If you are looking for a safe and effective way to lose body fat, especially the stubborn body fat that most people struggle with losing (such as on the stomach, arms, legs, and buttocks), the HCG diet is one of the best options currently available. The diet is designed to work as fast as possible to help dieters lose weight, and most people on the diet lose anywhere from around 1/5 of a pound to 1 pound per day. The weight loss occurs quickly at the beginning of the diet and the speed of the weight loss can maintain itself throughout the diet, but occasionally it slows down and “plateaus”, and the diet comes with several ways to break these plateaus.
Up to 1 pound per day can be lost
The HCG diet can result in up to one pound per day of weight loss, and it is a much faster way to lose weight compared to several other diets. The hormone used in the diet, human chorionic gonadotropin, is safe to use as a weight loss aid and it is prescribed by medical doctors during the diet. The best part of the diet is that it specifically targets abnormal fat, while other diets are not as effective at doing this. The hormone metabolizes the abnormal fat that is the most difficult to lose and the fat that is unsightly, while maintaining normal levels of reserve fat and structural fat that everyone needs.
The speed will differ from one person to another
It is important to note that the speed of weight loss of the HCG diet will differ dramatically from one person to another. First, not everyone will follow the protocol perfectly, which is understandable because it can be difficult to learn all of the requirements and stick to them throughout the 23 or 43 day Phase 2 of the diet (the very low calorie phase). This phase has very strict requirements for diet and lifestyle, and if you don’t spend the time to learn these requirements before starting the diet you may find yourself slipping up a bit. This is not the end of the world because the diet will still result in a large amount of weight loss even if you mess up on a few days.
The diet makes weight loss easy and manageable
The best part of the HCG diet is that the weight loss is easier compared to other diets because of the hormone injections that are given on a daily basis throughout the second phase of the diet. The hormone suppresses the appetite while helping the body break down abnormal fat, and both of these effects are what make the diet easier compared to other diets. Most other diets do not utilize a supplement that is as effective as HCG; for instance some diets use caffeine as an appetite suppressant which isn’t nearly as effective as human chorionic gonadotropin, and caffeine is often unsafe for many people, especially at the levels that some diets require.
You can expect weight loss of about 5 to 23 pounds or more
If you use the 23 day diet you can expect weight loss of anywhere from around 5 pounds to 25 pounds maximum, and the longer diet should be used if you have weight loss goals of anywhere from around 9 pounds to 45 pounds maximum. Many people lose at least 15 pounds on the 23 day diet, which is still a huge amount of weight loss in just a three week period of time. The second phase of the diet is when most of the weight loss occurs, and during the third phase of the diet the weight loss is “stabilized” by carefully selecting foods and reintegrating them gradually while monitoring weight gain.
The third phase of the diet is critical
Although most of the weight loss occurs during the second phase of the diet, the third phase of the diet is almost as important as the second phase if not more important, because it is during this phase that most people tend to slip up or maintain their results. Weight gain can occur rapidly when the dieter transitions from the very low calorie diet back to their normal diet because bad habits can make their way back very quickly if the dieter is not vigilant. One of the most important features for any HCG diet program to have is a carefully designed Phase 3 that focuses on weight management with techniques to stop weight gain if it occurs.
The HCG diet at Nu Image Medical is effective and created by HCG diet experts
The HCG diet at Nu Image Medical is safe and effective and it is created and administered by medical professionals who are highly experienced with the diet and who understand how to safely administer it. The diet at Nu Image Medical is one of the few 100% online diets that has licensed medical professionals available to answer questions for dieters. The diet protocol was also designed by medical doctors, and it is very closely based on the original Dr. Simeons diet with just a few minor modifications. The Simeons diet is the only version of the diet that has been tested extensively and is known to be safe and result in the fastest amount of fat loss in the shortest period of time.
