But it gets worse. Often times instead of a between meal snack, smokers will switch that hunger craving off with a smoke. So that is more natural calories that were not taken in. But linking those 2 feelings together, hunger and a smoke is bad... because all mental links are a two way street. If your mom left out a pouch of potpourri all the time when you were a kid, when you grow up if you smell potpourri then you will think of home... but if you walk into your house and DONT smell that potpourri then your brain will not feel the same about your house.
So what do we have all put together?
Every time you have a small craving for a smoke your body and brain can easily mistake that as a hunger cue from all the training you did as a smoker. Also you have lost the natural appetite suppressant effects of the nicotine so you are really hungry more often during the day. AND you have stopped burning the extra 300 ish calories a day.
All put together I think I better get my ass to the gym!!!
Maybe this will help replace that little rush...