So you’ve weeded through the overwhelming masses and purchased your first diet pill. Although an exhausting task in itself, the hard work isn’t over yet. Although your pill package may make tummy-tucking promises of “extreme fat-torching,” and “intense energy gains,” the truth is: a diet pill is designed to “weight loss supplement” a balanced diet, regular exercise, and several lifestyle changes if you’re going to sustain any of the weight you lose in the future.
It’s an unfortunate fact that by some estimates, over 80 percent of people who have lost weight regain the weight (or more) after two years. Research done at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) analyzed 31 long-term diet studies and discovered that approximately two-thirds of dieters regained more weight within four or five years than they lost in the first place.
What is responsible for this phenomenon?
• First, losing the weight in an unrealistic manner
• Second, not developing habits that will carry your weight loss into the future
Start Smart with Diet Pills
Now that you’ve purchased your diet pill and made the commitment to yourself to lose weight, you need to set realistic weight loss goals. With a diet pill, you should not be losing more than a pound per day, and losing 1-3 pounds per week is considered commendable.
However, you can’t expect your diet pill to do all the work for you. Even if you’ve purchased a weight loss supplement that guarantees weight loss without making any lifestyle changes (which many do), don’t fall for it.
If you were to take your diet pill’s advice and continue eating chips and sitting on the couch for hours after work, what’s going to happen when you’re not taking the pill anymore?
Do NOT become dependent on your diet pill.
Begin Balancing Meals
Don’t fall into the “diet food” trap. Often foods claiming to be low-calorie, low-fat, etc. are still overly processed and are not going to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay energized while you cut calories.
The best source of food for dieters is fresh and unprocessed. Even if you’ve purchased a diet pill that claims to contain appetite suppressant ingredients, the small portions of food that you do end up eating need to be nutrient-dense so you can keep your energy levels up and keep your body (and metabolism) functioning at its peak.
If you are taking an appetite suppressant, don’t forget to eat! You may think to yourself “great, it’s 7:00, I haven’t eaten today, and I’m not even hungry,” but simply not eating is NOT a practice you’re going to be able to sustain when you stop taking the appetite suppressant.
When taking a diet pill, the best way to use it to its utmost advantage is to think long-term and to make sure you’re establishing healthy practices that you can sustain.
Spend Extra Energy in the Gym
If you’re taking a fat burner diet pill then it’s going to contain stimulant ingredients that boost your energy levels. These pills are usually taken twice a day, before breakfast and lunch, and provide your body with the energy it needs to burn extra calories.
Now, to capitalize on this energy boost it’s important that you spend this extra energy wisely. If you’re not a regular caffeine drinker and aren’t used to the extra energy, it’s possible to develop the shakes or the “jitters” as they’re more commonly called. However, if you use that energy wisely then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Establishing a regular exercise regimen is going to help you see weight loss results quickly and is going to help you sustain your weight loss into the future.
You don’t have to make time for the gym every day but it’s important that you set days of the week and times that you’re going to work out so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
Additionally, weight training is essential to any diet and fitness program. Despite what you may think, lifting weights is not going to make you bulky unless huge gains are your goal. But lifting weights 3-5 times a week for 15-30 minutes is going to help you replace body fat with lean muscle and thus reveal a toned, sexy physique when you reach your weight loss goals.
Lean muscle mass also burns more calories than fat stores so the more muscle you have, the higher your calorie burn will be going forward.
In order to avoid the emotional toll yo-yo dieting can take on the mind and body and in order to keep the weight you lose off, it’s VITAL that you make realistic lifestyle changes. Diet pills should be used as tools to help you reach your health and fitness goals and to help you make those changes by aiding in the avoidance of food cravings and providing you with the energy you need to exercise regularly.
Only by turning these small and simple lifestyle changes into regular habits are you going to keep fitting in those “skinny” jeans two years down the road. Don’t become one of the 80% who packs on the pounds again and again, but make choices that will allow you to be part of the 20% who actually maintains their weight loss goals.
Taking a diet pill isn’t something you do on a whim and hope to the diet gods that it works, taking a diet pill should mark a commitment you make to yourself and your health.