We often receive questions or comments regarding the effectiveness of using phentermine for weight loss. Phentermine, also known as Adipex, works very well to control hunger; however, the results are still based on you and your motivation to eat healthier and your ability to stick to the plan.
After taking phentermine for several months, you may notice that the appetite suppressant effect does not seem as strong as it was for the first few weeks. This diminishing effect is due to your body becoming acclimated to the medication. So the question is: How do you make the appetite suppressant keep working for longer?
Here are some suggestions– based on your doctor’s approval:
- Ask your doctor if you should take the whole tablet of phentermine in one dose rather than half a tablet twice a day.
- Take the medication later during the day, 2 hrs before you are likely to be hungry, however not too late during the day which may inhibit sleep.
- Consider doing weight lifting exercises instead of cardio. Cardio tends to stimulate appetite while weight lifting help suppresses appetite for many people.
- Add on the B-12 and fat burner injections if you have not already done so. The B-12 and other components can make it easier for you to maintain your diet
- Keep snacks away and do not have things around the house (or office!) that you really enjoy eating.
- Drink more water. A gallon a day is best. When you find yourself hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 30 minutes to see if you are actually thirsty instead of hungry.
- Consider consolidating your meals into a 6 hr window during the day, like during 2p-8p. This known as intermittent fasting and when used properly can be very effective for helping certain people regulate or “reset” their appetite.
- Consider trying the other manufacturer/brand of phentermine. Different companies use different dyes or binding agents as part of the inactive ingredients that may work better for certain individuals. The pills look slightly different from each other, but the active ingredient is still entirely phentermine 37.5 mg.
- Get more sleep. A lack of good sleep increases the release of a stress hormone, known as cortisol, that will cause you to eat more. Also, it’s hard to eat when you are asleep so it’s a win-win.
- Take at least a 1-week break from phentermine (and other stimulants, such as caffeine, if you can handle it). This allows your body to reset so the medication is new to you again.
These are just a few strategies to help you get the most out of the medication and better take control of your eating habits. Hopefully, something here will help you on your way to a healthier you.
I started this journey on a whim on May 1st, 2017 weighing 235 pounds. What killed me the most is that I weighed more than when I was pregnant with my twins 19 years ago, and they weighed 7 lbs 5 oz each. I had a hysterectomy in 2005 after which my weight just continued to increase. I have never dieted nor exercised more than walking on a trail. I have a very happy marriage and my husband has never complained about my weight, but I just became comfortable with being so overweight. To celebrate almost any occasion we would go out to dinner, which was a large part of the problem.
I was very nervous going into my first appointment at the Elevation Medical Weight Loss clinic but the doctor was very understanding and gave me a plan. This has became more than a just diet, but a new way of life. I now look at EVERY single label, whereas before I never even glanced at food labels. I couldn’t believe the amount of calories and carbs in some of the drinks and foods I was consuming every day.
At my first appointment I rattled off a goal weight number, which I never really expected to see. Now, here I am on Sept 21st, 2017, just 4 and 1/2 months later and I have reached my goal weight of 180 pounds. I have lost 7 inches from around my waist, and can now fit into regular size clothing instead of plus size. When I take selfies with my friends, I can hold the phone down instead of way up in the air to get a slimmer angle. I can now walk flights of stairs that before left me completely out of breath, I even stepped outside of my comfort zone and started beat boxing with friends and actually love doing it! If I can do this and make it work, anyone can. I not only did this for myself but for our 4 sons, since I have found that a healthy mom is a happy mom. We still celebrate by going out to dinner, only now I am much more conscious of my choices and my order has far fewer calories and carbs.
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