Kicking the smoking habit shouldn't be delayed by fear of weight gain.

The metabolic rate may slow down when a person stops smoking, says RN Magazine, but ex-smokers can expect to lose extra pounds by expending more energy through exercise and cuttting back calories.To cope with increased appetite or nervous tension that may accompany nicotine withdrawal, healthy snacks such as vegetable salads, fresh fruit and plain popcorn are recommended. Nicotine gum may be used but see a doctor first.