Can vaping help you lose weight?

When someone stops smoking without the aid of some form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, they can be prone to suffering from adverse side effects, one of the main ones being an increase in appetite and sudden weight gain.

This is down to the fact that Nicotine does in fact affect a person’s metabolism and acts as an appetite suppressor.

In this article, I’ll look at how Nicotine affects the above mentioned, and whether use an e cigarette as a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help you maintain your weight, or even help you lose weight.

The effect nicotine has on the body

Nicotine has several different effects on the body when ingested due to it being a chemical compound made up of various elements that affect the body and brain in different ways.

Nicotine can act as a stimulant to the body and mind. This is caused by nicotine delivering a “kick” to the Adrenal glands, causing them to become stimulated and releasing a small amount of adrenaline through the body. This then caused a chain reaction within the body by increasing heart rate, blood pressure and the rate of breathing.

Whilst delivering this kick, it also indirectly releases a small amount of dopamine to the pleasure and motivation parts of the human brain.

Nicotine also effects your body’s metabolism as well, which is fairly important when it comes to maintain weight. Without getting too in depth about metabolism and how it all works, I’ll try to simplify it below.

If you have a high metabolic rate, your body will use more energy in a quicker fashion than someone who has a slow metabolism, and this has a large contributing factor on your weight as a whole. A lot of factors can lead to what your body’s metabolic rate is, such as height, weight, gender, age etc so everybody’s is different.

Studies have shown that Nicotine does in fact speed up a person’s metabolic rate which would mean they would not gain weight easily and they’d use more energy and burn calories quicker as stated above.

So can vaping help you lose weight? Well, if you have nicotine in your vape juice, it certainly looks that way! But let’s carry on with some more research.

Quitting smoking without Nicotine Replacement Therapy

When someone decides to quit smoking, it’s always recommended by Stop Smoking services for them to use some form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Options available include Patches, gum, inhalers, lozenges and more stop smoking clinics are recommending e cigarettes now. The option of taking tablets such as Zyban is also available via an NHS Stop Smoking service.

Zyban are tablets people get prescribed to help them stop smoking, and contain Bupropion which affects the body’s receptors and creates an effect that after a short time makes cigarettes taste unpleasant, and with some willpower and determination you should then eventually not want to smoke.

These tablets are completely nicotine free, so not classed as a Nicotine replacement therapy, and with this people have reported rapid weight gain due to the body not getting the nicotine it’s used to and their metabolism is a lot slower meaning they will not burn calories as quick.

Nicotine also supresses appetite, so without it you may find yourself being hungry more often than previous, and as I said above Nicotine releases Dopamine within the body when ingested, and believe it or not, eating can do the same thing so people may look to replace one thing with another.

I’m not saying that if you stop having nicotine in your system, your weight will skyrocket but you may see an unwanted increase which could then lead to more negative mental effects on the brain.

I’d recommend using an NRT of your choice over the tablets if you’re concerned about weight gain, and my obvious recommendation would be using an e cigarette over any of the other options.

To conclude this article, Vaping will certainly help you maintain your weight because of the effect nicotine has on your body, but I would not recommend to someone who has not previously smoked or vaped to start vaping just to lose weight, as this could lead to an unnecessary addiction and dependency on Nicotine.

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