Your results depend on how closely to stick to the protocol
The results that you see on the diet depend on how closely you stick to the HCG diet protocol. Most people experience rapid weight loss as long as they resist cheating or changing anything about the diet protocol which is certainly doable because the hunger suppressing effect of the hormone makes the diet manageable. The first week of the diet is usually the most difficult, and after the first week has passed the rest of the diet is easier as the body makes the transition to a ketogenic state. If you stick to the diet protocol you can expect great results even with just one round of the diet, and the best part is that the diet can be easily repeated.
The results you get from the HCG diet will last
As long as you follow the protocol guidelines and complete Phase 3 of the diet properly by staying away from starches, sugars and grains, you will maintain your weight loss results. The HCG diet is a great way for you to get back to a healthy lifestyle, and it won’t take you several months of work like other diets. It doesn’t require any exercise and it is one of the few diets that have been proven to result in real fat loss of up to one pound per day without dangerous side effects or other symptoms. To get more information on how the diet can help you lose weight quickly and safely, speak to one of the medical professionals at Nu Image Medical today.
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Uh oh. Cargill Inc has been lying to all of us about their product Truvia. They have been stating that Truvia sweeteners are “natural,” and it turns out they are not. Because of this, there was a class action lawsuit against them, and if you have purchased Truvia from July 2008-July 2014, you are eligible for a cash rebate of up to $45. The other option is vouchers valued up to $90. We here at Nu Image Medical have told our customers do not use Truvia on the HCG Diet as it is not 100% pure Stevia.
Class Action lawsuits usually depend on how many Class Members submit their form within the time limit, but below is a breakdown of what you could be eligible for.
There is NO proof of purchase required (but you should not lie!), just make sure you submit your claim before December 5th 2014.
Read more on the lawsuit here.
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Vegetarians normally get protein in their diet from dairy products, legumes, soy, and other non-animal products, but a standard HCG diet includes several different types of protein from animal sources. Fortunately, vegetarians can still participate in the HCG diet with a few modifications. There are many sources of dairy protein including non-fat Greek yogurt as well as protein meal replacements that are offered by Nu Image Medical. The meal replacements are excellent options for vegetarians because they are made from whey and they are just 110 calories each with 26 grams of protein per meal and only 1 gram of carbs. This may be recommended for vegetarians because of their convenience, but there are other possible sources of protein from dairy such as non-fat milk that may be used as a replacement for protein.
The other requirements of the diet are the same for vegetarians
The other requirements of the HCG diet are the same for vegetarians including two servings of fruit per day and two servings of vegetables. Vegetarians only need to stick to non-fat protein options during the first part of the diet (the very low calorie diet). During the first few “gorging” days of the diet, vegetarians can eat pretty much anything they want, and high fat protein sources from full fat dairy products can be eaten in preparation for the diet. Thankfully the very low calorie diet only lasts for three to six weeks and afterward during Phase 3 vegetarians have more options available.
Grains have to be avoided
The challenge that vegetarians will face is that they must avoid grains while on the HCG diet, and grains are often a major source of protein for vegetarians. But there are several substitutes like non-fat dairy products as previously mentioned or whey protein meal replacements. Grains can be resumed after the diet is over, but during Phase 3 full fat dairy can be eaten and grains still have to be largely avoided. They may be an exception to allow certain grains or a limited amount of them during Phase 3, and a vegetarian should discuss this with their medical provider. At Nu Image Medical we can help you come up with a customized HCG diet plan if you are vegetarian that will cover everything from Phase 1 to Phase 4 and you can always ask your medical provider any questions about dietary requirements and protein substitutes.
Results may be different for vegetarians
One potential thing to consider about the HCG diet for vegetarians is that the fat loss results may be different. Vegetarians may experience slower weight loss than non-vegetarians if their protein sources from milk are high in carbohydrates. Dr. Simeons, the creator of the HCG diet, noticed that vegetarians had a slower rate of weight loss when they used milk as a protein replacement. This slower rate of weight loss may be avoided with the meal replacement packs from Nu Image Medical which only have 1 gram of carbohydrates, and their low cost make them a great alternative to milk.
