Keeping Off the Weight When Quitting

Concerned about gaining weight after quitting? Read suggestions for managing hunger.

People who've quit have told us that their brains sometimes confused nicotine cravings with a feeling of hunger, so they snacked a lot at first. But don't let that be the reason you don't quit. If you're concerned about gaining weight when you go tobacco-free, talk to your doctor. Eating right and exercising can help you make sure that any weight gain is minimal. Here are some things to think about. And be sure to check out the EX Community to see what other people are doing to keep the weight off.

  • Drink tons of water to keep you feeling full.

  • Snack on as many fruits and veggies as you want.

  • If you want something crunchy, reach for baby carrots, an apple, low-fat popcorn or crackers. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

  • Switch to whole-grain breads and cereals.

  • Keep your mouth busy by chewing sugar-free gum.

  • Keep your hands busy with something besides food.

  • Avoid alcohol. It's a major trigger, and many drinks are loaded with calories.

  • Reward yourself once in a while. There are lots of low-calorie desserts at your grocery store. Or just indulge in small portions.