HCG Diet Sweet and Sour Shrimp Recipe

HCG Diet Sweet and Sour Shrimp RecipeThis is an easy and simple recipe for HCG diet sweet and sour shrimp that you can easily make and the preparation involved is minimal. Seafood recipes are always convenient during Phase 2, and if you need to scale this one up it doesn’t take much more effort.

Try to mix up your recipes while on the HCG diet and use different types of protein to get the best results on the diet, and shrimp is definitely a good option because of the fact that it is slow in calories per serving.

This recipe is for 2 servings, which is a good option for dinner two nights in a row on the HCG diet, but you can increase it or decrease it, and the recipe will last for about 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • 7 ounces of shrimp, deveined
  • ½ cup of chicken or fish stock, or water
  • Juice of one half lemon
  • Juice of one half orange
  • 4 tbsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Stevia to taste


  1. Remove the veins and tails from the shrimp before weighing them out.
  2. Add the garlic and the onions to a pan with a small amount of stock or water.
  3. Saute the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes until softened, on medium heat.
  4. Add the shrimp, lemon and orange juice, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper and stevia.
  5. Saute on medium heat for about 8 minutes, turn several times during cooking.
  6. Cook further to allow sauce to evaporate if needed.
  7. Serve shrimp with sauce.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving:  180

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8 Fast Ways to Lose Belly Fat

8 Fast Ways to Lose Belly FatLosing belly fat is a goal for many of us, but it can be very challenging and difficult, especially for those who have struggled with it for a long time. The midsection is one of those areas of the body that seems to be resistant to every type of weight loss effort that we make, and because of that a lot of people end up giving up the hope that they can achieve a toned stomach. But with enough effort, patience and consistency, you can lose your gut and tone your stomach, and it doesn’t take as much time as you might think. Below are 8 fast ways to lose belly fat that you can start implementing as soon as today.

Method #1 – Cut the carbs

You’ve heard it before a million times but it doesn’t take away the significant of the point – if you’re trying to lose belly fat (and weight overall) you need to cut the carbs in your diet down significantly. It doesn’t mean that you need to eliminate every single carbohydrate, that’s not the point and that can actually be dangerous. But by getting rid of problem foods like grains, starches, sugar, and liquid calories in the form of soda and juice, you will be giving your body a break from the constant insulin attack that it might be under, and it will give it a chance to restore a normal hormone balance and for your exercise efforts to start cutting into your excess fat and burning it rather than burning off the 130 calorie soda you drank earlier.

Method #2 – Try a round of the HCG diet

We’re going to suggest the HCG diet of course being a HCG diet company, but it really is without a doubt one of the best ways for you to lose midsection weight very quickly, and most importantly you will lose it without losing too much muscle mass. The HCG diet is a proven method for specifically targeting belly fat because it unlocks the ability for your body and for the HCG hormone to burn abnormal fat, and you’ll see real results within just a few days of the diet. There are very few diets that can provide the same results if any, so if you’ve struggled with belly fat now might be a great time to try a round of the diet.

Method #3 – Avoid liquid calories

Just as you should limit your carbs above, you need to take it a step further and be sure to eliminate any source of liquid calories. Liquid calories come in many forms so you have to be extra vigilant about it; for example, that cappuccino or mocha at Starbucks is definitely not as innocent as you might think. Just one grande mocha at Starbucks packs a whopping 360 calories, and many of those calories come from carbohydrates and fat. This is a dangerous combination that can easily result in weight gain and midsection fat, so you’ll want to avoid drinks like this as well as juice, soda, and any other source of liquid calories.

Method #4 – Decrease your calorie intake by about 20%

A big part of overcoming your belly bulge is to control your appetite throughout the day. The HCG diet is so effective at reducing belly fat and other types of abnormal fat in your body because it forces your body into a ketosis condition where it metabolizes abnormal fat. You have to continue to do this when you gain weight when you’re not on the HCG diet, and you definitely don’t have to restrict your calories down to 500 per day, nor should you for safety reasons, but if you reduce your calorie intake slightly by about 15 to 20% below your recommended daily maintenance levels, you can shed some of your excess midsection weight.

Method #5 – Get more protein in your diet

The simple act of eating more protein can help you with Method #4 which in turn will help reduce your belly fat. Eating protein can work in several ways to help you lose weight. A study in Denmark found that consuming animal protein was linked to a significantly lowered risk of belly fat gain over a 5 year period of time [1]. The study also found that vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates were linked to belly fat gain, just as the HCG diet protocol teaches, and consuming fruits and vegetables also led to lower body fat.

