Phentermine is known to be an excellent weight loss medication for its appetite-suppressing effects, while also working to increase your energy levels, helping to keep you focused and alert, giving you the boost you need to start living a more active lifestyle. However, due to individual differences between patients, sometimes those taking phentermine may not always get the same energy boost as others. Here, we explain just how phentermine works to give you more energy, how the expectations don’t always live up to the reality, and how you can get more energy from phentermine if you’re not experiencing the increase in your energy levels that you had hoped for.
How Phentermine Gives You Energy
Phentermine causes the brain to stimulate the adrenal glands to release neurotransmitters which signal a fight-or-flight response, similar to the reaction of our bodies when we are faced with dangerous or exhilarating situations. By releasing the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, phentermine produces a satiating effect, increasing feelings of fullness and minimizing hunger, and by releasing adrenaline, the body becomes more adept to deal with these physically demanding situations.
Through the release of adrenaline, phentermine stimulates various bodily functions that increase glucose levels and fatty acids in the body, breaking down stored fat to increase energy production within the body’s cells. These changes allow more blood to get to the muscles and more oxygen to fill the lungs, so that you’re ready to use this energy to either flee from danger or defend yourself. Or, in the case of phentermine, your body is stimulated to want to expel this rush of energy by increasing activity levels and participating in physical exercise.
Expectation vs Reality
As phentermine is structurally similar to amphetamine, in addition to the boost of energy it provides, it allows you to remain focused on your weight loss goals and avoid snacking by amplifying feelings of concentration and alertness. Accordingly, it is advised that phentermine is taken early in the day so as to avoid insomnia at night because of the increased energy and feelings of alertness it provides. When first taking phentermine, many patients report feeling ‘wired’ or describe a ‘buzz’ feeling that gives them the boost they need to focus on their weight loss goals and incorporate more activity into their day, but these feelings often lessen after the first few days once the body becomes more accustomed to the effects.
However, for the many people that feel a huge energy boost with phentermine, there are others who simply do not get this reaction, and it’s a common problem as shown by the amount of conversations in our Facebook support group relating to energy levels, with many people commenting how they are not feeling as energized while taking phentermine as they had hoped. There was also a poll in which users have voted to indicate the energy boost they get from phentermine; nearly a third of people have said that they ‘sometimes but not always’ get an energy boost from phentermine, while 26% have said that they never get any energy from phentermine – the same amount as those who have said they do get an energy boost. Clearly the expectation of an energy boost with phentermine does not always live up to the reality, which highlights the issue that everyone is different and therefore, reactions to phentermine can also be very different.
How to Boost Energy Levels on Phentermine
If you aren’t feeling the extra energy you expected with phentermine, one option is to speak to your doctor to see if your dosage might need to be adjusted. If an increased dosage is not an option, there are several ways in which you can enhance the effects of your prescription to get more energy from phentermine:
Fuel Your Body
Dehydration can leave us feeling lethargic, so make sure to get your eight glasses a day and always have a bottle of water on you to drink while you’re out and about. Also try to increase your intake of energy-boosting foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, dark chocolate, whole grain, quinoa, salmon, legumes, eggs, and Greek yogurt. These foods help boost energy by providing much needed fiber, protein and other important minerals and vitamins which help your body process energy better and give it the fuel it needs to function well.
Exercise to Energize
Although it may seem that exercising would deplete energy supplies, regular exercise actually boosts energy levels. This is because exercise builds muscles that enable the body to process energy from food better, and by working the heart and lungs, blood flow is increased to organs and so energy is produced at a faster rate. Experiments have also shown that participants who went for a walk during the afternoon, when energy levels are often at their lowest, reported feeling a greater energy boost than participants who ate a candy bar. So, when you’re feeling lethargic, stepping outside for a quick walk can really help boost energy levels, plus you’ll save the calories from not eating the candy.
Avoid Acidify Foods
Experiments carried out on phentermine showed that an acidic urinary pH causes 84% of the dose to be excreted unchanged by the kidney within 24 hours, compared to just 48% of unchanged dose when urinary pH is alkaline. This means that when your urinary pH is alkaline, your body has a greater chance to process the phentermine and therefore its effects, such as increased energy levels, should last longer. There are many healthy foods which can boost your alkaline levels, although testing is advised, as the effects of some foods may differ for some people. Some of the many alkalizing foods include broccoli, carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, onions, spinach, tomatoes, apples, bananas, berries, grapes, lemons, pears, pineapple, watermelon, almonds, and cinnamon. Unhealthy acidifying foods and drinks, which should be avoided, include alcohol, coffee, soda, butter, and ice cream.
Add a Supplement
Another great way to boost energy levels, is to add a supplement such as Phen Caps. Like phentermine, Phen Caps help you to lose weight by boosting energy levels and suppressing appetite; the energy boost is provided by the stimulants caffeine and Theobromine, which speed up the body’s responses and create a thermogenic heating response, boosting metabolism and increasing focus and alertness. Phen Caps can be taken alone as an alternative to phentermine, or alongside your phentermine prescription to enhance the effects, and as they contain different ingredients, Phen Caps have been shown to give people the boost they need, which they have found to be lacking when taking phentermine alone. We would recommend that you take your phentermine in the morning as usual and then one Phen Cap before lunch, as this will give you a much-needed energy boost for the afternoon, which is often when we feel more lethargic and tend to reach for sugary snacks as a quick-fix to boost dropping energy levels.
If you’re taking phentermine and don’t feel that you’re getting the energy boost you expected, it can be very frustrating although it’s clear that there are many people who experience the same thing, which is, in part, due to the individual differences in our bodies and the way we process and react to medications. But, by following our suggestions, you can help boost the effects of phentermine and increase your energy levels so that you’ll be raring to go as you progress along your weight loss journey towards your goal weight.
Does phentermine give you the energy boost you expected or are you still wondering when the effects will kick-in? Let us know by commenting below!