Does Vaping Make You Gain Weight?
Vaping is a hot topic for research right now, as it has taken off around the world over the past decade. One thing people are beginning to research more is what effects it may have on weight loss and weight gain.
When people start vaping or switch from smoking nicotine to vaping, an extremely common concern is that this could cause weight gain. Vapeking has compiled information from a range of studies and doctors, taking a closer look at what effects vaping can have on your weight.
The science behind smoking
Before vaping, there were cigarettes. Since the 60s, smoking was wildly popular, until studies showed the dramatic effects smoking nicotine cigarettes can have on the health of your lungs.
Since then, experts have identified other side-effects of nicotine. A range of research studies have been conducted on nicotine and weight loss. Because nicotine is an appetite suppressant, in many cases it can reduce appetite and influence the eating habits of an individual.
Nicotine acts on the brain in a range of ways. A study on how nicotine can influence appetite showed that the effects of nicotine include elevated heart rate, blood pressure and gastric motility - all of which could lead to decreased food intake.
Nicotine can also lower insulin levels in the bloodstream, which can reduce cravings for sweet and sugary foods. It also triggers the effects of adrenaline on the stomach which can temporarily subside hunger.
So will switching to vaping make me gain weight?
Knowing this information, people often worry that cutting out nicotine and switching to vaping could cause substantial weight gain. There is evidence that shows people who successfully stop smoking may gain weight, with most of the weight gain occurring within three months.
Fear of weight gain can often be a deterrent for those looking to quit smoking or make the switch from traditional cigarettes to vaping. Adult and younger smokers have indicated smoking helps control weight, and while studies support this theory - it isn’t necessarily true for all cases.
There’s no conclusive evidence pointing to vaping aiding in either weight loss or gain. That’s not to say weight loss or gain won’t occur if your switch to vaping, but it is not a known side effect.
A small amount of studies have been conducted on vaping and weight gain in which most respondents were more likely to already be overweight, vaped more frequently and had poor impulse control.
While Vapeking doesn’t recommend substituting vaping for exercise and healthy eating habits to control or lose weight, there is no indication that vaping will make you gain weight.
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