Method #6 – Get more fiber in your diet

Just like protein, fiber can help you with satiety and reduce the total number of calories that you eat each day. By eating a lot of fiber rich foods, you can slow down the rate of food digestion which in turn slows down the rate of nutrient absorption. The result of eating more fiber is that the foods you eat give you a longer feeling of fullness, and overall your appetite will be lowered. One study found that eating 10 grams of soluble fiber each day resulted in a 3.7 percent reduction in midsection fat over a 5 year period of time, so ability for fiber to spot reduce belly fat is a real one [2].

Method #7 – Try high intensity interval training

As discussed in the previous article, high intensity interval training is an excellent short duration workout that you can use to reduce belly fat and other abnormal fat in your body. The exercise can help you lower belly fat through several effects: by lowering inflammation levels, help you balance your hormones and boosting your HGH production, increasing muscle mass while burning fat, and burning more calories than other workouts. There are even more health benefits and fat burning benefits of high intensity interval training; overall it’s an excellent workout to change your body and get rid of excess fat in a very short period of time. It’s also a lot more convenient than other types of exercises that you might find.

Method #8 – Drink a lot of water

If you’re trying to lose midsection weight, you’re going to need to stay hydrated because it helps you control your appetite, just like an increased protein intake and eating more fiber rich foods. Filtered or spring water is best, and carbonated water can work as well, just make sure that it is only sweetened with non-calorie sweeteners. Be sure that you are drinking as much water as you possibly can at every opportunity. It’s a good idea just to keep a jug of water with you; that way you can always stay hydrated and be sure that you are also drinking some water at the start of your meal, as you’re a lot more likely to consume fewer calories during your meal if you do this, and every little bit counts.

These are only a few of the fast methods that you can use to burn belly fat, there are really many ways that you can target abnormal fat including intermittent fasting, cardio exercise, spacing your meals out, drinking more coffee and green tea and more. You really need to incorporate as many of these methods as you possibly can, because the battle to lose belly fat is ongoing and you have to be consistent with it and focused. If you can adopt some of these healthy lifestyle habits and most importantly be conscientious about what you’re eating, you’ll very likely start to see results and start to lose the stubborn belly fat that may have been plaguing you for a long time. Keep motivated with your goal to lose belly fat and don’t stress out when you fall of the wagon, and you can get the body that you want.


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7 Proven Benefits of HIIT

7 Proven Benefits of HIITHigh intensity interval training is without a question one of the best exercises that you can do for weight loss, and there are dozens of proven benefits. It’s a great way to stay in shape, to get more out of your exercise time, and to stay fit when you have a limited amount of time to work out during the week.

High intensity interval training is the process of performing one exercise, say squats or sprints, with as many repetition as possible and as quickly as possible over a short period of time, followed by a period of rest. There are perhaps thousands of different variations of this exercise, and it is has without a doubt become one of the most popular exercises in the world.

Several fitness programs like Crossfit are based on this type of exercise, and the reason why is because of the fact that it brings real results a lot faster than other methods. In particular, it’s one of the best fat burning workouts that a person can do, and it has the great benefit of being able to specifically target excess fat while maintaining muscle mass to a large extent.

When you perform high intensity interval training you will see results faster than many other methods, and there are many health benefits to this type of exercise including increased HGH production, faster muscle gain, faster and better fat metabolism, and increased fat loss while preserving lean muscle. It’s without a question one of the top fat burning workouts that you can perform, and below are 7 proven benefits of HIIT that might convince you to start doing it.

Benefit #1 – You will lose weight without losing muscle

One of the top benefits of high intensity interval training is the fact that you will lose fat without losing muscle mass. It’s important to do this when you’re trying to lose weight because muscle mass loss can result in a wide range of negative health benefits. Preserving muscle mass is essential no matter what, and if you can lose weight while preserving it you will have a much easier time with long term weight loss. Also, because of the fact that many other weight loss methods can result in muscle loss, it’s always a good idea to use a method that doesn’t.

Benefit #2 – Your metabolism will get a boost

High intensity interval training is one of the few types of exercises that can truly boost your metabolism, and this effect can be substantial over a long period of time. Even when you just start out performing high intensity interval training, you can start to see weight loss results quickly, and you might find that it’s easier for you to lose weight as a result of the metabolism boost. The effect can be significant and it varies from one person to another, but many people will get a HGH production boost of over 400 percent just by performing one session of HIIT exercise, which in turn has many positive metabolic effects.

Benefit #3 – It’s easy to do anywhere

HIIT is very easy to do almost anywhere; you can come up with a home exercise program that rivals some of the best exercise programs at a fully equipped gym, just with a series of HIIT workouts. It’s one of the few highly effective workouts that you can actually do at home without having to travel to the gym. Certainly there are a lot of benefits to doing high resistance exercises at the gym, but if you combine that with more frequent home exercises involving HIIT, you’ll get much better results from your exercise efforts. In general you’ll find that it’s very convenient to do many types of HIIT exercises like squat intervals, sprints, jumping jacks and more.

