A common HCG diet question is how cigarettes and smoking affect the HCG diet. The original HCG diet protocol developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeons does not mention smoking as a weight loss hazard on HCG. However, the protocol does advise and urge the HCG patient to eat very cleanly and organically and avoid any artificial sweeteners except for Stevia. This message steers many individuals into believing that smoking is not compatible with HCG. As with any medication and/or hormone, smoking always has the potential to be harmful or pose more of a health risk.
Perhaps, the more probing question would be, “will smoking hinder weight loss?” In regards to this question, there are a couple of things to consider: Have you recently stopped smoking before starting the HCG diet? Do you take any supplements i.e. nicotine gum that may prevent weight loss while on the program? Starting a diet regimen after recently stopping smoking or while trying to quit can certainly be done, but for most individuals may be very difficult. Smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum can also contain sugar and carb additives that can slow weight loss.
Ultimately, the results are inconclusive as to how cigarettes may affect the HCG diet. This is primarily because the original diet protocol does not give a direct answer to this question. However, if you are making the choice to lose weight and improve your health, giving up smoking is an important health factor to consider as well.
Knowing how long you should wait between HCG diet rounds is a very common question. Not only is taking prescription HCG and following the diet protocol important, but exposure to the HCG hormone is an important factor to consider as well. As with any hormone or medication, the more often it is absorbed in the body, the more the body becomes familiar or used to it. HCG unlocks fat reserves so that they may be used as energy which results in weight loss and hunger control. Without the full potency of HCG, dieting can be difficult and even dangerous if the hormone is not working to its full potential.
To avoid possible HCG tolerance and make sure the HCG diet works effectively for you, it’s important to follow Dr. Simeons’ (the original creator of the HCG diet) recommendations to know how long to wait between HCG rounds. According to his original guidelines, after any HCG round, whether 26 or 46 day, patients should wait a minimum of 6 weeks before reintroducing the hormone back into the body. And every HCG round after that, the wait time should be increased by two weeks. For example: 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, etc. This time without the hormone will prevent the HCG from becoming too familiar and keep it working effectively for patients who desire to lose more weight.
If you’re wondering how to adhere to the HCG diet, we may have some helpful tips for you! Whether you are thinking about giving the HCG diet a try or have already started, here are a few suggestions to help keep you on track!
Drink water, and drink some more.
As your body breaks down fat on the HCG diet, it’s extremely important to flush those toxins out of your system. For this reason, and to stay properly hydrated and prevent water retention, drinking a large amount of water is essential. Water can also help keep you feeling full on the HCG diet, and help you avoid food temptation.
Avoid under eating.
Under eating is a more common problem on HCG. It is not required that you eat absolutely everything if you feel full on the 500 calorie phase, but if you are purposely going below your calorie limit in hopes to lose more, you may end up being disappointed. And the hunger and fatigue that could possible result from doing this would make anyone want to cheat or stop the diet. 500 calories is already a very small amount of food. So be careful.
Stay away from too much activity.
Exercise can wreck the HCG diet and actually keep you from losing weight. Many patients believe that adding exercise will help them “burn off more calories” or “lose more.” This is simply not true with HCG. A 500-calorie diet does not lend enough calories to support a lot of activity, and increasing your metabolic rate with exercise will only make you increasingly hungrier while on the 500-calorie portion of the program.
Be creative with what you can have.
Nu Image Medical will provide you with an extensive recipe guide to help you along your HCG diet journey. Take advantage of it! A few consistent days of one piece of chicken and lettuce with a plain apple, and you will find yourself so bored with those plain food options. Oftentimes, patients find it harder to stick to the diet, not because they were hungry, but simply because they were tired of eating the same foods over and over again. Try changing it up, cooking the food differently, and adding allowed herbs and spices to help.
Made a mistake? Get back on track, and don’t do it again!
Okay, so if you fell off track…Dust yourself off, and keep your goal in mind! Don’t let one slip ruin the diet for you! But keep in mind, that ongoing cheating can be devastating on HCG. So do everything in your power to stay on track, but if you have a slip, get right back on the bandwagon, and start again correctly.
