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Smoking Can Make You Fat



Written by Stuart Stevens | Friday, 26 October 2007| There are 16 comments

people who smoke may well be losing muscle mass

At Ukmedix News we have always said the people who claim that they smoke in order not to put on weight are talking rubbish as it is a statistical fact that smokers are more likely to put on weight than non-smokers. A new survey coming into the newsroom from Australia has confirmed this once and for all.

smoking can make you fat

The study that was done by a group of researchers at the University of South Wales and the University of Melbourne has seen that cigarettes can be responsible for the body actually storing an excess of fat. The research that was done using mice saw that when they were exposed to smoke from cigarettes they tended to store more fat on their bodies whether they were given a high fat feed or a low fat feed.

There are some other reasons why people who smoke tend to put on weight, such as the fact that smoking makes people lethargic and therefore less likely to get exercise, but this new research shows that smoking irrespective of diet or exercise could possibly make humans put on weight. There is definitely some truth about the fact that smokers often eat less and compensate by smoking but there is no doubt that being slightly overweight is far healthier than smoking. The researchers said that young females were the most likely to say that they could not quit smoking for fear of piling on the weight.

The research that was published by the American Journal of Physiology also included the hypothesis that people who smoke may well be losing muscle mass due to poorer arterial circulation.

When one considers the health risks of smoking the idea that you are just continuing with the habit purely to stop yourself putting on a few pounds is completely ridiculous. If you really decide to quit it is often a good idea to get exercise as this can reduce the cravings associated with the habit and also at the same time make sure that you do not put on weight should you start to eat more heavily.

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There are 16 comments on this article.

On January 05, 2011 @ 12:20
Smoker said:
Complete and utter BULLSH*T
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On January 06, 2011 @ 13:42
Another Smoker said:
Is this some sort of psychology??? Lets tell them that smoking puts on weight (the no 1 dread) and many people might buy that and quit....... how ridiculous!!!
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On February 16, 2011 @ 04:45
. said:
I agree that smoking can makyou fat. I smoke, but i eat healthly and do plenty of exercise and i also no longer drink, however i am still porky. Ive managed to cut down to 3 or 4 cigs a day. I dont feel like eating more. I think the main reason smokers put on weight is because the liver get clogged with toxins and can no longer filter. This means the rubbish in processed foods, cosmetics and most things can be removed from the body, this will result in long term damage and weight gain. Hence why im stopping
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On March 13, 2011 @ 18:16
trying to quit smoker says... said:
nicotine impairs insulin levels from working properly. Then you become insulin resistant. Then you bloat. All true!
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On July 09, 2011 @ 09:07
kate said:
i think this is true i have gained a lot of weight smoking and i have quit for 9 days and my appetite has decreased to going a whole day w/o eating and getting hunger pangs when i smoke i eat and eat.
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On October 13, 2011 @ 05:33
mark said:
I was a 40 a day guy, and I started weight training, progress was very slow , when I stopped smoking after a few weeks when I went back to the gym progress was twice to three times faster due to increased breathing and much better circulation, so yeah I have to agree with the hole report, and the crap that blocks your arteries and it just keeps on building up, so u can't exercise as much and get tired quicker because the oxygen can't get to were its needed....I quit through personal choice not because its socially unacceptable these days, all the pressure on smokers to stop is unfair and ironically can have the opposite effect , but guys in my opinion this one is fact.
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On December 06, 2011 @ 05:35
tyler said:
i have been a smoker for 2 years i was before i started smoking i ran 2 to 4 miles everyday had a very good diet and weight trained 3 to 5 times a week since i have started smoking i have gain around 55 pounds and dont have the ambition to work out as much and if i run its as little at 5 to 6 times a month so i tottaly agree with this article above and i am slowly but surely quiting
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On December 10, 2011 @ 15:37
Nike said:
Smoking can ruin your LIFE! Did you know that you not only gain weight but also you loose 10 sec of your life per ciggarett!
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On January 08, 2012 @ 23:38
t said:
smoking simply makes you more hungry, and you don't control so much your apetite. It's easier stay slim if you don't smoke
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On March 15, 2012 @ 05:50
Maggie said:
I think side effects are different for each person. When i quit I lost weight, I felt better, and had a lot of energy. I still miss smoking though, it had its hooks in me and I worried I would gain weight when I quit, but I actually lost 20 lbs
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On May 10, 2012 @ 06:42
janet said:
I totally agree with this.
I have smoked for 30 years and gave up a while ago.
For the past 28 years i have been overweight and then obese.
since i quit smoking my weight has dropped off me and am now feeling much healthier,less out of breath,and less fatigued, most of the time i have much more energy and find myself walking faster and doing more in general.
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On July 27, 2012 @ 19:32
jan said:
The body likes to store toxins in fat, so if there is more toxin in the system, the body will make more fat to store it in. So even if a smoker is not overweight, they still have more fat on their bodies than a non-smoking person of equal stature and weight.
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On November 13, 2012 @ 17:09
jacob said:
i lost 72 pounds when i was 17 im now 18 and i smoke , why is it that i cant lose anymore weight because the period of time when i lost 72!!! pounds i was smoking
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On May 14, 2013 @ 04:52
Brittany said:
well i am a smoker and cant seem to lose weight so maybe i will have to try and quit
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On December 22, 2013 @ 06:13
ansh said:
ITS TRUE. I SMOKED ON AND OFF FOR YEARS. WHEN I FINALLY QUIT PERMANENTLY. NOW IM SKINY AS I WAS IN MY EARLY 20S. BUT WHEN I SMOKED. MY BODY SEEMED TO SIMPLY BECOME INFLATED AND STOMACH THIGHS EVERYWHERE I HAD HARD FAT. SOMETIMES THE FAT WOULD SHOW UP WITHIN A WEEK OF SMOKING. DONT SMOKE PEOPLE. IT WRECKS YOUR METABOLISM. AND YOULL NEVER LOOSE WEIGHT IF YOUVE SMOKED TOO MANY YEARS WHILE YOUR STILL ON IT. I QUIT SMOKING. AND MY SKIN IS NOW GLOWING. HAIR ARE HEALTHY . AND IM SUPER SKINY. JUST BY QUITTING
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On December 22, 2013 @ 06:13
FF said:
ITS TRUE. I SMOKED ON AND OFF FOR YEARS. WHEN I FINALLY QUIT PERMANENTLY. NOW IM SKINY AS I WAS IN MY EARLY 20S. BUT WHEN I SMOKED. MY BODY SEEMED TO SIMPLY BECOME INFLATED AND STOMACH THIGHS EVERYWHERE I HAD HARD FAT. SOMETIMES THE FAT WOULD SHOW UP WITHIN A WEEK OF SMOKING. DONT SMOKE PEOPLE. IT WRECKS YOUR METABOLISM. AND YOULL NEVER LOOSE WEIGHT IF YOUVE SMOKED TOO MANY YEARS WHILE YOUR STILL ON IT. I QUIT SMOKING. AND MY SKIN IS NOW GLOWING. HAIR ARE HEALTHY . AND IM SUPER SKINY. JUST BY QUITTING
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