Merriam-Webster defines a diet as “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight”. What do you think of when you hear the word diet? Deprivation? Feeling hungry? Food restriction? A temporary way of eating?
The Health Plus Program is NOT a diet but rather helps you focus on dietary patterns. When you follow the Basic Principles, you shouldn’t ever feel hungry or deprived. There are many “Free Foods” that you can eat in unlimited quantities whenever you want. The Basic Principles encourages you to eat frequently before you feel very hungry. It is always easier to make better food choices when you are not ravenous.
Following the Basic Principles is about forming new habits so that this new way of eating becomes a new lifestyle for the long-term. Give it some time for you to get used to the new dietary patterns. Over time, the habits you work on will become easier and more automatic. It will feel strange if you don’t follow your new lifestyle. Phentermine can help decrease food cravings so that you can focus on developing these healthier habits.
The good news is that you don’t have to follow the Basic Principles perfectly to reap the benefits and see results. However, the more closely you follow the Principles the better your results will likely be. So do your best to be consistent. If you do get off track, it is important to refocus on your habits right away to continue on your weight loss journey.
Another big difference between a diet and the Health Plus Program is that a diet is primarily focused on weight loss while the Health Plus Program is focused on achieving better overall health. We want you to have increased energy, an improved mood, and an improved memory; to maintain and/or build your lean muscle mass through exercise; to prevent the development of chronic diseases; and to have better gut health. There is some evidence that eating healthy foods high in certain vitamins and phytochemicals can help maintain cognition and brain health. Eating foods high in fiber and low in added sugars will help good bacteria thrive in your GI tract.
Because this is a way of eating for the rest of your life, it is important to make these dietary patterns sustainable for the long-term. If there is a food you really enjoy, figure out a way to eat it at least occasionally. Perhaps you might need to modify a recipe by using lower fat ingredients. Or you may need to substitute a similar item for a higher fat or higher sugar food item. For example, if you really like peanut butter, try peanut butter powder which has 75% less fat than peanut butter. You will likely find that, over time, your body will begin to crave these healthier alternatives.