Your Life: Slimming news; DIET.
I'm quitting smoking. How much weight will I gain?
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.