If you use milk as a protein substitute be sure that it is organic
If you do decide to use non-fat milk in a vegetarian HCG diet, you should make sure that it is organic. Non-organic milk can have a potentially serious effect on your metabolism due to hormones and other possible contaminants like antibiotics. Actually, you never want to drink non-organic milk because it thought to be linked to potentially serious chronic health problems, so be very careful with your choice of milk. The safest bet is to use the meal replacements, but you can always ask Nu Image Medical for advice or recommendations on milk products or dairy products.
Be careful with whey protein products
Whey protein can be an excellent protein replacement for vegetarians on the HCG diet, but there are many different products available and many of them have unnatural ingredients, additives and preservatives. When you are on the HCG diet you have to be extremely careful with using any supplements at all, and during your medical consultation you will be advised as to which supplements you can continue using and the supplements that you should stop using, because any supplement can have an impact on the hormone’s ability to metabolize fat. Don’t pick a whey protein product without discussing it with your medical provider, and always stick to products that are organic and ideally with limited or only natural additives.
Legume protein is an option
Certain legume protein products may be an option as a protein replacement. Certain soy products like miso are low in fat, but not every soy product is low in fat, so you do have to be careful. Pea protein is one protein option in particular that should be low in fat (always check the labels) and may be approved for use on the HCG diet. Pea protein is rich in readily absorbable amino acids and it should also be low in carbohydrates and starch. There are several pea protein isolates that are very low in carbohydrates, but every product is different. Again, Nu Image Medical’s physicians can give you specific advice on the type of protein and the specific product that you may be considering, since there are many different non-animal protein options available created from legumes.
Phase 3 of the diet for vegetarians
During Phase 3 of the diet you will have many more options available. Although normally a person would not eat legumes during Phase 3 of the diet, you can always ask your medical provider for an exception for a small amount. You have the option of eating full fat dairy products during Phase 3 or reduced fat dairy products but you have to be very careful with them and always try to stick to organic sources as you did during Phase 2. Your body is sensitive to weight gain when you are making the transition back to a regular diet and Phase 3 in particular is very important, so the foods that you eat need to be carefully considered. It can be a bit confusing if you aren’t familiar with nutrition and that’s why it is always advisable to have a medical professional available to consult with.
Speak with a medical professional about how to structure the diet
The HCG diet does not have to be difficult at all if you are vegetarian, as you have many options for protein replacements and the most challenging part of the diet is just the first week where you make the transition from your normal diet to the restricted food list of the HCG diet. If you are vegetarian there are only minor modifications that need to be made to replace the protein in the diet and everything else can be left as is, so it is relatively simple to come up with a modified diet that will work for you. Nu Image Medical is here to help you through that stage and to customize the HCG diet to fit your preferred food choices and dietary requirements as needed. For more information on how to get started with the HCG diet or to speak with an HCG diet expert today, click here.
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There are several different HCG diet variations that currently exist, and most of them are substantially different from the original diet protocol that was developed by Dr. Albert Simeons in the 1950s. The original protocol is currently used by Nu Image Medical, and it has proven to be the safest version of the diet because it has been widely tested. There is no way to verify the safety of many if not all of the diet variations that currently exist, and as a result it is often unsafe to try these version of the diet. With something as complicated as a hormone diet, there always has to be scientific or clinical evidence backing up any medical or dietary recommendations, but several diets have been released that are not based on scientific evidence.
Several HCG diet versions exist including higher calorie versions
There are some versions of the diet that allow a higher caloric intake: anywhere from 800 calories or more per day. This version of the diet is not used by Nu Image Medical and many other diet providers because it has not been tested, and the higher caloric intake can possibly cause problems with the fat burning effect of the HCG hormone. The higher calorie diets were created because some people believed that the 500 calorie per day diet had too few calories, but this is not true because the hormone is effective at helping the body metabolize abnormal fat. Also, no one has suffered any medical problems or has had any adverse effects from the 500 calorie per day diet.
