Smoking Cessation and Weight-Gain /  Gaining Weight!

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Ashley Health EducatorApr 04, 2019 @ 3:18 PM
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That's awesome Timbo!



Thanks for posting and reminding us that the hard work for a healthy lifestyle is worth it!



I am so glad you are enjoying your health - well deserved reward.






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Timbo637Apr 02, 2019 @ 1:02 PM
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Just an update, Since I quit smoking 5½ years ago, I have lost the 12 pounds I gained, along with another 9 pounds, which puts me 2 pounds BELOW my ideal weight! I owe it all to living a healthier lifestyle, ie; eating better and exercising. When I smoked, exercising NEVER entered in to my thoughts, especially since I smoked over a pack a day. Now, I do it 5 days a week and I'm feeling healthier now than in anytime in my life.  Once the cigarettes were out of the picture, everything else came into focus. Stay strong. Not One Puff Ever 

Tim

Hot SiO2Mar 07, 2014 @ 5:58 PM
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You can do it too, Tim!     Lots of online websites out there that will help.  It's all about using that PMA that helped you quit smoking to help with the weight gain, too!  You're right though... get that quit under control... WAY under control if that's what it takes!  Look at me... finally tackling the weight gain after 6 years...  I CAN do it!!!        Have a great weekend!                Jim
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Hi Megger, Congrats on your cold turkey quit. Sounds like we quit about the same time. I agree with what you said about the lesser of two evils. The risks are greater smoking than being overweight. Once the quit is well under control, the war with the weight can then be fought. I'm a little concerned with weight gain too. My mother passed and obesity was partly to blame. I've gained 9 pounds since I quit, and I have not changed my eating habits. Must be the lack of adrenalin and slower body metabolism.   Be sure to check out the tools at the top of the page and get your meter running. Hang in there.... 

Tim

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Hey Megger!!!       Welcome to the SSC and congrats on great quit so far!  It's great to hear that you are committed to your quit and understanding that there are other ways to deal with weight gain besides smoking!  I initially gained about 10 pounds after I quit smoking 6 years ago, but last year got really busy at work and gained another 15 pounds!!!  So, after the new year, I started using a calorie counting program (online) called Loseit, since I can log in on my phone.  I have also been walking more and trying to find time to exercise.  Well, since the first of the year, I'm down 11 pounds and feeling a lot better.  I know it's tough, but slow and steady is the way to do it to keep it off.  Get a plan and stick to it no matter what!  It's just like quitting in that if you want your health you'll commit and get 'er done!         The SSC has a sister site called the Healthy Weight Center and you can access it by using the "help" button above!  There is a similar support forum there as well as a great program to follow with menu suggestions, etc.  There are all sorts of other online programs to obtain information from or to join and track your progress.  My wife is also using the Lose it program and has also gotten a Fitbit device to track her walking and it also links to the Lose It program!  Pretty cool technology that also links to the new wireless weight scales that are out there!  What will they think of next???        Anyways, I hope you are able to log in often and let us know how things are going for you!  Just remember that you CAN do this!    One last thing... do continue to reward yourself, but try to utilize a reward that won't add calories!!!               Jim
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I'm new to this forum, but I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I started at 15 and cigarettes helped ( I thought) me keep my weight down. The first time I stopped smoking in 2008 I gained 20 pounds which put me over 200 pounds that I have never lost. Due to hormonal problems in November my body seemed to reject my satisfaction with smoking and I quit cold turkey. Once I resumed hormone therapy for my menopause my craving for sweets skyrocketed with my appetite. Now three months later I have gained  almost 30 pounds. I am not going to smoke and I am getting support for wanting to compulsively overeat in a 12 step group. I am approaching my 48 th birthday and I want to free of cigarettes since cancer runs strong in my family and three people in my life ended up smoking while using an oxygen tank before they died. I don't want that to be me. Being over 50 pounds overweight is a challenge, but I'm going to work on this as I know this is the better part of the deal than being a slave to smoking that has a higher chance of killing me than obesity. At least that my choice of coping at this time.
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I know how you feel about the weight gain, Sly! For me, it is the worst consequence of stopping smoking. I have only quit for 48 days now, BUT I have quit before (2 years ago) – and that attempt lasted 10 months. Guess why I started smoking again? I put on 11 pounds! Where am I now? Back to the beginning! If I had stuck it out then, I would not have to go through this pain again.

