Great response by Luke. Many people in their attempts to quit smoking may gain some rate, not just becuase of changes to their metabolic rate but becuase they are trying to distract themselves and keep their hands busy (which once held cigarettes)- and many people do this by putting food in their mouth.
Learning about sensible snack options from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you understand which foods are best for you to snack on (looking at both energy content and how healthy the foods are).
A dietitian can take into account the types of foods you like and also your lifestyle to help reduce your chances of eating, while still keeping you satisfied during the cravings.
When looking for a snack (e.g. morning, afternoon tea or dessert) aim for around 400kj / snack if you are trying to lose.manage your weight. Having a high fibre, low GI, high protein snack may help you feel less hungry which may help reduce your tendency to reach for food during cravings. Nuts, yogurts, piece of wholegrain toast with light cootage cheese, fruit and nut mix etc are a few suggestions to think about- but remember to keep portion sizes small.
The QUITline had resources for people on suitable snacks and nibbles for people quitting smoking www.quit.org.au (I am not sure if they are still avaliable).
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