If you are thinking about starting another HCG round or wondering how to resume the HCG Diet, here are a few things you might want to know first…
If you have done the HCG diet in a clinic or office setting before, no need to worry here. Nu Image Medical has a huge clientele of patients who have done the diet before elsewhere but are now looking for a less expensive way to do the program again without sacrificing the quality of the product. Nu Image Medical only provides pure, prescription HCG from a physician. And even though Nu Image Medical is completely telemedicine and not a walk-in clinic like you may be used to in the past, 24/7 medical support is provided if you need help at any time. This is perfect if you are already familiar with the HCG, or if you are completely new to the protocol and need extra assistance along the way.
If you have recently done a round of the HCG diet, a 6-week period without the hormone is recommended before starting another round. This is to keep you from building up a tolerance to the medication and help ensure that it works effectively and safely for you.
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Many patients often ask, “What if I cheat on the HCG diet?” “What will happen?” Well, for starters, if you think you may have a hard time sticking fully to a diet plan or find it hard to avoid cheating, the HCG diet may not be the best diet for you. Because of its fat unlocking potential, the HCG diet is one of the most successful weight loss methods available but only if followed correctly and consistently.
Cheating on the HCG diet can be disastrous. Following the low carb and sugar, 500-calorie diet, while taking the HCG, controls hunger and fat loss and helps maintain a state of ketosis (fat burning for energy). If cheating happens, the body must burn all of the recently eaten calories off first before burning off fat stores. This can cause weight gain, dramatically slow weight loss, and increase hunger. Many times patient’s report that they feel occasional cheating will help them to be able to follow the program better or help satisfy a craving. They unfortunately, tend to find that cheating can actually make hunger or a craving worse on HCG and may make them want to cheat even more.
If you have cheated on the HCG diet, don’t fret. Unfortunately, you can’t reverse what has been done, but you can stop any more damage from being happening. First of all, avoid any more slips. It’s easy to keep cheating once you’ve had a bite or two, but don’t give in to the temptation. It will only make matters worse. Also make sure you are drinking plenty of water, avoid as much carbs and sugars as possible and stick to the leanest foods on the 500-calorie protocol. For example: cut out the breadstick and choose fish and lettuce verses beef and tomato for dinner. Avoid adding exercise. It makes sense to want to burn those extra calories off, but on the HCG diet exercising will only hinder weight loss not speed it up. You may try the “Apple Day” or the “Steak Day” to help recover from cheating, but these options are not always successful and were not originally intended to combat cheating. And lastly, stay focused. Don’t let one slip up wreck your whole HCG diet experience. It may take you a couple of days to get back, but if you keep working at, you will get there. It’s not a total loss. Don’t give up. You’re back on the right track now!
- 10 -15 large sized radishes
- Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- No calorie cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Slice radishes into very thin chips (Using a mandolin slicer works great for this).
Spread on a lined cookie sheet.
Lightly spray radish slices with cooking spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
(If using other seasonings or herbs, you may add them now).
Bake for 10 minutes, flip, and bake for another 5-10 minutes or until crisp.
Time may vary depending on slice size, so watch once flipped.
The HCG injections are the preferred route for HCG administration. With the injectable method, complete and rapid absorption is guaranteed. If you’ve chosen to complete the HCG diet through the means of giving an injection each day, it’s important to know how to inject HCG and properly give yourself the injection safely and effectively. Listed below are a few simple steps to help ensure that you are taking the medication correctly.
Step 1) Once you have your loaded HCG syringe ready to go, pinch a small area of subcutaneous (fat) tissue between your fingers with your non-dominate hand, and wipe with alcohol.
- The HCG injection can essentially be given anywhere on the body that fat tissue is located. The abdomen is a common injection site primarily because it is easy to see when giving an injection to yourself. The injection site can be rotated to a different side or location if needed for comfort.
