Does Vaping Have Calories?
There seems to be some debate online about whether or not vaping can cause you to lose weight or gain weight etc. the problem is that arguments on both sides seem to make sense in their own ways. So, does vaping have calories? Yes, eliquid contains around 4-5 calories per ml. Can vaping cause weight gain though? Probably not.
While e-liquid does contain calories, whether or not you can absorb these calories through your lungs is debated. Certainly even if you were absorbing these calories, they wouldn’t cause you to gain weight. If you’re worrying about taking in an extra few calories via vaping, think about it this way; a single grape has about 2 calories. So 1ml of e-liquid contains about as many calories as two or three grapes. One Juul pod contains around 3 calories, or 1.75 grapes worth of calories.
Vaping hasn’t been shown to have any effect on blood sugar levels at all either which means it’s safe for type 2 diabetics as well.
Now, to the bigger question, can vaping make you lose or gain weight?
- Nicotine is an appetite suppressant (it makes you feel less hungry)
- Nicotine can lower insulin levels, which will reduce cravings for sugary foods in smokers
- Smokers expend slightly more energy and therefore have a slightly higher metabolic rate
When someone stops smoking cold turkey, the effect of nicotine no longer being in their system will be the reversal of these three effects, sometimes leading to weight gain. Obviously if you quit using an e-cigarette and you’re using nicotine e-liquid you will still have these effects of nicotine acting on your system and the likelihood of gaining weight solely due to vaping is negligible, If you are using zero nicotine e-liquid then it is possible that you may gain some weight, just as you might have by quitting cold turkey.
The number of variables here is the main reason you might see so much conflicting information online about vaping and weight. The bottom line is that smoking, vaping and nicotine itself is not a major contributing factor on your weight loss or gain, the biggest contributing factor is your diet and activity levels. The more calories you take in that you don’t burn off, the more weight you will put on, the higher number of calories you burn compared to the number you are taking in, the more weight you will lose. (Vaping copious amounts of e-liquid still won’t increase your caloric intake so much it can’t be offset by minimal efforts).
Original publication date: Feb 8th, 2018
Last updated on: Oct 1st, 2018