It's true that many smokers gain weight after quitting, even if they don't actually eat any more than before. But the weight gain is usually mild, nine to 11 pounds on average. Weight gain is most noticeable in the first year after you quit. Typically, weight gain slowly tapers off during the next several years after you quit smoking.
A lot of people are concerned about putting on those extra pounds. In a 1996 survey, about 75 percent of women and 35 percent of men said they would be unwilling to gain more than five pounds if they quit smoking. Anyone who avoids quitting because of worry about weight gain is making a bad health decision. Although weight gain is problematic, continued smoking is much more harmful to your body than is this amount of added weight.
Three important points to keep you focused:
Whatever form of exercise you choose, it will take your mind off your craving and will help alleviate the depression that many smokers feel after they quit. Click here for more information on exercise and weight loss.