Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that affects the central nervous system. It works by affecting neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. When you are taking phentermine, there are certain foods you can eat that will help you lose weight.
Eat whole grains in conjunction with phentermine to help you lose weight. Whole grains are filled with two types of fiber—insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk. Eat plenty of whole grains that are high in insoluble fiber, including high-fiber cereals, whole wheat and whole grain breads and pastas and brown rice. Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material, and may help lower your cholesterol and glucose levels. Eat grains that are high in soluble fiber, including oatmeal and beans.
When taking phentermine, it's also important to eat the right types of protein. Choose lean, low-fat sources of protein like fish, chicken and turkey. Stick to lean cuts of beef and pork like tenderloin, sirloin and flank.
Fruits and Vegetables
When taking phetermine, stick with fruits and vegetables with a high water content, because these foods help you feel more full, leading to more weight loss. Choose fruits and vegetables like watermelon, lettuce, citrus fruits, melon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes.
When you don't have any fruits and vegetables on hand, there are several other snack options that are good for those taking phentermine. Hummus with whole grain crackers is a high-fiber, heart-healthy snack. You can also eat snacks like popcorn, soy chips, 100-calorie snack packs, string cheese, jello and frozen yogurt.
Just as important as the types of food you eat are the beverages you drink when taking phentermine. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day, and stick with low-calorie beverages like coffee, tea and skim milk. Avoid soda and other carbonated beverages that may upset your stomach.