 


 



I think it’s true that it is easier to stay slim when one smokes. After all, the adrenalin produced when smoking by our body as it tries as hard as it can to repair the damage that we are doing to it, does increase our metabolism. But at what cost?

 


 



There are people who lose weight and who are thin who don’t smoke. I think we should join that group of winners!

 


 

SlySep 21, 2012 @ 1:07 AM
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Thank you for the support and info on weight gain and quitting.I am finding this site very helpfull.There are so many amazing people fighting this nasty addiction and winning.I sooo want to be a winner !Today I was told that I smelled Nice.I haven't been told that in years and it felt really good. =)Thanks again,
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Hey Sly!!!       First of all, welcome and congrats on the great quit you have going for you so far!  Also, huge congrats on the weight loss!  Awesome!  I gained about 8 pounds when I quit and have maintained that weight until just recently.  I think it's the Nasonex spray for my sinuses that has caused it, as it's a type of steroid, or so I have been told.  I'm thinking it's time for some dieting on my part now!        Anyways, I wanted to let you know that it IS normal for most of us to gain a bit of weight after we quit.  The important thing to remember, though, is to do what ever it takes to protect your quit!  You have already proven to yourself that you CAN lose the weight!  Right now you have to use that same tenacity to prove to yourself that you CAN beat this addiction!!!  I promise you that it is soooo worth it!       Hang in there and let us know if we can help you through you tough times!                Jim
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Hi Sly,
 
Congrats on losing 28 lbs! 
 
Gaining weight when quitting smoking is a common concern. However not everyone gains weight after quitting. Some people do, but usually only five or six pounds.



Two things seem to cause this weight gain. First, your body metabolism slows down when you quit, so you don't need as much food as when you were smoking. Second, you may use food to replace cigarettes and end up eating a bit more than before.



Tips to avoid gaining weight while maintaining a quit:


        
  • Eat healthy, tasty, well-balanced meals as much as possible. Avoid fad diets.

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  • Since food may taste better after you quit, you may want bigger helpings. Try to eat the same amount as usual. 

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  • Nicotine withdrawal can cause constipation. Drink lots of fluids.

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  • Eat low-fat snacks like fruits, and veggies, instead of donuts, candy, or potato chips. 

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  • Keep doing what you are doing. It's working so stick with it.

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  • Moderate your use of alcohol. Keeping your hands busy with smoking may have slowed up your drinking before. Without a cigarette, your rate and number of drinks may increase along with your weight. 


Remember that the first few months will be the toughest. Once you are confident in your quit you will have more energy and feel better and therefore exercise will be easier. Also, even if you gain 50 pounds (you likely won't!) the health risks from the weight gain will not outweigh all the health gains you get from quitting smoking.


 
 







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SlySep 19, 2012 @ 11:24 PM
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I have just quit smoking for 16 days now.I changed my eating habits and lost 28 lbs before I quit.I am already starting to gain even though I am still watching what I eat and I exercise at least 5 times a week.Getting a little scared, both things are hard to do and I do not want to loose the results I have gained from either.
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Bump!!!
 
Bumping this thread up for all of us who gained weight on our quits..
It is a  reminder that smoking never helps anything..
Never has Never will..
 
NOPE  Not today...
Red...

