Cigarette cravings are an unavoidable reality when you’re quitting smoking. They’re something you have to get through to get the benefits – but the benefits are worth it. Your cravings will be strongest during the first 4 to 5 days after you quit. How do you deal with them? Take the 4-D approach:
Reducing the chances of weight gain
People often associate quitting smoking with weight gain. Not everyone gains weight. Among people who do, the average is 5 to 7 pounds. Here are some common reasons why people gain weight when they quit smoking:
Try increasing your physical activity a few weeks before your quit date to help ease yourself into a new routine. People who are physically active before they quit are much less likely to gain weight.
A good idea is to start eating a healthier diet a few weeks before your quit date. You may find that quitting smoking andstarting a new diet at the same time could be overwhelming. This way, by the time you quit you have already accustomed to choosing healthy foods.
Q: I haven’t quit smoking yet, but I am wondering about how hard it might be for me.
A: Congratulations on thinking about quitting smoking and knowing that you need to do everything you can to be prepared for your quit day. To help you with this, your pharmacist can determine your level of nicotine dependence by a test called theFagerstrom test. All it takes is answering a few questions. Ask your Live Well Pharmacist today.
Do you have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask your Live Well Pharmacist.
To help you deal with cigarette cravings, prepare in advance for the situations that you know will tempt you. On a card, write down the answers to these questions: “What will I say to myself”, “Who will I ask for help?”, “What will I do?” and carry the card around with you at all times.
All material © 1996-2013 MediResource Inc. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.