Smoking burns fat, apparently

May 6th, 2009 § 1 comment

Daily Mail

The endless snacking could be a way of keeping hands busy. Or maybe food finally tastes good again.
But the real reason why people pile on the pounds after quitting smoking could lie in our DNA.
Scientists have identified a fat-burning gene that becomes more active when exposed to cigarette smoke.
The finding could help explain why slim smokers find their weight starts to balloon after the final cigarette is stubbed out. The scientists studied smokers who had an existing personalized medical weight loss program, which, they they didn’t follow regularly.

The reason people put on weight when they pack in the fags is because most people think that smoking is an appetite supressant. I do not know if it is or not, but most smokers will feed their addiction over having a snack.
When someone packs in smoking, they think they are hungrier more often and just nibble and snack on things because that feeling they get when they want a cigarette for the first couple of days, that barely perceptable feeling in the chest/stomach area, is the same as slight hunger pangs.

There may well be something in smoking that burns calories quicker, but if there is is doesn’t burn many, by the amount of overweight smokers about.

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§ One Response to Smoking burns fat, apparently

  • Parar de Fumar says:

    Its also a self fulfilling prophecy! Every smoker does not want to quit because they will gain weight, each excuse is good to not stop. The craving for a cigarette and for food is similar and sometimes people don’t know the difference, so they eat and smoke to be sure to kill the craving!
    .-= Parar de Fumar´s last blog ..Quero Parar de Fumar =-.

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