How to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Q: Is it possible to quit smoking without gaining weight?

A: The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the body’s metabolism, and in the absence of that extra kick, the body settles back to its normal rate of metabolism.

Gaining weight is about consuming more calories than your body burns. To avoid weight gain when quitting smoking means paying closer attention to the foods that you are eating and the amount of physical activity you are getting.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

42 comments

Donna Harrierson
Donna Harriersonabout a year ago

My brother smoked 2 packs a day. He quit smoking. It isn't easy but he succeeded at the end of story. If you want you can read his blog about how he quit smoking at weky.net

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Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

I was hoping for more info...but thx for sharing.

Lauren S.
Lauren S.3 years ago

Easy: Don't replace smoking with food. Be active. Do something productive.

Talya Honor
Tal H.3 years ago

Thanks for the article!!

Mario A.
Mario A.4 years ago

I'm trying to quit and I'm finding my self snacking and putting on the weight :-(

Mel M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you

Starlite M.
Starlite M.4 years ago

gee thanks doc... I could have paid $25 for that advise -was that the comment as you walk out the door you give all your patients?

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