Step 2) While the skin is pinched between your fingers, inject the small needle all the way into the skin at a 90 or 45-degree angle.
- Make sure to focus carefully what you are doing so that you avoid sticking your fingers by mistake. (Much like a dart enters a bull’s eye).
Step 3) Once the needle has gone completely through the skin, push the plunger in to inject the medication.
Step 4) Remove the syringe from the skin; keeping it straight, as it was when it was entered into the skin initially.
Step 5) A small gauze, cotton ball, or tissue can be used to gently wipe the area if needed.
If you have any questions pertaining to these instructions, please consult with our medical department prior to beginning any treatment by calling 888-520-3438.
The holiday season is here again. And for must of us that means FOOD! Cookies, candy, decadent dishes, and a constant array of calorie packed goodness are at every turn. But beware, studies have shown that an astounding percentage of people gain a substantial amount of weight during the holiday season. And worst of all, most people struggle to get this weight off. There is, however, a healthier way to enjoy the holidays without going up a pant size or two.
Munching on a healthy snack or food before you head to holiday party or even drinking a bottle of water or two during the car ride over, will dramatically reduce food cravings and temptation. By pre-filling your stomach, you’ll end up with much better willpower than you probably ever thought possible, and it will be much easier to be satisfied on less.
Bring your own food.
If you know you have holiday party or get together coming up, don’t rely on others to provide a healthy option for you. Always plan ahead, and bring a lighter option that you can feel comfortable partaking in. You never know, your low calorie option may be a party hit!
Mingle around your company, not the food table.
It’s typical, especially during holiday parties, for food to be out everywhere: counters, tables, etc. And, why not? It looks pretty, and it’s inviting. But if your mission is to avoid weight gain over the holiday, this food display can be disastrous. Hovering around food or next to the table it’s on will only make it harder to avoid indulging in extra bites unknowingly during conversation. Mingling with friends and family in another area, without food present, may save you several calories.
Don’t taste while you bake.
Ok, this is hard… But licking the spoon or tasting here and there during cooking and/or baking will tack on a lot of calories that you didn’t even realize or notice. Trying your best to wait and enjoy a small amount of the finished product when it’s served will be worth it. Let’s face it, you’re going to try the cookie at some point, don’t add unnecessary calories tasting the batter. They add up quickly.
Load during the holidays.
If you’re contemplating doing the HCG diet during the season, consider doing your loading days during your scheduled holiday parties. You will be ahead of everyone making resolutions to lose weight, and look great ringing in the New Year!
It’s okay to be a little choosy. Ultimately, it’s your body, and you control what goes into it and how much. Most individuals who are pros at staying thin and controlling their weight are masters of this concept. They know when to splurge and when to hold off. For example, if you know you must have a piece of Grandma’s red velvet cake at Christmas dinner, then plan accordingly…try to eat light during the day while focusing on proteins and veggies that will keep you more full. Save up for the big finale, and enjoy it, guilt free.
Pick the smallest plate possible.
If small plates are available at your holiday get together, snatch one up. If you don’t see one right away, keep an eye out for a dessert or another area where a few may be hidden before you go for a big one. Not having “extra space” on your plate for extra goodies will save you in the long run and visually help you feel satisfied with less. If the only plates you see around are large ones, pick one side of the plate to place food, and avoid the urge to pile anything on top.
Be polite but portion cautious.
At a party, you can have a small sample without eating a large helping. Showing your appreciation and sampling a bit is the courteous thing to do.It doesn’t mean, however, that you have to fill up your plate or go back for seconds by any means.
Be mindful of your alcohol intake.
Not only is alcohol jam packed with calories, but it may not just be the actual calories from the drink itself that gets you into trouble… but the actual lack of self control with food that you may incur once you’ve had a glass or two. Having a small drink is certainly okay, but be mindful of the amount to avoid careless over snacking.
It’s super easy to want to just sit around during the holidays. And a little relaxation during one of the busiest times of the year is important. But making the time and effort to stay active, can keep those unwanted holiday pounds away. For example, parking far away at the mall while shopping or going on a family walk after dinner is a great way to burn a few calories and keep your metabolism up and running.
