Quitting Smoking? Myths Busted

AUTHOR Ann-Marie Johansen,
Owner of The Gold Coast Stop Smoking Clinic & The Brisbane Stop Smoking Clinic

MYTH: ‘Quitting smoking will make me fat’


Evidence is increasing that smoking can cause a greater accumulation of visceral fat, the toxic type of fatty tissue that surrounds the intestines and is a serious health threat.
The more you smoke, the more likely you are to store fat in your abdomen, rather than on the hips and thighs.
Stopping smoking along with increasing aerobic activity and strength training can help shed this type of fat and gain muscle mass.

MYTH: ‘Without cigarettes decreasing my appetite I will crave bigger portions and unhealthy snacks’


Nicotine inhibits insulin, and smoking causes less insulin to be released, so the sugar stays in the bloodstream and creates a hyperglycaemic condition – normally seen in people with diabetes – which gives the smoker a ‘fuller’ feeling.

This can be actually dangerous and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Nicotine is not a magic calorie burner by any means, exercise, on the other hand, can burn off 200-600 calories an hour as well as supressing the appetite.


MYTH: ‘Cigarettes calm my nerves – I’ll be a nervous wreck if I quit’

Most clients I meet often blame their habit on stress or say that they smoke more when they are stressed but actually nicotine makes you more stressed.
In fact, when you are stressed your breathing increases as does your heart rate (and possibly your blood pressure). So add the two together and “boom” more stress.
Quitting smoking could help people combat stress, or at minimum decrease it.

MYTH: ‘I’ll feel ill if I stop smoking’
Giving up smoking can actually boost immunity. Smoking depresses the body’s immune response so there is less protection from bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
A smoker’s body is more toxic too, so the liver is more stressed – making it a target for disease.
Quitting smoking will make it easier to fight off colds and flu as well.
It will also encourage efficient functioning of the lymphatic system by stimulating the muscles – this will promote the removal of toxins from the body.

MYTH: ‘Without cigarettes I’ll have no energy


Ditching cigarettes should increase energy levels. Within two to twelve weeks of stopping smoking, circulation should improve and this will make all physical activity, including walking, climbing stairs and running, much easier.
Some smokers often avoid exercise as they can become breathless and get cramps. This is because carbon monoxide hinders the amount of oxygen that reaches the heart.But most people report they get more enjoyment from physical activity after they quit smoking.

MYTH: ‘I won’t know what to do with my hands if I quit – I’ll fidget and eat more instead’


This needn’t be the case; it is just replacing habit for habit. This will be handled in your hypnosis session.

IMPORTANT
Your hypnotherapist is here to help you for any success to occur its vital that you voice any concerns that you have about stopping smoking prior to the session commencing

References : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2989517

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