Friday, January 8, 2010

Quitting Tobacco and Weight Gain

If the fear of gaining weight is keeping you from quitting, here is what you need to know:

-There may be a slight change in your metabolism (or energy burn) when you quit using tobacco. -You may feel hungry more often than when you used tobacco.
-Food is going to smell and taste better!
-You might want to eat to keep from smoking or dipping.
-Exercise can help keep your energy burn from slowing, including weight lifting.

But the most important thing you need to know:
Tobacco does NOT make you thin and quitting WILL NOT make you fat.

Eating more than you burn off will cause weight gain. So eat, but eat smart.

Change Your Plate!

-Eat several meals throughout the day.
-Drink plenty of water.
-Choose certain fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber, nutrients and water.
-Choose foods low in saturated fat.

American Institute for Cancer Research

-Choose foods low in sugar.
-Choose lean proteins like canned light tuna in water, chicken without skin, beef labeled loin or round, fish (broiled, not breaded or fried), peanut butter, tofu, beans… -Avoid butter, dips, sauces, full fat cheeses and oils as much as possible.
-Drink calorie free beverages like coffee, tea and water.
-Choose whole grains.
-Read your labels and watch out for fat, sodium, sugar and calories.

Check out this website for more on labels:
Check out this book from the library:
The Volumetrics Eating Plan by Barbara J. Rolls Ph.D.
Watch healthy lifestyle videos on YouTube: “Deerunstoo” channel

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