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What is Less-healthy? being obese or being a "fit" smoker?



  • CSARdiverCSARdiver Posts: 6,279Member Member Posts: 6,279Member Member
    Many people gain weight when they stop smoking because they attempt to end one habit without replacing this with another. Our brains are not wired that way and you must replace any habit with another to be successful.

    I wouldn't focus on trading one risk factor for another when both are avoidable. Find a sustainable habit you enjoy and work on incorporating this into your life.
  • DX2JX2DX2JX2 Posts: 1,921Member Member Posts: 1,921Member Member
    As a 20 year smoker (and 13 months non-smoker) who lost 60 pounds right before quitting, I can say that quitting smoking is 100 million times worse for you then carrying 20 extra pounds around.

    I felt good after losing the weight. I felt incredible after quitting the cigarettes.

    Note that it took me a good 6 months to notice how much better I felt as a non-smoker. I'm not sure how long you've been off the sticks but give it time. Trust me when I say it's worth it.
  • fitoverfortymomfitoverfortymom Posts: 3,431Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,431Member, Premium Member
    My doctor told me to quit smoking first, not worry about the weight gain as a result and then lose weight once the quitting smoking was a lock. It worked for me, but has been a five year process.
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Posts: 1,185Member Member Posts: 1,185Member Member
    I was the smoker (and thin) in my 20s and then obese (and a non-smoker) in my 30s. Started getting in better shape in my 40s and finally learned how to do both.

    My Dad died of lung cancer. Most of my brothers and sisters are heavy and have health related issues to weight. Neither is ideal. I kick myself all the time that it took me till my early 40s to start putting together both non-smoking and taking better care of myself.

    I'm also astounded by what I can do physically now at 54. My kids, who grew up with me first smoking, then fat, are equally impressed. They can hardly believe it and their friends tell them all the time how "young and healthy" their parents are for mid and late (my wife) 50s.
    edited January 2019
  • lorrainequiche59lorrainequiche59 Posts: 743Member Member Posts: 743Member Member
    I Haven't read the myriad of comments and if this is a repeat, my apologies!! Bottom line, smoking & healthy do NOT belong in the same sentence. Are you looking for an excuse to start smoking again per chance?????
  • Chantelle9112Chantelle9112 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    Smoking is easier to quit than losing weight in my experience, I did both though. When I quit smoking I got healthier lost weight and went to the gym.
    edited January 2019
  • tlpina82tlpina82 Posts: 212Member Member Posts: 212Member Member
    They are both terrible for you, so you won't get much love from anyone in a fitness site.
    But maybe I can put it in a different perspective.

    Think of it like this... You gain weight, you're not happy. Then you work your butt off to get fit.

    Then you decide to start smoking again.

    Now, You're a Fit guy/girl, but you stink. You smell like an ashtray, your breath smells like someone took a dump in your mouth and when someone kisses you, they get to enjoy a rotten, bitter aftertaste.
    And worse, you don't know that, because you have gone nose blind to it.

    Note to all smokers... Washing your hands and face after smoking doesn't do anything for the way you smell, so if you're doing it for the people around you, don't bother. it's useless.
    We still smell you from a mile away.
    edited January 2019
  • Tofu_Unicorn93Tofu_Unicorn93 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Being a smoker is less healthy than being obese.
    Neither are healthy for you. But smoking increases the risks of heart failure, stroke and lung cancers a lot quicker than gaining 20lbs.
    And not just that but you're massively increasing your risk of vascular dementia. It's not something to be messing around with.
    As for depression and not being on track of eating anymore, I would seek counselling or CBT of some sort to figure out why? Xx
  • jennifer_417jennifer_417 Posts: 12,357Member Member Posts: 12,357Member Member
    It's an artificial choices based on fluctuating emotions. We all know full well that you can, and should, take care of both problems. Easy? No. But trying to excuse one by saying it's "healthier" than the other is a false comparison and an excuse, at best.
  • lubaberkilubaberki Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Arguably, being a fit smoker is way worse than being an obese non-smoking couch potato
  • dsbooheaddsboohead Posts: 1,905Member Member Posts: 1,905Member Member
    It should not be an either/ or situation. Why choose? Both camps are not heathy places to sit in.
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