Today around 36.5 million adults in the U.S smoke cigarettes, according to the CDC. Young people continue to smoke nowadays primarily to stay slim. In fact, overweight teens are more likely to smoke to lose weight. However, there is no guarantee that smoking will make you thin. Smoking also has very harmful effects on the body, which are more costly than any “benefits” that might occur. Read on to learn how to kick the habit for a healthier body.
Tools to Help Quit
When it comes to quitting, there is a selection of tools available to make the process easier. Patients commonly use nicotine gum and patches to wean off smoking, which are available over the counter. There are also prescription medications like Chantix that work by blocking nicotine receptors in the brain.
Recent studies have also shown that e-cigarettes can help smokers who are trying to quit but do not want to gain weight, though they are not risk-free. Although e-cigarettes may be safer than traditional cigarettes, patients still need to refrain from smoking them at least four weeks prior to any type of surgery. This is because e-cigarettes often contain nicotine, which can lead to complications in healing and restrictions in blood flow.
How to Beat Cravings
Cravings are one of the main reasons why people have a hard time quitting smoking. Many patients turn to snacking since it satisfies the please center in the brain. This is also why some people gain weight after they stop smoking. Some tips to prevent cravings and putting on extra pounds include:
- Exercise- Not counting the various benefits exercise has on your body, it also releases feel-good hormones. This can help with cravings. Plus, it burns off those extra calories.
- Probiotics- Bacteria in the gut can influence cravings, which “good” bacteria can be linked to a healthier weight. Taking a probiotic daily can help to increase this “good” bacteria, promoting weight loss.
- Smart Snacking- When snacking, remember that you are feeding your body and not your cravings. Swap unhealthy sweets and carbs with lean protein sources to keep your weight down. Other foods that can help keep you satisfied for longer are those with higher fiber and water contents.
It is important that patients stop smoking at least eight weeks before undergoing any type of plastic surgery procedure in Orlando. For more information regarding smoking and surgery, contact Orlando Plastic Surgery today.