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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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XBIBBLESX

3/5/2014 8:36:33 AM

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It's been 10 days quit for me after having smoked for 39 years, usually only on the weekends, two packs each time. That doesn't translate to a heavy smoker, nonetheless, the poisons were being ingested and doing their harm. Before I quit I had also lost 36 pounds after finding SP and am at a healthy weight.

I discovered quitnet.com and log on every single day, reading testimonials, posts, info about withdrawals, in short, everything I can on there to understand this deadly addiction. It killed my mother (lung cancer) and my cousin (pancreatic cancer, only age 51). I read Allen Carr's book "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" and learned you MUST have the strong desire to quit, otherwise you won't be successful which I wholeheartedly believe because if it's half-hearted, your addicted brain will find a way to justify picking it up again.

Personally, I believe it's easier to lose the weight first and solidify the change in eating habits before you try quitting; but since I've been reading so much about how bad smoking is for you and that you will more likely than not develop a smoking related disease if you continue this deadly habit by virtue of the cancer causing agents in cigs, it's much better to toss the cigs!! As so many people on quitnet have said, it's much easier to lose the weight, not replace a lung or fight cancer! If you do try both, just keep low calorie munchies around. For me, it's baby carrots and something to dip it in and drinking lots of water and track, track, track, keeping the calories around 1550.

HIKGFEDCBA

1/17/2014 3:28:41 AM

SMOKING.....DRINKING.......GETTING ANGRY..... GETTING VERY GREEDY...TO BE VERY , ETC ETC ETC ETC IS NOT GOOD FOR THE BODY[WEIGHT]. TO BE POSSITIVE ABOUT LIVING CORRECTLY IS A GREAT HELP.
THE BODY IS A WONDERFUL CREATION AND VERY SPECIAL TO LOOK GOOD AND BE FIT.

THANKS

NICO DU PLESSIS

JILLIAN191909

1/6/2014 2:08:21 PM

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I am trying to quit cold turkey! Yesterday was day 1. Last night I woke up about 3 to 4 times drenched in sweat and has found it very hard to focus today. I also have headaches. My plan is to use exercise when I crave a cig. I read that cravings last about 3 minutes to I figure doing sit ups and or push ups during those cravings will give me something to do. This is day two so I am hoping to get better sleep tonight. My food cravings are about the same so far. Hopefully I can quit without the weight gain.....

MYSTIQALWOLF

1/5/2014 1:23:28 PM

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A little over a year ago I started using an ecig. Would still get one pack on the weekends. I am now no longer using regular cigarettes at all and am lowering my nicotine levels on the ecig. I am still losing weight, no longer get bronchitis, and overall feeling better. Wen I get down to no nicotine I plan on working on no ecig anymore. I know no smoking at all is the best but there are already benefits so far with this method.

HISWAYONLY

1/3/2014 9:34:39 AM

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My quit date is today. The weight gain (I hope) is not an issue since today is also day 1 of the Daniel Fast.

Too be continued.

STANDFIRMAJ

11/15/2013 10:44:02 AM

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I'm going to make my quit date 11/16/2013. I need to stop making excuses of why I cant quit and just do it.

JOOLS7

11/15/2013 6:54:17 AM

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One of the suggestions was to join a support group. Check out quitnet.com. It's FREE and they helped me to quit and stay quit. It's been almost 4 months now.

MISSCHELLELYNN

11/7/2013 10:54:00 AM

I quit smoking in January 2013. I gained 20 lbs. That is why I am here. I REFUSE to start back smoking though.

BRENDA_G50

8/2/2013 1:31:11 PM

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Funny that I should read this today of all days. I've been contemplating on quitting (yes, again) for the past couple of weeks. My doctors visit is next month, so, I can ask him to give me a prescription for Zyban. I KNOW Zyban works for me because that was how I was able to quit for 3 1/2 years before I got stupid and started smoking again because of the weight gain!!! Now I think I've got the information I need from SP to quit once and for all. YEAH!!!!

MAURITSK

7/30/2013 5:06:23 AM

I know when you smoke for years and after you quit you gain weight, but, of smoking just a couple of days, one week, has the same problem with gaining weight? I'm asking this because I've had an accident 2 weeks ago, I couldn't do nothing than just sit and wait so I started to smoke just because of boredness and the pain..
Please if someone could answer this I would appreciate it.

MIAMIWIFE

5/20/2013 3:04:23 PM

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My smoking tapered down over the years and my weight rose in direct correlation. Now I am 30 pounds up from where I was when I started to stop. I haven't smoked at all in 2 years but with a sedentary job, I have really packed it on. Age and arthritis do not help a bit but it is the latter that is making me try again. I know if I lose weight, my knees will feel better. I know you don't have to gain weight when you quit smoking but I have never, ever met anyone who didn't. It makes me think these nutritionists who talk about quitting smoking have never "walked the walk".

AHAPPYLIFE

1/31/2013 6:48:43 PM

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I quit smoking just about a year ago but was trying even before that. Through out that period I gained back all of the weight I had lost - but I gave up on quitting every time before this last quit because I was gaining weight & this time I told myself that quitting was more important than being thin. Now, a year later, I'm working on getting to a healthy weight. I recommend that every one gain their freedom from smoking even if it means gaining weight - SOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT!

SANDLADY48

1/19/2013 2:58:51 PM

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Thanks for verifying that smoking burns and extra 200-250. I quit 40 years ago, but I'm a nurse and I have used that in conversation and have had doctors vehemently disagree with me.

CORTNEY-LEE

1/19/2013 12:17:32 PM

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After I quit smoking I gained about 40 pounds. My eating habits did not change for the worse and in fact got better. It was shortly after I quit smoking I found Spark and began eating 1200-1500 calories per day and exercising regularly. The weight would not come off and just kept piling on.

I am not sure if smoking had anything to do with it or not

SUTUREMYFUTURE

1/19/2013 11:37:39 AM

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About 2 years ago I was around 265 pounds and a heavy smoker. I quit smoking and started eating healthy and exercising after finding spark. What caused the change was going to the hospital after my entire left side went numb. After testing, I found out it was just a really nasty migraine, which I have a history of. It did make me think, though. It was scary. Being over weight by itself is not as bad as being over weight and being a smoker. Being a smoker is not only a crutch, it is really bad, causing many different diseases on its own. Ever since I quit smoking and started working out, I have lost around 65 pounds and I continue to push on. I feel great, even still being over weight. I do not have migraines nearly as often or as bad as before. I can breath. I do not cough all the time. My teeth are not yellow. I do not smell like an ashtray. I also save around $150.00 a month due to not smoking. I use it to buy clothes that I can fit into now that I have lost weight. My blood work is normal and I have no signs of disease otherwise. There is nothing good that comes from smoking at all.

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