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How are quitting smoking and weight related?

Appetite normalizes

Smoking can reduce your appetite. When you quit smoking, you may begin to feel hungrier.


Senses improve

When you quit smoking, your senses improve too. You may notice food tastes and smells better, and you may be tempted to eat more.

Plan ahead as best you can

Try eating healthy, but be sure to eat – feeling hungry can trigger cigarette cravings. You might notice sugar cravings – satisfy them with low-calorie treats like fruit, fruit sorbet, or plain yogurt with fresh fruit. Be sure to drink plenty of water and non-sugary drinks – try to avoid caffeinated drinks that can make you jittery and trigger a craving.

Be sure you are not using food to substitute for cigarettes. Avoid alcohol, as it lowers your defenses against smoking and may increase your likelihood of overeating and making unhealthy food choices.

Talk to your doctor about medications such as bupropion or the nicotine patch, gum or lozenge to help you quit, as some have been shown to delay or limit weight gain after quitting.

Try being active

You don't need to go to the gym or run a marathon to be active. Start with a brisk walk in an area you find especially relaxing, a slow jog, bike ride, or swim. Even doing chores can help keep you busy and in motion.

Regular exercise and activities are a great way to...

Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Improve your self-esteem, mood, and sleep.
Exercise is also a great distraction from cravings.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or doctor before starting a new exercise or activity.


gaining a few pounds is not nearly as dangerous as continuing to smoke. Concentrate on becoming a confident nonsmoker and do the best you can to manage your weight and improve your health.
Last updated 11/5/2018 6:46 PM
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