Will NRT help me stop overeating?!

Hello,

I had my last cigarette on Sunday, my counter says I am 4days 22 hours and 34 minutes smoke free! I am proud, but I'm really struggling to control my eating.

I've battled with my weight all my life, and had got to a reasonable weight before quitting. I seem to want to eat all the time. I'm miserable at my already expanding waist line (4lbs in 4 days?! Really?!). I know people will say that giving up smoking is worth gaining a few pounds, but to me it is awful. It's not 'just a few pounds' to me. I seem to cope 'ok' without smoking, I don't appear to 'crave' a cigarette, I do miss it, but I don't sit and visualise myself puffing away. I'm fine without. I suppose I feel that I can't smoke and I have to live on a lettuce leaf whilst I starve - misery.

Sorry for rambling. The point is, I've gone cold turkey. I read the Allen Carr book (not sure how I feel about that), but haven't taken any NRT. I have a nicotine free e-cigarette which I like to use. If I were to use NRT, would this help curb by overeating? I am considering buying cartridges for my ecigarette with some nicotine in them.

Again, sorry for the rant, I'm feeling rubbish and not sure how I'm going to keep doing this, longest 4 days of my life!

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  • After 4 days the nicotine is all gone, so I would probably not go back on it. Nicotine does affect insulin pathways and sugar, have a google and read, and perhaps you will be able to figure something out.

    Smoking causes you to burn around 200 calories extra per day through metabolic changes, so you probably would want to eliminate 200 cals or add some exercise to work those cals off. Otherwise, sugar free gum might be worth a try?

  • Thank you for your speedy response, just what I needed!

    Will do more research, seems silly to go back on nicotine when I've managed to wean myself off of it. Is this the psychological habit? :(

    People have said 'up the exercise, eat less', I wish I could but I suffer with a chronic health condition which limits my exercise. I've downloaded an app to try to help track what I'm eating, need to find ways to distract from eating!

  • Hello, ive got the same problem, ive got pcos aswell so doesnt make it easier, try icelollys, frozen fruit, jelly, mints, ect.... all rather cheep.... suck on the fruit.,,, im day 7 at 1am n its helped me a lot

  • Blood sugar levels drop when you quit, so just try and keep healthy snacks around that will keep you blood sugar a little more steady.

  • Hello, ive got the same problem, ive got pcos aswell so doesnt make it easier, try icelollys, frozen fruit, jelly, mints, ect.... all rather cheep.... suck on the fruit.,,, im day 7 at 1am n its helped me a lot

    Thanks, I'll go shopping tomorrow and get a few low cal pick ups! I'm not far behind you, have you also gone cold turkey?

    Blood sugar levels drop when you quit, so just try and keep healthy snacks around that will keep you blood sugar a little more steady.

    Thank you for your information, I had no idea about blood sugars being affected. No wonder I'm feeling lousy!

  • Ive got the electric cig ( its my best friend) lol.... I got little cheep jelly pots n done single ones..... some fruits cut em up to medium pieces, grapes are my fav.,,, as u can see lol

  • Ive got the electric cig ( its my best friend) lol.... I got little cheep jelly pots n done single ones..... some fruits cut em up to medium pieces, grapes are my fav.,,, as u can see lol

    Yep I'm here with my e-cig, sounds crazy as I'm on zero cartridges but it does help. I like to sit in the garden (like I used to :rolleyes:) and use it there. Surely this has to get easier!

  • Oh I use cartrages atm, I do want to go cold turkey, but im excited about me going (nearly) a week, atleast im off tobacco lol! Good luck though... I avoid fatty food as much as I can, but u cant stop em all ay :p

  • You are doing fab and its great that you are nicotine free!! I also find that sparkling water helps. The bubbles when you swallow feel a bit like inhaling smoke without the nasty cough afterwards - try it and see (especially if sipped slowly). Also water fills you up if you drink the right amount. I have put on about a stone during my quit but now is the time for me to try get rid of it (when I get home). Just remember you are already over the worst!!!

    Sarah

  • Water and ice pops for me, I'm watching mine very close as well x

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