Benefit #4 – It will push you

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that HIIT exercises are a walk in the park just because of the fact that they are performed without resistance equipment. HIIT workouts will definitely push you beyond your capabilities if you structure them the right way, and as a matter of fact you’ll likely find that they are some of the most difficult workouts that you’ve ever done. The truth is that your first few HIIT workout sessions might be very difficult and you should actually get a consultation and an approval from a medical doctor before you start strenuous exercise, particularly if you haven’t exercised for a while – that’s how challenging the workouts can be.

Benefit #5 – You don’t need equipment

There is absolutely no equipment necessary with HIIT, which is another one of its top benefits and why it’s one of the most convenient exercises that you can do. Whether you choose to do the exercises at home or at the gym, you never need any equipment if you don’t want to use it. Of course there are hundreds of great exercises that incorporate equipment like medicine balls, dumbbells and other free weights, but there are also hundreds that don’t require any equipment whatsoever. It gives you the ultimate freedom to exercise wherever and whenever you want, and that can be a major motivator for many people who struggle to get to the gym to work out.

Benefit #6 – Your HGH production jumps up

As previously mentioned, your human growth hormone levels will increase by up to 450 percent after an average HIIT workout session. Those levels of HGH increase are difficult to achieve with other types of exercises, and outside of supplementation with HGH, it’s one of the best natural ways to boost your own human growth hormone levels. Every time that you do a HIIT workout this effect occurs, and your body definitely benefits from the continuous supply of natural HGH that you give it every time that you perform a HIIT exercise. If you think you have low HGH levels it’s definitely worth your effort to try HIIT exercises and see if it can make a difference in how you feel, your energy levels, and importantly your weight, muscle mass and ability to lose weight, all of which are signs that your HGH levels are healthy.

Benefit #7 – You keep burning calories for hours

Hours after your HIIT exercise is finished, you will continue to burn calories, and that means that you are going to lose weight faster than many other methods. You will also burn more calories during your actual workout, and the calorie burning effect continues for at least two hours after your workout is over. Although the number of calories that you burn after the workout is small, the effect definitely adds up over time, and when you’re trying to lose weight and put on muscle mass every little bit counts. If you perform several successful HIIT workouts, say 3-4 times per week, you’ll definitely start noticing the fat loss effect.

So to summarize, there are few workouts that are quite as effective as high intensity interval training, and there are many significant benefits that should motivate you to give it a shot. It’s definitely one of the best exercises that you can try from the comfort of your home, and there are plenty of great programs available out there that can help you focus and teach you how to do the exercises. Along with diets like the HCG diet, HIIT is one of the best ways to get in shape quickly and if you stick to it, it can transform your body in a very short period of time. However you will still need to eat right and make sure that you’re avoiding simple carbs, grains, and other sources of weight gain that can counteract your exercise efforts.

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7 Crazy Celebrity Diet Fads

C7 Crazy Celebrity Diet Fadselebrity diets have become popular throughout the United States but they are far from a good option for many people because they are often based on pseudoscience and other types of anecdotal or false data. You have to be very careful with any popular celebrity diet because they by no means guaranteed to work, and several people who have tried them have had negative consequences.

You aren’t going to get the same results that celebrities get most times because not only do they diet, but they are also usually able to dedicate large amounts of time every day to exercise and generally focus on their overall health, while average people have routines they have to stick to and limited time.

You can’t expect to get the same results that celebrities get just by following the same diet. That’s really one of the biggest misconceptions with celebrity diets, along with the misconception that these diets are safe just because a celebrity has tried them.

As you probably already know, celebrities often do foolish things and relying on them for diet ideas is definitely not the wisest of decisions, especially when there are clinically proven diets like the HCG diet that can work better than any fad diet. Some celebrities have also used the HCG diet rather than coming up with their own diet plan, and they’ve had success with it, so it goes to show that it’s better for most people to use an established diet rather than testing out something new.

Fad #1 – The Baby Food Diet

We aren’t sure exactly where this one started, but supposed Jennifer Anniston got the idea that baby food is a pure form of whole food that can “detoxify” the body. This diet is definitely not based on any clinical evidence at all, and it’s just about as crazy as it sounds. The only way that baby food could potentially be remotely good for weight loss is the simple fact that one serving of baby food is generally low in calories; most baby food jars have about 40 to 80 calories per serving. But obviously they’re not designed for adult humans, and it can definitely create nutritional deficiencies when you don’t know how to properly structure a low calorie diet.

Fad #2 – The Maple Syrup Diet

We think this one was started by Beyoncé, and supposedly she sipped a lemon and maple syrup drink for two weeks to reduce her weight very quickly. Who knows what was in the drink, but it was supposedly called the “Maple Syrup Diet” because it contained maple syrup and supposedly caused her to drop over 14 pounds. The drink contains lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper, which might be fine as a weight loss drink by itself, although unpleasant, but relying on only that as a source of nutrition for two weeks is downright dangerous. Don’t try any diet that hasn’t been properly vetted by a medical professional, especially a diet that calls for you to only drink liquids for any period of time.

