Can E-Cigs Help You Lose Weight?
Can E-Cigs Help You Lose Weight?
There’s been a lot of dialogue lately about how E-cigs can help you to lose weight. I have actually heard it from friends, on forums, and even in customer reviews. In fact, I have one friend in-particular who’s thinking about taking up vaping just because she says that it might help her to lose a few extra inches from around her waist.
But is it true? Can E-cigs really help you to shed extra pounds, or is that more of an ‘urban myth’ that people throw around because they have heard it from someone else?
In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at whether or not E-cigs can truly help you to lose weight. We did a lot of research on the topic, and here is what we came up with.
What does the evidence say?
As far as actual scientific evidence is concerned, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of it ‘on the books’ regarding this issue. We did, however, come across some other ‘not so scientific’ evidence that may shed some light on why this issue has been so talked-about lately.
First of all, a lot of people know that tobacco cigarette use causes people to lose weight in some circumstances—so it would stand to reason that people would like to know if E-cigs affect us the same way. Of course, there are a number of reasons for why tobacco use has been linked to weight loss. It makes food taste less desirable, it satisfies cravings without feeding you calories, and it tends to reduce your overall health/fitness level.
Secondly, a lot of people have actually been talking about this on vaping and weight loss forums. There are a significant number of people who have claimed to ‘drop pounds’ as a result of taking up vaping. Some E-cig manufacturers and retail sites have also published articles on this subject—claiming that E-cig use can indeed help you to lose weight and feel better about yourself in general.
So as far as evidence is concerned, it would indeed seem that a lot of people report losing weight with E-cigs. But is it true? If so, then why?
Why would E-cigs cause you to lose weight?
In all honest actuality, I do believe that E-cig use corresponds to weight loss—and here is why. I have heard many people say that this has happened to them. I have also read countless reviews that have said the same thing.
Does it happen to everyone? No. Taking up vaping will not guarantee that you are going to lose weight, but it can make a difference.
First of all, vaping can replace caloric intake by acting as a substitute when you have cravings for something.
Let’s say, for example, that you have a nervous habit of snacking while you clean your house. If you eat a few cookies or pieces of candy, then you can quickly consume 600 or more calories without even feeling like you have eaten a lot!
But what if, instead of snacking, you started vaping on an E-cig? You could even buy a ‘cheesecake’ flavour or something similar, and could vape when you cleaned instead of choosing to snack. If you replaced 600 calories per day with zero-calorie vaping, it could amount to a pretty incredible loss of weight over the course of a few months.
Vaping can also help you to lose weight by helping you to quit your tobacco habit. If you smoke cigarettes, odds are good that you are not going to feel like going to the gym or working out. But a lot of vapers have said that switching from cigarettes to E-cigs made them feel better and more energetic—thus enabling them to spend more time at the gym contributing to better overall physical health.
Vaping by itself is not really a ‘weight loss’ habit, though it can replace bad habits that are keeping you from burning fat. It can also replace fattening foods that you eat because of nervousness, sadness, or some other reason not related to being hungry. If you vaped when you weren’t hungry instead of snacking and waited to snack until you were really in need of calories, then you could cut down pretty drastically on extra food intake. This would mean healthy weight loss based on not eating too much.
Of course, some people would say that you should be able to accomplish this without using vaping as a tool, but vaping does make it easier because it gives you a habit to replace a different one. Vaping can be addictive, but so can snacking. If you replace snacking with vaping, you might actually be improving your odds of better health. Carrying around extra weight isn’t good for you at all—and if you can lose it by switching to something like vaping, then you just might find that the benefits greatly outweigh the negatives.