Arizona Mom Says She Chose Ecigs for Weight Loss
Dropping unwanted pounds can be hard work, but an Arizona woman claims that ecigs are making her weight loss easy. Aja Duff chose ecigs to help her quit smoking and she soon found that the flavored e-liquids were also helping her fight cravings and drop unwanted weight at the same time. She told AZ Family News that e-cigs were suppressing her appetite and giving her a leg up on her journey to lose the pregnancy weight.
“I still eat a little here and there, but not what I used to,” she said. “It suppresses that feeling because you have all the different flavors and it kind of tricks your taste buds and stomach,” Duff explained. Apparently, she isn’t alone in her perception that e-cigs can help fight food cravings. Joel Vinson from local ecig shop, Vape Escapes, told reporters that the e-cig flavors were appealing to a lot dieters. “My favorite flavor is blue raspberry; cotton candy is awesome,” he said.
At Vape Escapes, they mix unique blends of e-liquid flavors ranging from desserts to cocktails. “Happy hours is a candy lime martini,” he explained as he pointed to dozens of tiny vials full of electronic cigarette liquids. Vinson explained that Phoenix smokers often come in to satisfy a craving and enjoy a calorie-free sweet treat. “They come in and say, ‘Oh wow, apple pie and banana crème and chocolate mint!’ They can get their fix off that, no nicotine, and that’s their substitute.”
It might sounds like the perfect solution for dieters struggling to stay on track, but Dr. Suzanne Sorof said vaping should never be used for weight loss. While she does agree that e-cigs are a better choice for smokers than tobacco products, she said using the products for dieting is not smart. “Basically taking any stimulant to suppress your appetite is never going to be healthy,” she said.
While Aja Duff agrees that using e-cigs long-term for weight loss isn’t ideal, she intends to keep vaping until she reaches her goal on the scale. “Once I lose the weight, I’m completely done smoking, period,” she said.
This is an interesting component of electronic cigarettes that we’ve never really looked at in the past. While we agree with Dr. Sorof that e-cigs were not designed for weight loss, it does create an interesting option for smokers that fear gaining weight when they finally give up cigarettes. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s pretty common for smokers to gain some weight when they stop smoking. However, e-cigs might be a great way to prevent that weight gain and still eliminate cigarettes once and for all.
However, nonsmokers should never turn to e-cigarettes purely for the sake of weight loss. These products were simply not designed as a weight loss aid and it could open doors for even more criticism from the healthcare industry if people start using e-cigs for weight loss reasons.
Have you noticed any changes in your weight since you started vaping?