One of the biggest complaints among former smokers is weight gain. It seems like as soon as you kick the cigarette habit, you see a sudden change in your waistline. It’s a lose-lose situation for many smokers. By getting rid of cigarettes to improve their health, they actually end up acquiring new health risks associated with obesity. It’s trading lung cancer for diabetes and heart disease. Neither situation is ideal.
Scientists believe that weight gain associated with smoking cessation is all rooted in nicotine’s ability to suppress the appetite. Once you stop using nicotine, your appetite suddenly spikes. To make matters worse, many smokers turn to food to fill the void and cope with stress and anxiety when they give up cigarettes. Research shows that 80 percent of former smokers gained weight when they kicked the habit.
So how can you stop smoking without packing on the pounds? A new study suggests that ecigarettes might be the answer. Researchers examined changes in body weight when smokers traded out their cigarettes for ecigs. They found that there was no significant weight gain at all. In fact, even the smokers who chose to use ecigs with zero nicotine still managed to stop smoking without gaining weight. Plus many reported that giving up tobacco was easy with the help of an e-cigarette.
This particular study focused on female smokers so more research is needed before we can officially declare that ecigs prevent weight gain during smoking cessation. However, the results were very promising since women tend to gain weight more often than men while kicking the cigarette habit. In the future, scientists hope to do a broader study with men and women to learn more about the connection between ecigs and weight gain prevention.
What about you… did you gain any weight when you traded your cigarettes for an ecig? Did you notice an increase in your appetite?