There is nothing fun about being overweight. Your health and confidence may decline and you may lose interest in the physical activities that used to keep you feeling great. If you seek a permanent way to end your weight problems, Adipex, an amphetamine-like appetite suppressant, may help, along with proper diet and exercise. Consult a physician before launching any exercise program while taking Adipex.
The National Institutes of Health recommends that Adipex, a brand name for the weight-loss drug phentermine, be taken only if your body mass index is over 29, or over 27 if you have additional weight-related problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or arthritis. Adipex can help you lose weight and stay slim if you also reduce your food intake and add regular exercise to your lifestyle, says Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson, editor-in-chief of Harvard's "Women's Health Watch." Any exercise you perform should take into consideration the side effects of Adipex, including increased heart rate and stimulation of the hypothalamus.
Cardiovascular exercise improves heart function and burns calories. Since your heart rate will increase taking Adipex, you can gain additional fat-burning benefits through the combination of the appetite suppressant and exercises such as aerobics and running. You should, however, avoid overly strenuous cardiovascular exercise while taking Adipex. An overly rapid heart rate could prove dangerous. You should exercise particular caution when initiating a cardiovascular regimen. Start slowly and only increase the intensity of exercise as you adjust to the combined effects of Adipex and exercise.
The effects of Adipex, linked to insomnia, may be heightened by exercise. To offset this, avoid any type of exercise within two hours of your planned bedtime. The ideal time to exercise when taking Adepix is five to six hours before you go to sleep. If you have trouble sleeping while taking Adipex, you may wish to change more than your exercise schedule. Also, consider taking Adipex early in the day and add relaxing activities, such as reading or listening to soft music to your pre-bedtime routine.
The side effects and implications of using Adipex make it necessary to adequately plan your exercise regimen during use of the medication. Speaking with your physician about what types of exercise will benefit you most while you're on Adipex. If the combination of Adipex and exercise proves overly stimulating for you, ask your doctor about an alternative medication that helps you lose weight without losing sleep.