Exercise Can Help in Quitting SmokingAlexandra Cann -
Talk about rotten deals: You manage to stop
smoking, only to gain weight. Now a new study raises hope that exercise can
help you quit and curb weight gain.
Some researchers at Rhode Island's Miriam
Hospital enrolled 281 women in a smoking-cessation program. Half also were
assigned vigorous cardiovascular fitness routines.
At the end of the sessions, the exercise group
had a higher rate of success and smaller weight gains, says study leader Dr.
Bess Marcus. She says more research is needed, but she speculates that exercise
enabled women to relax their fears of gaining weight and eased the depression
that often accompanies quitting smoking. Other benefits included a boost in
mood and energy levels, she said.
"I would recommend that anyone trying to quit
smoking after consulting with a physician start exercising," she says. "It can
Weight loss: Let's make a meal
Sticking to a diet is tough, as everyone knows. Toss in a rumbling stomach and
the 3 p.m. munchies, and the effort needed becomes almost superhuman.
But a new study suggests that sticking to your
normal eating schedule (snacks included) and focusing instead on changing what
you eat during those times could make the struggle a bit easier.
After putting 81 men on different eating
schedules and diets, researchers in Ireland found that the men who continued to
eat according to their traditional schedules had more success sticking with the
These men selected lowfat foods and snacks, but
kept eating at their regular times. Instructed to limit their food intake to
three meals a day, the other men had a harder time sticking to their diets,
showing that changing what you eat not when could be your key to
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