Any variation of the diet that is shorter than three weeks or longer than six weeks should not be used
The original diet protocol allows for only two different options in terms of the diet timeframe: three weeks and six weeks. There have been some protocols released that have a shorter timeframe, such as 15 days, or a longer timeframe than six weeks, such as 90 days. These diets are not proven to be safe or effective, and they should never be used in place of the original three or six week diet. There is no guarantee that these diets will result in weight loss, and the original three or six week periods were selected based on extensive research.
Three weeks on the diet is the minimum amount of time needed in order to see results, while six weeks is the maximum because of the problem of hormone resistance. If a person stays on the diet longer than six weeks, they run the risk of developing a resistance to the effects of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). Once hormone resistance develops, using multiple rounds of the HCG diet may no longer be effective. Also, the diet is known to be safe up to a period of six weeks, but it has not been extensively tested for a longer period than this, and there may be adverse effects to staying on a very low calorie diet for a period of time that is longer than six weeks.
Special dietary concerns can be addressed by a medical professional
The human chorionic gonadotropin diet can be modified if a person has special dietary concerns and cannot stick to the original protocol’s recommendations for any reason. For instance, those who are vegetarian or vegans may not be able to consume meat, but there are protein substitutes such as whey protein and soy protein that may be used with the approval of a medical doctor. There also may be certain foods that a person is allergic to, and if that is the case those foods may be excluded from the diet or substituted with other natural vegetables. These types of dietary concerns are quite common, but no changes to the diet should ever be made without the approval of a medical professional.
A medical professional with experience administering the HCG diet can make recommendations for protein substitutes or other substitutes that will not cause any problems with the hormone or medical issues. This is particularly important with the hormone diet because any small change can have major ramifications, and it can dramatically change the effectiveness of the diet. A medical professional will be able to go over all of the dietary requirements that a person has and ensure that the diet is properly structured for their needs. At Nu Image Medical we always have a full medical consultation at the start of the diet, and any questions or concerns about the requirements of the diet, foods allowed, allergies and other concerns are always addressed at the start of the diet.
Those who have higher activity levels can still use the original diet
People who work in labor intensive jobs can still use the original diet protocol. In the majority of cases no modification needs to be made at all. This is because the original diet plan still compensates for people who have to exercise; the hormone basically burns more calories from abnormal fat to compensate for the increased energy requirement. In some rare cases the dietary requirements may need to be modified. Normally, 3.5 ounces of protein are recommended while on the diet (per meal), and this amount can be increased with the approval of the medical provider overseeing the diet. The increased protein can help with hunger and provides a more stable source of energy throughout the day.
In some cases, the daily calories for the diet may be slightly increased, but this is not common. Usually, the increased protein intake is sufficient for those with labor intensive jobs. People who have extremely physically taxing jobs may benefit from an increased caloric intake, and again this would be altered with the approval of a medical doctor. The first week of the diet can be challenging for anyone regardless of the type of work that they do, and after the first week has passed the diet is much easier from that point onward.
Other versions of the diet make other changes such as allowing the use of lotion or cosmetics with oil, allowing exercise, and changing the types of foods allowed, but all of these changes can cause problems with the hormone or medical issues. Exercise should never be performed on the HCG diet or any very low calorie diet for that matter, so any diet that recommends exercise should be completely ignored. Cosmetics with oil are known to interfere with the diet, and although it is not clear how much they affect the hormone, it is known that at least a small effect occurs, so they are always avoided for the three or six week period.
Any alterations to the types of foods allowed on the diet can definitely cause issues with the effectiveness of the hormone, and these changes can be made in some cases but they should be reviewed by the medical doctor who is overseeing the diet. If you have any questions or concerns about potential changes to your HCG diet, contact a medical professional at Nu Image Medical today for more information.