Fad #3 – The Clay Diet

This is one of the more bizarre celebrity diet fads that was popularized by actors Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley, who both admitted to trying this crazy diet. It involves eating clay to cleanse your digestive tract and supposedly help you lose weight. The theory is that the clay passes through your digestive system and removes toxins from it, but of course there is zero scientific evidence to support this diet. The clay also supposedly reduces hunger by filling you up. We guess that eating clay would at least give you the feeling of being full, or anything without any actual nutritional value, but it could also very easily be toxic or dangerous, and highly unadvisable in any circumstance.

Fad #4 – Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

We don’t doubt that apple cider vinegar is good for you, in fact we even allow it on the HCG diet during Phase 2 and beyond, but this diet goes far beyond that. This diet has a few different variations that you might find, but it generally involves consuming drinks or food made with apple cider vinegar as one of the main ingredients. The theory is that the apple cider vinegar can cleanse and detoxify your body and assist with weight loss. It might do some of them, although it needs to be studied in more detail, but it’s never safe to only rely on a low calorie drink as your main source of nutrition. And that’s really the main problem with this diet and many of the other celebrity diets mentioned in this article.

Fad #5 – The Smoothie Diet

This is another one that has many different variations that you’ll find, some of them very low calorie diets and some of them being moderate calorie diets. This one was popularized by Jessica Simpson who claimed that it helped her lose her post pregnancy weight and shed 60 pounds. Supposed the diet involves eating 2 snacks and drinking 3 smoothies for the first 5 days, then switching to 2 smoothies, 2 snacks and 1 meal for the next five days. Although this diet isn’t as crazy as some of the others mentioned, the fact that it wasn’t created by a medical professional doesn’t give it much trustworthiness.

Fad #6 – Grapefruit Diet

This is a pretty popular diet and an older one that was partially popularized by Brooke Shields, and it revolves around the idea that grapefruit is a fat metabolizer and helps the body burn excess fat. This is actually true; grapefruit is definitely one of the best whole foods to consume regularly for weight loss, and that’s why it’s allowed on the HCG diet. The thing that the proponents of this diet won’t tell you is that you also have to eat other nutritionally balanced foods for a low calorie diet to work, not just grapefruit and liquids or whatever else the diet calls for. It’s another one that you have to avoid because of the extreme calorie restriction without having a nutritional expert review the diet for safety.

Fad #7 – The Cabbage Soup Diet

This diet was brought into the headlines by Sarah Michelle Gellar who supposed used it to slim down. The diet claims that you’ll reduce fat levels by drinking a cabbage based soup which is low in calories. It’s true that cabbage soup is low in diet, and it’s a great meal option for the HCG diet, but just for one meal, not your only meal of the day. There are other weird rules for this diet like only eating certain vegetables during specific periods of the day and other requirements that don’t make any sense. Like the other diets mentioned in this article, there’s no real evidence to suggest that it will work at all, and as a result you should do your best to avoid it if you’re trying to stay healthy and don’t want to make an unexpected trip to the doctor.

As you can see there are many different celebrity diet fads that have risen and fallen in popularity, but virtually all of them have zero evidence backing them up. Choosing a clinically and scientifically proven diet like the HCG diet is always a smart choice. You might have to pay for the diet but at the very least you’ll know that you’re getting a diet that is guaranteed to work and be safe. You want to lose weight in a way that will be good for your health and with long term permanent results, and the HCG diet gives you this exact opportunity.

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HCG Diet Tomato and Basil Soup

HCG Diet Tomato and Basil SoupBoth tomato and basil are two of the main ingredients in this soup and both are approved for the HCG diet. This is a simple recipe that you can scale up and this tomato and basil soup is very filling. It allows you to still have your protein serving so you can serve it as a side dish, and you might be able to add an extra HCG diet vegetable as another side dish if you have enough calories left over. It will last for a few days in an airtight container in a refrigerator, so don’t be afraid to make multiple servings to hold you over for a few days while you’re on the diet.

On the HCG diet’s helpful to make more than one serving at a time to save you time on cooking, so try to plan out your meals ahead of time during the week so that you don’t have to cook very many times and to make Phase 2 of the diet more convenient for you (it’s challenging enough as it is!).


