Let’s just accept it as a fact for a while that a great fraction of the Pakistani population has made a hobby out of sasti chars or simply, suttay baazi whether it’s the local street-side vendor selling them mediocre quality Gold Leaf or they spend a good chunk of their pocket money buying Dunhill packets. What our concern here is, however, on how so many of us don’t consider calling it quits just because they fear putting on weight when they do so. Not many of us would fancy joining a gym to then get rid of that belly fat because honestly, why even do such khuaari when you can continue being a suttay baaz.
Very rarely do we think of maintaining our health and getting motivated enough to eliminate what ruins it.
How and why do we gain when we quit?
One of the biggest reasons why we gain weight when we stop smoking cigarettes is because it increases our appetite naturally. While smokers may find it very rare that their bodies ‘crave’ for food and might have a very normal diet, maybe even lesser than usual, when they quit smoking they find themselves getting hungry more often. Secondly, the nicotine content in cigarettes has the characteristic of speeding up your body’s metabolism and therefore burning more fat than usual. When you are depriving your body of that nicotine you got it so used to, the metabolism slows down and you burn lesser calories. Did you know that on an average, a regular smoker might gain up to 5kg in weight when they give up on smoking?
Do I really need to be worried?
Before you actually begin to get all tensed up about your weight issues, sit back and think about whether or not that is even an issue or not. The best way is to find out what your BMI and calculate where your optimal weight should lie in accordance with your height as well. That is where you would know if it’s a good gain or something that you need to work on. If that sounds like a complicated task, visit Nutright’s BMI Calculator and you can calculate your ideal weight for free!
How do I manage the weight?
Number one thing that you really need to consider is exercising, doesn’t matter if you have a gym nearby or your home is the best place for you to do those crunches and lunges, even if you join a regular sport that would do you good. All you need to monitor is that you are incorporating some form of physical activity in your lifestyle. Start off with yoga, join a Zumba class, we aren’t asking you to just hit the gym for a rigid cardio routine straight away. Delve into healthier forms of eating, get more veggies and of course, a good sleep routine and water intake are a must to add to your new lifestyle as a non-smoker.
What can I expect?
The most people expect out of quitting is pink and better-looking lips along with fresher breath and of course, whiter teeth! However, that is not the only treat you are preparing your body for because you shall also expect clearer looking skin and a body that is performing better each and every day. Yes, it is most certainly worth it!