Many people worry about gaining weight
when they quit smoking. Most people gain some weight at first after they quit, but many lose this weight over time. But keep your focus on quitting. After you are confident of not relapsing, you can deal with losing any weight you may have gained.
If you do start to gain weight, there are steps you can take.
important thing is to quit smoking. The minute you quit, you'll be starting a
much healthier life.
There are several reasons why people may gain weight when they quit smoking.
People gain weight when they quit smoking because
nicotine curbs your appetite and dulls your taste buds.
Without nicotine, many people have a better
appetite and find that food tastes better.
Continue to Why?
First of all, not everyone gains weight. Some people are
able to keep their weight down when they quit smoking.
And if you do gain a little weight, it's
still better than smoking:
Smoking is far worse for your health than gaining a
Exactly right. Continuing to smoke increases your risk for many serious health problems.
Smoking is a lot worse. Continuing to smoke increases your risk for many serious health problems.
Which of the following are reasons to quit smoking
even if it makes you gain weight?
Quitting smoking has a huge effect on your health.
Continue to How?
Knowledge is a powerful
thing. Now that you know that quitting smoking can make you want to eat more,
or eat more often, you can be ready for it.
control of your weight will be easier if you have a plan. Before your quit
Think positive, and keep temptation away:
Remember, looking good is much more important than how much
you weigh. Smelling clean and smoke-free, having fresh breath, having fingers
and teeth free of yellow tobacco stains, and feeling healthier all make you
A big reason
people gain weight is that they reach for food instead of a cigarette after
The best way to control your weight when you quit
smoking is to go on a diet.
You should focus instead on eating healthy food
and getting more exercise. It's hard enough to quit smoking. To go on a diet at
the same time could lower your chances of success.
It's hard enough to quit smoking. To go on a
diet at the same time could lower your chances of success. Focus instead on
eating healthy food and getting more exercise.
Continue to Where?
If you have
questions about this information, make an appointment with your doctor and take
the information with you. Your doctor may have more ideas on how to help you
quit smoking and control your weight.
Now that you have read this
information, you are ready to control your weight as you quit smoking.
If you would like more information on quitting smoking,
the following resources are available:
website provides resources for quitting smoking and tobacco prevention, including information for children, teens, researchers, and scientists.
There are also reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fact sheets, a publications catalog, a smoking and health resource library, and other materials, such as buttons, calendars, and eCards.
This is also the location for the State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation (STATE) System.
The toll-free number is a single access point to the National
Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Callers are automatically routed to a
state-run quitline, if one exists in their area. If there is no state-run
quitline, callers are routed to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) quitline,
where they may receive help with quitting smoking, informational materials, and
referrals to other resources.
This website provides free information and
professional assistance to help support people who are trying to quit smoking.
The information provided is for both the immediate and long-term needs of
people who are trying to quit and for friends and family who care about them.
This website includes an online guide to
quitting smoking, local and state telephone quitlines, the National Cancer
Institute's national telephone quitline and instant messaging service, and
publications that can be ordered or downloaded and printed. There is also a link to women.smokefree.gov, which has more resources for women who want to quit smoking.
Return to topic:
Other Works Consulted
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (2010). You Can Control Your Weight as You Quit Smoking (NIH Publication No. 03-4159). Bethesda, MD: Weight-Control Information Network. Also available online: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/smoking.htm.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Cardiovascular diseases. In How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General, chap. 6. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also available online: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/tobaccosmoke/report/index.html.
August 15, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Hughes, MD - Psychiatry
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