Why I gain weight when I try to give up smoking

Smokers often come to me saying they have gained weight when they’ve tried to quit smoking in the past, whether going cold turkey, trying patches, pills or other methods. This is because your body’s fuel levels plummet when you try to quit smoking, releasing the stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol.

Instead of seeking healthy fuels, a person trying to quit smoking will often reach for sugar-filled junk food – keeping you on the rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows.