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How To Avoid Gaining Weight When Quitting Smoking

Updated on November 14, 2015

There is no need to gain weight when you quit smoking

1. Do NOT substitute anything for the habit.

Don't substitute:

  • gum
  • candy
  • toothpicks
  • lemon drops
  • pies
  • food
  • taffy
  • sunflower seeds for the habit

If you substitute anything for the habit...(even if it is non-caloric), you will keep the habit alive. If the habit is kept alive long enough, you will eventually either gain a lot of weight and then go back to smoking (because you were thinner as a smoker...well that is what you will tell yourself!), or you will just keep the habit alive enough so that one day.....you may go back to smoking.

2. Drink 1/2 of glass water before each meal. This will fill you up faster so you won't over eat.

3. Drink as much water as you possibly can. Drinking water will help to keep your metabolism up.

4. Cut down on foods with high sodium levels.

5. Start to exercise at your target heart rate.

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      Joyce Gustin 5 years ago

      I went cold turkey on stop smoking June 22nd and still doing great have no problems. never felt better smoked about 4 packs aweek decided enough gasping for air and just prayed and never craved one since.

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      Tory Burch Shoes 6 years ago

      Cold turkey is one of the most difficult ways to stop smoking.

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      Natalie Bonanski 7 years ago

      I think healthy snacks could be a good substitution. Or healthy activities. Instead of a smoke break, take a 5 minute walk and really breathe in some fresh air, for example.

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      Lela Bryan 7 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Carlos,

      Cold turkey is one of the most difficult ways to stop smoking. It is very hard on the body. There are a ton of things that happen in the body when smokers stop smoking and if you stop cold turkey it happens all at once and sometimes the body never does adjust to it.

      So with that said you can go to another hub that I have written

      https://healdove.com/mental-health/What-happens-to...

      with Nicotine Solutions you would smoke for the first 6 weeks of the program and you would learn how to adjust to your new lifestyle etc.

      Good luck

      Lela

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      carlos  7 years ago

      well hello im triying to quit smoking but im doing it cold turkey are theres any body changes should i be aware of please let me know

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      hypnosis4u2 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Cold turkey is not only the most stressful but least successful of the ways to quit smoking, and you're spot on about an exercise program to help control weight gain once you stop. Like you mention healthy foods and reducing portion size can go a long way to keeping the gain in check. Thanks for hub.

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Def ready for the 26th Oct, so want to give up now, too expensive, and I am fed up of coughing all night in my sleep, plus want a baby, and this is not going to happen unless I quit, especially with my fertility problems.

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I truly hope some fellow smoker hubbers decide to try this with me, as we can support each other, and it will help if we all stick together. :)

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      Lela Bryan 8 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Hey MistyHorizon,

      There are built in weight controls in the program so there is no need to gain weight when you quit smoking. Even if you want to gain weight..... quitting smoking is not the way to do that.

      It is always more fun to do this class with a group and what better way than get a bunch of Hubbers together to stop smoking!

      It doesnt matter where you are in the world. I think MistyHorizon told me she was interested in a class on Sunday, Oct 26 at 10:00 am Pacific -USA because Misty is in the UK and it is 6:00 pm in the UK!!

      If you want to join MIsty and her husband just go to

      http://www.nicotinesolutions.com

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      Cindy Lawson 8 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Hi Lela, another great hub. I can't wait for more and am really looking forward to taking your course so my Husband and I can become another of your success stories. I am not too worried if I do gain some weight once I quit, as I am already too thin, and smoking has largely killed my appetite, so any weight gain for me would actually be a bonus. Can't say quite the same for my Husband hough, as he needs to lose weight.

      It would be really great if a group of people reading this hub all agreed to join your course at the same time as my Husband and I start it so we can stay in touch with each other and compare progress here on hubpages. We could also all support each other.

      Any takers???

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      Lela Bryan 9 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Hey Manky,

      You are so right, Quitting smoking puts you way ahead of the game no matter what!!

      A tip.... Always say you are getting rid of the habit, not giving it up... that way you will not feel deprived.

      The smoking habit is like garbage, you are getting rid of it not giving it up....

      Lela

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      Manky 9 years ago

      Even if you do gain weight you're still way ahead if you give up. Gaining weight is one by product of giving up, unless you're careful, but giving up smoking has to be the number one thing you can do for your health. Do it regardless

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      Lela Bryan 9 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Wow thanks, I just published my first Hub 2 weeks,trying to figure out how it all works!!

      Thank you so much for the compliment!!

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Thanks Lela.Your hubs are very informative.Why don't you write often?You seem to be a storehouse of such useful informations.

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      Lela Bryan 9 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Thank you Abhinaya,

      Your art hubs are very exotic!

      Lela

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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      No substitution is very informative...I suppose all smokers will benefit from this hub.Great hub Lela.

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