Weight Control and Smoking Cessation - Avoiding Weight Gain

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Please provide tips and suggestions for avoiding weight gain while trying to quit smoking.

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Can I avoid weight gain?

Physical activity and a healthy eating plan may help you control your weight. In addition, being physically active may ease withdrawal symptoms during smoking cessation and help reduce the chances of relapsing after quitting.

While it is a good idea to be physically active and eat healthy foods as you quit smoking, try not to worry about your weight. It may be easier to quit first and focus on controlling your weight when you are smoke-free.

To lower your chances of gaining weight when you stop smoking:

  • Accept yourself.
  • Get regular, moderate-intensity physical activity.
  • Limit snacking and alcohol.
  • Consider using medication to help you quit.
  • Consider getting professional advice about weight control.
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Comment from: VeryHappy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I was always worried about gaining weight while quitting smoking. I had heard quite a few people that had gone to a hypnotist to quit and did and hadn't gained weight. I called a hypnotherapy center and the hypnotist said she'd give me suggestions so I would not eat more. I did quit and have even lost about 5 pounds. It was easier than I thought possible.

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