As well as setting the goals you want to achieve and planning out how you will approach each of the weight loss stages with phentermine, it’s a great idea to devise a daily weight loss schedule to make sure that you keep on top of everything while also making the most of your phentermine prescription. While we understand that everyone has different schedules, here we have some great ideas and suggestions that you could incorporate into your daily routine to help you maximize your weight loss potential while taking phentermine.
Wake up and take your phentermine with a big glass of water – the water will fill you up and get things moving to prevent that bloated feeling. It’s also a great idea to incorporate a weight loss multivitamin into your morning routine to ensure that you’re meeting all your recommended daily allowances, plus giving yourself a weight loss boost with ingredients such as 5-HTP, vitamin B12 and chromium, as well as helping to improve your mood and wellbeing.
Eating a small snack such as half a banana and a few almonds will offer you quick carbohydrates and a little protein to jump-start your metabolism for the day. And, if you can, exercise! If it’s an exercise that you love, it won’t be such a chore to work out first thing and it really is worth it; morning exercisers have been shown to work out longer and more intensely than those who work out during other times of the day, plus, it keeps your metabolism revved up so that you’ll burn more fat all day long.
After a few stretches and a shower, eat a filling breakfast around an hour after waking up, or as instructed by your phentermine doctor. Your breakfast should include protein and fiber – at least 10 grams of each. Don’t be afraid to fill up on healthy carbs such as whole grains as enjoying them early on ensures that you’ll have time to burn them off throughout the day. If you’re off to work then prepare your lunch and snacks for the day, making sure that you include low-fat protein, fiber, fresh veggies, whole grains, and fruit. To save time, cooking a little extra dinner to have for lunch the following day is a good eating habit to get into to ensure that you don’t have to eat out at lunchtime.
Make sure you have water with you all the time to keep hydrated as not only is water a great weight loss booster, it also keeps you feeling full and stops thirst masquerading as hunger. What’s more, if you’re experiencing side effects with phentermine such as headaches and dry mouth then water can help to alleviate these problems. However, if your dry mouth symptoms are particularly uncomfortable then we recommend that you add a drink mix to keep you extra hydrated and banish dry mouth for good.
Although phentermine helps to suppress appetite, a fiber-filled snack of around 150 calories at about 10 am will keep hunger pangs at bay and ensure that you don’t get too ravenous before lunchtime – long periods of not eating can result in eating too quickly and ultimately over-eating at your next meal, which is definitely best avoided. Also make sure to fill in your food and exercise journal to keep up-to-date after each snack or meal and to keep yourself motivated by checking your stats from past weeks.
Whether you’re working or at home with your kids, there’s no reason you can’t step outside for a short walk at lunchtime. This will clear your head and improve your mood, while also taking advantage of the extra energy that phentermine provides to rev up your metabolism even more. If you feel that your phentermine needs a boost, why not add a great weight loss supplement to your midday routine to provide additional appetite suppression and energy-boosting properties to get you through the afternoon slump? Then, you can enjoy your lunch, whether it’s freshly made at home or packed, knowing that you’ve worked for it. Whatever you do, step away from the phone, TV or computer screen and enjoy your lunch without distractions, which is a good habit to get into in order to have a healthy relationship with food.
A healthy snack around 3-4 pm is a good idea as it ensures that you won’t get too hungry before dinner and end up snacking while you cook. This could be something sweet such as fruit, a healthy smoothie or a few squares of dark chocolate as studies show that a small indulgence can prevent overeating and sweet cravings later. As well as keeping hydrated with water all throughout the day, the caffeine boost of green tea is a great pick-me-up during the afternoon, plus green tea is packed with antioxidants and has been shown to suppress appetite, boost metabolism, and help reduce abdominal fat.
If you didn’t get in your exercise earlier, if it’s possible, now is a great time to take advantage of your journey home by walking or cycling. If you get public transport then make sure to get off a few stops earlier and if you’re driving then make up for it by stopping off at the gym on the way home. This post-work release is a great stress-reliever which means less chance of overeating, and even if it’s just a brisk walk for ten minutes it will clear your head after your busy workday. The same goes if you’ve had a busy day at home; stepping out for a few minutes will clear your head and allow you to take a few moments for yourself.
Now it’s time to whip up a low-calorie dinner filled with veggies, low-fat protein, and whole grains, and make sure to plate up each dish rather than allow people to help themselves as this avoids mindless overeating before your brain realizes that your stomach is full. If there are any leftovers, put them away in Tupperware before sitting down to eat in order to prevent going back for unnecessary seconds. A glass of fresh juice or a piece of fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner, and then you should brush your teeth; minty fresh breath will prevent late-night snacking, and is one of many great tips that can help control your appetite.
If you like to relax in front of the TV then make good use of the commercial breaks by doing strength-training moves such as tricep curls, leg lifts and squats. If you haven’t had the chance to exercise today then now would be a great time to fit in some Pilates or relaxing yoga poses and stretches. Try following some online videos or get a DVD so that you can do these exercises at home whenever you have a spare 15 minutes and really make your weight loss schedule work for you.
About an hour before bedtime, slip into your pajamas and relax with a book or by listening to music. A pre-bedtime routine of winding down without your TV, computer, or smartphone is a great way to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep and avoid the insomnia that can often be a side effect of phentermine. Then snuggle into bed around 8 hours before you have to be up tomorrow and go off to dreamland.
Which of these tips will you be incorporating into your daily routine with phentermine? Let us know by commenting below!