It has been about 3 months since I made the decision once again to “get serious about losing weight”. At 350lbs, I desperately turned to diet pills to treat my obesity. It was really a last resort for me. Not even 5 years ago, I was able to lose 95 lbs. without taking any pills whatsoever! Obviously, I have gained it all back and then some. I’m not sure how I was mentally able to lose all that weight. But I know exactly how I gained it back, but I will share that another time. Since then, I just had not been able to pull myself together to get started. I can honestly say that since 2006 I have made some kind of attempt to lose weight at least every 3-6 months without success. And it hasn’t been because things don’t work, it’s because I haven’t stuck to anything for more than 2 weeks until now. So I turned to a diet pill prescription. My doctor prescribed phentermine or Adipex, which is an appetite suppressant (and I’ll discuss the side effects in another post). My plan – to take them only for 3 months and transition into something more long term and lifestyle oriented. Basically use them as a stepping stone to get me started or at least until I lose 50lbs, which would put me under 300lbs.
So I got the prescription in January, didn’t start until February and now it is April. I am on my second prescription, but there is probably a 2 or 3 week supply still left in the bottle. It’s because I haven’t been taking them every day for a variety of reasons. One being because I sometimes want to EAT. But even still, I have managed to lose weight. The tricky thing with diet pills is that you still have to be psychologically ready to change your life. You’d be surprised how mentally difficult it is to just take the freakin pill. It amazes me. People may have this idea that taking diet pills guarantees success. Wrong! First of all, you have to actually take them. And honestly, someone who has reached 300lbs may not be ready to give up the one thing that diet pills will take away (the freedom to eat whatever the heck you want, when you want). Even though I knew it would help me, it took me a month to take the first pill. But I finally did take the plunge. I have also been working out 3-4 times a week and joined a free weight loss support group at work as an accountability tool. I have lost nearly 30lbs! As exciting as this is, I want to caution anyone who is considering starting a diet pill regimen. Discuss this with your doctor first and do some research. And if you decide to go this route, have a transition plan before you start. Diet pills are truly temporary and should be treated only as a means to take the edge off while you develop the lifestyle habits that will actually lead to long term success.