Sunday, October 25, 2015
It goes without saying that trying to stop smoking can be a challenge. The addiction to nicotine, the temptation of a psychological addiction and a smoking ‘routine’ can make quitting really difficult. If we add the issue of weight gain to the equation, then it’s even easier to understand why some people avoid going through this process.
Dr. Helen Webberley, our dedicated GP, spoke to The Debrief about this common worry, explaining that “no, people don’t always gain weight but lots of people do. Patients want an excuse, so they’ll always say “Smoking slows my metabolism” but that’s a bit like saying, “My family have big bones and are prone to putting on weight”.
She also mentioned that weight gain when quitting smoking has a simple explanation, “it’s down to eating more than you need. It’s the one reason people don’t want to hear: you’ve put on weight, because you’ve eaten too much.”
To read the rest of the article and discover what else she had to say about this topic, simply click here.