in 8 days I'll have been quit 6 full months! I never thought I would get here but now I have I am so proud of myself. However, I'm having a hard time with the weight gain..... I'm not fat - far from it but I have knee problems and am feeling every pound of the stone and a half I have gained so I need it to drop again.
I have kept a food diary and I don't eat any more now than I did as a smoker so the only difference i can spot is the lack of trips to the back door for a fag!
Anyway, I've been winding myself up for the last week that if I smoked again the weight would miraculously drop back off and I wouldn't have this horrendous pain in my legs every time I try and take a step! Every day I have told myself I'll start again tomorrow and then if the weight doesn't drop again in a few weeks I'll quit again but I'm still smoke free so I'm obviously still in the right frame of mind.
I've had a chat with my GP who confirms the worsened knee pain is down to the extra weight but she was no help with a solution! I have health issues and am pretty immobile so I can only do gentle exercise so hitting the gym harder isn't an option!
Does anyone have any advice on when the weight stabilises itself out? I have Googled it and found that smokers metabolism is faster due to increased heart rate from the nicotine and that stopping smoking causes the metabolic rate to crash and it takes a while to kick start it again which in turn causes weight gain but does anyone know how long it takes?