Debbi Reveals Her Experience with Weight Gain after Quitting Smoking


In this post Debbi gives advice to Melanie who is concerned about weight gain when stopping smoking:

Debbi writes:

Melanie: Not sure if you have read all of these posts, but a few years back, I quit and gained THIRTY pounds just as you described. Made me feel exactly like you say “humongous slug” and buying bigger clothes every 4 weeks. It drove me back to smoking. Recently, (Nov. 14, 2009), I quit again and gained 13 lb. by Christmas!!! I had to buy new clothes once again & could feel the depression rolling in again, but instead of smoking this time, I started going to the gym like a total maniac. I follow Weight Watchers also. I am 54 years old, 5′ 2″and have weighed 120-125 most of my life – now I’m ‘hanging tight’ at 135 by doing what I’m doing. It will be 6 months smoke-free for me on Friday and I don’t feel too bad about it. I love going to the gym, especially my weight-lifting classes 2x week. I also do Pilates and a lot of walking and rowing. I just came back from a 18 day vacation and only gained 2 lb. – which isn’t bad considering I did NO exercise at all! Hang in there….things WILL even out. I am waiting for the day I can drop these 10 unwanted pounds and I know eventually it will happen. Be proud of yourself for not smoking – I am!

Melanie: Not sure if you have read all of these posts, but a few years back, I quit and gained THIRTY pounds just as you described. Made me feel exactly like you say “humongous slug” and buying bigger clothes every 4 weeks. It drove me back to smoking. Recently, (Nov. 14, 2009), I quit again and gained 13 lb. by Christmas!!! I had to buy new clothes once again & could feel the depression rolling in again, but instead of smoking this time, I started going to the gym like a total maniac. I follow Weight Watchers also. I am 54 years old, 5′ 2″and have weighed 120-125 most of my life – now I’m ‘hanging tight’ at 135 by doing what I’m doing. It will be 6 months smoke-free for me on Friday and I don’t feel too bad about it. I love going to the gym, especially my weight-lifting classes 2x week. I also do Pilates and a lot of walking and rowing. I just came back from a 18 day vacation and only gained 2 lb. – which isn’t bad considering I did NO exercise at all! Hang in there….things WILL even out. I am waiting for the day I can drop these 10 unwanted pounds and I know eventually it will happen. Be proud of yourself for not smoking – I am!
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  • Mildred

    My husband started gaining weight after he quits smoking. He is 5’8 32 years old. He was pretty worried himself because the first few months his weight gain is pretty dramatic. Thanks to a good friend who suggested fat burning furnace program. My husband worked on the program and lost 10 lbs on the first two weeks. I’m not sure if the program is effective or it is just compatible with my husbands genetic make up. Hope this helps.

  • Stop Smoking Guy

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  • Debbi

    I used Laser Therapy. In the past I’ve tried cold turkey and the patch – neither worked for long. I’m not a fan of pill-taking so those options are out for me. I’m 7 months smoke free now.

  • Quit smoking easy

    I quit smoking 10 years ago and the things that really helped me were Wint-o-green Lifesavers and anything that smelled like cinnamon. I don’t know what it was about that combination, but it worked pretty well.

  • Joe

    To stop smoking guy; I tied to quit about 2 years ago taking chantix. I hate pills but figured I’d give this a go. I had one side effect just short of the 12th week. An insatiable itch so I did not take the very last pill. I didn’t smoke for I guess 3 months but did cave in. Towards the end of March this year (2010) I figured I’d give it another try. I said after 50 years enough was enough, I started when I was 14 and am 64 now. My last smoke was April 8. I’ve not touched one since. That doesn’t mean I don’t want one it just means I haven’ touched one. The Chantix does work. Now my problem is the 15 lbs that I’ve gained. If anyone has any great ideas I’d love to hear them. Rigorous exercise is completely out of the question. My back is blown out and after 2 operations I’m living with bone on bone. The extra weight is really taking its toll. Again if anyone has any great weight loss ideas I sure could use the help.
    Joe