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What should I expect during meals while trying to quit smoking?

Smoking affects your weight by decreasing your appetite through its stimulant effects and lowering your metabolism to a small extent. Once you quit smoking, your weight may initially increase, due to an increase in your appetite and a slight lowering of your metabolism. You will also notice an improvement in your taste perception and this may also cause you to eat more. Food can be used as a substitute for tobacco; therefore, snacking can cause further weight gain. It is advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you quit smoking to avoid gaining weight during this process. Substituting exercise for smoking and choosing healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables should be a part of your tobacco cessation plan.

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