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General : Weight gain concerns after quitting.  
 Message 1 of 6 in Discussion 
From: Joel  (Original Message)Sent: 12/14/2005 7:43 PM

This may seem silly but can I lose weight if I give up smoking? I have started running about 5km's a day and this is very big insentive to give up smoking, but will I have to put on weight or is that just because people tend to replace smokes with food?



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 Message 2 of 6 in Discussion 
From: JoelSent: 12/14/2005 7:46 PM

 Message 3 of 6 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameStarshinegrl-GoldSent: 12/15/2005 9:38 AM
Hi Trees,
never think that there is such a thing as a silly question - while it might sound like a  bit of a cliché, it is also very true that there is no such thing as silly questions.
I am not right sure whether you have already quit smoking and using nicotine or not.
If you have: big, big congratulations!!!
If you haven't: go for it!! NOW!!!
Will you have to put on weight?
Have a look at the Weight gain - section on  WhyQuit.Com, where you will find a lot of info and food for thought.

There are also many quitters who have gained weight in the first couple of months or so and then lost it again - and there are even people who can say "We actually lost weight!"

I copied the last two paragraphs out of another thread here on the board that might be interesting for you to read, if you haven't seen it already: "Scared to quit" ... and I just noticed that I used the word "food" there - well, at least this kind of food will not make you put weight on!

Wishing you a great (hopefully) nicotine free day!

384 days and a bit

 Message 4 of 6 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameElevenPinkFlowersSent: 12/15/2005 12:37 PM
Hi Trees,
give yourself something special for Christmas!
It is definitely a good idea to quit smoking: You will begin to feel the effect in of your running very soon after you have quit. Running will get infinitely easier.
Also, other small but very cool changes will happen within the first few weeks. These things happened to me, and I was thrilled about them. I hope they make quitting seem more like a good thing to you, not something to be scared of:
  • You will smell nicer, you will be able to smell perfumed products on you all day long.
  • The wheezing in the night will go. No more lying awake, listening to your own lungs.
  • When you wake up in the morning, you won't taste cigarette smoke on your tongue.
  • Your skin will look so much better.
  • Normal toothpaste will make your teeth whiter than ever.
  • Even when you get up at 4 am, your voice will be smooth and it will take much less energy to speak.
You write you don't want to gain weight but at the same time you write that you run a fabulous 5 km a day.  *wow, admiration*
As I see, Joel and Gitte have already given you some very good things to read.
While it is true that some people gain weight after they have quit, it has to be said that it is not quitting smoking that makes them put on weight. It is an increased calorie intake. If you watch your eating and drinking so you don't take in more calories than before, and if you keep on running and keeping fit, you will not put on weight! Even if you did while you are in the period of adjusting, you would lose these extra inches in no time.
Don't let the fear of a possible weight gain keep you from quitting. Freedom from nicotine will be the best Christmas present you have ever given yourself.
Getting fitter every day since 2 March 2005

 Message 5 of 6 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameGoldenDivamom1972Sent: 12/17/2005 2:35 AM
So Trees, you're running 5 km everyday as a smoker?  Imagine how much farther and faster you could run if you *didn't* smoke!
As far as weight gain goes, you gain weight if you eat more and move less--not because you quit smoking.  Even if by some odd chance you do gain weight, you would have to gain almost 100 pounds to equal the health risks due to smoking.  Most likely, quitting smoking will serve as a springboard to make more healthy changes.
347 days

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From: JoelSent: 5/4/2007 7:43 PM

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