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Smoking and Weight Loss

Written By onci on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | 1:45 AM

The average person who quits smoking gains between 4 and 10 pounds. It turns out that the average smoker weighs 4-10 pounds less than the average non-smoker–even if they have the same levels of exercise and food intake. Thus, it seems that the weight gained by
quitting smoking brings most ex-smokers up to what they would weigh if they had never smoked.

One of the reasons we gain weight is that we eat more calories than we use. There are 3500 calories in a pound of body fat. When a person eats 3500 more calories than he or she can use, the person will gain one pound. When a person burns 3500 more calories than he or she eats, the person will lose a pound. The number of calories that a person burns
each day depends on age, sex, body weight, metabolism, and amount of exercise. These factors determine how many calories a person can eat without gaining weight, or while losing weight.
Smoking increases your metabolism rate; I will not explain how it does it. Bottom line is that the people who smoke, their body needs more energy therefore their rate which calories burn is also very fast. Because of high calorie burn rate, their metabolism rate is also higher.

Nicotine also delays gastric-emptying of the stomach, therefore the food stays in the stomach for long, and people do not feel and urge to eat, definitely, when people will eat less they will gain less weight or actually will lose weight.

Studies show that most of the women, who start smoking, do this to lose weight. While most of the people who do not quit smoking think that if they will quit smoking, they will gain weight. Losing weight and being slim has become such an obsession that people can take any road, they think will lead to being thin.

People do not see the harmful effects of cigarrettes; they just see the weight loss. Well, let me remind you that cigarette can cause cancer and many other diseases that are fatal. Is it not better to be fat then to be dead?

While it is true that if one stops smoking they will most likely gain weight but at the same time it is also true that if they do not stop smoking a cigarette they are risking their life with such devastating disease they cannot even imagine of.
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