Are you frustrated by your voracious appetite stalling your weight loss journey? Do you feel like a seemingly bottomless pit in your stomach is the only thing keeping you from achieving your ideal weight? If so, you may be interested in phentermine, a weight loss drug offered at Simply Slim Medical in Bethesda, MD. To help you determine whether this treatment is right for you, we’re looking at how quickly this drug works, what it does, and more. Let’s get started.
How Quickly Does Phentermine Work?
Phentermine is a weight loss drug that achieves maximum concentration in your bloodstream approximately 180 to 264 minutes after it is consumed. It is when it has reached its peak concentration in your bloodstream that you will feel its full effects. For example, you will notice that your appetite has decreased drastically. You will also feel more energetic than you usually feel. Take advantage of this, and go for a walk or lift some weights for an extra calorie burn.
Keep in mind that even though the drug works quickly, it will take a while to see its effects. To see your results as quickly as possible, you need to take steps to lose as much weight as possible as quickly as you can. One way to lose a lot of weight quickly is to minimize your consumption of carbohydrates. When you consume too many carbohydrates, your body stores them along with three to four times their weight in water. Ketosis solves this problem.
What Is Ketosis?
Ketosis is a state that you enter when you run out of carbohydrates to burn for fuel. Depending on your activity level and last meal, it can take around 48 hours for you to enter ketosis from your last carb-heavy meal. Essentially, if you don’t eat carbs, your body will burn the carbs it stored. As those carbs are burned for fuel, you are also losing three to four times the carbs’ weight in water weight. In other words, you lose four to five grams for every four calories you burn.
Once your body runs out of fuel from stored carbs and you shed a massive amount of water weight, your body reverts to burning the next best fat source, fat. It does this by converting your dietary fat to ketones, burnable fuel. Once that runs out, it will turn to your stored fat, converting white fat cells into ketones so it can fuel itself without burning precious muscle.
What Else Can I Do To See My Results Faster?
Another step you can take to see your phentermine results as quickly as possible is to make sure that you are adequately hydrated. If you are dehydrated, your body will hold onto more water than it usually would. This will slow the rate at which you will see your results. Also, if you are dehydrated, you may find that you eat salty, high-carb snacks, further promoting water retention.
Another great way to see your results as quickly as possible is to be as active as possible. For short-term calorie burn, cardio is the way to go. Particularly when you opt for HIIT (high-intensity interval training), you can burn a lot of calories very quickly. On the other hand, resistance training is great for long-term calorie burn. After an intense lifting session, your body goes into EPOC that boosts your calorie burn for several hours after the workout.
How Much Should I Exercise To See My Results Faster?
Ideally, you should get five hours of moderate exercise weekly to see your weight loss results as quickly as possible. If you feel like you don’t have a lot of time during the work week, you can go for a hike at Howard E Herman Park in Falls Church, VA on the weekend. Alternatively, you could go to Tysons Corner, VA and hit the trails at Wolftrap Stream Valley Park or Scott’s Run Nature Preserve.
If you don’t feel like you can dedicate five hours per week to moderate exercise, you can get 2.5 hours per week of intense exercise and get the same benefits. You may want to commit to a 30-minute session Monday through Friday at 7 o’clock. You may want to commit to three 10-minute sessions five days per week. It doesn’t matter when you exercise. What matters is that you exercise consistently every week.
How Long Can I Be on Phentermine?
We will advise you on how long you can be prescribed the drug for during your initial consultation. It is usually prescribed for three to six weeks. It can also be prescribed for 12 weeks.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that phentermine works in just three to 4.4 hours. However, it may take a couple of weeks before you start to notice that you’re losing weight. To see your results as quickly as possible, you should try to minimize your consumption of carbohydrates, stay hydrated, and stay as active as possible. To find out whether this prescription drug is right for you, schedule an appointment at Simply Slim Medical in Bethesda, MD, proudly serving the DMV area.