Well, the chances of my offering up cigarettes as a waist-control method are roughly the same as the 8-track tape making a comeback. I don't want to rule out nicotine as one of those early-program jumpstarts you can use to jump over a hurdle to increase your metabolism and reduce your appetite, however.
Studies have shown that nicotine—in the form of patches and gum, NOT in the form of cigarettes—when combined with a modest dose of caffeine (as in 2 cups of coffee) can help reduce weight of those who use it. It's not a long-term solution, but one that can help you adjust and automate.
I've prescribed a 7 mg nicotine patch to help some over a hurdle, combined with two cups of coffee (average cups, not the high-test espresso type—it would only be two thirds of one of those babies). Of course I ensure that such a patient doesn't have side effects triggered by the caffeine, such as migraine headaches, GERD, increased heartbeats, or anxiety.
Caffeine will raise your metabolic rate just a tad to burn more calories. Combine the two if you reach a hump period in your weight-loss program—and they can act as that crutch that will help keep your mind—and waist—in the right direction. Discuss this option with your doctor, who will need to write a prescription.
Find out more about this book:You, on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management