In order to understand how to create a safe balance of exercise in conjunction with phentermine use, it is important that one is aware of how phentermine works. Phentermine is a stimulant similar to amphetamine. It literally stimulates the brain into telling the body to prepare for battle, which is often referred to as the “fight or flight” response. This stimulation occurs in the form of an increased heart rate and heightened blood pressure. In some, this can lead to restlessness or an inability to sit still.
Phentermine works on many levels. Because the drug keeps one’s body “on edge”, it makes it very difficult for the brain to formulate the feeling of hunger due to boredom. This preoccupation eliminates the impulse to snack when one is bored, and in much the same way also cuts out the desire to snack during an emotional fluctuation or to overindulge in comfort foods.
It is recommended that one sticks to a good diet plan and develops a steady exercise routine while taking phentermine diet pills in order to increase the effectiveness of the drug, however there are some boundaries and precautions that must be acknowledged. One of the most prevalent of worries is that one’s heart rate and blood pressure will increase too suddenly or that the increase in blood pressure will last too long. As phentermine already causes one’s blood pressure to increase, there is an added risk when one performs exercises that are high-cardio.
Exercises which require a great deal of cardio energy, such as aerobics, sprinting or running, swimming, and bicycling, can force the already overworked heart to pump blood even faster to keep up with the body’s newfound demand for energy. This not only puts a strain on the heart, but it also puts a great deal of pressure against the walls of the arteries and veins that are trying to transport blood throughout the body. When blood vessels experience too much pressure, the walls can stretch until scarring or rupture occurs.
Scarring can be just as dangerous as a rupture because the scarred tissues act as a filter or a net that catches debris in the blood such as cholesterol. The debris particles then continue to build up to create blockage. Blockage can result in a heart attack, stroke, or make it difficult for all areas of the body to receive blood.
Extreme caution should be used when choosing and performing exercises while one is taking phentermine. Exercise is a very important part of weight loss whether one is using drugs or not, but in the case of phentermine use with exercise, the exercises performed should be low-cardio. It is recommended that one start off with low-impact exercises, such as walking, using an exercise ball, Yoga or Pilates, and lifting light weights. Low-impact exercises can be performed on a daily basis; however it is advisable that one allows for a one-day gap between workouts, especially if the workouts are fairly long in duration.
Once a user completes the course of phentermine, they should have their doctor confirm the stabilization of their blood pressure. Once their heart rate and blood pressure have returned to normal, they can increase their exercise routine to include more intense or high-impact exercises. This is a very important step, as many people see a discouraging weight loss plateau after discontinuing the use of phentermine. Increasing the frequency of exercise as well as the impact level will help avoid a discouraging stand-still in weight loss. It will also make the body accustomed to a healthy and active lifestyle.