Diabetes Forecast

Smoking Doesn't Help With Weight Loss

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
apple sitting on top of crushed cigarettes


It’s a widespread belief that smoking helps with weight loss, but a new study suggests that may not be true. Researchers studied 47 obese and normal-weight women, some of whom smoked and others who had never smoked. Given four puddings with varying levels of fat, the obese smokers rated all as being less creamy, less sweet, and less pleasurable than did the other three groups of women. What’s more, regardless of weight, all of the smokers reported craving more high-fat foods than did those who had never smoked. Though the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, the researchers say smokers’ lessened ability to perceive taste could lead them to consume more calories.
Source: Obesity, April 2014



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