Not all weight loss tips are created equal, and some are ineffective or just plain unhealthy. If you recently started taking Phentermine 37.5mg and want to make other lifestyle changes that promote weight loss, learn what tips doctors wish you would ignore.
You Can Shed Weight In Days
Diets with numbers in the title, such as the “48-Hour Diet,” should always be avoided.
"That implies there's an endpoint," says Philadelphia medical weight loss expert Charlie Seltzer, MD. Quick fixes of this kind do not offer lasting health benefits. "You're not addressing the things that have made you overweight in the first place," Seltzer notes.
Losing Weight Is All About Calorie Intake
Consuming less calories of course helps you lose weight, but you lose muscle as well. Since muscle is necessary to burn calories, losing too much of it makes regaining the weight you lost a distinct possibility.
Working Out For An Hour A Day Is Best
Working out in spurts may be the key to lasting weight loss.
"We find the people who are most successful are those who do 10-minute bouts spread out during the day,” says Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at Joslin Clinic.
Snacking Often Helps
"Most people gain weight because of snacks, not meals," says Dr. Hamdy. This is because of the mindless eating factor, such as consuming chips from a bag while watching television. If you can’t give up your snacks, measure the portions, add some protein, and stay mindful about what you consume.
Skipping breakfast is easy for most people because they are not hungry in the morning. Saving your calories for later may seem tempting; however, you are not giving your metabolism the jump-start it needs to burn calories all day long. Eat at least something in the morning, preferably foods high in fiber and protein so you feel satiated until lunch.