Follow these 9 tips and quittimg smoking will be a whole lot easier:
- Watch portions: use a smaller plate and slow down your eating.
- Read labels: aim for foods low in fat and high in protein and fibre.
- Shop well: If it’s not there, you can’t eat it. Stock the fridge and cupboards with healthy food choices so that when the urge to snack strikes, the right foods are within easy reach (olives/nuts/cheese/hummus are good for healthier snacks).
- Drink plenty of water: if you have the urge to snack, drink a glass of water first. It will help fill you up. You will eat less and also beat cravings to smoke.
- Think 80/20: If 80 per cent of the meals and snacks are healthy and in the right portions, there is leeway for some deviations.
- Eat more often: eating 5 or 6 small meals throughout could give your metabolism a boost and also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, meaning your less likely to unhealthy foods.
- Get walking: exercise will help you avoid weight gain. As little as a half hour walk a day can be enough to help you keep your weight stable, alongside a healthy eating plan.
- Distract yourself: boredom is a big trigger for smoking and eating.
Try taking a shower, ringing a friend or signing up to a new evening course.
- Get some support: sometimes doing it on your own can feel overwhelming. Most smokers have tried unsuccessfully to quit before so you know only too well that sense of failure and regret. Visit our website and book an assessment – where you get to meet us and see what we do. We offer a huge range of support and tools to our clients who are going through the difficult challenge of losing or even trying to maintain their weight when they have given up smoking.