You Can Do It! Many people are able to stop smoking and maintain their weight. You can too.
- Plan to quit when food will be less of an issue, like holidays or special events.
- Make you quit day during a low stress time.
- For the first couple of weeks, avoid parties. (Places where you may be tempted to smoke and to eat more.)
- Remember, alcohol is a trigger and high in calories.
Be careful not to substitute food for cigarettes. Instead of eating, distract yourself by: calling a friend, reading, taking a walk, drawing or knitting. If you must put something in your mouth, try a toothpick or sugarless gum.
Watch out for stress.
- Instead of reaching for a cigarette or food when you get stressed, take a deep breath.
- Meditate. And be positive. You are doing something wonderful for yourself by quitting, be proud.
Look for ways to reduce cravings.
- Consider using a nicotine gum or patch. They will help reduce the cravings for cigarettes and may help you avoid weight gain.
- Drink water.
- If you are craving sugar while quitting, try using artificial sweeteners or sugarless gum.
Increase your activity.
- You may need to exercise more to keep you weight the same while quitting.
- Take the stairs if you can.
- Add a new or fun activity to your week; swim, ride a bike, or play basketball or tennis.
- Ask your family and friends for support.
- Consider joining a stop smoking program or support group.
- Ask a your doctor for help in planning a sensible eating plan that’s right for you.
For free help quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-879-8679)