Weight gain is a concern for many people who want to quit smoking. In general, most people gain about 5 pounds. Only a small number of people gain much more weight. Quitting smoking is
more important to your health than weighing a certain amount.
Do not try to diet when you quit smoking. Most people who try to lose
weight at the same time they are trying to stop smoking have an even harder
time of stopping smoking.
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Instead of trying to lose weight before you quit smoking, try to
minimize the weight you may gain after you quit. Here are a few steps you can
take to lower your chance of gaining weight while you quit smoking. You may
want to start these before your quit date. Even though these changes are not as
hard as dieting, making any change is stressful and may be harder to do
while you are quitting smoking.
Become more physically active. Take a short walk or do some
stretches at times when you would ordinarily smoke a cigarette. Becoming more
active helps prevent weight gain and increases your chances of successfully
Substitute fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
for high-fat foods.
Try not to use food to replace the pleasure of
handling a cigarette. Rather than eating candy to replace the cigarettes, choose a healthy snack, such as fresh fruit or raw vegetables.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
July 6, 2011
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July 06, 2011
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