In a large study in the United Kingdom, which was attended by over a thousand women who quit smoking, no clear picture emerged. While some women gained weight, some have remained the same and some women even lost weight. However, with regard to women who have weight in the range of 5 to 10 pounds over a number of months, the result has been attributed to their metabolic changes (or the change in their metabolic rate).
So how does smoking affect our body weight? It is a fact that smoking contributes to burn calories - up to 200 calories per day if you are a heavy smoker. This means that smoking can increase the metabolic rate, or the rate at which energy is spent.
Outsmarting books can compensate for the lighter weight gain that may occur due to slowing metabolic rate to quit. How can you do that? Remember, if you were a heavy smoker, you burn 200 calories a day.
Now to burn the same number of calories per day, you can:
• Brisk walking for 45 minutes or swim for 30 minutes every day.
• You can eliminate 200 calories from your daily calorie intake. Among the foods that we have every day, which contains about 200 calories, including 1 liter of beer (22 calories), 20 regular chips (220 calories), 4 chocolate sandwich cookies (213 calories), and 2 tablespoon tablespoons butter (200 calories).
One of the biggest benefits of quitting smoking is that realizes the absence of the body and increase energy, you will begin to feel better physically.
The other way to counter the effects of a slowdown in the metabolic rate is to engage in regular moderate exercise, which can keep the weight gain to a minimum and increase your metabolic rate. Exercise increases the metabolism, helps you burn more calories and reduces tension and stress. In addition, the endorphins released in the brain during exercise actually feel stronger and better.
According to the New York Times: fear smokers gain weight after quitting, but studies have shown that the opposite happens, which makes them lose weight after they stop smoking.
In summary, if cigarette smoking increases the metabolic rate of around 20 percent according to some experts, people who quit smoking, but continue to eat the same number of calories, a step weight. Knowing this, ex-smokers should not distract weight gain by making some lifestyle changes.