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NOLAFIT Posts: 124
5/30/13 5:53 A

I understand not wanting to give up wine. I haven't given up alcohol either; however, I've been on SP long enough to figure out that cutting back helps achieve my weight loss goal. A "standard" serving size of red wine is 4oz which is approx 100 calories and most wine glasses make 4oz look like a sip, so you can easily be drinking 200-300 calories of wine per glass.

Moral of the story: Don't eye ball. Actually measure both food and drinks. Limit and portion control both. Keep indulgences to a minimum.

Good luck! emoticon

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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5/29/13 5:35 P

Even adding an extra glass of wine can add hundreds of calories per week without meaning to; the problem with "loosely" counting calories is that we can also be off hundreds of calories in ways we don't expect. Low cal can trick us, too! Many of us underestimate the calories we eat by hundreds when we eyeball it. Try weighing and measuring your food for a week, without changing how much you're actually eating, to see where you really are. I bet money you're taking in a few more than you might think. :)

You don't have to give up alcohol (although as the wife of an alcoholic, I get worried any time I see someone talking about refusing to give up alcohol... that's a red flag) but you may in fact need to cut back. Alcohol is metabolized differently than other foods, and is really, really difficult on your body. It may be fun, but it's more than just empty calories. Especially if you're not tracking that intake. Overpouring a glass and overindulging more than you used to can certainly increase your calories to the point you gain weight.

KATHERINEOS123 SparkPoints: (21)
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5/29/13 5:22 P

Wow! Thanks for all the replies everyone! I really appreciate it... Quitting was GOD AWFUL, but its the best thing I have ever done for myself. I honestly don't miss it one iota, at this point, I find it wretched.

As far as the weight gain goes... I honestly dont think its been much to do with food. My food choices and intake hasnt really changed. If anything though, I have been drinking wine with a little more frequency than I had been before... I know that alcohol is chock full of empty calories, but its one of my favorite things in life so Im not giving THAT up too! ;)

I do "loosely" count my calories, try to eat within servings and opt for lower calorie options... I eat a ton of raw fruits and vegetable, and I try to stick to lean proteins. So again, I cant imagine my diet is the problem here. Perhaps in order to truly know how much Im consuming, I need to actually start tracking my calories... can anyone recommend a user friendly app for this?

I actually did a little research after my post, and I found out that all of what you are saying is true, that people tend to replace the habitual aspect of hand to mouth smoking - with hand to mouth eating, and that that leads to weight gain, as well as the fact that cigarettes are appetite suppressants. But also, that because of the physiological effects nictone has on your body (ie: increased heart rate and blood pressure) that they actually boost your metabolism, so in turn the average smoker burns 100-150 calories just from these effects!

Edited by: KATHERINEOS123 at: 5/29/2013 (17:23)
GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (288,480)
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5/29/13 3:00 P

Congratulations on quitting and NO - do not start that habit again. I gained 40 pounds when I quit!! Most of that was due to food, but the body will gain weight naturally because nicotine is a laxative and bowel stimulant. Quitting greatly reduces your risk for all kinds of cancer, especially lung and colon.

Concentrate on a healthy lifestyle, healthy food choices, exercise and food tracking. Walking is also a bowel stimulant and will help. Water, water, water ! Drink it, swim in it, bathe in it. A long soak works wonders. Go shopping. Do anything to keep your mind off food and smoking.

Good Luck with your journey and concentrate on one thing at a time. You quit the hardest thing.

9999LYNNE SparkPoints: (2,004)
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5/29/13 6:48 A

well done for quitting, I am in the same boat, I stopped nearly a year ago and have out on a stone, I dont really mind cause my mates said I looked a bit gaunt before.

I am taking up excersise with a vengence and have so far not lost any weight but my shape is changing.

Try to eat whole foods and nothing that you have not made yourself, plenty of fruit, veg, pulses and chicken/fish/meat

Keep it up, there are some days when I really want a cigarette but wont


CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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5/29/13 2:54 A

First, congrats on quitting! It isn't easy! Trust me, I have been there too, and I commend you for doing it! You should be very proud of yourself!

I am actually going to disagree with what most people posted. I am only doing that based on my personal experience when I quit.

I don't care what research says about this and that... it messes with your body! You may be eating more, and you may not be. I know that I did NOT sub food for smoking and I packed on over 40 pounds adhering to a 1500 calorie a day diet w/ regular exercise! Explain that? You really can't other than the catalyst seemed to be quitting smoking.

My advice is to carefully track your food. If you are eating within your ranges and not losing or in fact gaining weight on a consistent basis, schedule an appointment with your doctor and get some testing done.

I am not trying to be a negative Nancy, quite the contrary! I am so proud of you for quitting and taking that awesome step for your health!! No matter what, it is the best thing that you could ever do! Not only for you, but for others around you. I also want you to know that it is not in your head if you see these things happening. The good news is... it will work itself out after a while and things will go back to normal.


JIBBIE49 Posts: 72,104
5/29/13 1:04 A

emoticon Smoking cuts back on your appetite, so you eat less and thus stay slimmer. You just need to record what you are eating and make sure not to be eating a lot of high sugar/starch foods. Glad ur exercising!! Try chewing sugarless gum.

NOLAFIT Posts: 124
5/29/13 12:13 A

Congrats! Kicking the habit is hard! But to get rid of that weight is to track your food, and since you quit smoking, you may want to make notes about your mood. I'm an ex-smoker myself!

The weight you gained is probably due to your stress management. Before you probably smoked when you were stressed, and when you quit, you probably turned to food (like majority of us) to cope with that stress. Counting your calories and staying within your calorie range plays the largest role in your weight loss goals. Along the way, you'll learn how to eat better and new ways to deal with your stress.

Good luck!

5/28/13 7:27 P

Congratulations on quitting smoking!! It is so difficult but soooo worth it!
Have you been tracking your food intake? Calories in/ calories out is 80% of the battle.
I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks just by cutting out processed foods. Its easier than you think and better nutrition really effects your running too!

good luck :)

KATHERINEOS123 SparkPoints: (21)
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5/28/13 7:22 P

Hi all,

Im looking for a bit of advice/support/success stories... Im a 28 year old female. 5'3" approx 137 lbs... I quit smoking about 15 months ago and OF COURSE the one thing I DIDNT want to happen has happened, and Ive somehow gained 10 lbs since...

I have been exercising rigorously about 3 days per week (training for a 5k) for the past few months, but I just cant seem to shake the weight. I am of a pretty petite build, so I feel like it shows much more on me than on most people :(

Anyone have any words of wisdom for me? Can you please just snap your fingers and make the pesky 10 go away? Maybe I should pick the habit up again :-P

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