Yep, Roses. I am heavier than I have ever been in my life right now. That is because I focused first on simply quitting. I also go into pigging out in those initial quit days (since my blood sugar was so wildly off) and then continued those habits just because they felt good.  Exercise program and eating in moderation has only been implemented in the past few weeks here. (No diets. I don't do diets.  ) Nonetheless, I am confident that I can get into decent shape here. In fact, I think I will be in better shape as a result of not smoking.  Since my heart and lungs aren't struggling with all the carbon monoxide, I expect that my workouts will be more effective, allowing for better muscle development, etc. Plus, I think I will eventually be able to work out longer and harder than in the past; again I think that's due to my heart and lungs being in better condition. ...In the meantime, I can already see some results in terms of toning, less soreness, and better endurance.  A while back, I read something in Freedom From Nicotine about the weight gain. It basically said that there is no point in returning to smoking in response to weight gain, since that only results in an overweight smoker, who puts even more pressure in his/ her heart and lungs. I also have a friend who had to do several rounds o quitting before reaching her final quit. She told me that she gained weight at each quit attempt, but never lost it upon returning to smoking. So she just got heavier each time.   I guess the moral here is that we can't turn back the hands and we can't undo any weight gain by smoking. What we can do is accept ourselves, even be proud of the fact that we are no longer smoking, and work on the diet and exercise if we really don't like the extra weight. 

Slow and steady wins the race.

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Bump!!!
 
Bumping this thread up for all of us who gained weight on our quits..
It is a  reminder that smoking never helps anything..
Never has Never will..
 
NOPE  Not today...
Red...
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I am pretty glad that you can quit smoking. I do it 2 years ago and I really feel so free and happy. I get extra gain too after quitting it. But only your strong desire to lose weight can come back to your form. Good luck, dude!
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Well im giving an update to an old post.  I'm a week away from being smoke free a year and im still 10lbs over my pre-quit weight.  I gained 22lbs total when i stop smoking.  I didn't eat anymore either.  Things just slowed way down. I've never had a weight issue before. I've been trying to diet off and on for months now.  If i had it to redo, i would of started cutting out a few calories back when i first started my quit.  But can't go back, so now all i can do is diet this weight off and its NOT easy!(not sure which is harder, lose weight or quit smoking)  lol.......I really wanted to be at my pre-quit weight on my one year annivesary, but i'm not gonna make it.  I'm not on this forum much anymore, ive moved over to the healthy weight one.  Even tho i gained all this weight, im still happy to be a non-smoker!!!  
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3 pounds is amazing!!!!!!!  Great job Gimm

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Days: 19 Hrs: 20 Mins: 6 Seconds: 52

moved onJun 24, 2010 @ 9:55 PM
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Hi sfree, good luck with the 5k!  I have a treadmill in the house and a bike that i'm using.  I rather get outside, but its so hot and humid right now.  I've lost 3 pounds already. 

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My Quit Date: 11/6/2009
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Life Gained:
Days: 26 Hrs: 5 Mins: 21 Seconds: 57

sfreeJun 24, 2010 @ 4:10 PM
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Hi Gimm-I can sympathize with your struggles with the weight gain.  I too gained a few lbs, oddly enough it wasn't right away it took a few months.  But I feel better now than I did when I was smoking so I am writing off those stubborn 5 lbs!!!  Do you know any other quitters that live near you that you could walk with? I signed on to do a 5k in the fall so I can start training for it by walking and running.  This way I can actually cross the finish line and in order to do so I have to train or I never will make it so I'm stuck-which has proven to be good for me.  Stay strong and remember WE WILL get there, but one step at a time.  Keep the quit

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Hi Gimm,
 
It can hear your frustrations with the weight gain. It sounds like you know how to get the weight off, make yourself a plan and stick to it. Set yourself small goals to achieve along the way. Decide how many times a week you will exercise, start meal planning...etc Do what has worked for you in the past. We are here for support if you need it.



 
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moved onJun 22, 2010 @ 11:42 AM
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I've gained 20 pounds in last seven month!  I went on a diet and got most of it off, now i've gained it back.  I'm still gaining.  Well i was until yesterday, I've started on a diet AGAIN.  Never had a weight issue until now. 



