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Old 04-25-2009, 07:35 AM
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Gaining weight after quitting smoking..

So, I have been a smoker for quite a few years and two months ago I decided to quit smoking. Cold turkey. Well since then I have gained a few pounds like 4 to be exact. I know this doesn't sound like a lot but I feel extremely uncomfortable and some of my jeans are super tight

To make this even worst. The pounds continue to add up even though I work out 3-4 days a week (cardio as well as strength training) for at least 45 minutes each morning. I don't eat more, or at least I don't think so. In fact, I am more active and healthy now. Before I quit, I never exercised and ate whatever.

My question is, has anyone been in my position? If so, what did you do to curb to weight gain. I don't want to gain more weight in the next few months. Thanks
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:10 AM
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I don't have any advice (sorry!), but I wanted to say congrats on quitting
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:19 AM
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I have been there! When I quit, I gained weight, and felt awful about myself. I even went to see a doctor to see if I had a thyroid problem. (I gained less than 10 lbs, but it made a huge difference on me).

Within a few months though, it was all off, and now I'm even less than before. While waiting for your body to even itself out, be very careful with eating clean (while making sure to eat enough) and cut out as much alcohol as you can (I was positively shocked at how big a difference alcohol made, and I was not a big drinker). Cutting out alcohol will also reduce your chances of slipping back into smoking.

It will all come off, so try not to worry about it too much. I would expect it to start coming off very soon.
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it is very natural to gain weight after quitting smoking. the fact that you have only gained 4 pounds is testament to your other positive lifestyle change (exercise, eating better, etc)

and for what it's worth, i am a guy and i would never be with a smoker. a nonsmoker at 125 is infinitely more attractive than a smoker at 115. this holds true for whatever weight range we are talking about.

seriously, 4 pounds!? neg-la-ja-bull!! keep those cigarettes away, puhhleeeez.

sorry to not offer any real advice on how to get the 4 pounds to come off. just keep eating healthy and exercising, and it probably eventually will.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:24 AM
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i did gain a little weight, but it went away in a couple of months. I also thought i didn't eat more but i started following everything i ate and i did, it was more anxiety than hungriness you know? </O>
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Cigarette makes you (or at least it made me) less hungry, after quitting, every time i would feel like smoking i would probably just eat something or drink something..<O</O
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I think that if you keep the healthy life style you will be back to normal in no time. Congrats!

ETA. i write so slow i missed the las 2 replays, i see you already got the same advice lol
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:10 PM
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Thanks you guys. I don't even crave cigarettes anymore and I guess it's a good thing I don't drink, so so far so good

Rivkah and Soduku :Thanks that made me feel better. I just don't want to keep gaining weight. I'm scared that the 4 pounds will become 14.

CSRE: ahha. thanks, I'm really slow at typing too. I hope that my body will just adjust and go back to where it was.

And yes I feel great now that I don't smoke. My bf doesn't complain about the stinky smoke and I have a little more money for other things. Also, as far as health goes, I don't have any breathing pains anymore. Thank goodness I stopped while I'm relatively young.
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My Psyc textbook tells me that nicotine lowers the body's natural setpoint - the weight your body tries to maintain. Don't quote me on this, but just let your body get used to the lack of nicotine and those pounds will come off soon
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:58 PM
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I gained 15lbs when I quit (In Nov) but its coming back off.

Congrats on quitting
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:42 PM
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Congrats on quitting! I'm trying to quit now AND take off the few pounds I've already gained. I don't think it's possible.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:06 AM
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my mom quit while she was pregnant with me, and started up again when i was born. (ugh i know) but when my doctor told her that i had really bad asthma, she quit for good. i remember seeing pictures of us when i was young and she gained a little bit of weight, but since then she's lost about 40 pounds. so i think when you first quit you go toward other things to like curb the addiction, but with time it will even out and you'll feel better congrats on quitting!
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Congrats on quitting!! I have definitely been there and I know how difficult it is. I went from a size "2" to a size "4". Once I got over the food substitution for the smoking it came right back off. I didnt think I was substituting either until I tried the food diary and it was obvious. I will never go back (even though it is still tempting after 3 years of being smoke free) but the benefits like better skin, more stamina for exercise, and not being an embarrassed when I would have to leave for a ciggy make it totally worth it!!
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and for what it's worth, i am a guy and i would never be with a smoker. a nonsmoker at 125 is infinitely more attractive than a smoker at 115.
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I was fixing to start a thread about the same thing! In January I decided that I wanted to run a 5k. I haven't ran since I was in Jr. High and that was over 20 years ago. Well I discovered that smoking and running didn't go hand in hand. I ended up quitting smoking and I have gained 10 lbs! It is so frustrating! I accomplished my running goal and ran in the OKC memorial marathon this Sunday.....but I am fat!! I run 3 mile runs atleast 3x per week, usually 4x. I just can't seem to lose weight. I have been eating 1200 calories a day and I keep track of everything I eat. I do really good from Mon. morning to Fri. at lunch and then I don't do so great through the weekend. I can't seem to stop eating

Does anyone have any suggestions on natural appetite suppressants (sp?)? Is there anything that actually works? I don't want to be a smoker but I also don't want to look like shit at the lake this summer!
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I was fixing to start a thread about the same thing! In January I decided that I wanted to run a 5k. I haven't ran since I was in Jr. High and that was over 20 years ago. Well I discovered that smoking and running didn't go hand in hand. I ended up quitting smoking and I have gained 10 lbs! It is so frustrating! I accomplished my running goal and ran in the OKC memorial marathon this Sunday.....but I am fat!! I run 3 mile runs atleast 3x per week, usually 4x. I just can't seem to lose weight. I have been eating 1200 calories a day and I keep track of everything I eat. I do really good from Mon. morning to Fri. at lunch and then I don't do so great through the weekend. I can't seem to stop eating

Does anyone have any suggestions on natural appetite suppressants (sp?)? Is there anything that actually works? I don't want to be a smoker but I also don't want to look like shit at the lake this summer!
Are you sure that some of the weight that you have gained isnt muscle from running? Believe me I feel your weight gain after smoking pain. I posted above. Muscle weighs more than fat so maybe that is where some of the extra lbs. came from?
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I have thought about that but I really don't think it is muscle. It may be a little, but I would think that if it was muscle, my clothes would fit better and they definately don't. It is frustrating.
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This is sort of a strange question but when you smoked did you smoke inside the house or outside? I know that when I stopped I really missed the going outside and sitting on the patio for my 5 minutes of quiet. I used to just go outside and drink tea/water. It kept me from eating crap. I had a hard time with the smoking thing so this is me being supportive.
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I have nothing to add, just wanted to say congrats on quitting, thats awesome!
A few pounds now, is a lot better than lung cancer down the road. (I also agree with the above, your body's metabolism just needs time to adjust. Give it some time)
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