Are you SURE your habits haven't changed though? Are you still counting cals as such? Perhaps it's something that's changed ever so slightly in the diet that may have caused?
Just tossing out suggestions, not really sure myself.
Did you give up the smoking same time you joined?
but as far as i know if you are a female and your period does not come for a month or two, it maty cause an exceesive weight gain. (happen to my wife before). and it may be a normal thing to happen because of stress or whatever!!
does this help?
One other thing is that I've been increasingly exausted during the day. So much so that it's nearly impossible to find any energy to workout in the afternoon. Any ideas on low calorie, high energy foods that I can eat to give a boost and help me through the day?
After talking to people on other message boards, I found it's not uncommon for your body to "freak out" and retain a bunch of water after you quit. One woman said she went to her doctor in tears and they said nothing was wrong...the excess water went away a few months later.
Hope that helps, and stay smoke-free! :)
if it has to do with a metabolism thing then that sucks.
i would really love to quit but id like to get my eating and working out in order first so that im prepared when i do quit. id like to get into good habits full force/stick with one vice ...and then deal with the smoking.
i know that its probably better to not smoke and get healthier with that...rather than trying to get the body i want first.. but ahhh its a tough thing =[
I do agree with fonz94. Nicotine actually causes ur heart rate and metabolism to increase. And I'm pretty sure that when u quit, ur body wd have retained some water as well as gone into a "hey what happened to that?" mode.
No worries please! It'll go down in due time. Watch what ur eating...the food journals always help-sometimes u may be munching on something without realizing it, do the recomended amnt of exercise (about 30 min of aerobic exercise 5 days a week), sleep well, watch ur portion size, and chew on gum! YES chew on gum....it helps ur mouth and lips do something for a while-so u know u wont munch on anything! Also drinking the recomended amt of water wil probably help u....
Hope that helps.
Track your food in a diary and see what you are actually eating, I found i didnt stop eating hence why i put the weight on!
I have found as well being a non smoker the wieght is harder to shift this time, but exercise is so much easier now im not weezing!
Good luck, I am 9lb away from being back where i started and I only quit 6 months ago, besides which i feel FANTASTIC!! I feel 100 times better now at the heaviest ive ever been than i ever did as a 175lb smoker!
I have gained 2 lbs and i know that is not much it stil bothers me.....my measurementS ARE CHEST 32
and i weigh 123 at 5, 3 do you think these measurements and weight are ok for someone of my height?
Also i am 31 years old trying to get pregnant again.
HAve a great day...time for my workout:)
Why did I gain that weight so rapidly, after a decade of holding steady at one weight? Like you, I went to the doctors and had all the tests run. Nobody could tell me why I had gained it. I hadn't been eating any differently than I had for a decade - I tracked my diet and brought in the records for proof. I suspected it was the nexium they put me on around the same time - although my doctor still says it wasn't that. Are you on any meds?
If it wasn't the med, then my only conclusion is that the years of not exercising simply finally caught up to me!! Here's how that works:
Let's say you reached age 18 at the peak of your lean mass. Your bones were strong and dense, and you had lots of muscle. You don't say how much you wiegh, but for simplicity let's say at age 18 you weighed 125 with 18% body fat.
If you never really exercised from age 18 until recently, you would slowly lose lean mass over time. It happens to all of us, once we reach adulthood, if we don't take active steps to prevent this slow loss. Active steps = cardio and weight training and healthy diet with no yo-yoing.
As you slowly lost lean mass, your body composition slowly changed - your body fat percentage increased while the lean mass (muscle, bone) decreased. If you weren't overeating your weight would have stayed about the same, 125, despite this changing composition.
Reach a certain point and you've lost enough lean mass that your metabolism changes. That's because muscle burns more calories than fat, even while sleeping. At a certain point, the amount you ate at 18 was too much, even at the same weight of 125. Two people of the same weight have different calorie requirements if one has higher lean mass and the other has lower. The more lean mass, the more you can eat without gaining.
So it may seem like "suddenly" at age 26 your weight ballooned. But it was actually a very long process since age 18. The scale did indeed jump dramatically when it reached the tipping point. Add in there a little more alcohol than usual, and quitting smoking, and there you go!
Also if you have ever been on a calorie-restricted diet before - if you have a history of extreme diets and yo-yoing - this will accelerate the loss of lean mass and the whole process.
Nicotine is an anti-diuretic, so the water balance thing is a bit more complicated. However, it would make sense that it could inhibit the body's own ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) and so when it is taken away your ADH spikes back up and you retain more water. I haven't looked this up though.
As far as the Polycystic Ovarian Symdrome, I've had a few ultrasounds done and that's been ruled out already. Thanks for the idea though.
I really appreciate all the input. A light has been shed on things I have suspected but refused to believe. Thanks guys.
Im so glad you posted this and got all these answers. I just joined today because of my smoning weight gain. I am about 12 lbs heavier and I am on day 35. It is scary to gain weight so quickly and Im glad to have faith that not all of it is how I am eating. I do believe my body is "freaking out" becuase Ive never had this happen before, esp since I am not doing anything differently. thank you so much for the post!
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.