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#1 akmanak

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 08:47 AM

Is there any evidence that quitting smoking actually slows down metabolism? Doesnt matter and wont affect me when it comes to staying done qith smokes, but I have read on this board a couple of times about this. Curious if there is any research on this?

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 11:04 AM

I exercise daily... I eat fairly healthy food but I have put on more than 5 kgs in the last few months... :(
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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:11 PM

I don't know about research, but in my case it had absolutely no affect on my metabolism.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:30 PM

From my experience, I guess losing weight and smoking are more linked in a way that cigarettes ruin your palate and some people (I used to do that) use them to skip meals or smoke instead of snacking. So, when you quit, everything tastes delicious and you have nothing to distract you from eating :(


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:32 PM

Is there any evidence that quitting smoking actually slows down metabolism? Doesnt matter and wont affect me when it comes to staying done qith smokes, but I have read on this board a couple of times about this. Curious if there is any research on this?

There's research in the opposite direction, namely that smoking INCREASES your metabolism.  Therefore it stands to reason that cessation would slow your metabolism back to normal, but it takes a while for your body to adjust to your nonsmoker normal, hence you keep eating the same (or more) as when you smoked but your body isn't burning it as rapidly as when you smoked.

 

That plus the fact that many many many of us use eating in place of smoking to get thru the crucial first weeks & months of quitting can account for the weight gain many experience.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:35 PM

There's research in the opposite direction, namely that smoking INCREASES your metabolism.  Therefore it stands to reason that cessation would slow your metabolism back to normal, but it takes a while for your body to adjust to your nonsmoker normal, hence you keep eating the same (or more) as when you smoked but your body isn't burning it as rapidly as when you smoked.

 

That plus the fact that many many many of us use eating in place of smoking to get thru the crucial first weeks & months of quitting can account for the weight gain many experience.

Again, it had no affect on me so it may not affect everyone. People afraid of gaining weight shouldn't have to worry about this too.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:38 PM

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Again, it had no affect on me so it may not affect everyone. People afraid of gaining weight shouldn't have to worry about this too.

I almost mentioned you in my post :)  .  Unfortunately, a lot of us have experienced some weight gain, and there is some valid scientific reason behind it.

 

But your experience was why I did not generalize to "everyone" but instead said "many"

 

No one should avoid quitting to keep from gaining weight.  But if they are aware and afraid of weight gain, they can do what it takes to counteract weight gain before it gets out of hand.  If that's their reason for not quitting.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 01:42 PM

I almost mentioned you in my post :)  .  Unfortunately, a lot of us have experienced some weight gain, and there is some valid scientific reason behind it.

 

But your experience was why I did not generalize to "everyone" but instead said "many"

 

No one should avoid quitting to keep from gaining weight.  But if they are aware and afraid of weight gain, they can do what it takes to counteract weight gain before it gets out of hand.  If that's their reason for not quitting.

Now aging is a different story. The last few years I have noticed my metabolism has slowed down and it's not because I quit. :D


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 03:11 PM

The reason I make a point of always saying my metabolism was not affected is not to dispute the research.

 

 

I wasn't like most people. I was scared to death of gaining weight and that was one of the reasons I didn't want to quit. My mother died from complications due to obesity. Also I have chronic back pain and even 5 lbs gained means more pressure and pain on my lower back, knees and hips.

 

You could have asked me if I would rather continue smoking, get a smoking related disease and lose weight from that rather than gain a lot from quitting. My answer would have been yes. 

 

I am sure there are some like me and I just want just want you to not be afraid of gaining weight because it may change your metabolism. It may not and if it does, it may not be drastic.


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Posted 02 July 2017 - 03:37 PM

Gaining weight didn't change my metabolism at all either. I was so underweight from smoking my meals instead of eating them that my metabolism was super low. Now I find myself going more places and getting more things done. But it took a while, I just started being more active these last few months.

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 06:19 PM

Weight gain is one of those things that happen with many. We quit smoking and usually put more into our mouths that need to be.  I prepared for the weight gain and I still am not liking it.  I have gained 9 lbs since I quit 5 weeks ago.  It is my own fault. I just keep shoveling things into my mouth.  I will gain control of this soon.  I am aware, but right now I am more aware of the not smoking thing.  That is a must.  No more smoking. 

 

Once you have a grip on the not smoking then you can address the weight gain. One step at a time. Baby steps. You can do this.

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 04:22 PM

I put on weight very easily and so have to be careful and watch what I eat. I threw that to the wind when I quit for a few weeks and gained 7 pounds. I've put the brakes on eating everything chocolate in sight and haven't gained any additional, but haven't taken the extra off yet. I'm getting back to being more active every day and improving my diet a bit at a time. 

 

I don't know how metabolism is affected by smoking, but I don't think it ever really had a huge effect either way. I know I gained when I quit because I stopped working out every day and gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted. Just anything to keep me from smoking.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 08:38 PM

At one month into my quit I can say that I have actually continued to lose weight as I have been previously to quitting.  I have been very vigilant about not substituting food for smoking and have stayed my normal level of active.  Did not increase my exercise and actually added a single ice cream snack every night for my treat.   I will say my digestive system has been affected in that things move extremely slow but I am grateful for not gaining any weight so far.      


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