  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 10-12 leaves of basil, rolled and sliced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 28 ounce can plum tomatoes
  • 5 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes


  1. Add a small amount of broth to a large saucepan pan on medium heat.
  2. Sauté onions for about 10 minutes, until soft and golden.
  3. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté another minute.
  4. Add the remainder of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly and blend in a blender or use an immersion blender.
  6. Serve hot or store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 119

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7 Foods You Think Are Bad For You

7 Foods You Think Are Bad For YouNot every high fat food leads to weight gain, and there are plenty of healthy foods that also happen to be high in fat. You have to be careful to do your research before eliminating any food entirely from your diet, because there are foods like nuts, avocado, coconut, olives and olive oil and other foods that are calorie dense and high in fat but are also beneficial for your metabolism, can actually lead to weight loss, and are a great source of healthy fat that you don’t want to exclude from your diet. Remember that you need a small amount of healthy fat, so you should be careful to avoid excluding fat entirely from your diets and before you exclude these foods from your diet, read more about them to learn why you should be eating them without much guilt at all.

Food #1 – Eggs

We’ve talked about it previously on this blog, but eggs are no longer considered to be an enemy to your health that you have to avoid eating more than once per week. Whole eggs including the yolk are actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet and can help you lose weight, not gain it, because they are rich with vitamins and minerals and are a great source of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Be careful to pick the right brand of eggs; you want to go with free range organic eggs, and nearly every grocery store in the nation has them now.

Food #2 – Almonds

Although almonds get a bad rap because of the fact that they have a high number of calories per serving, the reality is that they are also one of the best foods for weight loss and they are an excellent source of healthy fat and vitamins and minerals. Most of the fat in almonds comes from monounsaturated fat, the same type of healthy fat found in olive oil and other nuts. This type of fat consumption is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, and this has been confirmed in at least five epidemiological studies [1]. So indulge in your almond cravings guilt free.

Food #3 – Coffee

Coffee also gets a bad rap by some people because of the caffeine content, but the reality is that the caffeine in coffee can actually have a wide range of beneficial effects by helping suppress the appetite and boosting your metabolism slightly. The metabolic boosting effect isn’t the greatest in the world, and perhaps more importantly coffee can be a perfect pre-workout supplement which can boost your exercise performance significantly. Coffee consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and also decrease the risk of neurodegenerative brain disorders. Moderate coffee consumption is also associated with weight loss and many other health benefits, and as long as it is unsweetened it is definitely one of the healthiest drinks that you can consume on a regular basis.

Food #4 – Fruit

Some so called health experts say that fruit isn’t all that good for you, but the reality is that it is actually very beneficial for your health and as long as you stay away from most of the higher glycemic index fruits, you won’t gain very much weight if any at all when eating it. Fruit is high in fiber which can actually suppress the appetite and has a wide range of positive health effects. Fruit is also rich in antioxidants and compounds that can reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and many others. So don’t be afraid of adding more fruit to your diet, just make sure you choose low glycemic index options like berries, citrus fruits, apples and pears, peaches, etc.

Food #5 – Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been vilified unfairly in some circles because of the fact that it has a high saturated fat content. But just like the fact that every carbohydrate is not the same, every type of saturated fat is also not the same. First of all, there are no actual studies that have definitively correlated saturated fat consumption with the development of heart disease. Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium chain triglycerides which are metabolized directly in the liver and are converted into ketone bodies which are available immediately by the body as a source of energy. Coconut oil has been shown to improve blood lipid profiles, and there is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that it can actually help you lose weight instead of gain it [2].

Food #6 – Olive Oil

Just like coconut oil, some people have claimed that olive oil isn’t that healthy for you because of the high fat content, even though there are fewer people claiming this compared to the number of claims against coconut oil. Olive oil is widely proven to be one of the healthiest sources of fat on the planet, and the health benefits of the oil are many. Olive oil is definitely not unhealthy to consume no matter what you believe about nutrition and as long as you consume it with moderation you are not going to gain weight. More importantly, be careful about what you add it to, making a vinaigrette for a salad with olive oil is a lot different than eating it with bread.

Food #7 – Avocados

Avocados like many of the other foods mentioned in this article have a bad reputation because of the number of calories that they have per serving, but once again they are widely considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet because of their high amount of monounsaturated fats which are beneficial to the heart. Avocados also provide over 20 essential vitamins and minerals including fiber, potassium, vitamins D, C, A and K, phytonutrients and many more. They are also a great source of antioxidants including zeaxanthin and lutein. The monounsaturated fats in avocados can also reduce inflammation, and inflammation is associated with a wide range of different short and long term health effects.


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Are HCG Diet Variations Safe?

Are HCG Diet Variations SafeIf you do a quick search on the HCG diet you’ll find dozens of different online providers, and many of them claim to offer their own HCG diet variations that are safe and effective. There are new HCG diet plans created by people without any background in medicine or understanding of the HCG diet, and there are some variations also created by local clinics that offer an online diet or a protocol for the diet. The only safe versions of the HCG diet are those created by licensed medical providers and those that are based on the original HCG diet protocol, which is the most tested and proven protocol out of any of the others currently available.

