Skip to content

    Smoking Cessation Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

    How to kick the habit without packing on the pounds

    Quitting Time continued...

    Beyond just not trying to gain weight, how likely are you to succeed at losing weight at the same time you quit smoking? It's all about knowing your own limitations, the experts say.

    "I think that people are their own best judges," says Fisher. "To do both at once is taking on a double challenge, and I encourage people to recognize the importance of success. If you can quit smoking in January and lose weight in April or May when you can get outside and exercise, I think that's fine. But if you want to do both at once, and you feel juiced about doing that, then go for it, but don't be heroic and end up with failure."

    Motivation and a good support system are key.

    "It's about sticking with it, not giving into that first cigarette urge, using your support system -- whether it's talking to co-workers or friends or family or a support group, drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, being active, and planning ahead so you can handle cravings," says Purcell. "Just stick with it and ride it out."

    Originally published Jan. 2, 2004
    Medically updated Dec. 21, 2006.

    1 | 2 | 3
    Reviewed on December 21, 2006

    Today on WebMD

    hands breaking a cigarette
    Is quitting cold turkey an effective method?
    ashtray
    14 tips to get you through the first hard days.
     
    smoking man
    Surprising impacts of tobacco on the body.
    cigarette smoke
    What happens when you kick the habit?
     

    Filtered cigarettes
    ARTICLE
    an array of e cigarettes
    ARTICLE
     
    human heart
    ARTICLE
    Woman experiencing withdrawal symptoms
    ARTICLE
     

    man smoking cigarette
    ARTICLE
    no smoking sign
    VIDEO
     
    Woman ashing cigarette in ashtray
    ARTICLE
    chain watch
    ARTICLE