Can Nicotine Gum & Lozenges Help in
How I Lost
Weight with Medical Nicotine
NEW FLAVOR NICOTINE GUM &
(C) 2017 Steve Williamson
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In April 2012 I was a physical mess.
I was 60 years old and overweight at 235-240
I had severe sleep apnea. I needed a cane to walk. I had smoked
cigarettes for 42 years.
Then, my longtime neurologist did me a
huge favor and convinced me to quit cigarettes ... now it
is early 2017 and I weigh a healthy 175-180 pounds!
I've lost over 50 pounds and have kept
it off over three years mostly by over the counter
nicotine gum, lozenges, sensible eating and moderate
exercise. Doctors have called me a medical miracle - but
most of my weight loss success is due to how I have
learned to use nicotine gum and lozenges. Cherry or mint
flavored lozenges are my favorites.
I haven't had a
cigarette in over 4 years; my balance is much better and I
no longer need a cane to walk. Plus, I don't snore nearly as much. All
my medical tests have vastly improved! My weight is
tracked every two weeks by my long-time and much
appreciated family physician. People who know me are amazed at how
well I look today after losing 8-10 inches off my belly
(size 44 down to size 34). I can even dance again! Most people gain weight when they quit
smoking - but I lost weight because I use the new
flavored nicotine lozenges and gum. The old nicotine gum
and lozenges used to taste terrible - but newer
flavorings have been developed to make them taste very
I cannot say enough good things about the nicotine
patch, lozenges and gum. Today's gum and lozenges taste
much, much better than the old peppery gum they had
years ago. The new mint and cherry flavors are great
tasting improvements! They are still tangy - too keep
children from thinking they are candy. Years of research
has gone into making a taste does not appeal to kids but
most adults can like. You can find them at most grocery
stores and anyone age 18 or over can buy them
without a prescription.
My results may not be typical.
One goal of this page is to stimulate research.
Show your doctor this website and
read the references in this article.
Nicotine Gum & Lozenges Helped me Quit Without
Medical Nicotine may be Purchased at Most
Grocery Stores by Anyone Over 18
Chart covers April 2012 to
Fall 2015, My Weight Fell from 235 to
Note: My weight on 10-14-16 was 180. My weight
has held fast for over 3 1/2 years
A new report
from the British Royal Society for Public Health has
found one myth about the dangers of smoking has
endured for decades. The research suggests nine out of
10 people falsely believe nicotine is very harmful to
their heath, when in fact it is no more dangerous than
the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
British report promotes the wider use of NRTs like
nicotine gum and lozenges to fight cigarette smoking. It
is further proof that medical nicotine is vastly
different from tobacco nicotine. The report says
that 9 out of 10 people wrongly believe nicotine is much
more harmful than it really is!
How I Lost Weight Using Nicotine Lozenges & Gum
It may be hard to believe, but I really did
lose over 50 pounds in my first year off cigarettes
(documented by medical doctors.) I used BOTH nicotine patches
and nicotine lozenges. I continue to use lozenges today with
my doctor's support, which has the dual effect of curbing my
This method is often called " Harm
Reduction " by scientists. The idea
behind Harm Reduction is simple - nothing is as bad for
us as cigarette smoking. Anything we can do to get off
tobacco is good simply because nothing is as harmful as
cigarettes. We can apply the same idea of "Harm
Reduction" to weight loss! For some people using medical
nicotine may be less harmful than obesity. Nicotine gum
could make dieting easier for millions. It's now 4 years since I quit and my
weight is still 175-180.
Medical nicotine products no longer require
a prescription and can be purchased at most grocery stores.
The FDA said that years of
testing NRTs like nicotine patches and lozenges has found very
few harmful effects! They
have been tested for over 20 years with over 50,000 smokers. It's the tar
and additives that kill - not the nicotine!
relapse rate for smokers like me is over 80%. I will
likely never be nicotine free, but I can be cigarette
free! Nicotine patches and lozenges are much better for
you. If I can quit smoking with patches and lozenges
ANYONE can. I've been cig free for 3+ years and I
use about 10 lozenges a day.