Slow it down, and pace yourself.
It takes the brain roughly 20-30 minutes after eating to relay to the stomach a feeling of fullness. So, take it slow. Holiday food should be enjoyed. Rushing through a meal will only make you eat more and miss out on the richness! If you’re going to indulge a tiny bit, savor it!
Don’t be a holiday statistic! Plan ahead, make smart choices, and keep those unwanted pounds off!
- Not up for gardening? We may just change your mind!
Growing your own produce is becoming a huge trend. And understandably so, the payoff can be quite astonishing. If you’re on the HCG diet or just trying to eat more cleanly and incorporate a few more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet, you may be interested to know some of the great benefits that growing your own produce can bring.
The average household would most likely agree that a good-sized chunk of their income is spent on food. Most feel it is much more than they wish or should have to spend each month. Grocery store prices have risen so high in recent years. And in a depressed economy, everyone is looking for a way to cut back, reduce spending, and try to live on less. Unfortunately, the grocery bill is just something we can’t do without, and it can be difficult to cut back while still eating healthy. Fresh supermarket produce can be extremely expensive, but purchasing a small packet of seeds can cost very little and can supply large amounts fresh, delicious food.
You may not believe that growing your own food can be a time saver, but it certainly can be much more convenient than you might think. Being able to pick food right from your own backyard saves a ton of time usually spent in long grocery checkout lines as well as time lost in traffic.
More Food Variety
Growing your own food also gives you the option to enjoy a larger variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. There’s nothing worse than gathering ingredients for a recipe and then realizing your grocer doesn’t carry or is out of the produce you needed. Growing food at home eliminates this problem. You know what you have at all times and it can be much easier to plan your meals around what’s available. Doing this, can save you a whole lot of time and frustration.
And along with more food variety, you have the option to grow more of the foods you like and use more of!
Growing your own food is a great way to get in some exercise and enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air. Gardening can actually be an excellent workout as well as a great way to reduce stress. It can also be a great way to spend time with family and enjoy time outside together. Research has even proved that the smell of plants and flowers can even produce mood-enhancing endorphins.
The produce you grow at home is much more healthy for you than what you typically find in the grocery store. This organic produce will not contain pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and strange chemicals that could be potentially be harmful to you and your family. It can be very comforting to know where you food came from and what all was involved before it got to you. Organic foods also have much higher levels of antioxidants and better nutritional benefit. Studies have also shown that families who grow their own food eat more fruits and vegetables each day and eat them in much larger quantities because they are more readily available and easy to get to.
Unbeatable Taste & Quality
Once you’ve tasted the richness of flavor from a fruit picked right from the tree in its ripest and purest form, you may never want to buy store produce again! There is no food fresher than what you’ve harvested from your own garden. Supermarket produce may sit on the shelves for a long time before it makes its way to your table. This loss of time not only decreases its nutritional value, but may affect taste as well!
Whether you have several acres ofland or just a small balcony, you have the potential to grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs. A little bit of effort just may produce a lifetime of rewards. Give it a try; you just may be a born gardener after all! Worst-case scenario, you lose a couple of dollars on seeds…Best-case scenario, you trim hundreds of dollars a month and thousands of dollars a year from your grocery bill all while getting a little healthier. Worth a try, right? We think so.
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins for Ph3
- 2 (8 oz.) packages of light or fat free cream cheese
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp. vanilla or almond extract
- I Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. of Stevia (or more to preferred sweetness once mixed)
- Add cinnamon, pumpkin, other any other fruit or spice you may like
- (We chose a small amount of blueberries for this one).
Preheat oven to 350 ° F.
Soften the cream cheese in the microwave- about 40 seconds.
Add all ingredients except the chosen fruit (blueberries).
Beat with a mixer on low until smooth.
Mix in blueberries or desired fruit.
Pour into greased and/or lined muffin pan.
Bake muffins at 350°F for 18 minutes. Let cool.