If you are planning to quit smoking, your diet can help you in two ways. First, it can help you in quitting smoking itself. Second, it can assist you regarding your weight control. Smoking is an act that employs your hand and mouth. After you quit smoking, you might feel that your brain is still engineered to do the same activity.
Sometimes, this brain wiring becomes a major obstacle for a person to quit smoking. But it is possible to keep this habit and quit smoking. Apart from smoking, eating is the only act (excluding brushing teeth), that uses your mouth and hand. This replacement can be effective in quitting smoking. Second, as smoking accelerates your metabolism, and burn calories faster, quitting smoking can slower it down and results in causing weight gain. But if you want to control your weight gain, a few changes in your diet can stop this to happen.
Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit, explains how habits work. According to his research, habits, and in our case – smoking – specifically, is a circle of acts that are triggered by some single instance. His circle includes cue, routine, reward and the fourth is the craving. With smoking, mostly, cue is not same. One feels the urge to smoke anytime. Perhaps your cue is a cup of coffee during the lunch break at your office. Or while you’re in toilet in the morning. For some, it might be just a daily walk from their home to the bus stop. Their generalizing cue is nearly impossible and hence I can’t suggest a general advice.
Reward, the certain movement of hands and mouth, is same. And mostly it is craved to pass time or for personal satisfaction. But the routine can be changed, so that you’ll get the same reward with same craving. This is where your diet can play a significant role. For this, spot your cue.
Notice which is exactly the thing that’s asking you to smoke, when and where. Keep eatables with you like fruits. Also, you are welcome to take Snickers, KitKat, perhaps burrito, sandwiches that can keep you busy, and provide you with the reward (but keep note that these can cause weight gain). Then next time when you encounter this cue, eat something and make yourself feel satisfied because your habit circle has completed, and you can continue.
It’ll be stupid to say that it’s an easily task and that this habit circle will work ever time. But it makes sense and can helps your mind in making this rational decision.
Further, it’s also important that what kind of food you eat during this routine. It actually depends on you. Either you want to gain weight, lose weight, keep it the same. As discussed earlier, quitting smoking, increases weight. Because employing this strategy to quit smoking, makes you to eat as many times as you used to smoke.
So, considering that frequency and a few tips, you can keep track of your weight too. First, start noticing the amount of nutrients you are taking in and make sure you don’ exceeds the upper limits advised by nutritionists. Second, try to use fruits during your routine. Lastly, try to distance yourself from the cue, is possible because that’s the most effective way to quit smoking through your diet.
Once you quit smoking, you’ll notice that you’re gaining weight. At average, it is 7 to 12 pounds. But you can keep it by giving a little attention to what you’re taking in. An important note is, you do not need to change your whole diet sequence for that. Quitting smoking is just slowing your metabolic rate, so you need to lessen your calories intake, and burn calories.
One interesting fact related to food and smoking is that many ex-smokers state that they found the tastes of things totally different compared to when they used to smoke. So, if you take salad, it might not be the same, as it was back then. Also, salad is helpful in weight loss and at the same time it can provide you with necessary proteins for the day. Other than salad, green tea and regular exercise will help you control your weight. Researches have shown that green tea assists in reducing fat. And along with a healthy exercise, you can keep your weight control, and enjoy your new life without any smoke.