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The Weight Issue

Posted in Quit experiences 09 Mar 2016

Well, it's no surprise that like most quitters I've experienced a little unwelcome weight gain immediately after quitting smoking cold turkey (I'm on day 16 now).

The first week, I snacked whenever I wanted because my focus was on dealing with cravings. The outcome? I gained 3 kilos in 9 days. So... in week two, I have been on a calorie restricted diet of 1500 calories a day and walking 5-10km on average each day. Snacks are all healthy and low calorie. The problem? I still seem to be gaining weight despite being on an overall calorie deficit of 600 calories a day!!!

Could my metabolism be a little screwy after quitting? Has anyone else gone through this and when did your weight balance out? Should I bother sticking to this low calorie (and very nutrient dense) diet?

I'd love any insights from a quitter who has been through this...

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  • JackGarner March 09, 2016 | 21:29
    OK - Just found this and it sounds like I have a few months of fat to deal with. The good news is that a bit of exercise and my current diet should shelter me from the storm until I adjust!...
    I'd still love to hear from others r/e their experiences though!
  • nodrah March 10, 2016 | 13:03
    ive been off em close to 7 months and have whacked on 15 kgs...I have just started to flat line will be time soon to drop a bit...but I think to hell with the weight whilst trying to give up the stinkn demons...once your comfortable with your quit then worry about your weight...better being a bit plump for a while than DEAD.
  • weewillem March 11, 2016 | 0:14
    Many healthy eating plans suggest that you srart every day with a half lemon squeezed into warm water to kick start your metabolism
  • JackGarner March 11, 2016 | 14:35
    I'll give it a try. I have noticed that although the scales remain the same, I seem, on sight, to have lost body fat.
  • cough cough cough, Illawarra Shoalhaven March 11, 2016 | 19:01
    Hi Jack , Have a close look at your diet. Remember you have mental strength now. Start some light exercise .' change your diet and start living

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