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Weight Quit Smoking
I'm trying to lose weight and quit smoking... If i quit smoking there's a chance that i may gain weight, what do you recommend I should do?
Be aware: By far, the best thing you are doing is trying to quit smoking. Nothing but bad things can occur with smoking, so stopping is very important. The other thing is you are already aware that stopping, may cause some weight gain in some people. Be aware of this and monitor your diet as part of the stop smoking program you choose. Count calories, chew gum, avoid overeating. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Exercise, good diet: Not everyone gains weight after quitting smoking but many gain 5-10 pounds (but the benefits of not smoking far outweigh the problems from increased weight). Exercising and making wise food choices can prevent this. See http://health.Howstuffworks.Com/wellness/smoking-cessation/avoid-weight-gain-when-you-quit-smoking.Htm for more info. ...Read more
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Quit smoking weight: Quitting smoking cold turkey causes in an increase in your body's Insulin levels that peaks at 3 months and is over by 6 months tobacco free. However an increased Insulin level means you are always hungry and struggling to keep a normal blood sugar, thus people gain weight. In addition, higher Insulin levels encourage fat storage in your body. For some people, weaning off tobacco prevents this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why am i gaining so much weight after i quit smoking? I quit smoking in january, after 20 yrs of smoking a pack a day. I've dieted religiously since then, (under 1200 calories and under 20 grams of fat a day) i also work out (mostly cardio) for at least a
Very common: Almost everyone gains weight after quitting smoking, usually in the range of 5-10 pounds, but sometimes more, and occasionally much more. If you are truly limiting yourself to 1200 calories and are exercising, i don't know why it is continuing, and you should see your doctor to rule out any metabolic problem, like thyroid disease or many others. Congrats on quitting smoking after 20 years! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be avoided: Weight gain after quitting smoking usually results from two things, both of which can be avoided. One is the result of not breaking the hand to mouth habit of smoking, but replacing the cigarette with food. The second is the result of the body's metabolism slowing down as much as 10% upon removal of the nicotine stimulation. So reducing your calorie intake could help avoid gaining weight. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which should I focus on first: losing weight or quitting smoking? I am 100 lbs overweight and smoke two packs a day and feel overwhelmed by both.
Both: With that much excess in both areas you can focus on both, however you will likely need alot of support. Doctor, therapist, support groups. Perhaps you have an undiagnosed disorder like adhd for example which is causing you to self medicate with food and nicotine. You can do it but dont have to do it alone, and you dont have to be perfect in the process. You just have to remain willing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do I prevent weight gain from quiting smoking? I eat 12-1400 cal/day and exercise 4-5 days a week (cardio and strength). Lbs keep adding! help!
Not simple: It's not that simple. It's important to have BMR testing to show you what your baseline is. Then structure a diet and exercise plan to kick start your metabolism. That's the only way to lose weight. As for quitting smoking and gaining weight, that's when some kind of oral stimuli comes in. Chewing gum, sucking on a toothpick, or just having something in your mouth helps! good luck! quit! ...Read more
FoodChoice,WtDaily &: Hf/lc non/minimally processed foods least likely to be stored as fat, yet quantities & activity levels also factors. Lf/hc, as promoted for decades, drives obesity for many, including exercisers & smokers. Yet issues & balances critical, thus wt daily to 0.1 lb, record/track while you still remember specifics & adjust. Study big fat lies, mcgovern's report, dietdoctor, science for smart people etc. ...Read more