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Put out that cigarette once and for all with the tips in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- Dietary tweaks
- Nicotine gum
- Hot tea
- Daily walk (optional)
Eat less or move more
Eat less or exercise more. Nicotine helps smokers stay slim by raising their metabolism; that's part of the reason the average smoker puts on between 4 and 10 pounds after giving up cigarettes. If you're a moderate smoker -- less than a pack a day -- you can counteract this by cutting out or burning off about 200 calories per day.
Chew nicotine gum
Chew nicotine gum. It will suppress your urge for a cigarette and keep your mouth occupied.
Keep fruit on hand
Keep fresh fruit on hand. Many people who quit smoking experience strong cravings for sweets; fruit can satisfy that yen in a healthy way.
Drink hot tea
Drink hot tea between meals. It can kill the urge to munch.
Consider hypnotherapy. It helps some people give up their cigarettes without piling on the pounds.
Ask your doctor about taking the antidepressant bupropion; it sometimes helps curb weight gain in ex-smokers because it's works as an appetite suppressant in some people.