Cigarettes and Body Weight
Many people gain weight after their smoking cessation. This is true for many different reasons. Firstly, cigarettes suppress one's appetite. When having nicotine in your system, it makes you less hungry. Thus, you are likely to eat less. However, this can hardly be enough to demotivate you to be careful what you are eating after you quit smoking. Rather, you need to eat healthy and, surely enough, your weight will be regulated just fine.
Next, people are reluctant to stop smoking since they burn calories through this unhealthy habit. This, also, is true, since smoking increases our metabolism, making our body burn up to 200 calories per day more. Nevertheless, upon quitting smoking, you may spend these calories through running, power walking or simply taking a stroll for about 30 minutes a day.
Finally, in many cases, people who quit smoking, fill in the empty space in their life by introducing overeating as another habit, whenever they would usually light a cigarette. Still, exercising is a far better choice for this gap to be filled, so take it into consideration since it will make you healthy, fit and happy.
Deal with the Body Changes
Once you stop smoking, your body will start regenerating. It is a process you need to be familiar with so that you can plan your steps and deal with the potential problems before they even happen.
Since you are going to have appetite problems after smoking cessation, make sure you eat more often, but in smaller portions. Also, make sure that the food you eat is lower in calories and healthier. This way, your eating will help you stay healthy, while, at the same time making you feel full without overeating.
Also, smoking is a stress-release device for many people. Thus, once you quit it, you need to find a replacement rather than sit all day, being nervous and wanting to light another cigarette badly. Take up a sport, watch some TV, listen to music or indulge in a hobby of your interest. Whatever you do, stay away from smoking and keep yourself entertained and constructively occupied.
Finally, some people need to deal with this battle of cigarette rejection on a deeper, spiritual level, motivating themselves towards success and persistence. Meditation and yoga are great for these purposes since these activities will boost your will power, make you persistent and resilient, fighting your previous smoking addiction until the very end, when you completely reject cigarettes from your life.