Post # 1
This is going to sound so stupid…but I’ve been trying to quit smoking and the main thing stopping me is weight gain. I know, I know, that’s dumb. And honestly a little weight gain won’t bother me if it means I’m going to be more healthy, but right now I’m concerned about fitting in my dress. The wedding is 5 months away and the dress fits.like.a.glove. Like I’m scared to gain A POUND. Did you previous smokers gain weight when you quit?
Post # 3
Congrats for quitting smoking! I can lecture you about how getting healthy is more important than weight gain, but i know what it feels like — it was a major concern for me when I quit too. I don’t know if you diet already, but you should log your calories and make sure you aren’t taking in more energy (food) than you use. You only will really gain if you start eating more to “replace” cigarettes. Make an attempt to chew gum and drink water instead of popping things into your mouth. Also, smoking cigarettes also elevates your heart rate a little, thus burns some calories. You can counter this by taking a brisk walk every day. Quitting smoking does not guarantee weight gain!! You have control. Good luck!!
Post # 4
I actually lost weight- because when I quit smoking, I developed better self control in general. (If that makes sense.) I was better able to control and deal with my mind/ emotions and therefore my eating habits. I replaced it with running. I can get a high off running. The thing is though, I need to have SOME vice- so now I do dark chocolate if I really need something or ONE glass of wine. I am so much healthier now though- mentally and physically. Now I transitioned to do a “fat burning yoga” sequence for an hour every other day, and it makes me feel great and helps my self control in dealing with my emotions (aka not smoking) and also with healthy eating. Every once in a while I will have a diet soda if I need something vice-like.
Post # 5
I lost weight when I quit. I was aware that I would want to chew on things or have something in my hands so I prepared myself for that. I carried around celery and carrot sticks.
Post # 6
i gained 1 lbs…in the last year that i have stopped smoking…i work out more and i feel great and you will too!!! stopping smoking was the best thing i could have ever done. Good luck to you…when you think that youare going to gain weight you will just have to (like miss tattoo did) eat healthy foods!
Post # 7
I quit three years ago and gained 3-5 pounds. I went back on birth control around the time I quit, so it is hard to tell what did it. Also, I quit when I was 24, so it is hard to say if my metabolism naturally slowed down. So- lots of variables.
You’ll be fine. I ate a ton of popsicles (and I quit in the winter). I also found that exercise helped with the cravings a little. I’m not a regular exerciser, and I stopped after about a month, but I think it would have prevented the weight gain.