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Quit smoking 10 weeks ago

I quit smoking 10 weeks ago and I never took up eating to take the place of them. I am walking 3 miles about 50 min 4 times a week and I do upper body weights as well 4 times a week and I am still gaining weight.

I am eating about 2000 cals a day some days a little less. Lets say I am 50 years old :)
My arms and legs are toning up but the mid section is getting bigger!

Will this even out as my body gets used to no smoking? Not looking to lose pounds but inches, lots of inches!!

Oh, and what do think of the shoes MBT's

Thanks for your help.

Terry
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649848 tn?1534633700
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If you are still gaining weight in spite of diet and exercise, you might want to have your doctor test you for some common health issues that can cause weight gain and/or inability to lose.  

I had this happen a couple of years ago when I, too, quit smoking and by the time I could get my doctor to believe that there was something wrong (besides the pernicious anemia, he had already dx'd), I'd gained 30 pounds, was dead tired all the time, my  hair was falling out, etc.  It turned out that I had hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's thyroiditis.  Another issue that can cause inability to lose weight, is insulin resistance, which is the same as pre-diabetes.  

Because of the hard work I had put in, with no results (or actually gaining rather than losing, I got so discouraged that I pretty much gave up for a while, so I firmly believe that it's best to explore medical issues along with other things.  

You don't say how tall you are or what your weight is, but maybe 2000 calories/day is too much.  As we age, our metabolism slows and we can gain weight on a lot less calories than it used to take and it's much harder to get rid of the weight, particularly if there are medical issues compounding the problem, as in my case............ trust me - I speak from experience!!  

Good luck............
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649848 tn?1534633700
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If you are still gaining weight in spite of diet and exercise, you might want to have your doctor test you for some common health issues that can cause weight gain and/or inability to lose.  

I had this happen a couple of years ago when I, too, quit smoking and by the time I could get my doctor to believe that there was something wrong (besides the pernicious anemia, he had already dx'd), I'd gained 30 pounds, was dead tired all the time, my  hair was falling out, etc.  It turned out that I had hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's thyroiditis.  Another issue that can cause inability to lose weight, is insulin resistance, which is the same as pre-diabetes.  

Because of the hard work I had put in, with no results (or actually gaining rather than losing, I got so discouraged that I pretty much gave up for a while, so I firmly believe that it's best to explore medical issues along with other things.  

You don't say how tall you are or what your weight is, but maybe 2000 calories/day is too much.  As we age, our metabolism slows and we can gain weight on a lot less calories than it used to take and it's much harder to get rid of the weight, particularly if there are medical issues compounding the problem, as in my case............ trust me - I speak from experience!!  

Good luck............
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579258 tn?1250649343
First .. a HUGE CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS is in order for stopping smoking AND for not replacing it with food.  You certainly are well on your way to health and fitness!!!  YEAHHHHHH YOUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!

You may want to introduce some pilates exercises that build your core muscles and/or yoga.  There are some specific exercises as well and I'll get a few up this weekend and post the links.  Have family here today .. so can't do it before the weekend .. ;)

Best wishes ... and once you get the links and try a few ... please keep the community involved on how you are doing.  We're tickled pink you're here!
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