Lozenges are made in 2mg and 4mg
tablets. They dissolve slowly in your mouth and are great
after meals and for quick cravings. They also make your breath
smell a LOT better than it used to with cigarettes (or
Lozenges and gum both come in cool flavors like mint, cherry
and orange that taste much, much better than the old gum. We
could develop lozenges without nicotine that will also
suppress the appetite. Having a long lasting lozenge has
been vital to beating the cravings for cigarettes,
food and for losing weight.
Nicotine stimulates the body and most people
have drops in their energy levels after quitting cigarettes,
but this method has kept my energy up! Also, I thought I would gain weight, like
always when I tried to quit cigarettes. But, nicotine lozenges and gum are terrific
appetite suppressants. With a lozenge in my mouth I am simply not
hungry between meals. I don't believe using a patch alone
would work for appetite control.
The nicotine in
replacement therapies is much cleaner than what's used by
cigarette companies and it has been tested by scientists
for decades. Perhaps
it's the hundreds of other additives the cigarette
manufacturers add to tobacco that change nicotine
from the beneficial medicine Native Americans used
for thousands of years into a killer today. Medical
nicotine is different than Big Tobacco. Wikipedia
has a very good article on cigarette smoking and
weight loss - and the industry's campaign to link
smoking with losing weight. Read the Wikipedia
article on Cigarette Smoking and Weight Loss: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette_smoking_for_weight_loss
Medical nicotine is very different from
tobacco and cigarettes. In Sept 2013 the US Food and
Drug Administration said:
After 20 years of testing and
more than 117 trials with over 50,000 smokers, "NRT aids do not have
significant potential for abuse or dependence"
Read NEW FDA Guidelines for Medical
Nicotine, Sept 2013!
It is now easier to quit than ever
before with the new FDA rules!
If you know anyone
who still smokes cigarettes please give them this URL.
Fear of gaining weight is the # 1 reason smokers still
smoke. I've proven you CAN quit smoking and lose weight!
If I was
starting over to quit I would probably use e-cigs. But I might not have lost weight by
vaping and I might not have thought of using
gum/lozenges. I would still need to go outside for my nicotine
fix rather than reach into my pocket! It's much
easier to use lozenges and gum than to leave work
for any type of smoke!
What about Nicotine's Side Effects like high blood
pressure? I had a heart exam the year before
I quit smoking. All appeared normal except for
slightly elevated blood pressure which is
fairly normal for men my age (I take Lisinopril
you have had any history of heart trouble or high
blood pressure be sure to consult with your doctor.
Show her this web site. Medical nicotine is a
much safer form of nicotine than what's in cigarettes
- but it's still a mild stimulant. Check with your
see this British study by the Royal
College of Physicians of London which
says, "Although it is unlikely that medicinal nicotine
(or any drug) is completely safe, there is no evidence
that medicinal nicotine is carcinogenic, or that, in
practice, its use increases appreciably the risk of
acute cardiovascular events ... To practical purposes,
therefore, in comparison with smoking cigarettes, use
of medicinal nicotine is extremely safe."
What about E-Cigarettes or
“vaping”? I have not
used e-cigs, but
these may help many people quit and I would try
it if I were ever attempting to quit smoking
again. E-cigs were very new when I quit. I fear
the smoke/vapor could keep me wanting more to
smoke real cigarettes.
Plus, vaping may not curb the munchies
the way that lozenges and gum can. However, it's is very possible that a
person could use BOTH vaping and nicotine
lozenges/gum - each are replacements for the
cigarette, which is so much worse for us.
who Chew use
this Method? YES!
This is the perfect method for tobacco chewers!
Lozenges and flavored gum are a much cleaner, better way
for guys to get their nicotine fix.
I have zero fear that people
will start chewing (or smoking) because of using
medical nicotine. The two products are very
different - one tastes terrible and one tastes like
a cool mint. Today's gum and lozenge taste much
better than the old peppery flavor. They are still
tangy - which keeps children from thinking they are
candy. The spicy taste does not appeal to kids but
most adults can enjoy it.
EASY WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT!
these tips & lost over 50 lbs
1. I weigh myself each day at the
same time - in the morning. My weight can fluctuate
me the small changes.