The HCG diet has been tested over the course of over 60 years, but the original Simeons protocol is still widely considered to be the safest and most clinically proven protocol. That’s why the diet at Nu Image Medical is based on it, and why you should generally avoid any other variations of the HCG diet that have been released in the past decade. There have been several newer companies that have popped up because of the renewed interest in the diet, but few of them have created diet plans that were not reviewed by anyone with a medical license, any nutritionists, or other experts with an understanding of the diet. As a result, these diets are potentially dangerous and don’t have any proof that they will actually work for weight loss.

Many online providers cannot legally sell you the HCG hormone

You can purchase the HCG hormone from Nu Image Medical, as we have a licensed pharmacy that produces the hormone in its pure form. But you can’t find the hormone at many online medical providers because they either don’t have the license to sell you the hormone. In other cases they may obtain the hormone from an overseas pharmacy, essentially bypassing FDA and U.S. regulations, making their diets even less safe and their hormone products potentially dangerous. You never want to use any online HCG diet provider that isn’t able to provide you with the hormone as it’s a red flag that they are not a legitimate company and can’t safely sell the diet to you.

The hormone products offered by some of the online companies that you might find very rarely contain real HCG in them. If they obtain their hormones from an overseas pharmacy, there are a host of different potential problems that can arise with their products. For example, the potency of the hormone may be lower than what they tell you, their hormones may have additives or toxic ingredients, the hormones may contain other hormones that can cause side effects and other toxic effects. It’s possible in some cases that they don’t ship you anything close to the HCG hormone at all. It’s not worth the risk to your health to use their hormone products because of the fact that you’ll have no idea what’s in them, and it can make what would otherwise be a safe diet actually dangerous.

Be careful about the provider that you use for the HCG diet

It’s very important to verify that the company you use for the HCG diet has the ability to sell the hormone and has the licensed medical staff to answer your questions and help you through the diet. Nothing would be worse than to purchase the diet only to find out that you can’t talk to anyone with a medical license or that you aren’t getting a safe or medically accurate diet protocol. You’ll be wasting your money even if their diet is priced lower than the options available at Nu Image Medical and other legitimate diet companies.

You should do your research on the company and see how long they have been in business, review customer testimonials, and take other steps to try to verify whether or not they are a legitimate option. If they have no office in the United States and if they aren’t able to offer hormone products that are produced at a licensed U.S. pharmacy, and if they don’t have any medical professionals involved with their business, the chances are that they are not a legitimate option for the diet. Nu Image Medical is one of the few online providers of the HCG diet that has everything mentioned previously: a licensed pharmacy, medical providers on staff, and pure pharmaceutical grade HCG.

Stick to the original Simeons protocol

The original Simeons protocol is the most tested protocol and it has worked for hundreds of thousands of dieters on the HCG diet. There’s no real reason to adjust the protocol, and that’s why Nu Image Medical has continued to use this protocol in spite of newer protocols being released by some HCG diet providers. You’ll get the best results on the diet when using this protocol and it will be much more likely to work for you in a shorter period of time. You don’t want to make very many adjustments to the original protocol, and the diet at Nu Image Medical is very closely based on the original Simeons protocol with a few small adjustments.

The diet at Nu Image Medical is proven and safe and you get a medical consultation

One of the biggest benefits of choosing Nu Image Medical as your HCG diet provider is the fact that our HCG diet is proven, safe, and the fact that we include a medical consultation with all of our diet orders means that you can speak with a medical provider directly and have your specific questions answered. We’re one of the leading HCG diet providers in the world and you won’t have to worry about the safety of our diet protocol or hormone products, as we use a real pharmacy to produce our HCG hormone and our protocol is one of the most clinically proven and safest HCG diets available, based on the original Simeons diet.

You don’t want to take any risks to your health with one of the HCG diet variations, so be careful with the provider that you choose for your diet, and if you have any questions at all about the HCG diet, contact Nu Image Medical today for a consultation.

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BMI Doesn’t Tell You Everything About Your Health and Weight

BMI Doesn’t Tell You Everything About Your Health and WeightYour BMI or Body Mass Index is a method of measuring obesity and it is used as a quick way to determine different weight ranges that are classified in 4 categories: Underweight, Normal Weight, Overweight and Obese. Underweight is classified as a BMI of under 18.5, Normal Weight is classified as a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, Overweight is classified as a BMI between 25 and 29.9 and Obese is classified as any BMI 30 or higher. BMI is based on a person’s height and weight, and many BMI calculators do not compensate for characteristics like sex, age, etc. Although BMI calculations can provide some quick information about a person’s general health, they are actually quite limited in the information that they can provide and BMI doesn’t tell you everything about your health.

BMI calculations don’t include body fat measurements

One of the most glaring issues with BMI calculations is the fact that they don’t include body fat measurements. Body fat percentages are incredibly important for most people to know, and even an approximation of your body fat percentage can tell you a lot about your health and where you might need to focus in terms of your exercise and dieting goals. BMI doesn’t give any specifics about body fat, meaning that you may have a relatively low BMI that fits in the range of “normal weight”, but you might be unhealthy by having a high body fat percentage even though your weight is close to the normal range.