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My Quit Date: 11/6/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 228
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Life Gained:
Days: 25 Hrs: 22 Mins: 45 Seconds: 17

memieJun 17, 2010 @ 11:15 PM
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Hey Steelroots, what your saying makes a lot of sense to me. Everytime I tried to quit I always watched my weight at the same time. I've been smoke free for 143 days and I have not gained weight. I've been exercising a lot more since my quit. I think if I were to gain to much weight I would also want to start smoking again.

For me quitting smoking and exercising go hand in hand. I don't think I would be able to quit without the exercises, I find it releives a lot of anxiety. 
I also try not to replace food with cigarettes cause I think we could become addicted to food cause food is comforting. 
Memie 

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My mindset and opinion is different in regards to smoking and increased eating causing weight gain.  Also, have a different opinion on NRT.  This is my OPINION and view point of MY personal experiences.



I've quit smoking more times than I care to even think about and all the quits until this last one (April 9, 2010) I always used NRT or took a class, got a shot, gum, patches, lozenges and Chantix. This last time I went Cold Turkey and I've done better and feel better than any of the dozens of times before.  It's been hard and I'm still struggling but everything considered this time has been much better in every way.  



As far as the weight gain, I never stayed quit long enough to gain weight except when I took Chantix and I quit 7 months and gained about 35 lbs.  I don't want or need the extra weight and I'm not trading quitting smoking for eating.  I've never had an issue or problem with my weight and I'm not going to start now.  Everyone I know that is obese and overweight for their age, frame and height have a lot more health issues than I do.



I believe it is better to keep my weight in check while I'm quitting smoking instead of getting thru quitting cigarettes and then having a food addiction that I have to work on.  Maybe I'm crazy but I would rather have my nicotine addiction versus weight or food addiction.  Just don't see the purpose or any good to exchange one problem or issue for a new or different problem or issue.



We all do what we have to do to accomplish our goals, needs and wants.  Been there and done that many times and this is where I'm at for now.









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When I first quit smoking, I was soooo worried about gaining weight.  I shared this with a friend who had been quit for several years and she said, "I had to accept that I might weigh a little more than I'd like if I quit smoking."  That statement was powerful to me.  First of all she is an attractive woman who is NOT overweight.  I realized that my quit had to be the number one priority for me.  Yes, I did try to increase my exercising, but then I hurt my back and stopped that,  overall I gained 10 pounds from my quit.  I just celebrated my one year recently and am now ready to tackle the weight issue.   The MOST important thing that I personally had to do was realize that smoking was not going to make any problem go away, not even weight.  I recently have felt more solid in my quit and have joined WW. Good luck with your quit!
Dawn



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Josie-Health EducatorJun 14, 2010 @ 8:50 PM
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Roses,
 
You have a good outlook!  Keep your sites focused on the quit and in the meantime try these tips to help you maintain and even lose weight without thinking about it.
 
Drink more water
Eat smaller portions
Do a clean out of the cupboard (all the bad stuff goes)
Buy fresh veggies and fruits
 
Start walking!  The summer nights are great for walking with your significant other or friend!
 
You will do this, keep focused!
 
 
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Gimm, it is really common to gain about 9 pounds or so when we quit smoking. Our metabolisms slow down. Our heart rates, for instance, drop, because it doesn't have to wok as hard and use as much energy. I gained about 9 pounds when I quit smoking and lost it. However, I was already fat when I quit smoking. I've seriously undertaken a program to change my diet and lose weight a few months ago. The first month I lost 3 pounds. Since then, May 1st, I've lost 20. I waited to make sure that I was comfortable in my quit first before taking on another problem. I first tried to lose weight in November and wasn't quite ready. I am now. However, staying smoke-free still and always will have priority. I was told by my doctor that I would have to gain about 70 pounds to be in the same shape that I was in while smoking. Plus, I blew a long quit once when the pressure struck, and I had few tools, and decided to smoke rather than eat. Frankly, it is easier to lose weight than it is to quit smoking. Quitting smoking has to be done perfectly--no relapses; no slips for some of us. I lost 3.8 pounds last week even though I went on a picnic and ate so much that my aunt told me to get away from the table. Granted, I now exercise my butt off and normally only eat 1300-1400 calories a day. Once I lose the weight, I'll continue to eat a Mediterranean diet, but kick the calorie count up to about 1800. I'll work that out with my dietitian later.


