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.