Embrace your quit attempt as an opportunity to try and bring healthy habits into your daily routine. These can support you in your goal to becoming smoke-free and also help you reduce unwanted weight gain.
If you find that weight gain is setting you back, remember that quitting smoking is a process, where you may need to take stock of what isn’t working, and adjust as you move forward.
Why do some people gain weight?
Nicotine keeps you from feeling hungry and smoking dulls your senses of taste and smell. When you quit smoking, your appetite returns at the same time that your taste buds come back. What’s more, nicotine causes your body to burn slightly more calories.
The result is that all of a sudden you're hungrier, food tastes better and you don’t burn as many calories as you used to. Plus, your body may confuse nicotine cravings for hunger, and you may find yourself snacking when you used to smoke.