Duromine 40. Hope this helps. My experience so far.

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  1. Jimmys949

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    Hello fellow peoples,

    I would just like to share my journey on Duromine 40 mg/day so far.

    Setting the Scene

    Starting weight: 128.5 kg
    Current weights:
    • As of 13/09/17 - 115.2 kg
    • As of 19/09/17 - 114.2 kg
    Height: 175cm
    Physique: Broad & Stocky
    Time elapsed since starting: 2.5 weeks
    1st week's initial loss: 4.5 kg
    BMI (start): 41.8
    BMI (As of 13/09/17): 37.6
    BMI (As of 19/09/17): 37.3
    (NOTE: BMI is such a crappy tool as it's inaccurate to actual body fat %, fat/muscle density ratio, its outdated, and it isn't used for its intended purpose it was designed for).

    Side Effects
    • Dry mouth - Really bad first couple of days, minor for the rest. (Almost use to it now).
    • Insomnia - Had it to begin with so no change (oh the joys of long, always last minute changing in shiftwork).
    • Slightly lowered libido (Still male so it'll never be all gone).
    • Bladder - Used to urinate frequently and forcefully pre-meds, now only a couple times daily and seems to take ages to only piss a little.
    • Feelings of being Hyper - uncommon occasions and only when with friends.
    • Hunger - Some days it works brilliantly and never hungry, others as if it does nothing (70%ish of time no hunger)
    • EDIT (19/09/17): 'Parageusia' - Strong metallic taste coming from the right-most teeth. Getting checking by dentist.
    The journey thus far...

    TL;DR
    Big nerd with poor health education upbringing PLUS injury limiting strenuous exercise = fat guy in a bad headspace. Changed career and education to Health, active self-management of conditions, and a Doctor that believes me and shows genuine concern led me to making better choices.

    I weigh myself the same way each morning; wake up, bathroom to void, no clothes weighing before any intake of foods or water, record results, take tablet. My weightloss is going down like stairs; big drop that plateaus for a day or two then drops again.

    Only exception was a single cheatday. Had bad news that day and I gained 2 Kg back as things kept going wrong but lost it all again within a couple days and now back on track. I've set myself until end of Dec to reach my first goal and I'm just over 1/3 of the way there already. I track my loss through a program that graphs the loss and it predicts that If I maintain my rate of loss, I'll reach my goal 1.5 months early.

    Also I bought an exercise bike (cant run due to injury) that I use 30 mins daily right after before lunch and my classes.

    Meal plan

    BFast

    • Either 2 x wholegrain toast with Vegemite (I'm Australian. Great source of nutrients and doesn't taste bad IF SPREAD PROPERLY! Hahaha).
    • OR Banana OR if hungry, cereal (sugar-free muesli) and half as much Milk as I used to pre-Meds.
    Lunch
    • Either a Banana/apple.
    • OR a very small handful (big meaty man hands) of mixed nuts and dried fruits diced very tinely.
    • OR 2 x tablespoons of vanilla Yoghurt (not often as still has high sugars).
    • OR on odd occasions I might swap lunch out with a VLCD shake satchel left over from last fad diet attempts.
    Dinner
    • Usually always the Australian staples: Spaghetti Bolognese only now instead of pasta (high carbs) I swap it with Cucumber or Zuchini thats been sliced into thin strips and pan fried (very little oil) and amount no more than half what I'd used to pre-meds.
    • OR meat (snags/chicken breast no crumbing), 3 x Veg (peas, beans, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, whatever tickles the fancy on the day) and 2 x tablespoons of mashed potato (easy on butter/milk too as high in starch). Only 1 extra snag if really hungry.
    • OR nothing depending on mood or day's events.
    Snacks
    None. Replaced with extra water.

    Cheatdays
    Once or twice a month and even then, no large meals, fries, or icecreams (my #1 weakness).



    Background
    I've always been a big guy for as long as I can remember. I'm a giant nerd (gotta fit the stereotype ya know), never really got into sports (though I enjoyed camping & hiking), didn't have much of a social life (like nearly at all), was very sedentary (still enjoy being so when I have the time for it), and while my upbringing was much better than other person's I've met, it was no 'silver spoon' upbringing. The promotion of healthy lifestyle choices wasn't really a thing in our household.

    I'm 26 years old now and what's made my health even worse was when I suffered an injury on the job years back when dealing with manual use of machinery. My lifestyle choices just seemed spiral downwards after that. It wasn't until I started to reach some pretty dark headspaces that I decided to turn things around.

    I hopped industries going from cleaning other people's s**t, to security (1st hand that bad people can be incredibly vile and cruel), and I saw myself slowly becoming the type of person I swore I'd never be like going in.

    After making the choice to change industries again, I decided on a second university degree with the Health industry, specifically Paramedicine & Pre-Hospital. Oh boy, what a change and steep learning curve. Learning the anatomy and physiology has helped my understanding and management of my injury.

    With a new promising career to build, a diet plan, and exercise bike, and new, healthy & supportive friends, I'm finally seeing positive progress in terms of weight as well as body shape (starting to shrink the big belly bulge and NO MORE THUNDERTHIGHS!). I finally feel alive again. Now to maintain the progress.

