How Can I Avoid Weight Gain When I Stop Smoking?

Updated:May 23,2014

Quitting smoking doesn't mean you'll automatically gain weight. And even if you do gain a couple pounds, that's not as important as saving your life... and the lives of others. When people gain weight, it's usually because they start to eat more once they quit smoking. If you watch what you eat and stay physically active, you may not gain at all!

To try and avoid gaining weight when you quit smoking, try these tips:

  • Plenty of fruits and vegetables (at least 8–10 servings a day).
  • Whole-grain cereals, pastas and breads.
  • Fat-free or low-fat snacks like pretzels.
  • Sugar-free hard candy.
  • Foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Read food labels and choose healthful options.
  • Drink lots of water! Cut back on alcohol and drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea and soft drinks)

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