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Old 10-15-2008, 12:08 AM
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I quit smoking six weeks ago. Obviously, I expected to gain some weight after quitting. But, I have always been healthy, physically active, frequent the gym, and my metabolism is pretty decent. (I am also still young, a 21y/o female). However, I have RAPIDLY gained a SUBSTANTIAL amount of weight in only six weeks, and I'm pretty sure it is unhealthy. I do not own a scale (I think they are stupid and I go by how my clothes fit and how I look), but I am estimating that I gained between 10 and 20 lbs in six weeks. I can BARELY fit into clothes that used to be two sizes too big on me.

I have been eating more than usual and slightly larger portions (again, as expected), but I have been consciously eating healthy and semi-healthy snacks. (ie. a whole lot of carrots, butter free popcorn, etc.)

For someone who doesn't sit on the couch all day and has always been muscular and within a healthy weight, is this normal after quitting smoking???
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:44 AM
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Yes, the times I have managed to quit smoking, I have gained 20 pounds in about 3 weeks. I know a lot of people who quit and gained tons of weight..

However, my boss quit over a year ago and he weighed himself every day and would eat according to what the scale said and he has maintained his weight that he was while smoking. On previous attempts to quit he gained weight and he was determined not to gain any weight this time.
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:00 AM
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But is this common for people who are physically active as well?
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:07 PM
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Honestly count your cals. Overeating is overeating no matter what type of food it is.
I didnt gain when I quit at all. But I was watching what I eat.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:15 AM
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I think it's not healthy. Gaining wieght so rapidly may be a sign of a medical issue. Do not hesitate to make a visit to your family doctor.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:59 AM
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Yes, it IS common to gain stupid amounts of weight after quitting smoking. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant, and your body has been temporarily hot-wired to thrive with that lowered appetite all this time. Now, suddenly, your body no longer has that "brake system" that nicotine provided, and is careening downhill on the landslide to weight gain.

You now have to apply the brakes manually. It's not easy, but it's not rare either. Almost everyone I know who quit, gained a minimum of 10 pounds in a couple of weeks after their last cigarette. The only ones who didn't gain more, were the ones who learned -within- those couple of weeks, how to adjust their eating to accommodate an increased appetite, without succumbing to eating fattening foods.

I gained 40 pounds, but it took the last 3 years since I've had my last cigarette, to get this heavy.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:23 PM
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The cigarettes were probably a reason you had a better-than-many metabolism. You mention that you are eating larger portions and still eating snacks. Even if you exercise religiously, you're probably going to have to cut down on your food intake. Pitt_transplant is correct -- it doesn't matter what kind of food you eat if you take in more calories than your body is burning off. I know an overweight vegan.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:20 PM
Location: Catonsville, MD
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I read somewhere when I was in the process of quitting that smoking a single cigarette burns 20 calories. I smoked 20 cigarettes a day - 400 calories right there that I was no longer burning (pun not intended!) Yes, I did gain weight in the year after I quit and kept it on for quite a while, but my doctor always said it was better to be heavier than to be a smoker. I loved the appetite suppressant quality if nicotine, but the freedom from being a slave to cigarettes and smelling better and not wheezing and not feeling like a social pariah has far outweighed that one negative. This August 12th will be my 17th anniversary for being free from smoking (I smoked for 17 years prior to that.) I will admit that it was truly awful quitting - please hang in there when the going gets tough. It really is worth it.
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