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How To: Maximize the Effects of Phentermine

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While phentermine is a proven diet medication which has helped countless numbers of people on their weight loss journey, there are some ways to maximize its effects to really ensure that you are getting the most out of your daily dose.

The Wonders of Water

One sure-fire way to help your phentermine work its magic is to drink lots of water. Drinking plenty of water is known to have many health benefits, but sometimes it can be unclear just exactly how your eight glasses a day (or more, ideally) can help you lose weight. Firstly, it can sometimes be difficult for our brains to know if we are hungry or just thirsty, so it’s often a good idea to have some water and check that you’re not a little dehydrated rather than hungry, especially in hot weather. Drinking water also fills you up, so your appetite is satisfied without the calories. You should drink water continuously throughout the day, but one dieting tip is to have a glass around 20 minutes before a meal so that your stomach has a chance to recognize the feeling of fullness, and you should then see yourself eating less at mealtimes.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly for those taking phentermine, drinking lots of water helps you to lose water weight. Your body likes to hoard things; if you’ve been denying your body of the water it needs to function at its best, it tries to hold onto the water it has, which results in water weight. Once your body gets used to having a constant supply of water, it realizes it no longer has to conserve water and let’s go of the water it was holding onto. So, your body will thank you for drinking lots of water and so will your scale!

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Work the Weight Off

Although eating healthily and taking phentermine will make the pounds come off, it is the winning combination of phentermine, diet and exercise that can really make a difference to how you progress along your weight loss journey. Whether you dance in your living room, sweat it out at the gym, go for a long walk or do a few lengths at the local pool, using the energy boost phentermine gives you to exercise can really help you to achieve the body you want. Exercising whilst dieting helps you convert the fat you are losing into muscle, and while conventional scales can tell you how much overall weight you have lost, it is only by measuring your ratio of lean muscle and bone mass to body fat that can tell you exactly how your body is changing for the better.

Your phentermine doctor should be able to tell you how much muscle you are building using a Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) scale, as often a seemingly small overall weight loss is hiding the fact that you have converted extra pounds of fat into lean muscle. By building up your muscle, you provide yourself with the foundations of the body you want; once the fat has come off you will see the rewards of your hard work as the new toned you starts to shine through. It has also been found by weight loss researchers at the University of Chicago that those who combine diet and exercise are more likely to maintain their new weight than those who rely solely on dieting.

Aim for an Alkaline pH

While drinking lots of water and exercising are perhaps more obvious ways to help your weight loss journey, there is another way to maximize the effects of phentermine which is a little more scientific, and it is based on your urinary pH. Experiments carried out on phentermine, as featured in the 3rd edition of the book ‘Medical Toxicology’ (2004), show that when the urinary pH is acidic (pH 5.5 to 6.0), 84% of the dose is excreted unchanged by the kidney within 24 hours. By comparison, an alkaline urinary pH (pH 7.5 – 8.0) results in just 48% being excreted unchanged in the urine. 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 suppressed appetite and greater 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. A popular tip to boost the alkaline level of your urinary pH is to drink water with a little lemon squeezed into it, as citrus fruits (except for oranges) contain a citric acid which has an alkalizing effect in the system. However, you should not drink this water and lemon with food as it will neutralize stomach acid and interfere with the digestion of the food.

We would love to hear from you if you have felt the benefits of these tips, or if you have any tips of your own you would like to share with us about your experiences with phentermine! Comment below!


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  1. I started back on phentermine about 4 days ago. I was 175 and already down to 168. I’ve taken it off and on for about a year. On 12 weeks off 12 weeks…something like that. The reality is for me that without it, I obsess over food and hungry even when full. I will take it every day for about 5 days, then go off a day or two. Then I cut back to taking it about 3 x a week. I haven’t found anything else that helps. Tried topimax for a while and I had terrible vision problems with it. If it seems it’s not working then it may help to go off of it for a week and try it again. It gives your body a reset. Also, I think it’s important that when you first begin, you seriously have to cut way back on eating that first week to get the weight loss started. Good luck everyone. By the way, My highest weight was 245, and I’m 5″8.

