The ultimate goal of long term weight loss with phentermine isn’t about quick fixes or shortcuts, but it’s true that the small changes we make can add up to big losses on the scale. So, here we have the top ten diet hacks to help you lose more weight with phentermine.
1. Don’t Diet
That’s right, in at number one on our list of diet hacks is to not diet at all! Diets are a temporary solution to an ongoing problem, and as they generally involve deprivation, they feel like a punishment we can’t wait to finish. But of course, once dieters lose the weight, all bets are off and most people will just regain the weight they worked hard to lose. So, take the word ‘diet’ out of your vocabulary; you’re not on a diet, you’re eating healthier, eating better – for good, and it’s your choice. So, before you fill your fridge with salad or vow never to eat carbs again, think in terms of making gradual changes which you can sustain for the rest of your life like switching from full fat milk to semi skimmed, or swapping your Friday night take out for a healthy home-cooked meal. Use phentermine’s effects to help you make small permanent changes which will give you better results than drastic changes you can only sustain for a few weeks.
2. Go Vegetarian One Day A Week
While vegetarian isn’t a byword for healthy, vegetable-based dishes usually contain less fat and fewer calories than meat-based dishes. Plus, without the meat you’re more likely to up your quota of plant-based foods like vegetables and legumes, meaning more weight-loss-boosting nutrients! If you’re not sure where to start then check out these super-tasty vegetarian recipes, including a protein-packed bean Bolognese and a veggie stir-fry with just over 100 calories per portion!
3. Sleep Away The Pounds
After a bad night’s sleep, we’re prone to mid-afternoon cravings as our body tries to cope with the 3pm energy slump. And, while a quick nap around this time is said to be the perfect pick-me-up to boost energy and increase metabolism, most of us can only dream of a post-lunch snooze. However, going to bed earlier is something we can all do to increase our chance of weight loss. Sleep helps to regulate the hormones which control hunger and satiety, meaning that you’ll be less likely to reach for easy calories from high-fat snacks. Plus, sleep helps to reduce cortisol in our body – a hormone that’s produced as a result of stress and which directly leads to weight gain, especially around the belly. So, try to be in bed ready for some serious shut-eye 8 hours before you have to get up to ensure you get at least 7 hours sleep.
4. Stock Up On Snacks
Although phentermine suppresses appetite, you’re still going to get hungry, so the ultimate diet hack is to develop healthier ways to minimize and manage hunger. That means stocking up on healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grain crackers and unsweetened yogurt to keep you equipped to handle temptation and cravings.
5. Eat Dessert For Breakfast
We’re not suggesting you regress to your childhood fantasies of eating ice cream at 7am, but rather to finish off the first meal of your day with something sweet. A study led by Tel Aviv University found that those who ate a small cookie or cake alongside a hearty but healthy breakfast reported fewer sweet cravings throughout the day. Furthermore, the participants who ate the dessert for breakfast throughout the duration of the study went on to lose an average of 15 lbs more than those who stuck to a lighter breakfast without the treat – this is one of the diet hacks we can’t wait to try! Other studies have previously found that allowing yourself to have your daily treat earlier in the day leads to a more concentrated effort to stick to your plan for the rest of the day, as well as fewer cravings and feelings of deprivation.
6. Brown Bag It
As well as your healthy snacks a great diet hack is to take a filling healthy lunch to work with you instead of eating out. Research shows that eating out at lunchtime even just once a week can result in losing 5 lbs less over the course of three months – that’s 20 lbs more a year you could be losing by making your own lunch, plus it’s a lot cheaper too! Leftovers, sandwiches, and Mason jar salads (shown above) are all great lunchtime options.
7. Switch To Whole Grain
Carbs are good for your mind, body and mood, so drastically reducing your intake isn’t a good idea. But, not all carbs are created equal – one of the easiest and most effective diet hacks is to switch your white bread, rice and pasta to whole grain and you’ll get more of the filling fiber and nutrients without the blood sugar spikes and chemicals of over-bleached white carbs.
8. Forget Fruit Juice
Fruit is a healthy way to get a little sweetness into your diet as the fiber content means that the sugars aren’t released too quickly into the bloodstream, so no crazy sugar spikes. However, fruit juice is the fruit without the fiber, meaning that you’ve just got the sugar left, so stick to eating fruit rather than juicing it.
9. Spice It Up
Opting to make meals at home and take a packed lunch instead of eating out is a sure-fire way to eat less calories as you can control how much sodium, fat and sugar you consume. And, although healthy eating does have a reputation for being bland and tasteless, it doesn’t have to be that way! Instead of salt and artificial flavors, you can add a huge taste boost to your dishes by experimenting with herbs and spices, and once you start building up a repertoire of recipes, you should make sure that your favorite spices are always in your pantry. What’s more, many flavorsome spices such as cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger, and black pepper all help to boost metabolism too, so this diet hack means that you’ll also benefit from extra weight loss on phentermine as well as more delicious home-cooking.
10. Good vs Bad Fats
There was a time when fat was considered your enemy if you wanted to lose weight, but things have changed since then and we now know that good fats – aka monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) – can actually help you to lose weight if eaten in moderation. Good fats found in foods like oily fish, avocado, olive oil, and nuts are crucial for making important hormones that lower your LDL cholesterol, keep your body and brain functioning well, improve your mood, and reduce inflammation, meaning less body fat. Not eating enough of these good fats leads to hormone imbalances, which has the knock-on effect of a slowed metabolism, confused hunger signals, low mood and fewer resources to fight off infections and ill health. So, the last of the top diet hacks in the list is to be sure to add some good fats to your daily diet – your body and scale will thank you for it!
Will you be trying any of these diet hacks to try and get your phentermine weight loss going? Or do you have any great diet hacks of your own? Let us know by commenting below!