Life After Diet Pills – Losing Weight or Maintaining Your New Weight
Diet pills have become a widely used tool to help people with their weight loss efforts. Though not all of them work the same way, there is one question that remains no matter which one you use…what do you do when you stop? Whether you have been on a diet pill for a very short time or over several weeks, you are left with the question of how to proceed once you are through with those drugs.
Your actions do depend on whether you have lost all the weight you intend to lose by the time you get off the pills or whether you need to continue to lose the weight beyond that point. Though the actions you need to take whether you’re maintaining a weight or losing are not dramatically different, they are still different from what they were before you started taking the pills – otherwise you wouldn’t have needed the pills at all.
The main struggle that people face when they quit their diet pills is the fact that they can no longer rely on the advantages of those medications to help them along. Many diet pills reduce the appetite, speed the metabolism, and heighten energy levels. That being said, these pills are for short-term use only, so you cannot continue using them perpetually. Therefore, you need to plan ahead.
When you use diet pills, don’t think of them as the solution to your weight loss problems. Instead, think of them as a tool that allows you to more easily build positive, effective weight loss habits that you can continue after you’re no longer taking the drugs. After all, you are not supposed to use the diet pills as your exclusive means for weight loss. To get the most out of the pills themselves, you are supposed to eat a healthy, well balanced diet consisting of four to six small meals throughout the day. Furthermore, you are supposed to incorporate a higher amount of activity into your day, whether this means simply staying on your feet longer by taking on more physical tasks (such as walking to the store instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or even simply standing to do some tasks for which you previously remained seated) or adding a specific exercise such as walking, swimming, or pilates to your routine
If you use diet pills as directed and in conjunction with a healthy, reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise, then continuing to lose weight or maintaining your weight should be simply a matter of continuing the habits you’ve already started.