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Most of us are aware of the fact that junk food and processed foods are not healthy, but cravings can still drive you to eat them, and the worst part is that many of these foods are designed to be addictive. Food scientists actually know what makes the experience of eating pleasurable, and they design junk foods to be appealing to your appetite. They are designed to be addictive so that you keep purchasing them, and they also don’t satisfy your hunger in the way that natural whole foods do, so you end up eating more of these unhealthy foods.
Food scientists design junk foods to have appealing textures such as the crunch in potato chips or a soft cookie. Also, the combination of salt, sugar, and fat is carefully selected in every junk food to be appealing and addictive. These foods are also designed to cause a salivary response, and foods that do this taste better to your brain. Also, junk foods are often designed to be calorie dense while having a small volume and breaking down quickly; meaning that you can eat several portions of them and still not feel full.
Your memories of eating junk food work against you
Even the memory of eating junk food works against you. When you eat junk food, your brain recalls pleasurable memories of eating junk food in the past, and that creates even more of an appetite for them. The smell of popcorn or pizza for instance often immediately triggers an appetite for these foods and a salivary response based on memories of eating these foods in the past. So, there are plenty of factors working against you when it comes to cravings for junk food.
Of course, the worst part of junk foods is the havoc that they wreak on your body including creating insulin resistance which leads to diabetes, increased body fat and visceral fat, metabolic problems, and many other health problems when they are consumed regularly. It is easy to fall into a vicious cycle when you aren’t extremely careful with your junk food consumption. If you find that many of the foods you eat on a regular basis are processed or junk foods, and you aren’t careful to limit or eliminate their consumption, you can easily find your appetite mainly being dictated by these engineered foods instead of natural whole foods, and it can dramatically change your appetite.
The HCG diet can help you with junk food cravings
Fixing your cravings for processed foods isn’t impossible of course, but it can be difficult. The more junk food that you eat, the more difficult it will be to ignore your cravings for them. Knowing that junk foods are purposely designed to be addictive, and knowing how dangerous they are to your health, you should do your best to avoid them and stick to natural foods. But, in spite of your best efforts, you still might occasionally crave a sugary dessert or pizza.
There are several methods that nutritionists suggest for dealing with your unhealthy cravings. In general, the less junk food that you eat on a regular basis, the easier it will be for you to deal with your cravings. If the majority of your diet is healthy, natural food, your brain will adjust and you will start to crave natural foods. The problem for many people is making the transition from a diet that is filled with junk food, to a diet that with a minimal amount of it or none at all.
That is why low calorie natural diets like the HCG diet can be a lifesaver. The HCG diet eliminates any and all junk food for a period of 23 days at minimum, which is more than enough time for your brain to readjust to healthy whole foods. It can work wonders at eliminating cravings for unhealthy foods in the long term. By restricting your diet to strictly whole foods for a period of time, your brain will start to crave them, even though the transition during the first week may be a bit rough. To get more information on how the HCG diet can benefit you and help you with junk food cravings, click here.
Avoid processed food as much as possible
Prepackaged foods are your worst enemy when you’re trying to eliminate your cravings for unhealthy foods. Always try to avoid them as much as you can, ideally altogether, but if you have to eat anything that is prepackaged, make sure that it is made only with natural ingredients, and the fewer ingredients the better. If you avoid processed food and stick to snacking on natural foods such as nuts, fruit, and vegetables, you’ll find that your cravings will start to reduce.
Eat several different foods
When you eat several different healthy foods you will help your brain with cravings for junk food. It is easy to get sick of eating the same food over and over again, and when you are craving something unhealthy it can be your brain telling you to switch your diet up to include more protein or healthy fat. Try a wide range of different organic whole foods including a variety of different organic meats, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats from nuts, coconut oil, and olive oil. One great way to reduce your appetite for unhealthy foods is to consume more healthy fat, because it is so filling and calorie dense. You may not be getting enough protein and fat in your diet, which will keep you full for longer periods of time and reduce the chance that you’ll eat junk food as a snack or be tempted to eat fast food.
