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Weight training may help smokers quit w/o gaining weight

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August 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
For those of you trying to kick the smoking habit but afraid of the possible weight gain, new research is pointing to weight lifting as a solution.

In a new study, 16 percent of smokers who completed a 12-week resistance training program not only quit smoking, but also lost weight and body fat.

That's compared to 8 percent in the control group who quit smoking, but gained weight and body fat.

More research is needed before resistance training can be used as a clinical treatment to stop smoking.

The study is online in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.