Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Lose My Quit-Smoking Weight?

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 09:43 AM

Question: I’m a man in my 60s who recently quit smoking. I’m putting on weight like crazy now. Are there any weight loss strategies designed specifically for ex-smokers?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Losing weight as an ex-smoker is the same as anyone who wants to lose weight. The foundation of every successful weight-loss program remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with exercise. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits. Ex-smokers often have trouble with portion control because food tastes much better, so it is better to keep track of calories intake. Instead of eating three large meals a day, five to six smaller meals throughout the day will help avoid this and keep your metabolism regulated, too. The major factor contributing to weight gain is that your metabolism slows down once you quit smoking. An exercise plan that includes cardio, such as running or biking, five to six days a week for 60 to 90 minutes at a time, strength training 2 times a week, helps you to lose weight, and build muscle, which can boost the metabolism. Start by walking 15 to 20 minutes at a time, gradually building up to more vigorous activity. Be sure you clear your exercise intentions with your personal physician. If there is concern regarding your cardiac risk factors or co-existing medical condition, a cardiac stress evaluation may be advisable for you.

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Ex-smokers often have a hard time controlling their appetite and they pack on weight because food tastes so much better after quitting smoking.
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