At the start of your weight loss journey it can be difficult to know exactly what to eat while taking phentermine. There are so many diets and eating plans to choose from and it’s no different when you’re taking phentermine. Although you will experience a suppressed appetite, it is still very important that you eat well and make the right food choices.
Choose Your Eating Plan of Action
When there are so many contradicting views from one diet to another it can be difficult to know which diets will work better for you, what to eat to lose weight, and which foods you should be avoiding. For example, some diets will praise the benefits of complex carbohydrates whereas others will tell you to avoid carbs altogether, and while it can be difficult to know who to believe, first you need to think about what you feel able to do and whether it will work for you.
Some people find that they cannot seem to lose weight if they continue eating carbs so, if this is true of you, then limit your carbs and fill up on more fiber, protein and vegetables instead. If you’re not sure what works best for you then switch from week to week and see when you make your biggest losses. Whichever route you take, there are some universal dieting truths which will compliment any sensible healthy eating plan you wish to follow.
You Need to Eat to Lose Weight
It is very important that you eat enough to actually be able to lose weight. Not providing your body with enough food will cause your body to conserve any food you do provide it as fat. It is generally thought that the minimum amount of calories you should consume each day is 1200, but the exact amount you should be eating depends on your sex, age, height and starting weight. Your phentermine doctor should be able to advise you on how many calories you need each day. You must also ensure you use your calories wisely and consume the right foods to maximize your weight-loss potential.
What To Eat On Phentermine
Water: The first rule of every diet is to drink lots of water. When taking phentermine you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day in order to improve the functions of your body and assist in the release of water weight, as well as keeping you hydrated and less likely to misinterpret thirst for hunger. Chilled water tastes better and is easier to absorb for the body, or if you want something warming, green tea is similarly hydrating and counts towards your daily quota.
Protein: When dieting, it is important that you consume enough protein. One reason for this is that high-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize, and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for a longer amount of time. Protein is doubly important if you’re exercising as well as dieting, to make sure you’re losing fat and not muscle. Your body uses protein to build lean muscle, which not only makes you stronger and more toned but also burns calories even when you’re not active, unlike lazy fat, meaning your metabolism works at a higher speed. Good sources of protein are skinless chicken and turkey, tofu, fish, low-fat dairy, lean beef, eggs, and nuts.
Fiber: While fiber is not a magic weight-loss weapon, healthy high-fiber foods make you feel full, so you can resist eating more food than you need. Although phentermine will help suppress your appetite, when you are hungry, opting for high-fiber food means that your appetite will be satisfied with fewer calories and fat. Great sources of fiber are beans, whole grains and brown rice, nuts, baked potatoes (but you have to eat the skin), berries, bran cereal and vegetables.
Fruits and Vegetables: The water and fiber in fruits and vegetables will add volume to your dishes, so you can eat the same amount of food with fewer calories. Most fruits and vegetables are filling while also being naturally low in fat and calories. Choose whole fruits over juices to maximize the fiber content and always make sure your vegetables are cooked healthily and served with healthy dressings.
Alkalizing Foods: To maximize the effects of phentermine it is necessary to have an alkaline urinary pH (7.5 to 8.0), as this means the phentermine will be excreted from your body at a slower rate. Almost all fruits and vegetables are alkalizing so they will help you maintain the alkaline levels in your body, and therefore you will feel the effects of phentermine, such as higher energy levels and a suppressed appetite, for longer throughout the day. Other alkalizing foods are almonds, chestnuts, tofu, stevia, cinnamon, curry, ginger, mustard, chili pepper, and all herbs.
What to Avoid
Simple Carbohydrates: Foods that contain simple carbohydrates include table sugar, products with white flour, candy, chocolate, cake, jam, cookies, soda and packaged cereals. They are digested quickly by your body, resulting in dramatic changes to your blood sugar levels, and they are not utilized by your body as fuel, often becoming stored as fat instead. If you do include carbs in your diet, make them complex carbs; these take longer to digest and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Examples include vegetables, whole grain breads, oatmeal, legumes, brown rice and whole wheat pasta.
Sugar: Added sugar supplies a large amount of fructose, which can only be processed by the liver. If the liver is already processing foods, the extra sugar gets stored as fat. Sugar directly increases your chance of becoming obese due to elevated insulin resistance, as well as increasing cholesterol levels and your chances of getting diabetes. Sugar can be found in a lot of the simple carbohydrates listed above, and hidden in many processed foods, like frozen meals. Dried fruit and store-bought fruit juices can also have high levels of sugar so fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juices are preferable.
Alcohol: Like increased levels of sugar, alcohol can adversely affect your liver functions to the extent that your body’s fat burning systems are inhibited for as long as several days, therefore the liver has less chance to burn any fat.
Acidifying Foods: In addition to being bad for weight gain and inhibiting the burning of fat, the foods above are also acidifying, meaning these foods are particularly important to avoid for those taking phentermine. The reason for this, is that acidifying foods increase the excretion of phentermine, meaning it will not last as long in your system as it should. So, keep clear of soda, alcohol, coffee, sugars, butter, ice cream, and products containing white flour.
While taking phentermine it is important to get into the habit of eating the right foods so that you re-educate your mind into providing your body with the best. When you reach your goal weight it is the changes you make on your weight loss journey that help you to maintain your new body. All that said, the odd treat here and there will mean you don’t feel deprived and end up binging and undoing all your good work along the way.
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