Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Businessman Lighting a CigarMany smokers worry that they’ll gain weight if they try to quit. Some even use that concern as a reason not to quit.

That’s a bad idea for many reasons. Not every smoker who quits gains weight. Even those who do, he points out, gain on average just 4 to 10 pounds.

Indeed, for many ex-smokers, putting on a few pounds is healthy. Research shows that smoking actually makes some people unhealthily thin.

Still, if you’re worried, remember this: a few simple strategies can help limit weight gain while you kick the habit. Once you have successfully broken the addiction to tobacco, you can work on losing any weight you’ve gained.
Smoking and Metabolism