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Is it true that quitting smoking causes weight gain? If so would it be hard to get off? And how much weight would one expect?

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Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Not Necessarily

You may gain weight -- usu <5 pounds -- bc food actually tastes good.
Smoking causes you to lose taste sensation. Also, it creates a "hand to mouth" habit which leads some people to replace a cigarette with food. If you are aware of these things, it can keep you from over eating. Also, your lungs will be happier & you can exercise more! the benefits of quitting are far better than a few pounds.

In brief: Not Necessarily

You may gain weight -- usu <5 pounds -- bc food actually tastes good.
Smoking causes you to lose taste sensation. Also, it creates a "hand to mouth" habit which leads some people to replace a cigarette with food. If you are aware of these things, it can keep you from over eating. Also, your lungs will be happier & you can exercise more! the benefits of quitting are far better than a few pounds.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Smoking cessation

The typical weight gain after smoking cessation is about 9 pounds.
Weight is always hard to get off, but you get it off the same way you do for any other overweight condition. The health benefits of quitting smoking far, far outweigh any health disadvantages associated with the extra weight. The best way to lose the weight is to get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day.

In brief: Smoking cessation

The typical weight gain after smoking cessation is about 9 pounds.
Weight is always hard to get off, but you get it off the same way you do for any other overweight condition. The health benefits of quitting smoking far, far outweigh any health disadvantages associated with the extra weight. The best way to lose the weight is to get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Sara Stein
Functional Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sara Stein
Dr. Sara Stein
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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but

The small amount of weight that you might gain pales in comparison to the risk of continued smoking.

In brief: Yes, but

The small amount of weight that you might gain pales in comparison to the risk of continued smoking.
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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