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A 26-year-old female asked:

Do people normally gain weight when they quit smoking?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Common, not 'normal': Yes, it is often true but it need not be. Smoking does raise metabolism - but there are other ways to substitute for it: exercise, water, spicy foods, smaller frequent snack/meals, black coffee, green tea are a few. Also, the intestinal flora does change but the impact may not be too bad. If you do gain a bit, you can lose it later. Your smoke level is low - it'll be fine. Best to you!

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Is there anything i can do to not gain weight while i quit smoking?

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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Weight: You will have to make a conscious effort, good diet, hydration, distraction methods, sometimes appetite suppressants like coffee etc.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a way to quit smoking and not gain weight?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 44 years experience
Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you gain weight if you quit smoking?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Most people do gain weight when they quit smoking, for several reasons. Smoking decreases appetite, taste and smell, and may increase metabolism. When you quit, your appetite increases, food tastes and smells better, and your metabolism may decrease again. Don't let this stop you from quitting. You can learn to maintain a healthy weight again, and smoking is just not worth it!
Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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