Q: I realize smoking is considered unhealthy under any circumstances, but how does it affect metabolism? Any thoughts for quitting without going on a major eating binge?
A: Many people are afraid to quit smoking because they think they’ll instantly gain weight. I have a news flash for you: Smoking is not helping you stay thin. It’s actually making you fat.
Smoking affects many of the endocrine glands that produce metabolic hormones. It helps cause insulin resistance and diabetes and drives up cortisol levels, which contributes to belly fat. Smoking is also a risk factor for underactive thyroid, a metabolic condition that can lead to weight gain, and if you already have underactive thyroid, smoking can cut your thyroid hormone secretion further.
The reason people gain weight when they stop smoking is that smoking serves as an oral fixation. When it’s taken away, people tend to replace it with another oral fixation — they eat more, and they therefore gain weight. To combat this tendency, I recommend that you make exercise your new addiction. Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin, which cause you to feel good and will help you fight the urge to overeat.
To those attempting to quit smoking: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do it. I have lost loved ones to this disgusting habit, and I am so bitter I can barely stand it. Death from smoking is totally preventable, it is a horrible way to die.
Hypnosis is one of the easiest and most effective ways to finally quit smoking for good. Make sure you choose someone who is qualified and experienced. Diane Edwards is a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, helping people quit smoking for over 26 years and once you’re ready to quit, she can help you too.
Check out Hypnosis, and please do whatever you can to quit. Ask yourself this question: Do I want to live a healthy life and/or see my grandchildren grow up —- or a cigarette? If that’s not a no-brainer, I don’t know what is.
Hypnosis is a fabulous tool for easy Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation, with no struggle or deprivation.
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