Molly Offers Advice to Smokers Who Fear Weight Gain When They Quit.


Molly has seen the light as far as coping with mood and metabolism changes occurring when getting off cigarettes. Here is her story as posted to metabolism.com:

I smoked regularly (pack a day) for 13 years–from 14 until 27. Then I became a social smoker, smoking occasionally, but not on a regular basis. Now, I haven’t smoked at all for a few months and I am 30. After I quit smoking (at 27) I slowly became very depressed and put on 30 lbs. I wasn’t exercising, but I wasn’t eating more either. Changing the kinds of foods I ate is what helped me lose weight. When I cut out alcohol and switched to a high vegetable (lots of cruciferous veggies) and whole grains diet and started walking, 15 lbs came off quickly. I modeled my diet after one that would lower estrogen levels–high estrogen levels lead to excessive tummy fat and breast cancer. Also, I started taking St. John’s Wort and I think it uplifted my mood. I think everyone who quits smoking should take St. John’s Wort. It’s only side effect is slight sensitivity to the sun and it helps curb the depression quitting can cause. People who quit smoking need to be patient with themselves. Smoking does mess with the metabolism and the people who say calories in calories out are not fully understanding the issue. It might take time for your body to get used to its new way of operating without the constant dose of nicotine. I am proud of all of you who quit smoking. I am really proud of myself. I seriously thought I would never be able to quit. So, good luck with your weight loss, but a few pounds are worth not smoking! And after all of the abuse we gave our bodies, we should focus on loving and appreciating them–even if they are a little chubbier than we would like, they are still beautiful!!!!

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  • Sylvia barca

    I’ll second that Molly…

    October 18th marks 6 years that I had my last cigarette and I too am very proud of myself…and others who’ve quit smoking as well. I gained about 10 lbs as well without changing anything in my diet, but I knew that my metabolism would shift into low gear. I actually started working out and walking at the same time, and managed to keep the weight gain at a minimum. Walking every day can and will get rid of those lbs again. It will increase your metabolism while at the same time raise your serotonin levels, which means…a better mood, and better sleep. I support anyone that is afraid of quitting for fear of weight loss…it’s not that bad, and you will lose it again…and be a whole lot healthier 🙂