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!
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!