2. I control cravings between
meals and after dinner with nicotine lozenges or gum.
Nothing else can suppress the appetite like nicotine gum or
lozenges. Gum and lozenges are much better to control
food cravings than patches, cigarettes or vaping.
3. I eat WHATEVER I want for
breakfast, lunch or dinner - in reasonable portions. For
example, I quit buying half gallons of vanilla ice cream
because I would eat the entire carton in three days.
This was my habit for years. I still love ice cream but
these days I drive and grab a soft- serve ice cream cone
-- almost every
day. This keeps me from being deprived!
4. I do not eat after dinner
until breakfast the next morning - when dieting this
includes late night alcohol (which contains sugars). Nicotine lozenges make
it easy for me to avoid eating until the next
morning (getting a good night's sleep is also
very important). This is also
known as "Intermittent Fasting" or simply
You can drink alcohol with dinner or shortly
afterwards, but stop as early as you can. There is some research
saying that dark-colored grape can actually
aid weight loss. But, alcohol
is an intoxicant and we may be tempted to eat more when we drink
(and smoke too!).
UPDATE! New Research on I.F.
Starting in the summer of
2012 I cut out all nighttime snacks after dinner. I simply do
not eat after dinner until the next morning's breakfast, often
12+ hours later. I used to eat a lot of ice cream late at
night and I knew I had to quit this bad habit! Read the
exciting new research from the prestigious Salk Institute.
Scientists call this "Intermittent Fasting"
- giving your body an 12 - 16 hour "fast" between dinner and
breakfast. I've been doing this for almost 2 years and am now
convinced that simply avoiding eating after dinner is a major
factor in my weight loss. Here are several links about a way
to lose weight and still eat the foods you love - in the
You don't have to count calories hardly at
all! I try to eat only between about 8-9 am and 6-7 pm (but
some researchers say you can vary the time as you need). This
can make your dieting easier because you can eat mostly
whatever you want during the daytime.
It is hard for many people to develop sufficient
willpower to resist ALL between meal snacks. But, perhaps
people could develop their willpower to resist the cravings
for a regular 8-12 hour period only starting after dinner. We
could teach people how to use their willpower for a short,
defined time like 12 hours.
Check out these links for the the latest research and
also look for see the new book called "The IF Diet"
published in Jan 2014 by Robert Skinner. It's a very
impressive book that collects the most recent information on
Intermittent Fasting. I had not heard the term before, but I
have been doing it over two years and it works.
See this News Release & Video from the
Much Do NRTs COST ?
One big reason to quit cigarettes is
because they cost so much, over $6.00 a pack now.
All smokers would like to save the money.
Unfortunately, quitting is not cheap either.
Sure, you could go "Cold Turkey" and simply quit all
nicotine - but the odds are 80% you will fail and
soon go back to smoking - weighing more.
Cigarettes are very addictive. But both the U.S.
FDA and the British Royal College of Physicians
concluded that medical nicotine is
nowhere near as addictive as tobacco. See links to
their studies on this site.
The biggest financial cost with my
method is in the first few months - when was using
both patches and lozenges every day. After six
months I began to cut the patches in half, which
still kept a low-steady dose in my blood stream. I
continued to use lozenges for cravings (at first
about 10-15 a day). Like cigarettes, you
have to be at least 18 years old in most
places to purchase nicotine replacement
I still keep a few patches around for
emergencies. Before I go to the store and buy
cigarettes I will reach into my medicine cabinet for
a patch - or more lozenges. I keep NRTs close to me,
and I try to keep cigarettes far, far away. When I
quit I was doing it because my doctor said I had to
- now it's because I want to stay cigarette free!
The costs of cigarettes
money, respect and health make cigs a losing
proposition. Many employers won't hire a smoker
and it's impossible to mask the odor of cigarettes
on clothes. Today my clothes are fine,
my breath smells great and I can freely walk
anywhere! Is that worth the cost of NRTs?
YES! YES! YES!
know that nicotine is the most effective appetite
suppressant on the planet but nicotine may have other
medical uses such as with people with cognitive disorders.