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  2. Hi everyone…I’m going to start my diet tomorrow as well as a few other medications due to a pain from a chronic foot injury. is a couple of facts…just to share…I feel your article is inspiring and I’m very grateful…I’m 31 years old – too young to be in pain management..but it is what it is right? I want my life back…but a lot has to change since my mobility has changed…out for a year now healing from 2 foot surgeries and really don’t know if my foot can handle walking and working out since I am unable to walk 10 mins but I pray to get there. ..I’ve gained 50lbs the last year being bed ridden just started a job 2 weeks ago so on top of phentermine…anti depressants..pain pills…anti inflammatory…xanax…sheesh never realized how much medication I’m taking till I type it all out ;)…but it’s a lot..I pray losing weight will help the pain…but ANY suggestions for someone who really can’t work out will be greatly appreciated…if anything I do wish you all success and God bless…I feel being apart of this discussion will lift my spirits. ..thank you in advance. ♡♡♡

    • Hi Val,
      Thanks for you message. It’s difficult for us to know what exercise you are able to do due to your pain and limited mobility so your best idea would be to ask your doctor. We suggest walking as it’s the most accessible exercise since it’s free and doesn’t require any special equipment. However, as putting pressure on your feet isn’t an option then perhaps you could try swimming, as it is low-impact, or just focus on upper body exercises, such as lifting weights to focus on strengthening your back, chest, arms and abs.

    • Is swimming a possibility ?

    • Hello! I am in the same exact situation! Same medication, same problems! So if you ever want to chat let me know!!

  3. I started phentermine a week ago and I lost 6 lbs but seemed to gain 2 back in a day. I’m very frustrated by it but think it is because I slacked on water intake this weekend. I’ve been moving more but not hard core exercise. I need this to work. I need to lose weight so I feel better about myself emotionally and physically. I’m heavier than I’ve ever been (247lbs at the doctor) and not willing to be that. My goal is at least 50lbs. I tend to diet for a week and when I don’t have the big loss I give up. What else can I do to maximize the results?

    • Hi Lynn,
      Exercise doesn’t have to be hard core – one way to really help weight loss for now and the long term is to lift weights, and as little as 15 minutes two or three times a week is enough to show improvements to your lean muscle mass and metabolism. This article also has lots of ways to improve your chances of weight loss on phentermine by explaining where you might be going wrong:
      Hope that helps!

  4. I am one of those people who has tried for years to eat the right things and stay active. I am now 52 years old, and I have been a night nurse for 2 years. Since then, my metabolism has been jerked around. I have started putting on weight that won’t come off. Since I work nights, I am often tired during the day or two after my last shift, which, of course interferes with exercise. My hunger pangs get really severe at 4am; not only at work, but EVERY night when I am home! I actually wake up at that time starving….my endocrinologist started me on a low dose of phentermine to see if it will help. So far, it seems to work for the first several hours, but I am still battling the “super hunger” at 4am. I am curious to know if this will go away after a while, and if I will actually lose those extra pounds. BTW I am trying to secure a daytime job.

  5. I’ve been on Phentermine and topamax together now for three months. The first month I dropped 15lbs no problem. Since then the scale hasn’t budged a single pound no matter what I do. Two full months with nothing. The past few weeks I haven’t eaten healthy, but I haven’t been eating terribly either and I haven’t gained, which I thought was strange. My sister is doing the same thing, but is doing a gluten free diet she wasn’t doing before and has dropped 50lbs! There’s got to be something to this… I may have to look into it, but I was thinking that even without the gluten free aspect I would be having more progress. I am a pretty active gal too, certainly more than she is. Any pointers?

  6. Hello, I’m starting phentermine again but can’t remember if you should eat an hour or 2 after taking it…

    • Hi Raven,
      It depends on what your doctor advised you. You should contact him or her to make sure when is best for you to take it. In the mean time, it’s probably better to eat an hour after taking it until you’re sure, since waiting two hours might make you overly hungry and you might get dizzy or nauseous as a result.

  7. Hello and Happy New Year!!!
    I am starting my Phetermine tomorrow…I am a little bit nervous but I am definitely ready!!!

    • Hi Kimberly,
      To connect with other phentermine users for advice and to share experiences, remember to join our Facebook support group!

  8. I started taking Phentermine on January 5th. I started by taking 1/2 a tablet (37.5mg) for the first 4 days then on the 5th day started taken a full pill. I have not been hungry at all, no cravings for sweets. I have been getting in the recommended amount of protein that the doctor stated and I am drinking about a gallon of water a day. I am 5’4″ and my starting weight is 205 lbs. I am not experiencing any of the effects but noticed I am sleeping like a baby at night. I stepped on the scale this morning (even though I know I shouldn’t) and I was down 5 pounds!! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by July.
    I am totally excited about my weight loss so far, but after seeing people post that they have lost 10 or more pounds in their first week, any pointers on how I can accelerate my weight loss?

