How to Quit Smoking without Gaining Weight

That’s a common question asked when some of you are trying to quit smoking. If you are thinking if it’s possible to quit smoking without gaining weight, lets put the matter to rest here once and for all, it can be done and I sincerely hope this is not one of your excuses for not trying to quit.

Let us gets some facts straight so that you have a clear mind on what’s happening or that cigarette smoke is fogging your brains somewhat such that you cannot think clearly?

It’s possible and it’s likely that you are going to gain some weight after you quit smoking. But what is a few pounds gain versus your health gain although you may argue that your increasing weight is going to add on to your overall health.


It’s true that nicotine in cigarette smoke increases a person’s metabolic rate by stimulating the central nervous system and forcing the heart to beat faster. The stress put on the heart by your cigarette smoking will go away when you stop smoking. The heart rate slows down thus causing your metabolism to slow down as well. Smoker also seems to be able to ease hunger pangs by lighting up.


With these factors taken into consideration, you will have tendency to pile on some weight because:

  • Your sense of smell and taste improves making food taste great.
  • With that in mind, you will have tendency to eat more and also no cigarette to ease your hunger pangs in between.
  • You may need to adjust your eating habits and physical activities to compensate for that

So how to quit smoking without gaining weight when all the facts seem to be headed the other way?

All the symptoms you see this is only temporary. Take a look at these benefits of quitting smoking when you quit and the weight gain may not mean that much.


Here are tips on how to quit smoking without gaining weight.

• Sip on ice water. It helps to give you a full feeling and there are some that suggest drinking ice cold water actually helps to burn calories. If you find plain water boring, add a slice of lemon to add some zest to your water instead of drinking flavored water.

• Get some healthy snacks ready. Your snacking will increase when you quit smoking, prepare some vegetable sticks, fruits and nuts like almonds and pistachios to snack on.

• Do your best to bypass the buffets and start eating healthier.

• Start an exercise routine, you don’t have to do lots of cardio exercise in order to get in the shape you want, in fact you only need 45 minutes a week to it.
If you can quit smoking without gaining weight at the same time, that’s great. However, if you are not able to, don’t be too disappointed.
Know your limitations. Remember, what you are trying to achieve here is to quit smoking and a smoke free life. Trying to
achieve too much may end up with more disappointment.

And here’s my suggestion, if you think both are too hot to handle at the same time. Rather than trying to figure out how to quit smoking without gaining weight, I suggest you concentrate on one thing at a time, and get your priorities right. Quit Smoking First!