When you’re prescribed phentermine, you’re generally told to take it first thing in the morning, but what if you work shifts, or you’re a night owl and you often stay up late? Although you should always follow your prescription, it is always a good idea to explain to your doctor how you need phentermine to fit in with your lifestyle, including your waking hours and snacking habits. Here we explain how your lifestyle can affect your weight, and how you can manage your lifestyle with phentermine.
If You’re an Early Bird
The good news is, if you’re an early riser you have an advantage over those who sleep until later; an Australian study showed that early risers were less likely to be overweight than night owls, even though both groups slept the same amount of hours. Sleep is very important to health in general and can also help with weight loss, so if you do normally wake up early then it’s important that you also go to bed early to compensate, as getting the recommended amount of 7-9 hours’ sleep per night stabilizes important hormones that affect weight.
It is best to take your phentermine when you wake up, as your doctor will prescribe, and then most prescriptions advise you to eat around one hour later. Fitting in some daily exercise during this time is a great way to use the energy boost phentermine provides, plus exercising in the morning helps you increase energy levels, metabolism and mood so that you’re more likely to embrace a healthy mindset and make better food choices during the day. Fitting in exercise every day can be a hard task, but if you’re already an early bird, setting your alarm a little earlier and getting your exercise out of the way in the morning can give you a well-deserved sense of accomplishment. But, remember to make it up to yourself by going to bed earlier that night.
Phentermine is known to disrupt sleep patterns and cause insomnia, so for the first few days of taking it you may experience either an inability to fall asleep, or an inability to stay asleep for as long as you used to. These side effects should lessen after a few days but you should let your doctor know if they continue for longer. Your doctor may prescribe you a lower dosage or advise you to split your pills in two and just take half each day. If you do find yourself waking earlier than usual during the transition period, rather than staying in bed and feeling frustrated, getting up and being active can help adjust to these changes.
Getting started in the morning can be the hardest part of the day, but it can also be the most productive. However, some people who do get up early may sometimes be more susceptible to energy drops in the afternoon, leading to desires for unhealthy food, so it’s a good idea to have energy-boosting snacks like nuts, yogurt and fruit close to hand for when those 3pm cravings hit. A lunchtime walk outside can also give your energy levels a much-needed boost, so this is a great option if you don’t have time for exercise in the morning due to your busy schedule. Another great way to boost your energy in the afternoon is by taking the phentermine alternative Phen Caps, which help you lose weight by increasing energy levels and suppressing appetite. Combining your phentermine with a Phen Cap in the afternoon will help you stay alert during the afternoon slump and focused on sticking to your healthier lifestyle plan by keeping cravings at bay.
If You’re a Night Owl
If you’re not a fan of an early night, you’re at a disadvantage when it comes to weight loss. Although the Australian study mentioned earlier compared late and early risers who got the same amount of sleep, staying up later than your body really wants to increases levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger cravings, and decreases levels of leptin, a hormone that makes people feel full. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who were kept up until 4am ate 550 additional calories during their late night hours. What’s more, more of these late-night calories came from high-fat foods, rather than the healthy foods they consumed during daytime.
The reason for this, is that night owls are usually engrossed in activities such as reading, writing, homework, watching television, playing video games or surfing the internet. These activities keep the mind occupied but leave the body bored and restless, resulting in them seeking another form of satisfaction, which generally comes in the form of food. What’s worse is this food is rarely healthy, and is more likely to include pizza, popcorn, sugary soft drinks and alcohol, and if you’re eating while enjoying your favorite activity there’s more chance that you’ll snack mindlessly, without taking into account how much you’re eating or whether you’re even hungry.
If your natural bedtime is later, then being a late riser and taking your phentermine when you wake up should help you counteract these late-night snacking habits. However, making slight adjustments to your waking hours could help you to be more productive during the day; giving yourself time in the morning means you have more time to exercise and more time to eat a filling healthy breakfast, so if you’re not already an early riser, it could be a positive lifestyle change to incorporate into your weight loss journey with phentermine.
For some people, it may be a case of having to wake up later or at different times due to working nights or varied shift patterns. For those of you who work nights, you should take your phentermine when it’s your ‘morning’. Explain your personal timetable to your doctor and this will help you both come to an arrangement which is likely to include you taking your phentermine when you wake up in the afternoon and then eating either a snack or your dinner around an hour later. Taking your phentermine in the morning before you sleep is doubly counterproductive, as it is likely to affect your ability to sleep during the day, and then the energy boosting effects and appetite suppression will be reduced when you need them most during the early hours of the next morning. It can be a little more complicated for those of you working different shift patterns from week to week or even day to day, but essentially, the same advice applies; the optimum time to take your phentermine will be when you first wake up, whatever time that may be, so as to make the most of the extra energy and appetite suppression during your particular waking hours.
When working during the night you are fighting against your body’s natural circadian rhythms, and so it is likely that you are more susceptible to periods of insomnia. However, if you find that sleeping is even more difficult with phentermine and that this lasts for more than a few days, you should let your doctor know, to see if he or she can adjust your prescription to help with this issue. For those of you who need to stay up for work, another problem is the tiredness late at night, which can cause energy slumps and the inevitable cravings that come as a result. To avoid this, having energy-boosting snacks on hand can be a diet-saver, so make sure that you have foods high in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and slow-releasing energy, like whole grains, to keep you going. A walk during your break may not be an option during the night, but getting some fresh air can really help boost your focus and motivation for the next few hours to come. Another option is to take one Phen Cap a little before your mid-shift meal, as your nighttime equivalent to lunch; this will give you a much-needed energy boost, and the appetite-suppressing effects will help you avoid snacking on unhealthy foods during the rest of your shift.
When it comes to weight loss and how best to manage it, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and this is especially true if you have different waking hours to most people, as this then affects your meal times and the times when you are more likely to need help managing energy levels and cravings. So, make sure to discuss this with your doctor when you are prescribed phentermine, as weight loss is more successful when you are able to structure your new healthy lifestyle around your own personal timetable.
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