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Experiences With Quitting Smoking While Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I'm a few weeks into my umpteenth attempt to quit, and I am more motivated to make this one stick than ever before. I quit for a month at the beginning of the year, slipped up and smoked through February, and now I'm back on the wagon again.

I expected the depression, irritability, etc, but I guess what I didn't expect was this weight gain. I know that's supposedly a classic thing to happen while quitting, but I always thought that was due to eating more to replace the smoking... That's not applicable in my case--eating habits are the same as when I started paleo in September 2010. My diet is very clean, no grains, legumes, dairy, and I also cut out fruit as of the last few months, just a moderate carb intake from veggies/tubers. I'm moderately active, do some mild, low-tech exercises at home daily (e.g., reps of pushups, squats, etc for 20-30 minutes), and I have a 2-3 hours stint at the local climbing gym twice a week. I don't feel the urge to stray from paleo, so I don't have "cheat" days. The most lax I get is a piece or two of 70-80% dark chocolate every few weeks.

Despite all of this, I've gained 10 lbs in the last 8-10 weeks, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down.

I guess I'm wondering if anyone else can share their experience with quitting after already going paleo? Specifically regarding weight gain, how long it lasts, and what you had to do/how long it took to get the weight off?

I'm really getting dejected about this...it'd be great to know there's a light at the end of the tunnel.

EDIT: Thanks, all, for the comments and encouragement. I do know that quitting smoking is more important than a little weight gain, and I'll keep at it. I just wanted to know what to expect over the next few months.

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on March 28, 2011
at 06:16 PM

You said something similar on another thread, and I'm a little confused about your point re: quitting smoking before going paleo... I mean, it would make sense if you were talking to someone eating a standard diet, but this is a paleo forum, which means you're talking to folks that have already changed their diet (myself included). It almost sounds like you're saying "go back to eating the SAD diet before you quit smoking." But that's insane, so...I don't know, I guess I'm just asking if you could clarify your answer?

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on March 20, 2011
at 03:36 AM

Yes, thanks--I found that thread useful as well.

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Hi, I know you're asking a different question, but I want to call everyone's attention to this other thread that has lots of good stuff in it: http://paleohacks.com/questions/24159/advice-on-quitting-smoking

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Yeah... It's going paleo that's motivated me to quit for good.

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on March 19, 2011
at 11:33 PM

I noticed that I put on a few pounds when I quit,but after about 6 weeks, it's stopped, and is now starting to come off.Just stay active and focused.

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:49 PM

FYI, Taubes noted that one of the actions of nicotine limited the formation of fat cells, so that could be part of weight gain.

Quitting smoking is so much more important than anything else you can do for health though. Even if you permanently gained weight your better off (and you'll have plenty of time to do paleo and work on reversing that).

Maybe try some calorie and carb counting for a couple days to see where you are at though. But keep up with not smoking regardless.

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:51 PM

Nicotine does boost metabolic rate, too, especially if consumed during activity -- even light activity. So that's probably the cause of the gain. Don't lose heart, though. Your body will adjust.

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:17 PM

This is my rec.....I always have my patient quit smoking first then introduce the diet. Smoking cessation is a prerequiste for paleo success.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:24 PM

Yeah... It's going paleo that's motivated me to quit for good.

Fe6e37f8d4c49de1ecbc926c8900cd54

(1902)

on March 28, 2011
at 06:16 PM

You said something similar on another thread, and I'm a little confused about your point re: quitting smoking before going paleo... I mean, it would make sense if you were talking to someone eating a standard diet, but this is a paleo forum, which means you're talking to folks that have already changed their diet (myself included). It almost sounds like you're saying "go back to eating the SAD diet before you quit smoking." But that's insane, so...I don't know, I guess I'm just asking if you could clarify your answer?

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