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Your Life: Slimming news; DIET.

Byline: By Angela Dowden

Help!

I'm quitting smoking. How much weight will I gain?

ANGELA SAYS:

Congratulations! Many smokers say the fear of weight-gain is their main barrier to giving up smoking.

One study found that 60 per cent of men and 51 per cent of women ex-smokers put on an average of around 5lbs in the long-term.

But don't let this put you off - the health benefits of quitting far outweigh the downside of gaining a few pounds.

To have the same health risk as a smoker on one pack of cigarettes per day, you would have to be roughly 125lbs (nearly nine stone) overweight!

The key to controlling weight-gain is to eat loads of fruits and veg, and get moving.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2008
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