    Jimmys
     
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  2. Librarian

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    Wow, you're doing so well! Congrats on turning your life around, and still so young.

    I started a degree in Nutrition a few years ago (didn't continue with it, changed to Librarian) and in the first class they did what seemed to me a very easy quiz about nutrition. Did alcohol have calories? Did meat have carbs? And I was astonished that about half the class were getting them wrong! It turns out that if you haven't spent years reading every book available to find the magic easy way to lose weight, you don't automatically know all this stuff. We are not born knowing. Congrats on educating yourself!
     
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    Thank you! Also I'd just love to say that the Librarians at my university are a godsend! They're so helpful when it comes to proof-reading assessments, or sourcing references that aren't in the uni's collection, and assisting in translating assessment criteria rubrics (OMG some people just should not write those). When it comes to nutrition I kit the ground running by making friends with some Nutrition and Exercise Science students from which we all learn as we go. It's probably the best thing that's been helping through this whole process, the ability to make friends which offer so much fun and encouragement. Also helps when a lot of them are on the 'right' side of the health curve. It's like, everything to aspire to.
     
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    Just couldn’t get enough of reading this… Hello Jimmy! Welcome to the forum! Thank you for being here and congratulations with the amazing results you managed to reach, both in your weight loss journey and switching your mind to the healthier side. Hope you don’t mind getting one more fan. =) I am so following this thread. =) Best of luck and keep doing what you are doing for weight loss, because it’s obviously working! A nice day to you!
     
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    Awww shucks and thank you April for the welcome. It has been doing so many wonders for me since the lifestyle change. Makes one feel human again being able to focus on learning and being able to speak to people about things other than to tell them off for doing bad things. I'm actually touching base with my Doctor again tomorrow for a check-up to see how I'm going with using Duromine. I'll hopefully have news later about reaching the set goals. The biggest concern I have though is once it has achieved its purpose, will the weight all come back again. It's certainly helping me make the right choices by educating me on how much healthy-weighted people should eat by no longer having to fight the hunger impulses as badly. The hard part is that it only affects the hunger impulse itself, not the desire to still eat bad foods.
     
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    Jimmy I'm lucky in that it's mostly killed my cravings for bad foods. I've only had a couple of indulgences. Though when I was home with the flu and bored it was more difficult! Definitely an emotional eater.

    I am very scared that I will put all the weight back on when I go off Duromine. Not sure how I'll avoid that.
     
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    Librarian, yes it has been so helpful on that front. In the past I wouldn't put much thought at all to what I ate, only what tasted the best. Now with taking it, I can actively decide "ya know what, it's not that bad eating healthly", more so without the impulse whispering in your ear like a little devil on the shoulder.

    If your concerned about what will happen once you stop taking it, discuss with your Doctor. They can help you out with this. There are a couple strategies that can be done such as gradual lowering of dosage to allow a smoother transition back the new you that you've created. That'll help you in sticking to the healthy habits you've formed.

    Another strategy could be to take it intermittently as you start to reach your goals to make coming off Duromine easier to manage without falling back on old habits
     
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    Progress Update!

    Hello again. I know I haven't posted in awhile, assessments for the semester are starting to ramp up so even less sleep and more stress but I'm beginning to slide past hump week of all the due dates. So apart from the progress made, the only new thing to mention is that since the weekend just gone I've started getting a very strong metallic taste coming from one specific area of the mouth. I'm making plans to get that checked with a dentist to see if the problem is dental or Duromine (listed side effect) though. My teeth aren't good by normal standards but there's never been anything particularly wrong with it either. Will get back to you on what the dentist says (and hopefully doesn't burn right through the wallet and the building below it either).

    As for weight I'm happy to say that as of this morning I now weigh 114.2 kg. That's 4 points on the BMI scale gone! See picture below.
    The Green line is a straight shot to the end of Dec and my goal of 100 kg. The red line shows the predicted timeline of reaching that goal according to my rate of weight-loss. Estimated date is a whole month before my goal. I have noticed that the amounts I'm losing is starting to slow down and take a little longer holding steady before it drops again but either way I'm happy. I haven't been this light in years.

    I'm really amazed and the changes so far. I've reached the point now that I have to wear a belt with all my pants with exception to the stretch ones I use when on the bike. Also I think if I continue this trend, I'm going to have to get new belts soon as I don't have a leather punch or even use leather belts. I think by the end of the year I might even have to do a shopping spree and end up tossing half the wardrobe. The 2XL/3XL shirts I used to wear now are soooo big on me now. I'm now borderline L/XL depending on the make of the shirt. Really looking ahead now at what's next to come.

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    Wow! Well done Jimmys you are doing an amazing job!
     
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    Hello Jimmy! This is amazing! Losing 4 BMI points and switching to seriously smaller size in clothes sounds like the progress is rushing forward and you will enjoy reaching your aim a lot faster. In fact, you should be extremely proud of yourself! You are doing everything correctly and consistently - high five! Have an amazing day and keep enjoying your changes for healthier life!
     
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