Here is a brilliant new article in Forbes by Sally Satel,
a well respected journalist on medical research and
ethical issues. Believe it
or not, nicotine may even have health benefits!!
Sally Satel also
links to a
recent study by the British Royal College of Physicians
of London which studied nicotine, smoking and NRTs.
On page 270 the Royal College of Physicians write: "The safety record of medicinal
nicotine products is extremely good. Although it is
unlikely that medicinal nicotine (or any drug) is
completely safe, there is no evidence that
medicinal nicotine is carcinogenic, or that, in
practice, its use increases appreciably the risk of
acute cardiovascular events, or indeed that nicotine
itself is responsible for much if any of the harm
caused by cigarette smoking" .
Read Sally Satel's Article in Forbes
- Maybe Nicotine Can Help People
Research Needed on Nicotine
& Weight Loss
At first we did not know what was causing my
weight loss when I quit smoking. Most doctors have forgotten
what many teenagers know - that nicotine is an appetite
suppressant! Sadly, right now, there is not a better
appetite suppressant in the world.
We did several blood tests in late 2012 and early 2013 when
the weight loss passed 25 pounds and then a few months later,
after I had lost over 50 pounds. But, everything looked very
good - better than they had in years. My doctors and their staff could not explain
the weight loss. They kept telling me not to worry, but I had never even heard of anyone who lost
50+ pounds in the same year he
quits cigarette smoking without having cancer. It was an unbelievable transformation for an
overweight smoker of 42 years that none of them had ever seen.
Nothing physical, metaphysical or
psychological seemed to explain the weight loss. But, perhaps if we had been in Europe we
would have known it from the Nicorette company's own
advertising! I was using nicotine lozenges and they
were suppressing my appetite. It's funny in hindsight how
none of us well educated men and women thought to look for
the simplest explanation - the nicotine lozenge I had in my
want to emphasize again,
that I did not do any special diet, nor did I do any hard
exercise. I did do a lot of positive thinking and
affirmations, but when I quit smoking I completely accepted
that I would GAIN weight. Unplanned losing weight for a
smoker is a scary thing. We think it must be cancer - and
often it is. I was eating my usual diet at mealtimes but I
had quit eating between meals almost without realizing it. I
just kept a lozenge in my mouth and did not even think about
food or cigarettes.
I never felt hungry at all.
I could not have avoided the hunger pangs
without nicotine lozenges or gum. No other lozenge I know of
has this effect. We need research for a nicotine-free lozenge
that curbs the appetite. Science can do this – if we demand
it. It's clear from ex-smokers in Europe that you can avoid
gaining weight when you quit smoking using the lozenges, gum
and patches. This will allow you to avoid snacking in the
evening after dinner!
Critics may charge
that this method keeps me addicted to pharmaceutical nicotine.
That’s true. But, long time smokers like me have relapse rates
over 80%. My original goal was to quit cigarettes. All my
medical tests have vastly improved. I smoked for over 40
years, it's not likely I will ever be nicotine free, but I can
be cigarette smoke free. That's good enough for me, my family
and my doctors. I am using far less nicotine now than I was
when I smoked cigarettes.
Also, radical as it
sounds, pharmacological nicotine may have positive health
benefits. Perhaps it's the hundreds of other additives the
cigarette manufacturers add to tobacco that change it from the
beneficial medicine that First Nations people used into the
world's biggest legal killer today. The nicotine in
replacement therapies is much cleaner than used by cigarette
companies. It's been studied by for over 20 years and not
found to be significantly harmful (compared to cigarettes).
Which is Really Worse: Obesity or Medical Nicotine ??
all the weight loss programs, diet gurus & fitness
gyms people are still gaining weight. People lose
weight and then regain it back in a depressing cycle.
nicotine such as gum or lozenges seem no worse than
expensive surgeries, pills and extreme diets.
Nicotine gum and lozenges may not be the ideal
appetite suppressants but they works until something
better is invented. Nicotine will boost your willpower
to resist food.
Thank you For Reading this Page. I cannot give any
sort of medical advice. But, I would love to hear your ideas.
(C) 2014 Steve