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Stop Smoking and Gain Weight? Not Necessarily!

15 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain While Kicking the Habit


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Thanks for the great article! :) Report
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis ~ 1/30/18 Report
Gave up in 96, the biggest pay rise I ever had Report
I am in my 9th smoke free month in 25 yrs, I smoked but was not unwell, could exercise ,breath well I just felt pressured by the times into giving up. If I had known then what I known the hell I was in for I would never have quit, my entire system just shut down and I've never been so unwell in my 40 years alive. I'd given up plenty of times in the past for various lengths but this time it was different, I was initially so poorly I lost 5kg and then regained it all and more when I could finally eat again, my periods stopped dead, my face exploded with cystic acne, my lower body swelled with fluid, it all started within 48 hrs of my last cigarette and my memory and mental health went downhill. In my 9th month smoke free, I'm heavier than I've ever been, I feel no better at all for quitting, in fact I feel worse. There is no difference in my energy levels, breathing or skin (apart from new acne scars) or wrinkles. Just a different perspective, this is my experience in a nutshell, giving up isn't always the best choice for everyone. It wasn't for me and there are still days when I wish I hadn't, although I'm regaining some semblance of health slowly. Report
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This is my 4th day of non-smoking and my eating has been crazy, albeit NOT as crazy as before I started SP, so my hope is to maintain and even if I have a small gain this week, I know not smoking will benefit me so much more and eventually I will get that gain back off. I am increasing exercise and general movement because if I don't my cravings are really bad! I can do this!! Report
Great article!!! No matter your age or how many times you've tried, believe that YOU can!!!

There's always help and this article is proof of that!! Many blessings!! Report
I have decided that today is my day to stop smoking and begin step 1 with the patches that my Dr. prescribed for me.
Excellent article. Since my normal smoking place was in my garage my goal for today is to have it completely cleaned and aired out.
My support system is my family. Report
I quit smoking cold turkey after more than 40 years. Several days later, I had shortness of breath and attributed it to cessation of smoking. Upon examination at the hospital emergency room, I was told that my lungs were at the best measurable rate of more than 95%. Unfortunately, as a doctor told me, it probably meant a heart attack instead; addition examination confirmed his statement. In the first six months after, even with going through rehabilitation physical therapy for 4 of those months, I gained 15 lbs. The primary reason was I became sedentary except for the therapy rather than increasing my food consumption. Report
I quit smoking 6 months ago. I did it cold turkey and I was scared of weight gain during this. First I tried to regulate my smoking and perhaps do it only at parties and gatherings, but when I went 1 week without cigarettes and gained 4 lbs and on the weekend I smoked again and lost 6 lbs... a realised (first hand) the impact cigarettes have on my body and that's when I decided to quit for good. I smoked my last cigarette, I gained 3 lbs, I fought with the cravings for 3 or 4 days and then I started loosing weight steadily and started to feel better and better every day.

I was afraid of all the weight gain and that's why I hesitated so much to take this decision (a friend of mine quit a couple of weeks before me and he gained almost 30 lbs in 3 weeks, but he replaced smoking for eating, so I knew it was paramount I kept my good eating habits as much as possible).

It's doable and indeed is the best you can do for your health!! Breath again, feel great. Report
Gaining weight when you quit smoking is indeed a real concern for a lot of people. It's best to go into such an endeavor with no reservations so that you can remain diligent and motivated. I found my motivation in my desire to have children and I was amazed at the technologies and programs that have been so helpful.
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I quit smoking and continued losing. I do wring my hands a lot though. I used the patches, they were invaluable, no withdrawal. I was a very heavy smoker, 2 1/2 packs a day, and was very afraid of the withdrawal, but my doctor said to double up on the patches, so I did, and it worked beautifully. The only difference is I have to stay busy. I have trouble relaxing until everything is done, this is typical of my personality though, and was being overridden by the cigarettes. Report
It may be a good idea to build up a few healthy habits before quitting.
I did not plan to quit, but after reading The Spark I revised my meal plan and started to exercise, and after one month I felt so healthy and clean that somehow smoking seemed dirty. I smoked a few cigarettes fin the next week than quit completely, and never missed it.
And there was no negative impact on my weight loss at all.
To gain weight or lose weight you need to have a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a proper diet plan can help you with both. Regular exercising is must and will be beneficial. Read more on how to choose right weight loss program
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For me it's just a matter of discipline. If you quit the habit of smoking, that means you are making a good start to improve your life. We all know that smoking can really bring your health a lot of negative effect and it has to stop. Gaining weight I think is another issue. And there are appropriate things you can do with the help of people around you to loose again and be back in shape! Report

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