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



  • CSARdiverCSARdiver Posts: 5,374Member Member Posts: 5,374Member 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: 1,773Member Member Posts: 1,773Member 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: 3,260Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,260Member, 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: 543Member Member Posts: 543Member 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 9
  • lorrainequiche59lorrainequiche59 Posts: 306Member Member Posts: 306Member 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: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member 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 16
  • tlpina82tlpina82 Posts: 102Member Member Posts: 102Member 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 16
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