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My Quit Date: 5/1/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 409
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 11,452
Amount Saved: $4,867.10
Life Gained:
Days: 46 Hrs: 1 Mins: 47 Seconds: 54

Been There. Done That.

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The weight gain has been a problem for the last 2 years while I have been trying to quit.  With each failed quit attempt I gained about 10 pounds that is a total of 40 now.  One thing I can say for sure going back to smoking never helped me loose the weight, and only made it worse, plus each time I was a smoker again and had gain another 10 pounds I couldn't lose.  I have decided I will not go back to smoking because I am gaining weight, ever again.  I am quite upset about the weight gain and am hoping I don't gain any more.  I don't think I could live with myself if I went back to smoking because I know smoking will not help me lose the weight in my case.  I plan on going over to the sister site when I get 30 days under my belt so I can start working on loosing some weight.  I also understand being that I am a 55 year old female who is post menopausal keeping the weight off is harder and than add in quiting nicotine makes it tougher.  That's what my doctor told me anyway.  He said I would have to really work at it to just now gain weight at this stage in my life.  So for now I am just going to work at not gaining any more weight.  Smoking Will Not help me loose weight.  I have to remember this because it is true and tell myself this everyday.  N.O.P.E.  Smoking Never Fixes or Helps Anything.


Rose


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Days: 2 Hrs: 4 Mins: 22 Seconds: 50

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totally demoralised.... in the 4 years that I've been quit I gained 28lbs, lost 21 lbs and then put it back on again!!! Rubbish!

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My Quit Date: 5/11/2006
Smoke-Free Days: 1495
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 44,850
Amount Saved: £11,212.50
Life Gained:
Days: 210 Hrs: 20 Mins: 45 Seconds: 14

N.O.P.E ...not one !!

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20 pounds Lance?  That is great!  I do notice there is a major shift in how my body burns and uses food.  If you have anymore great ideas send them my way.  I am going to walks for about twenty minutes during my lunch break and then I work out for about thirty minutes a day in the evening.  I am always looking for new and better ways to improve my eating and gain a healtier lifestyle.

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My Quit Date: 11/23/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 105
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,100
Amount Saved: $735.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 4 Mins: 44 Seconds: 45

moved onMar 06, 2010 @ 12:41 PM
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I'm moving over to healthy weight center for weight loss ideas and support!  This site helped me quit smoking, so im hoping that one will help me lose the weight i've gained from NOT smoking! lol............hope to see some of yall over there!


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Smoke-Free Days: 120
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Days: 13 Hrs: 16 Mins: 30 Seconds: 24

moved onMar 05, 2010 @ 8:58 PM
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Wow that's great Lance.  Glad you are doing well!! 

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Life Gained:
Days: 13 Hrs: 14 Mins: 43 Seconds: 19

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Hi you guys! First I want to say don't be hard on yourself! I just went through the same thing as well, but I had an extra factor. Medication that makes you gain weight and gives you the munchies too! Thank goodness I don't take it now.
 
I learned here to focus on the quit, FIRST. As a non smoker it's easier to deal with the weight issue, plus your putting more stress on yourself and that may set yourself up for a slip etc.
 
Once I became comfortable in my quit, things began to turn around. I joined a gym, started running, changed routines and experimented with different healthy foods, plans, portions etc. I google everything and read with caution. It's a lot of opinion too. We have to realize when we make a MAJOR change such as quitting, a lot changes including our metabolism, so we have to reinvent our eating to an extent. Does that make sense? We are different now! Cool huh?
 
