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Hi, I am a 19-year-old college student. I was quite thin before I started college and often ate fresh fruits, vegetables, organics, and other 'healthy' types of foods (that my mother purchased). However, as I'm sure many of you who atttend/ed college know, money can be extremely tight when in college. For me and my (also broke!) friends, the only way to eat is to go to the cafeteria, which has a pathetic, wilted-lettuce salad bar as the only healthy choice. Every day the food is deep-fried, cooked in oil and butter, heavy on fat and calories. It is impossible to do a good job studying when your stomach is growling, and so eat the caf food we do. Also, healthy foods are generally fresh foods with a short shelf life; if I buy a head of lettuce or bag of grapes, I usually can't eat it before it goes bad because although I have a dorm room, I stay off-campus with friends alot. Although I haven't got anywhere near the 'freshman 15', a few pounds have come creeping up on me and i don't appreciate it!! lol.
I have been a casual, pack~2-3 weeks smoker for about a year now, just as an enjoyable social thing. I have lately been considering increasing my smoking a bit as a appetite-suppressing device, like instead of running to the vending machine and getting unhealthy foods late at night after scraping up some change, instead just step out, have a cigarette, and hopefully supress my appetite. My college town has an awesome tobacco-supply shop and I can generally get decent cigs on the cheap, so I would be saving money. I can afford a pack a week, so that would alow me about 3 cigs every day. Plus a few of my friends smoke and everyone is always willing to let a friend bum a smoke, if I ever got desperate.
So my specific questions I suppose would be:
Will smoking cigarettes help suppress my appetite and lose weight/at least not gain anymore?
Has anyone had experience with using smoking to help control weight, and what were the results?
Is it more effective to smoke INSTEAD of or BEFORE eating (like to eat less)?
Is it true that smoking helps you burn more calories when you do exercise?
Thank you very much..I have been searching Google for hours on this and I can't find anything except anti-smokers constantly bitching at us smokers, no helpful advice. thanks!!!!!!!