The average smoker would have to weigh an extra 35 to 50 kgs to put a strain on her heart equal to the risk of smoking a pack a day. That doesn’t take into account lung damage, cancer risks and all the other dangers of smoking.
The danger of extra weight is that many ex-smokers use it as an excuse to go back to smoking. They think that if they smoke again they will lose weight. To their surprise, they go back to smoking and keep on the extra pounds. The body adjusts.
Learning to stop smoking can teach ways to reduce weight, including:
- how to handle wanting something “more” (emotional causes),
- raising metabolism, and
- eating correctly