Anyway that's my two cents for the day, Oh btw Ive lost 20 lbs. over the past ?? not sure. Just been doing what I mentioned, weighed in yesterday for the first time in a while and I was pleased? Hang in there. A friend of mine says. "Things take time" she is right, we need patience. I do anyway. 
 









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Hi Jeniwho......I'm watching calorie intake. I have a little info on WW.  I've been trying to do something like that.  Replaced sodas with flavored water, walking on treadmill for at least 20 mins each day.  I've lost several pounds this week.  I haven't sit down and figured up my calorie intake per day yet, but i do know that ive been hungry a lot!  Eating more fruits and veggies and actually eating reg portion size of foods(which is smaller than u think) lol.I'm trying to make healthier choices for foods, low fat, so i can have more.  I'm allowing myself one eat out meal a week.......I always have fried catfish and french fries, beans and slaw on fridays,  I'm going to still eat that once a week.  My husband gained 20 plus pounds when he stopped smoking. I don't want to do that!!  He has since got it all off, with diet and exercise.  I really dont think ive been eating that much more since i stopped smoking, yet the weight is piling on.  I don't want to use the excuse of weight gain to start smoking again.  So, I'm going to work hard to get this off.  But i know if the choice came down to being fat or smoking, i would smoke.  I know that sounds bad!!...........that's why i know i have to get this weight off lol........id got up to 158lbs and ive never been that heavy before, besides being pregnant.  I'm at 151 today.  I want to get to 139, which is a little more than i really want to be, but that still looks nice on my frame.  Good luck.

My Mileage:

My Quit Date: 11/6/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 119
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4,760
Amount Saved: $1,190.00
Life Gained:
Days: 13 Hrs: 13 Mins: 54 Seconds: 31

jeniwhoMar 05, 2010 @ 12:09 PM
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Age: 47
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: teacher
Do you have a plan?  I have been trying for weeks.  I think its good motivation for me because if I look better and feel better it will make me think twice about smoking again.  So far though I have lost nothing!

My Mileage:

My Quit Date: 11/23/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 102
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,040
Amount Saved: $714.00
Life Gained:
Days: 8 Hrs: 22 Mins: 15 Seconds: 25

KarrenMar 04, 2010 @ 4:31 PM
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Age: 62
Gender: Female
Country: United Kingdom
Occupation: Mature student
As Ashley says Gimm this is one of the unfortunate side effects of quitting- doesn't happen to everyone, but I was one who gained for sure.
I joined a slimming club and lost it all, but have since been on steroids for my Pnuemonia and gained quite a bit back so I am back dieting yet again!
My only advice would be, make sure your quit is solid before you try and divert your will power into two areas.

My Mileage:

My Quit Date: 5/10/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 663
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 16,575
Amount Saved: $9,945.00
Life Gained:
Days: 80 Hrs: 23 Mins: 15 Seconds: 45

One day at a time!

Ashley Health EducatorMar 04, 2010 @ 1:16 PM
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Hi Gimm,
 
This is a common concern once you quit smoking. Weight gain!  I suggest checking out our sister site the Health Weight Center (www.healthyweightcenter.net). Keep your quit as top priority but when you are ready check it out!
 





Ashley, Health Educator

The SSC Support Team

moved onMar 04, 2010 @ 10:53 AM
Posts: 388
Joined: Nov 06, 2009 (9:50 PM)
Well i've decided its time to get serious and lose some weight.  I've gained around 10 lbs since ive stopped smoking 4 months ago.  I guess if i can think about weight loss, then not smoking isnt bothering me much anymore! lol  I've never had any weight issues before, but im steadly heading there now!!  Happy to report my stomach issues are almost gone (gas, bloating,constipation).  It just seems like its harder to get the weight off after u stop smoking.

My Mileage:

My Quit Date: 11/6/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 118
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4,720
Amount Saved: $1,180.00
Life Gained:
Days: 13 Hrs: 10 Mins: 51 Seconds: 1