quiting smoking=9kg. in 30days

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mystic berry

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 07:43
I decided to better my health, exercize,and quit smoking all at once. smoking increases your metabolism, I am on day 30 of non smoking and gained 9kg. since quiting, it' horrible. I am eating healthy and doing moderate exercizeSad hat now?

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 08:26
I am sorry you have to go through this. I quit smoking almost 4 months ago. In the first month I gained almost 15 pounds, but I do admit, I had cravings from hell. 2 packs of cookies a day or 3 bowls of cereal at 3 am were the norm. I was a food slave. Now, the cravings for food are gone, but I cannot lose for nothing. I am up and down within 5 pounds range, and it is mainly water weight. Now, I cannot handle carbs, just about anything with a few grams of carbs will bloat me for a week. Interestinly, alcohol does the same. After one drink, I can go to sleep, and yes, I get bloated for a week too! It is horrible at times. Of course, all my extra weight is in my midsection. No diet plan seems to work. I am getting very discouraged.

I am reading online, and also hearing from some folks around me, who happened to quit smoking, that it will take just about a year for your metabolism to kick back up... OK, 8 more months to go, lol. I wish I had some words of wisdom for you. I want to know myself, what to do!

Now it seems, I have to diet and fight just not to gain yet more weight... Anyone else?

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 08:54
Hmm, I'd like to say some encouraging, but to be honest I had times thinking my weight problems are related to quitting smoking... I quit 2.5 years ago and very quickly I gained 15kg!
I don't have any food cravings or anything, but I do feel my metabolism has slowed down and plus I don't really know when to stop...
Anyways, even though it's challenging and I now have to start a different way of living, I would still not trade it for anything. Quitting was the best decision I made! Stick to, but have in mind - you'll also probably will have to change your eating habits quite a bit if you want to stay slim.

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 10:01
Same story here. I had quit smoking Oct 2010, gained ~20 lbs even though I immediately started dieting/watching my food intake and eating much healthier for the first time in my life! I struggled real hard and lost barely 5-6 pounds with exercise over a year... after 14 months I started smoking again (bad me Sad ) and lost another 10 pounds in 4 months...

I guess all we have to do is (well, first quit again, for me) acknowledge the metabolism changes -that vary from person to person and incorporate into your average diet/eating habits... e.g. reduce your RDI another 200 cals perhaps...

I hope this does not happen to all quitters; I may be a very responsive one since I've met quite a few people who did not gain at all.

Good luck. Don't start smoking again!

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 10:05
been there, done it...twice. first time i stopped 7 years ago, for 5 years. put about 10kg on & nothing i did (or so i thought) worked. then suddenly i really looked at what i really ate & the weight started to come off, slowly but surely. stupidly enough i started smoking again, kidding myself that i wouldn't get addicted again :S . i stopped last year on the 29th of June, & this time it will be for good. in april this year I had a real good look at myself & what i ate. in truth there was nothing wrong with what i ate, all healthy stuff....just the portions were way too big. for the 1st 2 weeks i just weighed everything....& was amazed on how much i ate!!!!
yes your metabolism will slow a bit when you stop smoking, but how often did you smoke instead of eating. Be really strict with yourself & record every morsel that passes your lips & step up your exercises just a little. it will come off again, maybe slowly (best way) but surely Smile Hang in there , you can do it!!!!

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 12:15
This is an interesting discussion. I struggle with smoking as well. I quit last January as part of my new healthy "lifestyle". I had quit for nearly 11 months and started back. I have now quit again for a few weeks. I am not sure about the body's metabolism as it relates to smoking, but I can say without a doubt that I definitely have more energy when I am not smoking. Of course when I smoke, I smoke a pack a day. The feeling of being short of breath and just the general lack of energy make me not want to be as active with exercise or general household chores, like cleaning, gardening, cutting grass, etc. When I am not smoking I enjoy cutting grass and working up a sweat, whereas when I smoke, I just want to sit around and take more breaks. I am not sure the direct relationship between metabolism and energy level but there has to be some connection.

As far as quitting, I was (am) very deligent to make sure I don't substitute candy or unhealthy snacks for cigarette cravings. I pack extra snacks for work to eat when a major craving hits, but these snacks are a fruit or vegetable, or other clean low calorie food. It is tough to quit but if you really work at it and stay on top of it and are diligent to record what you eat, it can be done. Good luck!!

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 12:51
I am 41 years old and quit smoking 60 days ago. (Smoked for 29 years) I have actually lost about 8 pounds. I have been hitting the Gym at least 3 days per week, Doing push-ups every day and I have not stuck with a strict diet however I have logged my food and exercise to keep my intake below what I burn. I can already feel allot more energy and my blood pressure has normalized so I don't have to take my meds anymore. I am still having cravings but I take a walk or do some crunches to get my mind off of it.

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Posted: 13 Jun 2012, 13:02
I have been smoke free for 9 months now and have been working on losing the 10 pounds I gained. I know my metabolism has slowed, but more so I think it is because 1)smoking was a thing to do when I was bored-now I eat 2)food tastes SO much better now. I think if you stick with it, you can recover your metabolism and get the extra weight off. I'm at the point now where I'm not gaining anymore, and I'm kicking my workouts up and eating a CLEAN diet to jumpstart my weight loss. (fruits, veggies, lean meats, dairy, nuts, & whole grains) No processed foods, unrefined sugars, and additives. I'm trying to fuel my body to run like a well-oiled machine. Patience is important and be proud that you were able to kick the smoking! It's not easy especially if you are trying to lose some weight!
“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.”

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 07:07
+1 on food tasting better.. I have hella cravings and most of the time I don't give into them.

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Posted: 09 Apr 2013, 13:40
glad i bumped into this
... quit or trying to quit smoking .. almost 2 months now ...
its insanane for me ... i gained so much weight , my fault in a way , ate all the wrong things sugary stuff n garbage foods ... trying to change my smoking habit ... i was trying to get my weight down before i quit smoking , and was down to 160lbs , now im up to 231lbs ... can you beleive it , i cant ... but im back mon TRYING to get the weight off again ... lentil cookies anyone , smile . oh , i have emphesema ... so excercising is a tad tough .. but im trying ... ill get there , i have a pedometer to keep me honest ... this is a GREAT site to keep tabs on everything ... good luck everyone with weight n cigs

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