No side effects - very slow weightloss

Discussion in 'My Experience with Duromine' started by Kim van Heerden, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Kim van Heerden

    Kim van Heerden New Member
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    Soooooo I'm on the 30g now for nearly a whole month now. My next course starts 09 October 2018.

    I am watching what I'm eating (on weekends I'm a little more relaxed but I choose what I am willing to eat more of or eat less of so that I balance out the bad with the good).

    I'm not exercising at the moment. My baby boy is nearly 9 months old and has developed silent reflux because of him teething. So I'm literally surviving on about 3-4 hours of sleep a day. I simply do not have the energy to exercise.

    I haven't had ANY of the side effects. No dry mouth, no insomnia, no palpitations, no dizziness. My blood pressure is mostly 124/83. There is no burst of energy. My appetite is not suppressed. I know I'm lucky right but I was so hoping for that burst of energy!

    I'm trying to drink between 3-4 litres of water. Due to financial reasons, it's not always possible to eat as healthy as I would like.

    I've lost about 3 kgs since I started.

    Is there anything I'm doing wrong? Should I take a break and start again for my body to realise that I'm taking Duromine?

    I'm at my wits end because my husband doesn't see why I should continue buying the pills if its not helping.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. babbles

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    I understand ita hard to get more sleep with your baby, however usually a good nights sleep helps alot with your body recovering etc.
    Its not to expensive to eat healthy either just make healthier choices with food like skim milk over full cream or light cheese or more veggies or salad on your plater over other goods to fill you up just generally stuff with less calories will add up as well
     
  3. Rava

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    @Kim van Heerden - unfortunately love, it sounds as though you are one of those people, (just like me) who needs to sit down and plan. Even though I know its hard with a 9 month old baby and things will often go off schedule, I really do believe it will help you out.

    Duromine is prescribed because it gives your metabolism a boost. But if we don't change anything about our routine in regards to food or exercise, it will probably only lose a few kilo's and that's it. Wish it was a magic weight loss pill for everyone, but unfortunately it isn't. Please don't get me wrong, I am not saying you haven't changed these things, but I just wanted to share with you some of the things that I have found out on my Duromine journey :)

    There is a formula for weight loss and it is;

    One pound of fat equates to 3,500 calories, so for a weekly loss of 2.2 pounds, or 1 kilogram, you need to plan a 1100 calorie deficit each day for a period of 7 days. (7700 calorie deficit each week).

    If you create a deficit by restricting your calorie intact and doing exercise, you body sooner or later is going to drop weight.

    Don't forget to look at a Basal Metabolic Rate and Resting Metabolic Rate calculator. These results will tell you what your body burns and needs to function just by doing normal everyday things. (If you cant find any good ones - let me know!)

    Food Diary - If you haven't already one of the first things I would do is try a free food tracker - look at "My Fitness Pal" or "Lose It" Both these programs have free services and if you log your food for the day with everything you have eaten and drank, it will give you a really good break down of what you are putting into your body. Sodium, carbs, saturated fats, sugars.... I know for me, I would have sworn black and blue that I was under my calorie intake, but until I actually logged what I was eating and drinking I was gobsmacked to see I was way, way over.

    A good rule of thumb for women to lose weight is to restrict their calories to 1200 per day. This is where the Duromine helps. If you do not have suppression of appetite, maybe its time to go to your GP and ask for the 40mg. Would they be open to you having a higher dose?

    I understand that not everybody is financial to eat as healthily as they would like - but I think you will find that if you can plan your meals and snacks, it might be cheaper than you think. The problem with takeaway and pre-packaged meals is that they contain a lot of sodium, fats and carbs. A lot of sodium and fats are used to preserve the food you are heating up, so just by giving those up you are already improving your diet. If financially you just cant, maybe look at trying to substitute 2 - 3 meals a week. I tend to try and follow these rules when eating;

    Protein first, Veggie's second, Low-Gi Carbs last if at all.

    Exercise - it was one of the hardest things I had to implement for myself. And with you having a 9 month old at home, makes it all that bit harder.. You Tube is a great service, where there are literally so many exercising tips that you can just do at home - its been a godsend for me.. Just by googling "exercising tips with young baby at home" I found this really great article;

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    Even if you can only accomplish 1 set - its 1 set that you didn't do the day before and you WILL have ACCOMPLISHED a way of working TOWARDS your WEIGHTLOSS GOAL. Don't forget that exercise will release endorphins making you feel better hun!

