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Tobacco and Weight Gain?

a buddy of mine was recently confronted about his dipping, and informed, “don’t you know that dipping contributes to weight gain later in life?” being a recovering smoker, i know that weight gain can usually be expected out of quitting smoking (but that’s just cuz i have an oral fixation… ladies? wink)
but as far as dip? as far as i know, not too likely…
anyways, i know about the vaso-constricting and cancerous properties of tobacco, but what about weight gain and dip?

This is a dumb question. Tobacco doesn’t have calories ,so don’t worry about weight gain .This is folklore. Is all about how much effort you do (calories out) vs how much you eat (calories in).

[quote]ftlty wrote:
This is a dumb question. Tobacco doesn’t have calories ,so don’t worry about weight gain .This is folklore. Is all about how much effort you do (calories out) vs how much you eat (calories in).[/quote]

I wouldn’t call it folklore.

Nicotine boosts the metabolism and reduces hunger. Smoking/chewing occupies your mouth and attention too. It also is a calming habit for most.

Quitting smoking takes a lot of willpower and I can understand how many people in that situation can fail to also have the will power not to rely on comfort food, especially since their hunger is going to be up. Their metabolism going down a bit is going to hurt their ability to use that food too.

Those aren’t excuses though, and if you are aware of the situation and you have a strong enough will you can get through it without gaining weight.

I recently did a research paper on this and economists actually correlated part of the increase in obesity in America due to the increase in cigarette taxes. More people tried to quit smoking after the big increase in cigarette taxes and so in order to get their mind off of things and I guess somehow satisfy their cravings, many smokers started eating more.

Also, as Moon Knight said, smoking increases your metabolism and and actually reduces hunger so when people try to quit, they feel hungrier and end up with a slower metabolism.

Yeah, I got really fat when I quit smoking…becuase of a bad oral fixation. Oh, and I like to eat. Alot.

I think that may be why alot of people dip or smoke, to have something to do with thier mouths. Food does the same thing. So does a toothpick, which is what I have in my mouth at the moment.

[quote]Moon Knight wrote:
I wouldn’t call it folklore.

Nicotine boosts the metabolism and reduces hunger. Smoking/chewing occupies your mouth and attention too. It also is a calming habit for most.

Quitting smoking takes a lot of willpower and I can understand how many people in that situation can fail to also have the will power not to rely on comfort food, especially since their hunger is going to be up. Their metabolism going down a bit is going to hurt their ability to use that food too.

Those aren’t excuses though, and if you are aware of the situation and you have a strong enough will you can get through it without gaining weight.[/quote]

Perfect, couldn’t have said it better myself.

Im speaking from experience here so nobody flame.

If you have to eat up your whole kitchen to stop smoking and gain 20lb of fat, ITS WORTH IT! Seriously, youll loose the weight later on. The main thing that you need to focus on is quitting tobaccp.

Cold turkey is THE ONLY WAY. Even if you use crutches, you have to take it out of your system sooner or later and the sooner, the better.

Get used to chewing on toothpicks and gum…

The first 10 days are the worst. Downhill after that. 2 months later it will be a piece of cake.

Dont drink alcohol in the 1st 10 days.

Good luck. Dip is a nasty habbit. Same as smoking though. Nicotine is like crack no joke. I think its worse because its legal…

I used to dip and I never gained weight when I quit. I dipped good old Copey long cut for about a solid year. I had to quit when my dentist gave me the talk about me losing teeth and me noticing my gums reciding (sp) and white splotches on my lower lip. Last thing I wanted was fucking mouth cancer.

I do know of people quitting chew and blimping as a consequence but they mainly live inactive lifestyles and have horrible diet habits. The start using food to replace the morning dip, etc. Its a tough one to quit, I think. Harder than smoking. Personally due to the strength of a dip in comparison to smoking. Smoking a Sherman and taking a dip ain’t the same. Dipping to me gave me that instant rush and calm and dammit I enjoyed the flavor of cope.