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How to Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

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

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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7:15AM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

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

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11:33PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Wellbutrin ,Smoking - Bupropion is an atypical antidepressant that helps in treating depression, obesity, smoking cessation. This medicine can be also applied for other purposes.

10:13AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

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

11:56PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

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

5:58PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks for the article!!

6:22AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

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

4:48AM PST on Jan 24, 2012

Thank you

8:39AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

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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Interesting information; thanks for sharing.

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