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Exercise and Fitness

Stopping smoking

03/31/2003

Question:

have just stopped smoking 7 weeks ago.i was a very heavy smoker,im not having a problem keeping off them but have put on 9 lbs.i have always worked out and am doing up to five hours a week,so i dont understand how its crept on.should i up my exercise or watch what i eat more.im 29.

Answer:

Congratulations on quitting smoking. Many people tend to gain weight after quitting smoking. However, the combination of proper diet and exercise will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. You mention that you are exercising five hours a week, but I am not sure what type of exercise you are performing. In general, a well rounded exercise program should consist of cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength, and flexibility. I would look forward to hearing back from you with more details about your current exercise program. Best of luck to you, and congratulations once again! 

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Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati