Smoke more eat less

Apr 23rd '14 16:43 PM
avidian
I heard a story on the radio the other morning about how many teens are now picking up the bad habit of smoking just to drop a few pounds. I think that is horrible after now being an ex-smoker. What are these girls thinking? Has anyone done this before (intentionally) to diet?
Apr 23rd '14 18:03 PM
Millicent
I didn't start smoking to lose weight, but I've often used the desire to lose a few pounds as an excuse to not quit. Then again, I've used everything as an excuse to not quit: I need to lose weight and it's too stressful to quit at the same time, I'm stressed, a dog barked at me the wrong way, there's a partial lunar eclipse, and so forth.

Coincidentally, I now have a quasi-grip on the food and exercise lifestyle changes, so I'm stocked up on fresh veggies and ready to give quitting a full effort tomorrow morning.
Apr 23rd '14 21:41 PM
alltogethernow
That's pretty sick. I know the "ladies" would joke about being on the coffee and cigarettes diet.
I recently quit (since February! and going strong) so I can recall that in early stages of dieting, I would use a cigarette to end the meal. As if it were a ceremony haha.

Millicent All the best to you!
Apr 24th '14 01:15 AM
MandaBear
I didn't start smoking to lose weight, but that concept is nothing new. I've been out of high school for over a decade now but I can still remember girls huddled up in the bathrooms talking about that. I really wish our society could move from that "EVERYBODY BE SKINNY!" mindset to one where health is the prime focus. Being skinny doesn't = being healthy and being a tad overweight doesn't always = being unhealthy.
Apr 24th '14 06:37 AM
Poppy
That's frightening. I've heard of it before, but I've never seen anyone start smoking specifically just to lose weight. It's a terrible idea, honestly. It took a lot of work for me to quit. I don't mind working off the extra weight if it means I'm healthier in the long run.
Apr 24th '14 09:55 AM
KatieMac
Quote by Millicent:
I didn't start smoking to lose weight, but I've often used the desire to lose a few pounds as an excuse to not quit. Then again, I've used everything as an excuse to not quit: I need to lose weight and it's too stressful to quit at the same time, I'm stressed, a dog barked at me the wrong way, there's a partial lunar eclipse, and so forth.

Coincidentally, I now have a quasi-grip on the food and exercise lifestyle changes, so I'm stocked up on fresh veggies and ready to give quitting a full effort tomorrow morning.
I can so relate to what you're saying Millicent! I have used all the excuses possible not to quit smoking. Weight is an issue for me when it comes to smoking also. I wouldn't start smoking to lose weight, but I know the hand to mouth addiction is tough for me. When I have quit smoking in the past, my weight always went up a bit. So it's certainly in my mind. Good luck to you!
Apr 27th '14 13:51 PM
RyanWilson
I lose my weight when I stop smoking and then must use diet to bring my body to perfect and first way.
Apr 28th '14 12:52 PM
Wobbles
I was already a smoker when I started dieting, I wanted to do both but I'm afraid the dieting came first... I didn't want to push myself into too much all in one go and a year later I quit, nearly 100 days now which I'm pretty made up about tbh when I started exercising to help with the weight/inches it was that that made me realise I needed to stop and not just 'try' which I have for a long time.

Any way .... it is to read of kids starting to smoke for these reasons! I read somewhere not so long ago about them upping the age of being able to buy cigarettes until at one point they will be off the shelves, I must try and find the news link.
Apr 28th '14 21:03 PM
Bevziibubble
It is so sad that teens would start smoking for this reason
I have heard that smoking can help with appetite and acts as something to do rather than eat, but I've never heard of anyone actually starting smoking just for this.

Apr 29th '14 16:25 PM
avidian
I quit almost five years ago but I never thought about it until after I put the last cigarette down. It seems there are many sites out there that talk about the connection. I just did not think about it (as a tool) until I started to hear more stories about how young girls are doing this.