Our expert says:
Stop Smoking Advice
You are already setting yourself up for success in that you've seen a dietician and are losing weight - well done. It sounds like you are serious about getting your health on track.
Don't let worries about putting on weight derail your stop smoking efforts. On average, people who quit smoking only put on 2-3kg, and that can easily be lost in time if you stick to your diet and get regular exercise. Exercise will help speed up your metabolism.
Have an alternative pleasurable activity ready when you want a cigarette - including healthy snacks if you feel the urge to snack (which is likely, especially in the first few days of quitting.)
Don't reach for a cigarette if you notice weight creeping back on. Stick with the programme - your metabolism will adjust after a few weeks, especially if you keep exercising. Keep in mind that quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health - and is worth (temporarily) putting on a few kgs.
Best of luck!
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