DIET-DERAILING TIP #3:
SMOKING CAN KEEP YOU TRIM
Many people start smoking because they believe it will help them lose weight quickly, and many current smokers cite fear of weight gain as the primary reason they don’t want to quit.
Sound like you? Well, as it turns out, heavy smokers—defined as more than 25 cigarettes a day—are more apt to be overweight or obese than people who smoke fewer cigarettes or don’t smoke at all. Wondering why? Smoking can increase insulin resistance and cause fat to be stored around the middle.
As for your concern about gaining weight if you quit, it can actually have the opposite effect, according to research presented at the 2014 meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. They found that although ex-smokers gain a bit of tummy chub during the initial eight weeks of their new, smoke-free life, they actually lose weight and belly fat in the long run—likely because they have less nicotine and carbon monoxide in their system.