Ask people to name the most effective diet pill in the world and the chances are a good many of them will say Phentermine.
There are good reasons for this, firstly because it’s been around for a long time (over 50 years), and secondly because Phentermine may actually be the most effective diet pill in the world. It is certainly one of the most sought after ones, but it cannot be legally obtained in Australia without a doctor’s prescription and doctors rarely prescribe Phentermine for anyone who is not seriously obese.
In fact a typical Phentermine recipient is likely to be so obese a failure to lose weight could result in loss of life.
A Short History of Phentermine
Phentermine was developed in America during the early 1950s, but could not be put on sale until it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA finally sanctioned the use of Phentermine (as an appetite supressing drug) in 1959. By the time the 1970s came around it was available in all states and was one of the most popular weight loss options of the time.
Phentermine is chemically related to amphetamine and shares its addictive nature. Its use has also been linked to a number of side effects so in many countries of the world, including Australia, Phentermine is only available via a doctor. However, obtaining a Phentermine prescription is no easy matter.
How Phentermine Works
Vastly overweight people, such as those who are likely to treated with Phentermine, are used to eating large quantities of food, and habitually big eaters can find it especially hard to make the lifestyle changes that are necessary for dieting success.
Fighting the desire to eat (hunger pangs) and resisting the temptation to overeat at mealtimes often proves to be overwhelming so their good intentions fall by the wayside and any progress that may have been made is lost. Appetite suppressing drugs and supplements provide dieters with the extra edge they need by lessening/removing the desire to eat. And when it comes to providing appetite suppression Phentermine is hard to beat.
Once it has been absorbed into the body Phentermine stimulates the glands in the brain that are responsible for producing a hormone, called norephine, that triggers a state of flight or fight.
When it is placed in a state of flight or fight the body is in survival mode. The senses become more alert and the body readies itself to do battle, run away, or do whatever is necessary to ensure its continued survival. When its life may hang in the balance, the last thing the body needs is to be distracted by hunger pangs so, wonderful biological machine that it is, the body overrides the systems that inform it the belly needs feeding and the appetite is suppressed.
By suppressing the desire for food, Phentermine allows the user to control their eating habits and consume fewer calories, and because it is such a powerful appetite suppressant Phentermine enables dieters to eat less food than their body requires for its continued function. It primary power source (food calories) has been interfered with, so the body is forced to switch to its alternative power source—all the excess calories it has stored as body fat.
Phentermine’s appetite suppressing powers have been subjected to a number of clinical trials and its abilities have been proven again and again.
In 2005, a research team at Gachon University Gil Medical Centre in Incheon, Korea examined the drug’s potential as a short-term obesity treatment. After evaluating the data the researchers concluded: “Short-term phentermine administration induced significant weight reduction and reduction of waist circumference without clinically problematic adverse events on relatively healthy Korean obese people.” [Further Reading]
Phentermine is powerful weight loss enhancing drug with proven abilities and the fact that it continues to be favoured by medical professionals offers a further endorsement of its prowess as a dietary aid.
At some point in the future newer and better drugs may become available, and may possibly be obtained without the need for a prescription, but until such a time arrives Phentermine will probably continue to be one of the most sought after dietary aids in the world.