You can’t use BMI alone to determine your health

Because of the fact that BMI doesn’t track body fat, it allows a great deal of inaccuracy when it comes to use it as a sole determinate of health. For example, a male with a body fat over 20 percent or a female with body fat over 30 percent carry a relatively similar risk of chronic illnesses, even though their weights may fall within a normal BMI range. A person who looks overweight may have a higher BMI but also carry a similar risk of chronic illnesses as those who fall with a normal BMI range but have a high body fat percentage. So body fat plays into the equation and it’s important to track it as often as you can.

It’s essential to measure and keep track of your body fat percentage

Measuring and keeping track of your body fat percentage is essential along with your weight, and although it’s easy to overlook doing this you need to keep track of it regularly. Your body fat percentage can change even though your weight may stay the same, and it can change as the result of changes in your diet or changes in your physical activity level. You can use a wide range of different methods to calculate your body fat percentage, such as calipers or the dunk tank method, but you should be sure to calculate it with your BMI and keep track of changes. You don’t have to keep track of it as often as you do with your weight.

Body fat changes are more gradual

The reason why you don’t need to track body fat quite as often is the fact that body fat changes tend to occur more gradually than weight changes. When your weight changes up or down quickly over a period of a few days or weeks, it is beneficial to keep track of these changes along with monitoring any dietary changes or other lifestyle changes that may have occurred recently. If you track your body fat once every few weeks or so you will notice that it is difficult to add or decrease your body fat because it takes a significant amount of effort just to change your body fat by one percentage point, but the ramifications are far greater

Decreasing your body fat is strong correlated with a lower risk of chronic illnesses. For example, there are many people who carry excess midsection weight and who have a sedentary lifestyle. Even though these people may fall within a normal BMI range, their body fat may be higher than 20 percent (for males) or 30 percent (for females), which as previously mentioned carries the risk for illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems. For those with a normal BMI but with a high body fat percentage, their focus should not just be on decreasing their weight but also doing things to reduce their body fat such as reducing their carbohydrate intake, consumption of simple sugars, exercising and more.

BMI can be very misleading for active people and athletes

Another problem with BMI calculations is the fact that they do not compensate for athletes and others who put on weight from muscle. This can be very misleading for athletes and active people who perform resistance training regularly, as their BMI calculation may be considered to be “overweight” in spite of having a low body fat percentage. This is why BMI calculations are rarely used by professional athletes and even those who exercise frequently should be cautious about using them for any sort of health determination. It’s better to meet with a medical provider to discuss your health goals rather than using any sort of weight loss calculation, if you are active or trying to determine what a healthier weight is for your particular lifestyle.

BMI does offer important general information about your health

BMI does offer important information for many people and it can give you a warning about your health that you may need to further investigate. Most people who have a BMI that estimates their weight as “overweight” will likely need to take steps to reduce their weight in order to reduce their risk of chronic illnesses and improve their overall health. BMI offers a fast way for someone to figure out whether or not their weight may be healthy based on a few factors, and although losing weight has health benefits for people of all ages and both sexes, it’s important to take it a step further and calculate your body fat percentage, especially as you start to reach your target weight.

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Top 7 Foods to Cut Stomach Fat Fast

Top 7 Foods to Cut Stomach Fat FastWhen you’re trying to lose stomach fat you need to focus on eating high quality whole foods that are low in simple carbohydrates and that can boost your metabolism. There are a few foods that are known to actually help you lose overall body fat, and you should try to eat as many of these foods as possible,  but outside of that you’ll need to be careful about your calorie intake as well. Even though some of these foods can help you burn belly fat, to really lose a lot of stomach fat you’ll need to reduce your weight and be conscientious about the amount of calories you’re consuming.

Food #1 – Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the best foods for losing belly fat. They are rich in monounsaturated fats which are excellent for weight loss, and they offer a wide range of health benefits which can help to stave off diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Walnuts are not as high in calories as you might think, and even if you eat larger quantities of them, you are not as likely to gain weight because they are very filling and can help you reduce unhealthy snacking. Walnuts also help you maintain a regular sleep schedule because they contain natural melatonin, and as we’ve discussed in the past on this blog, maintaining a regular sleep schedule can go a long way in helping you maintain a healthy weight by helping reduce your appetite and more.

Food #2 – Tart Cherries

A few studies have linked the consumption of tart cherries with a lower amount of body fat. A diet rich in tart cherries may reduce the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, a chronic illness that is associated with weight gain, inflammation and a host of other problems. Metabolic syndrome is actually a group of symptoms that include high blood pressure, a high fasting blood sugar, low amounts of HDL, and obesity around the midsection. A study in mice found that mice with symptoms of metabolic syndrome had lower inflammation markers when they were fed tart cherry powder compared to the mice that weren’t fed the powder, and they also had a body fat reduction around their midsection and a lower overall body fat percentage. Anecdotal evidence in humans has suggested the same.

