*Disclaimer–I am not a medical professional. This article is simply about my experiences in my journey to lose weight. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any weight loss program.
If you’ve been following our blog then you’ve read about my struggles with trying to lose weight. You name it, I’ve tried it. Weight Watchers, Atkins, Keto Diet, 3 Day Diet, Slim Fast, counting calories, counting carbs, counting fat, I’ve tried them all. I’m sure some of you may be reading this with skeptical eyes, thinking “It’s about a lifestyle change, not a fad diet.” I’ve said those things myself. But even a lifestyle change wasn’t enough for me. I have a background in nutrition. I know what “needs” to be done. The problem was, none of those things were working for me.
Sometimes you have to look for help outside of what you can do for yourself. Some people choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight. I will be honest, I have looked into Bariatric Surgery, as there is a doctor at the hospital where I work that performs many, many lap band surgeries each year. After looking into this option though, I didn’t feel like this was the best option for me.
A few weeks ago I decided to try another option…medication. I have taken Adipex before but was never really successful with it. Yeah I might lose a few pounds but nothing significant. This time I decided to go to a new doctor, rather than one of the Weight Loss clinics that pass out Adipex like candy. I first went to see this new doctor on October 12th. I was very pleased with my visit to this doctor. She actually sat down and talked to me about the things I’ve tried in the past, what worked and what didn’t.
I left that day with a prescription and a new motivation to lose this extra weight I’ve been carrying around the last few years.
So what is Adipex?
Adipex is also known by it’s generic name of Phentermine. It is a stimulant, similar to an amphetamine, which effects the central nervous system by suppressing your appetite. It is only available by a prescription, although most likely your insurance will not pay for it. However, the price is not to bad, about $20 for a 30 day supply.
I’ve been on Adipex now for 2 weeks and WOW! I can tell such a difference. Previously Adipex alone was not working for me. However, this time I also happen to also be taking Wellbutrin, which also suppresses your appetite for some people. The Wellbutrin alone didn’t really impact my appetite, just like the Adipex alone didn’t effect me. But with the two of them together I’m having a lot of success. In addition to the appetite control I am also carefully choosing what foods I do eat and increasing my water intake.
In the past two weeks I have already went down a pants size and I have went down 2 band sizes for my bra! As for what the scale says, I have lost 18 pounds since beginning the medication.
At this time I’ve not really been able to exercise. I’m waiting on surgery on my right foot due to a large heel spur and Plantar Fasciitis. Most days it’s all I can do just to walk around at work and once I get home. I hope to be able to have the surgery soon so that I can actually begin exercising and going to the gym.
If you are finding that you are having trouble losing weight it may be time to seek outside help. Please remember I am not a doctor. Always consult your doctor prior to beginning something. I do however, encourage you to ask your doctor to order a complete lab workup. Sometimes the reason you are struggling to lose weight may be because of your thyroid, hormonal issues and issues such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about the weight issues you are facing.
Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Sometimes we just can’t do everything on our own and we need help. If you are struggling, take the steps today to lose weight, get fit and healthy.