Slim, Trim and Smokingggg…

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“This song is dedicated to all the smokers and dopers by Zeest the band so let’s hit it.”

And all those songs glorifying the heavenly stick with a kiss of death makes us feel so Smokingggggg…………

All honorable smokers, next time you stand on the weighing machine after you smoke, it will show a lower reading. How? Here’s the theory.

On the average, smokers weigh less than nonsmokers, and approximately 80 percent of smokers who quit will gain weight. The average weight gain for smokers who quit is 5 pounds that is 2.3 Kgs (one normal cabbage sometimes weigh that much) compared to about 1 pound that is a mere 0.45 kgs for continuing smokers over the same period, although about 20 percent quitters will gain more than 10 pounds, and less than four percent will gain more than 20 pounds. Women tend to gain more weight when they quit smoking than men.

At least three major issues are important in the relationship between smoking cessation and weight gain. First, many smokers express fear of gaining weight as a reason for not quitting or weight gain as a reason for a relapse back to smoking. Second, a number of hypotheses have been used to explain weight gain in quitters. Finally, because of smokers’ stated concerns of weight gain accompanying cessation, a number of strategies to reduce or delay weight gain have been tested.

Fear of weight gain during smoking cessation is more common in women who smoke than in men who smoke. Among current smokers who have attempted to stop smoking, women also are more likely than men to report weight gain as a withdrawal symptom in smoking cessation.

Research on the effects of weight gain concerns on relapse to smoking has yielded mixed results. Although many unsuccessful quitters cite weight gain as the reason for relapse, the majority of studies indicate that weight concerns prior to attempting cessation have no relationship to successful quitting. It is not clear whether weight gain during cessation is temporary or permanent, although the majority of studies indicate that some weight gain (about 5 pounds) is likely to be long-term. A number of hypotheses have been set forward. These include a metabolic effect for smokers; this is supported by research indicating that smokers and nonsmokers have few differences in the amount of calories consumed. Another hypothesis is that smoking lowers the body’s “set point” for weight and smoking cessation raises that set point to be equivalent to that of nonsmokers. A third hypothesis is based on the observation that an increase in caloric intake occurs in those who stop smoking, and increased consumption may be responsible for the weight gain. Although weight gain is likely to accompany cessation, actual weight gain during smoking cessation does not appear to be related to cessation outcomes. Nevertheless, in reaction to smokers’ stated concerns about weight gain, a number of strategies to prevent or reduce weight gain during cessation have been developed.

The focus of weight control strategies during cessation has revolved around diet, exercise, and most recently, pharmacologic agents. Weight control programs through behavioral self-management of dietary intake have been largely ineffective. In two large randomized trials of behavioral weight management during cessation, the standard control groups with no weight control intervention had better cessation outcomes than the groups that received the behavioral intervention.

In recent years, a number of research studies examining the effect of physical exercise on weight control during cessation have been conducted. The majority of these studies have been conducted with women. The largest randomized study to date found that women who participated in exercise as well as a smoking cessation program were twice as likely to be abstinent from smoking 12 months after the program than those who participated in the smoking cessation program alone. In addition, the exercise group gained considerably less weight than the non-exercise group.

Pharmacologic agents are increasingly used to prevent or delay weight gain during smoking cessation. A biologically active substance applied pharmacologically to the body for their therapeutic effects on one or more tissues or organs. The pharmacological agent can be a non-peptide drug, a protein, a peptide, a steroid or a hormone. For weight loss it can be an agent named sibutramine, etc.

Smoking cessation is likely to result in some weight gain, with women gaining more weight than men but that can be controlled. Interesting reason to keep smoking, right guys. But exercise programs are more effective in controlling weight gain than dietary programs. Pharmacologic agents appear to be successful in delaying weight gain during cessation.

So friends, you thought I will tell you one more responsible reason to smoke that you can lose weight by smoking. No ways! A horrendous hazard like smoking cannot be justified under any fancy thoughts for any of the sexes. Rather smoking increases metabolic and reduces appetite causing weight loss, which has a bigger catastrophic effect on your health. And other physical and mental risks provide an augmented effect. Gaining a few pounds is far better than losing the race of life. Next time you lit that golden butt remember you will not weigh less, you will probably end up weighing nothing more than ashes. Quit Smoking and Stay Healthy. Thank you.

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