the New York Times:
'The good news is that the very fear of gaining weight is also the #1 deterrent to avoiding weight gain.
The great news is that studies show that at least 25% of all former smokers so fear weight-gain they actually LOSE weight once they've quit!'
If you do not RUN AWAY FROM or try to NUMB your cravings to smoke by EATING, YOU WILL NOT GAIN WEIGHT when you quit smoking. FACT.
And even if you are one of those who may experience a slight weight gain of up to 5 pounds, due to metabolic changes- that is the easiest thing to remedy! FACT
Follow our simple advice - and you will not gain even an extra pound!
But the important thing to remember here is this:
It was the Old Way of giving up smoking that caused people to gain weight in the past.
It was the terrible idea that you must use Willpower to FORCE yourself not to smoke.
And the idea that you could use substitutes like food to BLOCK or to ESCAPE from these cravings.
But our approach to giving up smoking is the exact opposite.
We want you to FACE and WELCOME ALL the cravings you get when you stop.
We want you to TRANSFORM them. You now know that by allowing and opening to every feeling and desire WITHOUT judgment or resistance you can MAGICALLY transform how these feelings FEEL, moment-by-moment in your body.
They can actually be experienced as enjoyable sensations - and thus you will feel no compulsion to use food to escape from these cravings.
So why continue EVERY DAY to....CONGEST your lungs with cancerous tars. To CLUTTER up and POISON your blood vessels. And to SENTENCE yourself to a lifetime of.....
* Filth* Bad breath* Stained teeth* Burnt clothes* Filthy ashtrays* And the foul smell of stale tobacco....
......all because of the mistaken BELIEF that if you stop smoking, you must gain weight.
Go on....show the world by your own PERSONAL EXAMPLE that it is a LIE!
Because it is!
And as you show them, ENJOY fully all the great immediate benefits you'll experience when you stop.....
You'll feel stronger, younger, healthier
Your complexion will be better.
Your teeth and fingers will no longer be yellow.
Your eyes will look healthier, more alive and vibrant.
And your clothes and breath will no longer stink of stale smoke.
You'll feel f-r-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c !!
Now......what is your answer to that Question, 'Will you gain weight when you stop smoking?'
Is it possible to enjoy, yes ENJOY quitting smoking - and not gain ANY weight?
By Sean Riain