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Smoking Effecting Weight?

Gday,
does anyone know how many calories a smoke burns if any, as ive herd you gain weight if you give it up, that said i smoke about a pack a day, would this have an impact on me being able to gain weight, or not
Cheers

I do know that smoking artificially raises your metabolism, but are you kidding??? Why would you be willing to give it up for gains and not for, um, breathing?

LOL!

You gain weight because you crave smoking and eat food to kill the cravings.

If you are trying to add weight, giving up smoking will up your appetite a lot. If you’re not giving up, you may kill your appetite slightly but you wont be burning calories LMAO.

i want to gain weight, just didnt understand how it works, hence my question

[quote]Geminspector wrote:
I do know that smoking artificially raises your metabolism, but are you kidding??? Why would you be willing to give it up for gains and not for, um, breathing?[/quote}

Lol, True

One of the chemicals in cigarettes (I believe it’s the nicotine) is an appetite supressant. Which is why people lose weight when smoking, or gain weight when not smoking. RSGZ was right also that many people replace smoking with food to combat the cravings. There aren’t any benefits to it that I’m aware of.

[quote]tarmack wrote:
One of the chemicals in cigarettes (I believe it’s the nicotine) is an appetite supressant. Which is why people lose weight when smoking, or gain weight when not smoking. RSGZ was right also that many people replace smoking with food to combat the cravings. There aren’t any benefits to it that I’m aware of.[/quote]

yep.

My dad used to chew. Disgusting habit, but when he quit he gained a ton of weight. Tobacco/nicotine is an appetite suppressant.

You should quit, it’s unhealthy. But in case you need other motivation. 1 pack/day at $3.50ish=24.50/week on cigarettes. That’s just under $100/month you spend on stuff that kills you. Imagine how much good food or awesome supplementation (assuming you diet was in order) you could buy with that. Quiting smoking would effectively increase your income by around $1,200/year (not counting taxes).

Having failed the cold turkey quitting method I decided to wean myself off of smoking. I have noticed that I want to eat and drink more often, I have also nearly doubled the amount of gum I chew.

I have noticed other side effects from my reduced smoking, ones that I see as odd. My endurance has actually gone down and I have on a few occasions had bad coughing fits when playing racquet ball.

Smoked for 18 years, ain’t never goin’ back.

Just the reduced lung capacity, carbon monoxide in the blood, displacement of vital nutrients in the blood, etc., is reason enough to quit.

Who cares about the affect on appetite through cravings? The cost, SERIOUS damage to health, and inability to perform with HIGH intensity while training aren’t enough?

Just quit already.

[quote]boyscout wrote:
tarmack wrote:
One of the chemicals in cigarettes (I believe it’s the nicotine) is an appetite supressant. Which is why people lose weight when smoking, or gain weight when not smoking. RSGZ was right also that many people replace smoking with food to combat the cravings. There aren’t any benefits to it that I’m aware of.

yep.

My dad used to chew. Disgusting habit, but when he quit he gained a ton of weight. Tobacco/nicotine is an appetite suppressant.

You should quit, it’s unhealthy. But in case you need other motivation. 1 pack/day at $3.50ish=24.50/week on cigarettes. That’s just under $100/month you spend on stuff that kills you.

Imagine how much good food or awesome supplementation (assuming you diet was in order) you could buy with that. Quiting smoking would effectively increase your income by around $1,200/year (not counting taxes). [/quote]

Rolling your own would solve that problem. It’s not heavily taxed and can be had for ~$.99 a pouch.

out here in australia, we pay $25 for 50g, a pack of 20 talor mades is $10

smoking a cigarette doesnt burn as many calories as a set of squats , or a 100 yard sprint , or a ride on a bicycle , or jacking off .

squats , sprints , bikes , and pleasuring one’s self doesnt clog your lungs .

it’s up to each individual to decide which is the more productive course of action

I quit smoking recently along with me getting into the gym.

A few of the reasons I quit:

  1. Smoking before/after a workout can ruin most of the work you will do or just did.

  2. I also run, my lung capacity is starting to go up and I’m improving my run time significantly.

  3. Better circulation. It benefits everything. Especially the cold feet problem. heh.

I had been smoking sine I was 16 and I’m 21 now. I quit twice before this time. But, this time feels different. The first time I quit cold turkey. I still did the same old crap and made no changes in my life.

Eventually I fell back into the habit just being around old friends and old activites. The second time was when I enlisted in the Air Force. I didn’t quit by choice, I was forced to quit for about 9 weeks. Then I fell right back into the habit being around friends who smoked and a DGAF attitude.

This TIME, however, I quit cold turkey, but I got my ass into the gym. I kept myself running and as much as I hated to do it, I explained to my old friends that I’m not that person anymore.

Who knows. Life is worth changing. And if you don’t like the change you can always go back. Just know that smoking is by no means beneficial to any workout routine period.

**Edit: Oh and smoking doesn’t burn calories. Like it was said above nicotine suppreses appetitie. Think about it. At work smokers go for a smoke break and everyone else usually grabs a snack. Don’t be either of those people (unless you’re eating 6 meals a day =P)

[quote]FMLYHM wrote:
I quit smoking recently along with me getting into the gym.

A few of the reasons I quit:

  1. Smoking before/after a workout can ruin most of the work you will do or just did.

  2. I also run, my lung capacity is starting to go up and I’m improving my run time significantly.

  3. Better circulation. It benefits everything. Especially the cold feet problem. heh.

I had been smoking sine I was 16 and I’m 21 now. I quit twice before this time. But, this time feels different. The first time I quit cold turkey. I still did the same old crap and made no changes in my life.

Eventually I fell back into the habit just being around old friends and old activites. The second time was when I enlisted in the Air Force. I didn’t quit by choice, I was forced to quit for about 9 weeks. Then I fell right back into the habit being around friends who smoked and a DGAF attitude.

This TIME, however, I quit cold turkey, but I got my ass into the gym. I kept myself running and as much as I hated to do it, I explained to my old friends that I’m not that person anymore.

Who knows. Life is worth changing. And if you don’t like the change you can always go back. Just know that smoking is by no means beneficial to any workout routine period.

**Edit: Oh and smoking doesn’t burn calories. Like it was said above nicotine suppreses appetitie. Think about it. At work smokers go for a smoke break and everyone else usually grabs a snack. Don’t be either of those people (unless you’re eating 6 meals a day =P)[/quote]

Fuck me like you hate me!

[quote]RSGZ wrote:
Fuck me like you hate me![/quote]

Now that’s how you burn calories! xD