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Smoking Does Not Help in Fat Loss

July 21st, 2008 · 9 Comments ·


Some people smoke to suppress appetites, but seldom this approach works long term. Some also believe that smoking cigarettes will increase body metabolic rate. Even if all these claims are true, will it be wise to trade of the health to stay slim?

Fortunately, a study has confirmed that people does not lose body fat by smoking. The research team from the University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales used mice as the experiment subject. (Pity on the mice…) Mice exposed to smoke ate less but their body mass kept to similar levels. Smokers may look skinnier because of lose of muscles and not body fat. The body fat was still found gather around liver, lungs, heart and stomach. Source

This result actually apples not only to smokers, but also to people who use purely diet to lose weight. They may look skinnier but the body fat may still the same.


At the end of the day, combining physical activity with a reduced fat and calorie diet, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and other healthy weight-control practices should be the long term approach to help one to stay fit and healthy. Don’t give yourself any excuse to smoke thinking that it will help you to stay slim!



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  • KY // Jul 21, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    I think a lot of people will be satisfied by looking skinnier. LoL

  • Erick // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Smoking doesn’t help you look healthy skinny, smoking makes you look like a corpse skinny, just wait till u get those black eyes, yellow teeth, and bags under your eyes.

  • stupe // Jul 22, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    coming frm an ex 2 packs a day chain smoker myself…i must say that kicking the habit was one of the best decision i’ve ever made in my life.

    it has been almost 5 years since!

  • sylvesteR // Jul 22, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Maybe one person’s initial goal was to lose weight, but after finding out it doesn’t work, they tried to stop smoking. As much as they want to stop, they can’t because smoking is addictive. It’s not that they want to!!

  • Ken // Jul 22, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    The way I see it, weight loss is a bad word.

    Reason being, weight loss = muscles + body fat + water

    Usually water is the first to go. In a situation where protein is not consumed, muscles loss is imminent. Hence it impedes one’s ability to burn energy.

    To lose fat one must be on a caloric deficit. Ie. Calories burned more than calories intake.

    One can burned more calories by doing any exercises including any sport games, weight lifting, resistance training , swimming and etc.

  • Jonz // Jul 23, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    I’ve kicked the habit 7 1/2 months ago. Truly the best decision i’ve probably made in life haha. It has allowed me to gain incredible results in the gym.

  • Joel // Jul 24, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    I did quit smoking for love over a year and a half ago, but on a heavier note…

    I must say, or ask if you will, “has anyone out there ever been troubled by the query “”are corporations bad for the little people?'” Well, I have been mulling this over with regard to many aspects of my life that just might run parallel to the asspecks in your own life. I’m thinking of comparison. Comparisons such as: mom and pop vs. Walart, Micky Dee’s vs. the “hand made” thirteen dollar burger, Bob’s Barber vs. Robert Leonard Salon, Costco vs. …well, shit, versus everyone, and finally, LA Fitness versus ME. With only a passion for working out and a need for somewhere to do so, I all at once, upon entering LA Fitness, was entranced by the multitude of machines, overwhelmed by the number of TV’s and bombarded by the over aggressive sales staff. A staff who had, no doubt, done their job undeceivingly(notaword) well, for, upon leaving, I felt as though I needed to see no other Gym. No, I had been inaugurated into the best club in town, or what would be the best in town “in a couple of months.” One year later, after paying what any other gym would consider mid-high tier membership rates, the brand new “best club in town,” was still under construction, and it was time to move on. Back to the point. Has anyone out there tried to unsubscribe to anything? I hesitate to use specific examples, such as magazine subscriptions with recurring billing, cable TV, cell phone service, internet service, let alone an internet site subscription. But I must ask again “any of these ring a bell?” I know you’ve been there too, have any of these services been easy, no, user friendly, to discontinue? It seems the more money I save by buying in bulk, signing up for a membership, ordering through the internet, billing it to my credit card, or shopping with my f#$%ing rewards card, the more headache I’m left with when I decide to go elsewhere or just not participate. More to the point, the more I pay in penalties, cancelation fees, paper, ink, gas, and time, a whole lot of time, spent researching how to actually get these companies to stop “conveniently” taking your money, ads up to more than what I was saving in the first place. DOESN”T IT? That is the question, isn’t is? Because, (not)sorry to say, I recycle, I’m for sustainability, I think global warming is a fact, I believe the “golden rule” is “do unto others,” I proudly ride the bus, and I smell funky come woodstock revue, but I’m a realist, and right at this moment, it’s about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. It’s why we’re in Iraq, and I’ll go there, because it’s why we, and every other f#$%ing (civil)ization, ever decided to conquer, destroy, and rule every/any other group of people just chillin’ and not being as bad ass as the king of the mountain. All about the money, so I can understand it when a business like LA Fitness decides to try to make some, by being dishonest and completely conniving. I don’t blame them the least bit for being an absolutely poor investment with inadequate customer service, and a contract that the Godfather himself couldn’t get Johnny Fontain out from under. No, I’m just upset at myself for not seeing it coming. I mean, the door(reception) girls wore more makeup than my 1992 prom date, the trainers tripped over their own shoelaces, the thermostat was on 85 in the summer and the AC was ON in the winter, and the fucking General Manager of the gym had a beer gut and an obviously poor work ethic. And a BEER GUT. The GM of the fucking place. It’s a GYM!! But honestly, I should’ve seen this shit coming, right? Well, I didn’t, and I’m not sure I will next time either. I consider myself to be ahead of my time and above average, as I think anyone, with a positive self image, or negative, or any self image for that or amy matter, does. That said, I think it’s quite the feat to see “it” coming, considering there’s a whole lot of folks, smartr’n me, working on the whole you “not seeing it coming.” So? What? Really? What the crap am I saying anywayl? Am I saying it’s not the corporations killing Mom and Pop, but rather the ad execs and corporate lawyers killing the lower-middle class fuckers? Maybe someday i’ll say that, but for now I’m really just saying that LA FITNESS SUCKS WICKED ASS. And I mean that in a bad way.

  • Tom Parker // Aug 10, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Good post Mun. Whilst smoking can help you lose weight it is by no means a healthy way to do so. A good diet and a solid exercise routine are always the best choices in this area.

  • breanna // Nov 6, 2008 at 11:24 PM

    drugs are vrey bad that is why i have never done them.

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