Avoiding Weight Gain When You Quit Smoking
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Quitting smoking is a big step forward to good health, so don’t let the fear of weight gain stand in your way of kicking the habit.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
Don’t let concerns about weight gain keep you from quitting smoking. Quitting helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and other serious health conditions.
Keep in mind, quitting smoking doesn’t always lead to weight gain, and you can focus on losing weight after you quit.
You can reduce your chances of gaining weight by eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity. Here are some ideas:
- Choose healthy snacks like fruit or low-fat popcorn.
- Go on a brisk walk during your lunch break.
- And take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Plus, being physically active can decrease your chances of starting the habit again.
To learn more, visit our website at NIDDK. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.
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