Smoking cessation and weight loss tend to be high on the list of New Year Resolutions that people make every year.
However, recent research suggests that despite the best intentions, 25 percent of New Year resolutions will fail within a week of making them. The study conducted by psychology lecturer, Professor Peter Herman from Toronto University, concludes that the reason for failure often lies in setting unrealistic goals.
At PrivateDoc we notice that people who have decided to stop smoking or lose weight expect a rapid result. Smoking cessation and weight loss don’t happen overnight. There are some people who are able to stop smoking immediately with no ill effects but they are few and far between.
Often our patients come to us having tried more than once to fulfil a New Year resolution; and they have tried diverse methods.
There are two main things to consider when you are trying to give up smoking. The first is that you have an addiction to nicotine. The second is that you need will power. You will invariably experience withdrawal symptoms when you cut off the supply of nicotine. You may feel:
- Tired and drowsy
You may also suffer from insomnia, constipation, diarrhoea and headaches with an inability to concentrate. Your sleep pattern may also be affected by insomnia.
The majority of smokers need help if they are to fulfil their New Year resolution to stop. One treatment supplied by PrivateDoc is Champix. Taken orally in pill form and can make you quit the habit within 2 weeks. The course is actually 12 weeks and you should see the course through even if you do stop smoking earlier.
If you would like to discuss smoking cessation, complete our free online consultation form and one of our GMC qualified doctors will assess your suitability for Champix as a way to help you with your nicotine addiction.
After the excesses of the festive period many people may decide to prioritise weight loss as their New Year Resolution.
No matter which way you choose to lose weight, any assistance available medically, will still entail a balanced diet and exercise. There are no exceptions to this but medication to stop your body absorbing so much fat can be obtained from PrivateDoc.
If you your BMI is 30 or more Xenical (orlistat) capsules can reduce fat absorption by up to 30 percent, in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet and exercise.
Alli (Orlistat) capsules, available from PrivateDoc, your weight loss may increase up to 50 per cent more than you could hope to achieve by dieting alone.
For more information on losing weight and medication options click on Weight Loss Capsules
Smoking Cessation and Weight Loss
As New Year Resolutions, deciding to stop smoking or to lose weight is a great way to improve your health. We wish you every success in your endeavours and are here to help if you need us. Happy New Year!