Since the day I quit and up to present, I roughly gained 4-5 kgs. I am now a little over my BMI and am considered overweight for my height. I can feel my knees and ankles hurt due to the weight gain. I have to buy new set of clothes that will fit. I'm now an XL when I used to be just an L. It was hard for me to accept that I am already 1 size bigger that I have wasted some money with online shopping believing I am still an L.
The weight gain is the most depressing part in quitting smoking. At first, I never understood why people gain weight when they quit but now that I went through all of that, I totally understand why. Food never tastes this good and the habit of putting something in my mouth especially after meals is the main reason of my weight gain. I would always stock up on chips and caramel pop corns and I never thought pastries would taste so good! I never appreciated dessert because for the longest time in my life, my dessert was always cigarettes.
I workout, I do weight lifting for two years already and my weight is always within my BMI but only this time when i quit smoking that I went beyond. I am glad that now my craving for junk foods are slowly fading away and I am almost back to normal. I try my best to swap my munchies cravings to something healthy. If I want to munch on some chips, I try to swap it with fruits. It's actually just a matter of food choices.
So far, I've lost 1kg already from the weight I gained since I quit and I see it as a good progress. I will strive hard to lose all of the weight I gained 1 kg at a time. If I can do it, you can do it as well.
I am looking forward to that day when my weight is back to normal and I could say to myself I am 100% healthy.