Food #3 – Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt and other types of low fat yogurt are definitely one of the best foods for stomach fat loss because of their high protein content and the low carbohydrate content. As long as you don’t add any ingredients that can cause weight gain to your Greek yogurt, it can definitely be one of the healthier foods that you can eat. You have to be careful to limit your consumption of fruit and other sugars if you are trying to lose weight, so don’t add a lot of high sugar fruit to your yogurt, but berries, apricots, and peaches and many other fruits are an excellent choice to add into your yogurt for a bit of extra energy, and it works perfectly as a post workout food.

Food #4 – Fish

Fish of almost every type is a great choice as a weight loss food for several reasons. As mentioned above, metabolic syndrome is associated with weight gain and midsection fat. Consuming fish can help to reduce the inflammation symptom of metabolic syndrome, as the omega-3 fatty acids in fish have been shown to help significantly with all types of inflammatory problems. Almost every type of fish is a good option for weight loss because they all contain high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, but fatty fish have higher quantities of course. You have to be careful to avoid any fish with higher quantities of mercury, but there are several options that can work including sardines, mackerel, salmon and more.

Food #5 – Whey protein

Whey protein works in several different recipes and it’s an excellent way to get more protein in your diet without adding a lot of extra carbs. You should be extremely careful to avoid any whey protein brand that adds sweeteners or other ingredients that can lead to weight gain. Stick to organic whey protein that is sweetened with stevia or unsweetened, and add your own natural sweetener, ideally stevia which won’t add any calories, or fruit. Whey protein goes great with smoothies of course but it can also be used in several different weight loss recipes as a protein supplement like almond butter pancakes, homemade protein bars and more.

Food #6 – Chicken breast

Chicken breast is a versatile and low fat source of protein just like a high quality organic whey protein supplement, and it can definitely help you burn stomach fat just by increasing your regular protein intake. By eating protein more often you can control your appetite and reduce the frequency that you snack, and it can also ensure that you are getting enough protein in your diet for workout recovery and muscle growth if you happen to be a frequent exerciser. Even if you don’t exercise often it’s a good idea to increase your protein intake to reduce your cravings and help you stay healthy, and it can go a long way in helping reduce your stomach fat.

Food #7 – Green Tea or Coffee

Although neither of the above are foods exactly, drinking both or just one can significantly help with reducing your body fat, assuming that you don’t add anything to them that can make them less healthy like sugar. Both green tea and coffee have caffeine which is a known appetite suppressant, but green tea in particular also has other compounds called catechins which are an antioxidant that can further assist with weight loss by improving your metabolism and they even have side benefits like lowering your risk of certain cancers. Both coffee and green tea are great for weight loss, but if you have to choose between the two, green tea has many more health benefits and has lower side effects like anxiety or heart palpitations, which is particularly important for those who are sensitive to caffeine. Keep in mind that green tea does contain some caffeine however.

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Shredded Chicken Recipe

This is a convenient and simple recipe for HCG diet shredded chicken that you can safely use for Phase 2 without concern about weight gain or other harmful effects. This shredded chicken recipe is fairly easy to follow and you’ll find that it can be a great go-to option for Phase 2 of the diet when you need a low calorie protein recipe that you can use with a wide range of different HCG diet foods. This recipe is very fast and easy with a slow cooker and all you have to do is put the ingredients in and set it on low and it will be done within 6-7 hours.

You can also choose to cook it more quickly on high heat if you prefer and it can be ready in about 3-4 hours if you choose to do this. You can use this recipe as meat for tacos without taco shells (made with lettuce or other greens as the wrap), you can use it for soups, or eat it by itself with a melba toast and a serving of tomatoes or other HCG diet vegetables. The possibilities are endless, and it can also serve as a great recipe even when you’re not on the HCG diet or when you’ve reached Phase 3.

Feel free to add your preferred HCG diet seasonings on top of what is included for this recipe, but just make sure that you aren’t using anything that isn’t allowed for the diet. Also be careful to avoid adding fat or using a cut of chicken that isn’t approved for the diet, the only cut that will work is boneless skinless chicken breasts. It might not seem like it makes a difference but it really does, and it can throw your diet off if you aren’t careful.


  • 28 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (organic preferred)
  • 28 ounces canned tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 2 small onions, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add everything but chicken into a slow cooker. Mix well.
  2. Add chicken and use a spoon to cover chicken with sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Turn off slow cooker, shred chicken breasts thoroughly with a fork, and serve with sauce and HCG diet vegetables.

Servings: 8

Calories per Serving: 236


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