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A 25-year-old male asked:

Ever since i moved from india i have been gaining weight. back in india i was always lean. please suggest on this. also, i am trying to quit smoking. ?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Weight gain: It seems that perhaps your diet may be different with more calories per day. It also may be relevant that your activity may be less per day, so you are burning less calories.
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
American diet is typically high in calories and you should watch your intake. Avoid fatty and sweet food as much as you can. Switch to low calorie substitutes like skim milk, fat free cheese etc. Get more active and do regular exercises every day.
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Vikram Patel
Pain Management 38 years experience
A good way to quit smoking is to do it gradually. Decreases 10% of your cigarettes every week till done.
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 54 years experience
Simple: The simple answer is :eat less calories and get exercise. Do your best to stop smoking.
Dr. Eric Kelts
Dr. Eric Kelts commented
Neurology 26 years experience
There are two issues here. The first is the so-called "American Diet" which is high in calories and provides portions which are much larger than necessary. The second issue is smoking cessation--when you quit or markedly reduce the use of cigarettes weight gain is a common associated factor. This is thought to be the result of either increased food intake or decreased metabolism. Good Luck!
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Robert Greenheck
Preventive Medicine 52 years experience
Eating more & better: Quitting smoking makes food taste better so many people eat more and thus gain weight. Also you may be eating more and higher calorie food since moving from India.

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