Stop Smoking-and Stay Skinny

Here's how to kick that fatal habit-without getting fat!
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Stop Smoking—and Stay Skinny

Here’s how to kick that fatal habit—without getting fat!

-Kathryn H. Cusimano

Woman smoking

So you’ve decided to quit smoking – congratulations! Your lungs, heart and skin will thank you. But while you’re trying to quit, you do risk putting on a few pounds, so it’s best to prepare some coping strategies as you go through the process. Otherwise, you might find yourself suddenly reaching for some cancer sticks!

According to the federal National Cancer Institute, the average person who quits smoking gains between four and 10 pounds. Says Marissa Moore, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “This could be for two reasons: you might feel hungry during the quitting smoking process…and you might find yourself having more snacks and alcoholic drinks because it’s taking the place of the cigarettes. But probably the biggest factor is you start to burn calories at a normal rate again, because when we smoke we increase the rate at which the body burns calories.”

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Moore and other experts emphasize that the weight usually goes away within weeks as you adjust to being an ex-smoker. But in the meantime, here are some tips to help keep you trim and (relatively) stress-free:

Step away from the chips
Says Moore, “One of the most important things to do is identify times when you might snack when you aren’t really hungry,” Moore said. If you’re using your old smoke break to raid the vending machine, pack a healthy snack instead to help you get over that hump. Moore suggests something crunchy, like almonds, pistachios, fruit or veggies. If you want something creamy, try a low- or non-fat yogurt.


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8 thoughts on “Stop Smoking-and Stay Skinny

  1. lovesbetty says:

    UGH quit drinking AND smoking at the same time??!!!

  2. danggirl says:

    Ug smokers are SO STINKY. Isn’t that reason enough to quit? And pigs too — why is it OK to throw your nasty cig butts on the ground? YUCK! Smokers should be quarantined. Seriously.

  3. lemoned says:

    @danggirl: Lol, I’m inclined to agree with you. It’s good that smokers who are trying to quit have some healthy options.

  4. sugarpie says:

    Even if you gain weight, you’ll still be healthier than if you kept on smoking.

  5. DallasShopperGal says:

    Good article and I agree, it’s better to gain a little weight (assuming you’re not already overweight) than to continue smoking.

    @danggirl – You sound ridiculous calling smokers “pigs” and saying they should be “quarantined.” Not all smokers toss their butts on the ground. Grow up.

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  7. Rollie says:

    Moore and other experts emphasize that the weight usually goes away within weeks as you adjust to being an ex-smoker. But in the meantime, here are some tips to help keep you trim and (relatively) stress-free.

  8. Anderson says:

    This could be for two reasons: you might feel hungry during the quitting smoking process…and you might find yourself having more snacks and alcoholic drinks because it’s taking the place of the cigarettes cutter guide

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