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Does Smoking Help You Lose Weight?

Updated on March 03, 2016

Is smoking bad or good ? I am sure all people will unanimously agree with me that smoking is bad, because it is bad indeed! But even certain 'bad' things have their own  advantages, and smoking cannot be an exception in this regard.

I know many people will find it hard to believe, but if you are an obese or overweight person then smoking can help you a lot! Smoking helps people lose weight by speeding the metabolism rate of the body. In this hub I will explore the relationship between weight loss and smoking even further.

Cigarettes Contain Nicotine

While smoking can help you lose weight, it advisable to never smoke since smoking is known to cause more harm than good. Cigarettes contain Nicotine which is a harmful substance that fills up the lungs with dangerous substances such as tar and poisons. Smoking normally chokes your lungs to an extent that you can find it difficult to breathe properly. If not discontinued, Smoking is known cause cancer.

The Disadvantages of Smoking far Outweigh its Advantages

So far, the disadvantages of smoking far outweigh its advantages, and for this rationale you should not look forward to smoking as an available weight loss program option! Always bear in mind that there are better ways to shed of the excess fat, such as diet and exercise. Smoking can give you temporary benefits but the annihilation it causes to your health and body is not worth the the trouble or even trying.

Some people are not willing to quit smoking, not just because of the addiction but because they fear that quitting smoking will make them gain weight. Well, nothing can be further from the truth! Few people ever gain weight after they quit smoking, so that means to stop worrying on the consequences of quitting smoking.

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Above and beyond, you won't gain weight until a few months after you have quit smoking and that too, if you follow an unhealthy lifestyle by consuming fatty foods and junk and then sitting on your couch through out the day, watching your favorite TV program. If you do proper exercises such as resistance training, weight lifting, cardio, and aerobics, as well as follow a healthy diet program consisting of fruits and raw vegetables, you won't have to worry about weight gain even if you are going to quit smoking!

If you have been smoking in order to shed the extra fat or weight, I hope this hub has succeeded on encouraging you to quit smoking and focus on other healthier weight loss options that won't harm your body and health in any way. Bear in mind that smoking will not only damage your body and health beyond repair, but it can be fatal.

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    • HartMurengu profile image

      HartMurengu 6 years ago from Nairobi

      Nice hub, I would never smoke even if I had weight problems. Its just not good for one's health.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Yes HartMurengu, that is very true, smoking is harmful to your health not matter what

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      katenka_lalo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      I didn't know smoking may help lose weight, and I still think that if you don't smoke, you shouldn't start no matter what. :)

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for you comments Katenka_lalo

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Speedbird, I want to tell you a short story.

      I have never been a smoker. I worked in a very pressure oriented job. I gained a lot of weight! Many of my coworkers lost a lot of weight. I did not know how, but I did know they all smoked. (I was the only employee who did not go out for smoke breaks.)

      I decided one day that indeed I should start smoking and I, too, would lose weight. I bought the pack of cigarettes and took them to work with me. I did not want my family to know about this project. I'd tell them once I'd achieved my goal.

      I arrived at the parking garage where I worked and stepped outside my car. I would never smoke inside a vehicle. No one smoked in my car. I would not allow it.

      I had some matches. It was windy and they kept going out. I was so frustrated, but did not give up.

      Finally, success and I lit one up. I took a puff, or whatever it is you call it. I was smoking, and coughing and feeling dizzy and light headed.

      After the first puff, I just stood there and happened to look down at the label on the pack "Surgeon General's Warning: smoking can be hazardous to your health..."

      I started talking to myself as I grabbed my purse and briefcase and locked the car. "You idiot! What do you think you are doing? How stupid. There has to be another way that will not shorten your life."

      I walked over to the trash can and threw matches, smokes and all in there. That was it.

      I learned how to lose weight by using a special program for my health and exercise. I also changed the way I eat.

      Smoking is NEVER a good idea. I'm so glad you wrote this article. It is awesome and hopefully useful to your readers.

      I'm glad I did not become a smoker. It smells nasty and makes everything around you smell nasty. I like clean and fresh smells.

      Excellent work. Keep on keeping on.

      Miles of smiles coming your way.

      Voted up and useful.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Pixienot for that short encouraging story, I am also looking forward to reading your hubs

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      I hope you enjoy them half as much as I did yours.

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I will my dear

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Glen for your comment, Smoking is not good for your health and am glad you quit

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Interesting take on smoking and weight loss. I never really thought of smoking as a tool for losing weight, as in a person who is overweight should not pick up smoking just to burn a few extra calories, however, I think the biggest problem is a lack of control. My parents quit smoking and they subsituted the cigarettes for hard candies. Not a good option. They both put on close to 50 pounds after quitting. However, smoking does make it very difficult to get a good workout in because you are physically suffocating yourself.

      I am thinking if a person is trying to quit smoking they should munch on carrots instead of hard candies. It is a healthy snack!

      Great hub!

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      speedbird 6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      @ barbergirl28 , thanks for your comments. Smoking to loose weight is not healthy since there are many ways one can loose the extra pound without smoking. I am glad that you found this to be useful.

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      Nomason 5 years ago from Nigeria


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      speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Nomason for your comments, I do appreciate!

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