Coping with Food Cravings When You Quit Smoking

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The decision to stop smoking is one of the most important ones you can make for your health, but many people put off giving up the habit because they fear gaining weight. It’s true that weight gain is possible in the immediate period after you quit, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to curb food cravings and weight gain when you quit.

Keep your hunger in check by eating several small, balanced meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones. Try to find ways to reward yourself for victories that don’t revolve around food. Try to minimize your alcohol intake, which can spark your appetite and lead to bad food choices. Since you’ll be breathing easier, get more physical activity, which will help burn calories while controlling your appetite.

Talk to a Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center nurse or physician if you need help quitting or have questions about how smoking impacts your heart health. You can find out more about our Thousand Oaks hospital services by calling (805) 497-2727. 

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