Patricia offers this blog about her experience with stopping smoking and weight gain. Patricia writes:
Today I googled â€œsmoking and metabolismâ€â€¦ and here I amâ€¦. Like most of you, I quit smoking 4 months ago and gained 20 lbsâ€¦ Prior to quitting I worked out daily for over 3 years burning on average 700 calories during each workout. Since I quit smoking I bumped my cardio up to 50 minutes from 15 and eat healthier/less calories than ever before, which is always under 1200. I count each calorie and follow it faithfully on an app on my iphone. Since January, I have lost about 8 of that 20 gained. I kill myself in the gym and see very little results. I will never go back to smoking, obviously the benefits far outweigh the side effects of quitting, however I will have to agree that Lindaâ€™s calories in/calories out theory, which is EXACTLY what I thought when I quit, has not held true for me eitherâ€¦. It is frustrating, depressing and discouraging. I will continue to work just as hard every day and I am glad to know that I am not alone in this fight, but I would love to know WHY. I have been 2 my Dr. twice and he has run the gamut of tests on me. He is baffled as well and attirbutes this issue to the fact that smking has seriously screwed up my metabolism and that it takes on average 6-12 months to see a balance return. He said to just continue doing what Iâ€™m doing and wait for my metalism to balance out. Itâ€™s hard to be patient!!! Anyway, STAY STRONG FOLKS! Keep working out and eating right. Weâ€™re BOUND to see resultsâ€¦ WE HAVE TO! LOL! Good luck to all! Hereâ€™s to a long, healthy life!
From How Smoking Affects Metabolism, 2009/05/01 at 10:36 AM