Q: Most people realize that smoking is considered unhealthy but can it affect metabolism. Any thoughts for quitting without going on an eating binge?
A: Many people are afraid to stop smoking because they think they’ll immediately gain weight. Here is some news: Smoking is not helping you stay thin. It’s actually inhibiting your ability to stay thin.
Smoking affects many of the endocrine glands that produce hormones affecting metabolism. 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.
The reason people many 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 then they start to put on weight. To combat this, I recommend that exercise become your new addiction. Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin which cause you to feel good and will help you fight the urge to overeat.
For those attempting to quit smoking: PLEASE do it. I have lost friends and loved ones to this terribly unhealthy habit. Death from smoking is completely preventable and….it is a terrible way to die.
Hypnosis is one of the easiest and most effective ways to finally quit smoking for good. Choose someone who is qualified and experienced. Bridget Coughlin is a Certified Hypnotist and has helped countless people quit smoking. Once you’re made the decision to finally quit, she can help you too.
Try hypnosis and please do whatever you can to quit.
Finally, ask yourself this one question: Do I want to live a healthy life and/or see my children and grandchildren grow up or….do I want that next a cigarette? If that’s not a no-brainer, I don’t know what is.
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