The two most common New Year’s resolutions are: 1) to stop smoking and 2) to lose weight, both of which, by history, have a poor prospects for good results.
We continue to hear the ads focusing on the nicotine aspect of cigarette smoking. But in my opinion, the addiction to cigarette smoking is based on carbon monoxide — not nicotine.
Most smokers I have met tell me that they smoke to relax. But nicotine is a stimulant.
On the other hand, the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke does cause. It is also the reason firemen who are smokers pass out first in a fire situation — they have higher carbon monoxide already upon entering the fire.
The best way to stop smoking is to make the decision that you want to stop, and then do so. You don’t need any gimmicks.
But if you’re prepared to quit, you should know that the third day after stopping is probably the hardest to stay away from cigarettes, because that’s when your carbon monoxide level will come down to normal.
I have had some patients who used hyperbaric oxygen treatment to drop their carbon monoxide levels quickly, so that with one hyperbaric treatment they can go through three days of being off of cigarettes.
From my experience, this use of hyperbaric oxygen has been effective.
For weight loss, there is are changing patterns in medical concepts. The concept now is that it is not just calories that you take in, but also what you eat. For instance, authorities now say that to lose belly fat, you need conjugated linolenic acid. And eggs are no longer forbidden. Rather they can burn fat along with intake of avocado, fish, and coconut oil.
Remember that carbonated drinks make your body acidic, and that acid state puts on belly fat. So no carbonated drinks.
Good luck with your New Year’s resolutions, whatever they may be!
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