    I have issued myself a squat, tricep dip and ab challenge - basically I am starting off at 20 of each a day (don't all have to be done at the same time) with the challenge of increasing each exercises reps by the end of the week. If it is easy for you, you could up it each day if needed. Would love it if you joined me? Then we could be each other's motivator :)

    Last but not least, if your GP won't prescribe you a higher dose, definitely look at having a break and re-starting on the 30mg. I would also look at taking a women's multi as well as a vitamin B supplement to give you that extra boost of energy, it definitely won't hurt :)

    Hope the above has helped you out a little *hugs*
     
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  4. 8Fox8

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    1100 deficit per day? I intake 1200 per day... so that would mean I could only consume 100cal per day :-/

    Did you mean 1100 deficit per week?

    (I’m honestly wondering, by the way, I’m not trying to be a smarty)
     
  5. Bam Bam

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    Hi Fox!

    I think I can probably help here! :) so, when we think of a calorie budget, we have calories in and calories out (which you are likely very aware of already). So, calories IN is what we eat. Calories OUT is slightly more involved.

    When we burn calories, it’s not just through intentional exercise alone, it is also through: 1. Our body keeping our organs functioning, and 2. Incidental exercise like housework, or walking around.

    Rava talked about calculating your BMR (basal metabolic rate) and RMR (resting metabolic rate). If you have a set of smart scales that can measure your body composition (I picked up a set from Kmart for $30) then it will provide you with your BMR each time you use them (it changes based on muscle mass, fat %, and weight - all things that change during weight loss). You can also calculate an estimate online by googling “BMR calculator”. So, your BMR accounts for your calories expended for one day through organ/bodily functions.

    As Rava said, you need to create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. So the calorie deficit calculation would look something like this:

    ((Exercise calories + BMR)x7) - (food calories x 7)

    The “x7” in the equation is to take daily calories and calculate for 1 week (7 days).

    Here is an example from my stats:

    BMR = 2620 cal per day
    Exercise = 250 cal per day
    Food = 1100 per day

    ((250+2620)x7) - (1100 x 7) = 12,390 cal per week that I am in deficit.

    A kg of fat takes 7,700 calories to burn, so at the end of a week, I can estimate that at my current BMR, exercise level and diet I could lose:

    12,390 / 7,700 = 1.61 kg a week.

    This doesn’t account for any other fluctuation like hormone changes, fluid retention etc.. it’s just a best guess. It also doesn’t take into account the effect of Duromine speeding up your metabolic rate. If you find that you are continually getting significantly lower results then you have calculated, then best to see your GP as there may be an unknown factor involved.

    Also, it’s important to calculate your new caloric deficit each week, as it will change as you change.

    I hope this helps!! Good luck, and please keep us updated with your progress!! Xx
     
  6. 8Fox8

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    Thank you ☺️

    I found an online calculator that does it all for you called “a calorie counter dot com”. I haven’t posted 30 messages so it wouldn’t let me post the actual url

    It says if I stick with 1298 cal per day on light exercise I’ll lose .5kg per week. I’m probably not quite getting enough food.

    Out of curiosity I changed it to see what I’d need to do to lose 1kg per week. It came back with 1255 cal per day and what they consider heavy exercise (intensive, 7 days per week). 7 days a week is far too much for me though.
     
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    hello 8Fox8 and Bam Bam
    i hope you are enjoying our wonderful forum x

    it's hard isn't it counting all the time?
    sometimes i find myself in the supermarket reading the back of packets and tins,
    almost like i am reading a Novel.

    why does our weight loss journey have to be so hard all the time?
    honestly i feel like screaming! haha

    and it's always when we are down that we hear the voices,
    'just give up' or 'you will never lose the weight'
    or my personal favourite ' your such a loser!'

    Duromine gives us the power to stay strong and focused,
    it is almost like we have the hand of God at our fingertips!

    it really is up to us to fight for what we want,
    because believe me lovely's, no one else in this world will fight for us.

    keep up the great work x
    Hugs
    Dre
     
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