Some people smoke to suppress appetites, but seldom this approach works long term. Some also believe that smoking cigarettes will increase body metabolic rate. Even if all these claims are true, will it be wise to trade of the health to stay slim?
Fortunately, a study has confirmed that people does not lose body fat by smoking. The research team from the University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales used mice as the experiment subject. (Pity on the mice…) Mice exposed to smoke ate less but their body mass kept to similar levels. Smokers may look skinnier because of lose of muscles and not body fat. The body fat was still found gather around liver, lungs, heart and stomach. Source
This result actually apples not only to smokers, but also to people who use purely diet to lose weight. They may look skinnier but the body fat may still the same.
At the end of the day, combining physical activity with a reduced fat and calorie diet, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and other healthy weight-control practices should be the long term approach to help one to stay fit and healthy. Don’t give yourself any excuse to smoke thinking that it will help you to stay slim!
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