By Ng Peng Hock
Smoking can help one stays slim.
Are you sure?
It does not sound convincing at all but unfortunately it is a common belief among teenage girls.
Besides the many healthy problems like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, and many others that are associated with overweight, the other important issue for teenage girls is their body image.
Research conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada showed that 1/3 of girls view weight gain as a reason not to give up cigarette.
A female smoker shared her thoughts: “If I don’t smoke I tend to eat a lot, especially candy and chocolate, and things like that. The last time I tried cutting down on cigarettes I gained 2 or 3 kg in couple of weeks. To be honest, I don’t really worry about the health risks associated with smoking. They seem so distant. But I can see the link with my weight directly.”
Is there any proven link between smoking and weight control?
American researchers found that smokers are just as likely to put on weight as non-smokers. It tends to be those who are slightly overweight that smoke the most. Therefore, it is a wrong belief for young women to take up smoking hoping it will help them manage their weight. However, it is a tendency for people to gain weight when they quit smoking.
According to Dr Chris Steele, when giving up smoking, about 1/3 of people gain quite a lot of weight, 1/3 gain a small amount of weight, and the remaining 1/3 do not put on any weight at all. Dr Chris Steele is a British general practitioner who has run smokers’ clinics for more than 30 years.
Smoking increases the risk of contracting diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and stroke. If there is a choice between stopping smoking and putting on a couple of kilos, you should stop smoking first to halt the worse impact on your overall health. After you have stopped smoking, you can then deal with any extra weight that may have crept on.
Although some people do gain weight after they give up cigarette, smoking itself does not cause weight loss. Therefore, taking up smoking will not help you stay slim. The best and safest way to control weight is to follow the tried-and-tested method: exercise and adopt a healthy diet.
People have intention to quit smoking but do not know how to do it can take a look at Dr Steele’s 10 Point Quit Smoking Plan and his Fat Farewell Weight Loss Plan for quitters who are worried about gain weight. Email writer of this article for his web address.
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