The idea of using Sibutramine whilst quitting smoking – should not come as a great surprise to anyone that already knows that Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant. It is a well established fact that anyone quitting smoking can gain weight. Whilst for people that were not already overweight when they started to quit smoking gaining a few pounds might not be too serious, but for someone that is already overweight, or worse obese, gaining more weight also needs to be avoided.
Why do smokers gain weight when they try to quit?
The reasons smokers often gain weight when they’re trying to quit smoking are both physiological and psychological, which is why Sibutramine can be an ideal medication to help reduce the risk of that weight gain as we shall see later on.
Although you might be surprised at the first explanation, the main physiological reason for the weight gain on quitting smoking is that smoking increases your metabolism – meaning that you burn more calories to provide extra energy. So, as soon as you stop smoking if you don’t decrease your intake of food because you’re no longer using as many calories – you will put on weight. Of course, and ideally, when quitting smoking you need to decrease your food intake and increase your exercise regime.
However, this is where the psychological factor comes into play – the addictive nicotine from your smoking habit actually acts as an appetite suppressant itself. So, despite the many harmful effects of smoking, all those years of smoking have possibly helped you from gaining weight by the appetite suppressant effects of nicotine.
So, now you are ready to actually understand why you put on weight when you quit smoking. First of all you’ve lost the supply of an appetite suppressant from the nicotine, the lack of an appetite suppressant means that you have increased feelings of hunger and so will naturally eat more – all at the same time as your metabolism has slowed so you’re not burning off as many calories.
The final ‘killer’, if you’ll excuse the pun here, in quitting smoking and eating more is that many people report that on quitting smoking they simply eat more as a substitute for smoking. This is really what we term ‘comfort eating’, which is really an emotional reaction to the withdrawal symptoms you feel, as you progress toward becoming independent of nicotine. However, in some people the withdrawal from using nicotine can be so severe as to actually cause depression.
How Sibutramine can help
Sibutramine is an FDA approved prescription drug that was designed to help obese people to lose weight; which it can do in combination with a recommended diet and program of exercise. The role of Sibutramine in the weight loss programs of obese people is that it acts as an appetite suppressant.
Therefore, especially for anyone that is obese or severely overweight already, using a product like Sibutramine as an appetite suppressant when they are quitting smoking can act as an effective substitute for nicotine – to both help them quit smoking and yet not become susceptible to gaining even more weight.
Being a centrally acting serotonin norepinehrine reuptake inhibitor – Sibutramine works in a similar manner to anti-depressants, controlling any mood related desires, as are often reported by people quitting smoking, to eat even though you’re not really hungry.
Sibutramine does this by controlling the hunger signals sent from your stomach to your brain. The most widely recommended dose for Sibutramine is 15mg, however for someone only slightly over weight a lower dose might be advised.
There are so many pieces of advice around as to how to quit smoking it is very easy to become totally confused as to what is best to do. Of course you can only gather all the data and decide for yourself what will really work for you.
However, if you are obese/overweight and need to quit smoking, then consider this as an idea. First of all you should visit your medical advisor as they are the health professional who, knowing all of your past medical history, can put together a program taking into account any likely side-effects your ‘quit smoking program might have.
He or she will undoubtedly recommend a certain diet and exercise program that you really must follow strictly. To help with reducing those cravings for nicotine you can try the various gums and patches that are available. But, to cope with the absence of the appetite suppressing qualities of nicotine, you can also discuss using Sibutramine as an appetite suppressant for a few weeks; until those nicotine cravings have gone.