Has anyone gained weight after trying to quit smoking? How do you not gain?
A common question here. I suspect you will get many replies. I gained 20 pounds in 8 weeks, then another 6 pounds over the next month. Maintained that weight until the start of month 9 when I joined Weight Watchers and lost it all (plus 3 lbs) in 2 months. And I'm sure many here will also tell you about how smoking is far unhealthier than weight gain. Very true, but not much help for a vain person like me . But it does come off. And much more easily than quitting smoking. Welcome to EX!
Thanks TomW5.15.17 I appreciate your comment.
Thanks for your comment. I think I need to challenge myself on this one lol
Being a bit overweight won't kill you; smoking WILL! That being said, you should increase your exercise, and try to at least sandwich some carrot/celery sticks and maybe frozen grapes in between your bad snacks. I think most who quit get a case of the munchies! Here is a blog about it: Women, Smoking, and Weight Gain
Don't diet during the early days of a quit. Quitting is difficult enough without adding that. You will have some extra $$$ to join WW or a gym when your quit is well in hand to knock off any extra pounds.
Concentrate on the smoking addiction first and foremost!
I gained a few pounds but eventually lost it. Quitting smoking is a major lifestyle change that needs top priority.
Welcome to our community!
I was reminded by elvan that I had not yet formally welcomed you to our community, so I will remedy that now!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you. The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do. Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Concentrate on the quit for now...any weight can be taken off when you are in a more solid place. Carting around an oxygen tank wherever you go should make the idea of a few pounds seem rather insignificant. I worried all the time about gaining weight...smoked myself into THIS condition and believe me, if I had known, no, if I had ACCEPTED what I was doing to myself and that smoking did nothing FOR me...it would have made this journey a whole lot easier from the beginning.
You can do this, believe in yourself...believe in us, we will help you all that we can along the way.
I only gained 3 pounds when I quit. The main reason for that was I feared eating. After eating was my biggest trigger so I avoided eating more than twice a day. Also every time I craved a smoke I would jump on my old treadmill to rid myself of anxiety temporarily and being out of breath and exhausted, I had less of a desire to smoke.
After over 8 years and absolutely no thought or desire to smoke, I have gained 10 lbs in the last 2 months. It has nothing to do with being a former smoker, It just shows to go you that even non smokers love to eat, as I do, and are apt to get out of control at times. One more day and I will be back on track and I don't need cigarettes to accomplish that. I just need to clear all junk food from the house.
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