How To Avoid Gaining Weight After You Quit Smoking

After quitting smoking, the average weight most people will gain is about 6–8 Kgs, particularly in the first three months.

3 min readFeb 5, 2022


It’s a general observation that people gain weight after giving up smoking. Generally speaking, that happens due to 2 primary reasons:

  • Your body burns about 10% more calories per day when you smoke. So when you give up smoking, you burn 10% fewer calories per day.
  • Food tastes better when you stop smoking, so you eat a little more.

So what do you do? Don’t you quit smoking?

Let us first understand why your body burns more calories when you smoke. Smoking adds significant STRESS to your system. In response, your body burns about 10% more calories per day, resisting the toxic effect of tobacco. A similar poisonous reaction is seen when ingesting large amounts of caffeine, high-protein diets, and other drugs and supplements.

Interestingly (and sadly), a recent survey showed that 40% of young women listed ‘weight control’ as a primary or secondary reason for taking up smoking!

Come on! There are hundreds of ways to burn more calories per day apart from putting your body (and life) under stress, wasting your energy and sacrificing your health.

Tell me.

If I told you that you’re 20 pounds overweight, you could get rid of that excess weight by cutting off your left hand.

Would you go for it?

If you are shocked to hear the question, excuse me. But very frankly, in my opinion, taking up smoking to lose weight is just as absurd!

Now let me tell you how to avoid gaining extra pounds after smoking.

It’s pretty simple. You just have to readjust your calorie intake to match the 10% reduction in your calorie output.

Additionally, as I said, food usually tastes better when you stop smoking, which is a good thing, NOT a bad thing. But be sure to be sensible, make intelligent food selections, and satisfy your hunger with…




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