health and smoking...

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by UltraNEO*, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Recently I've been thinking about sorting out my health, though at present I don't have any heath issues, well.. nothing I know about. Beside being a tad over weight, I feel fairly fit...

    Anyway, I'm kinda thinking about giving up smoking... but i'm worried I'd pile on the weight once I stop. Does stopping smoking really make you fatter?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I was already fat when I smoked and quit smoking. However, I noticed I needed to do something so I turned to sunflower seeds for about 1 month. After that I seemed to have been ok.

    Food tasted better ... somethings that I had never tasted had a taste. I think people tend to gain weight because they feel like they have to replace one addiction with another. If you keep at it and watch what you're tossing in your mouth I believe you'll feel great and save a ton of cash. :)

    Replace it with something positive.
     
  3. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    I'm not a smoker, but I can tell you that one of my close friends recently quit smoking. He didn't feel hungrier, although he did say that food tasted incredible after quitting (aided by Chantrix, in case you are interested). As a result of this, he did gain quite a bit of weight. I leave it to you and your doctor to decide which is worse for your long-term health: excess weight or smoking.
     
  4. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    I don't think english food can taste good to be honest with you, there way too much artificial flavourings and for some reason, added colour. Why? Britsh eggs look terrible and taste foul! Definitely not something I wanna eat raw.
     
  5. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

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    I quit smoking a year and a half ago. I haven't gained any weight... in fact, I've just followed the same weight trends. I was able to quit with the patch. I wore the 14mg one for a long time, then after a year I stopped that. A month later I got on the 7mg version. So I'm still addicted to nicotine, just not the harmful cigarettes.
     
  6. iMac13 macrumors newbie

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    Quitting smoking is never easy.
    I've recently done it myself. I was a long time smoker.
    What I did soon as I quit is I purchased a gym pass for myself.
    Decided if I'm going to quit then I might as well do something positive for myself ( rather than another negative thing to take it's place )
    I also changed my eating habits and coffee consumption to more positive things.
    It takes time to reap the rewards...
    Once you get motivated and into it, you'll find that you'll get bitten by a new bug.
     
  7. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    Ah thanks dude, those words are fairly encouraging.
    Though, I don't wanna quit by the uses of patches, gum or otherwise.
    I'd like to think I have the willpower to succeed without external aid, i'm not saying it's wrong... Just my way. I have cut down over the past year from 14mg cigarettes to 6mg and now they're feeling a little strong.

    I've also decided that if and when I quit, I don't wanna be one of those people who moan about smokers being around.... you know the ones i'm talking about?

    Hmm... Curious, is being addicted to nicotine dangerous at all?
    I don't really know anything about it...
     
  8. sporadicMotion macrumors 65816

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    Uhhhh... well i can't think of a truly safe way to intake nicotine... so yes.
     
  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    My aunt gave up smoking when she was about 40 years old and put on weight.
    A friend gave up smoking when he was 22 and put a bit of weight on. But he was also taking some medication to help come off it, that might have played some role in it. He said that food tasted bland whilst taking it so he didn't eat as much.

    But seriously don't worry about putting weight on. Weight can be dropped.
     
  10. arkitect macrumors 601

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    What are you talking about?
    English food?
    British eggs?

    WTF?

    :confused:
     
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Eggs are eggs. Doesn't really matter what country they come from. As for additives of course there are if you buy rubbish food. Cook from decent ingredients and the only additives will be ones you add yourself.

    Why in Gods name would you want to eat raw eggs though?!
     
  12. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Obesity > Cancer, Lung Disease

    Not smoking /= Obesity.

    Not smoking > Smoking.
     
  13. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    I've been a smoker for close to 10 years before I just stopped cold turkey. Didnt use any gum or self-help books. I figured that my parents gave me a perfectly healthy body and I should not let them down.

    Anyway, I did gain quite a bit of weight because smoking increases your metabolism and without that, the energy from the food you eat doesnt get quite spent after you quit smoking.
     
  14. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I don't think stopping smoking makes you fatter, it's that you replace one addiction with another, i.e., chocolate, alcohol etc.

    Exercise, watch what you eat and you'll be fine:)
     
  15. beatzfreak macrumors 6502

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    I'm one month into quitting. This is my fifth try. I tried cold turkey 4 times and it didn't work or me. I got an electronic cigarette, and it's working great. I just switched over to non-nicotine cartridges this weekend and so far so good.

    So now I'm trying to get off the electronic cigarette. When i get a craving, I just play a quick game of solitaire or eat a carrot stick. After I eat, I 'll chew some sugar free gum or a mint.

    It's been so easy this time. Last time I gained weight and literally had a nervous breakdown.
     
  16. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    3 years ago, I quit cold turkey after 20 years of smoking. Though the allure is still there, what do you get from it?
    Really, what does it give you?
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    i dont think its so much that smoking increases your metabolism as much as nicotine and smoking kills your appetite.

    i quit this weekend. cold turkey.
     
  18. UltraNEO* thread starter macrumors 601

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    Cause usually they taste nice and really food for you!
    Minus the salmonella :eek:

    Take it you ain't tried Nattou?
    Or perhaps your one of those who'd shy away from it's aroma?

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I use raw eggs when I make pasta carbonara, but thats just 1 egg mixed with cheese in a large bowl of other stuff so you don't taste it.

    Btw, I thought salmonella was on the shell only?

    English food can't taste good :confused:
     
  20. Saikou macrumors 6502

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    Yea that stuff's pretty terrible. I even had the guts to try it twice, give it a second chance... I don't care if they're 健康にいいです。
     
  21. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    I've just survived my first Christmas without my mother who died from lung cancer two months ago, age 57. She is the eldest of 7 siblings, of the remaining 6 three smoke and two are fighting lung cancer.

    Putting on a wee bit of weight won't kill you (as fast.) Give it up for the sake of you and your family.

    (sorry but recent experiences have launched me into this anti-smoking vendetta!)
     
  22. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Great- saw this on the forum spy now I have to go have another cigarette. :mad:
     
  23. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!
     
  24. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    I am looking into quitting. It just seems so insurmountable. I live alone. Willpower in difficult.
     
  25. Fuzzy14 macrumors 65816

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    I've never been in that situation so I couldn't really feel what it's like to go through. Lots of people tell smokers to quit, I have no idea how hard it must be, God knows my mum tried enough times.

    I suppose if it hit the news one day that beer or wine was bad for you (well it is but I mean as bad as ciggies) then I probably wouldn't give up, I'd be like f*** it (and then regret it later on!)

    If you need some help with your willpower then I guess there is an online committee right here ready to nag I mean help and share experiences!
     

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