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ABOUT GAINING WEIGHT...
Many people who're considering quitting are very concerned about gaining weight. If you're concerned about gaining weight, keep these points in mind:
Quitting doesn't mean you'll automatically gain weight. When people gain, most of the time it's because they eat more once they've quit.
The benefits of giving up cigarettes far outweigh the drawbacks of adding a few extra pounds. You'd have to gain a very large amount of weight to offset the many substantial health benefits that a normal smoker gains by quitting. Watch what you eat, and if you're concerned about gaining weight, consider the following tips:
Tips to help you avoid weight gain... -Make sure you have a well-balanced diet, with the proper amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
-Don't set a target date for a holiday, when the temptation of high-calorie food and drinks may be too hard to resist.
-Drink a glass of water before your meals.
-Weigh yourself weekly.
-Chew sugarless gum when you want sweet foods.
-Plan menus carefully, and count calories. Don't try to lose weight - just try to maintain your pre-quitting weight.
-Have low-calorie foods on hand for nibbling. Use the Snack Calorie Chart to choose foods that are both nutritious and low in calories. Some good choices are fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, low-fat cottage cheese, and air-popped popcorn without butter.
-Take time for daily exercise, or join an organized exercise group.