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Bloating… ugh   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started Dec-2 by ShinyDinge; 540 views.

From: ShinyDinge


Hello, all. First-time poster. I’ve been attempting to quit for the past 8 weeks. I’m getting very very close to being successful. I’m over the physical withdrawal cravings. I can manage those like a champ now. 

One huge problem. I go a week without a cigarette. And I gain an absolutely insane amount of weight in the form of water retention and no bowel movements. A lb or more added per day. And I’m not eating more. I know I’m not because I’m logging my food. And I’m a serious athlete who runs 40+ miles / week and lifts weights 3x /week. 

I keep failing because I can’t handle the bloating and weight gain. I lose the weight I gained in about 2 days after starting smoking again. Then gain it all back after a week of cessation. I don’t know what to do. Nothing seems to work. I’m exercising. I’m eating perfectly. I’m adding dietary fiber with Metamucil. Yet I keep ending up in severe gastric distress with painful gas, eye-popping weight gain and possibly dangerous lack of bowel movements. I know that nicotine is a stimulant for the gastric system. Is there a way to manage this side effect to stimulate the digestive system without nicotine? 

please, help!  I’m very ready to be an ex smoker. I’m so close. If I can figure out this stomach issue, I’ll be there. 


From: MarthaJC


Hi Shiny! I read your post and first off, how impressive that you are able to run that much as a smoker - you must have great lungs, and think how awesome you'll feel once you've quit for good! I do think you should go to a doctor with your gastric issue. I wish you all the best and hope to hear back from you!


From: Jerthie123


Hey Shiny... Welcome.

Wow you are a serious athlete. And you can do all that running while smoking?! Imagine all the other stuff you can do once you are fully quit. Like Martha said, I think it would be a good idea for you to seek medical help from a professional. Idk if your issue is gut related? If so, see a gut specialist.

It is great to hear that you are over the symptoms of physical withdrawal. It sounds like you are only dealing with the gastric issue. I have every confidence that once that is resolved, you will be just fine. May God bless the next few steps in your journey to quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight.


From: Denim50


Hey Shiny, 

Welcome to the forum. We're happy to have you joining us here. 

Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. That's one of the best decisions one can make outside of not having started smoking in the first place. 

It's great that you are able to stay so active. 

Constipation can unfortunately be one of the early side effects of nicotine withdrawal, as can a bit of weight gain. One important thing to know though is that the issue with constipation, as it pertains to quitting anyway, is temporary. Nonetheless, if it persists I would suggest you speak with your physician about it. I'm going to leave some helpful information here for you about common signs of nicotine withdrawal, constipation during quitting, and ways to help avoid weight gain during cessation. Please take a moment to read through it. 

I wish you all the best with your quit and I look forward to seeing you around the forum. 

Have a great day. relaxed 


From: Anne2020


Waterpills to reduce  water retention and change your diet to increase bowel movements (ie fiber etc.).    


From: Rassister



  I hope that you were able to find some help with this problem.  I am celebrating six years this month and to be honest, I do not remember having this problem.  Im going to assume that you have talked to your doctor and been told that this is normal.  Your body might just need a bit more time to adjust to this awesome choice you are making.  The obvious answer from me is more water but I'm sure you are already on this!  Maybe some relaxation like yoga or pilates may help your body relax!  

All the best.  



From: jupiter58


That’s a lot of miles to be running!! Good on you! I understand the bloating and constipation issue. I am just past my first week and I prepared for this by taking a crazy amount of psyllium husk capsules. I take 5 capsules 4-5 times a day, mostly when I eat and drink plenty of water. 
it has kept the bloating issue to barely noticeable and I have not been completely constipated.  
weight gain is 2 pounds so far and has been steady the last 4-5 days.