  9. I am starting phentermine tomorrow for the second time in my life. Current weight is 190 I’m trying to get to 165, I am working out 3-5 days a week to help with this weight loss journey. I cant wait to see the results.

  10. I’ve started taking phen today I am at my biggest of 278 lbs. I will not waiver it is a must I lose. I am also trying size me up with shawn t. Wish me luck!!!

  11. I began taking Phentermine March 3, 2017 and today is March 11, 2017 and I’ve lost 5 lbs. I’m not sure if this is in line with what I should be losing. Is this average or a little low?

    • Hi Anita,
      Losing 5lbs in 8 days is a good rate and about average for most users.

  12. Hello, I\’m taking the Phentermine Hydrochloride 30Mg yellow pills. Started March 15th along with a Vitamine B12 shot I get every 3 weeks. (Dr.Gupta) So far I\’ve lost 11 pounds. It\’s only been a few days. Must be the whole water weight everyone keeps talking about. I did start drinking lots of water, eating way better. I take my pill early early morning with a full glass of water, after an hour I eat a healthy breakfast. Haven\’t started my cardio work out yet but plan to starting today for at least an hour 5-6 times a week. Being a female, mother of 2, 32 years old. Obese category 3 yeah I will stop the madness once and for all. From 268 down to 257 and many many more to go God willing. Will not give up, neither should you all!!! Best wishes!!!

  13. I have been taking Phentermine for 3 months. I lost 17lbs the first month, 9lbs the second month, this last month I have only lost 4lbs ~ nothing in the last 2 weeks. I have heard taking 5 htp along with Phen helps with weight loss. What are your thoughts on 5 htp and Phen? Will it help to get the weight loss going again?

  14. I am starting phentermine tomorrow- I\’ve got 40lbs to lose. Hoping this helps! I\’ve lost 50lbe over 6 mos prior to this. I just felt I needed help moving forward. Hoping this goes well!!

    • Hi Heather! Thanks for your comment and best of luck on your phentermine journey!!

  15. I\’ve been taking phentermine since 2005. Off and on of course. It\’s been a wonderful addition to my life along side of exercise and diet. I found that since having kids exercise and diet is impossible to lose weight alone. I will be interested in using the phen caps after my 12 weeks is over. Love how everyone is so supportive here.

  16. Hi i just started taking this today im 200 lbs but i have a question how many calories am i suposed to eat does it matter if i eat 500 a day?

    • Hi Eidy!

      500 calories a day is not a healthy or safe number of suggested calories. Data suggests that the bare minimum caloric intake you should have, if you’re on a weight loss plan, doing exercises, etc, is 1200 calories per day.



  17. Hi, just started taking phentermine today again. Second time in a year and a half. First time really helped to get me started on a great weight loss program with good diet and exercise and only took phen for about a month. I\’m reading a lot about calorie intake, but I was planning on taking phen mixed with a low carb diet. Any comments/feedback are appreciated.

    • Hi Debbie! There’s been a lot of debate about what’s best in terms of diet for weight loss with phentermine. Newer research suggests that low carb diets may promote faster or more significant weight loss than other diet plans (e.g. low fat), but the most important factor remains overall calorie intake. Our Facebook support group members seem to agree. Regardless of which diet you choose, best of luck with your phentermine journey!

  18. Hi every one my name is Maggie. Good luck to all in the journey. To loose weight. I stared on phentermine back in may 2017 weight 286 I was on it for 4 months I lost 38 pounds my weight 248 I been off the phentermine for the last 7 months and keep my last weight 248. I went to the doctor on 4/09/2018 to start phenthermine again and to help me loose this weight what help me the first time was to drink water. Eating vegetables. Fish and breast chicken. Since I’m obese for my size I’m a 5.3 I only did 20 minutes walking and 20 min of low cardio 3 times a week take it slow and y’all will see results. So don’t get discourage be Positive and good luck.

    • Hi Maggie 🙂 Thanks for your comment, and good luck on your phentermine journey!! It sounds like you’re already doing lots of things right. If you’d like to share your experience with other phentermine users, plus ask questions and give advice, you may be interested in our or Facebook support groups (English / Spanish)! Best wishes 🙂

  19. After losing 180 lbs and my position being eliminated at a 14 year long career, I regretfully gained back 40 lbs. I have now to turned to Phentermine for help. I am really excited to get started and pray this helps me get back to my healthy weight. Good luck to all in this journey to healthier bodies.

    • Good luck Kymber! We’re all rooting for your success 🙂 If you’d like to connect with other phentermine users on similar weight loss journeys, check out the our Facebook support group. Best wishes!

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