Are you eating because of stress?
Emotional eating is one of the main reasons why people crave junk food, and if you find yourself going through a stressful time you need to be extra cautious of your junk food consumption. Eating simple carbohydrates is proven to have an endorphin releasing effect; it is essentially a drug like effect that can help cope with stress. Unfortunately the negative effects of the carbohydrates from junk food outweigh any beneficial effect that they can have on your mood. If you find that you’re tempted to eat something sweet when you’re stressed, try low sugar dark chocolate or a smoothie made from fresh fruit and stevia.
When you try a diet like the HCG diet, your cravings for sugar and junk food are almost guaranteed to reduce dramatically because eliminating your consumption of those foods for even just a week can reset your brain chemistry to normal. For more information on how the HCG diet can help reset your metabolism and help change your appetite for healthy foods, click here.
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Some people who are interested in the HCG diet have expressed concern that there may be different HCG side effects for males compared to women, since the hormone is produced only during pregnancy. The truth is that the hormone is perfectly safe for both men and women to use as a dietary supplement as long as it has been prescribed and the person has been screened for the diet and for use of the hormone. There are no different side effects for males, and there are no concerns about sexual side effects or any other major side effects at the very low dose that is used for the diet of about 150 to 200 IU per day maximum. It has been proven to be a safe and useful weight loss aid for men.
HCG may have several positive side effects for men
The hormone actually has several potentially positive effects for men, one of them being increased testosterone production. HCG therapy is sometimes used by medical providers as a way to naturally increase testosterone levels. The hormone is similar to luteinizing hormone (LH) which is produced naturally in both men and women. In males, LH stimulates the production of testosterone in the Leydig cells. Since it has a similar effect as LH, it boosts testosterone production for men naturally and it may also increase sperm counts, making it an effective fertility treatment. It is sometimes used by bodybuilders to restore normal testosterone levels, and it may have use for anti-aging treatments.
It can be used as a fertility treatment for men
Although the hormone is not normally used as a main fertility treatment for men it most definitely can be used in some cases, and some medical clinics actually prefer to use it as a main fertility treatment. Since it increases sperm and testosterone production, it may also increase libido and improve fertility for men. Some clinics will use the hormone in conjunction with other fertility treatments, or HCG may be used by itself as a main fertility treatment. The results are usually positive; most men experience a positive effect in their libido, energy levels, and in most cases their testosterone levels will increase a little when they start taking HCG on a regular basis for a brief period of time.
The HCG diet can help men reset their hormones
The resulting natural testosterone boost can have a positive effect on mood and increase energy levels. The human chorionic gonadotropin diet is one of the best diets for men to reduce obesity and get to a normal body fat percentage. Many men who have a weight issue have a disrupted hormone balance. They usually have very high estrogen levels (for a male) and relatively low testosterone levels. This is because body fat actually influences the production of hormones in the body, and low testosterone levels can certainly be one of the causes for weight gain and muscle loss.
Men who take human chorionic gonadotropin, particularly while on the HCG diet, can reset their natural hormone levels, because a reduction in body fat almost always results in increased testosterone production for men. The hormone itself increases testosterone as well. Men who believe that they may have a hormone deficiency should get a blood hormone test before and after the diet and notice if there are any chances, and also making dietary changes such as avoiding processed foods and carbohydrates is important for maintaining healthy hormone levels.
The hormone is only used for a brief period of time
It is not clear whether or not the hormone should be used for an extended period of time, but it is likely to be safe to do so, since there have been no problems with the short term use of the hormone. The vast majority if not all of the medically approved uses of the hormone, including the diet, involve using it for a brief period of time and for no longer than two months. Long term use of the hormone is usually not recommended, and the same holds true for many different hormone therapies including testosterone, estrogen and human growth hormone. The most important consideration when it comes to the safety of the treatment is the quality of the hormone and the oversight of licensed medical professionals.
The hormone results in fast weight loss for both men and women
Men and women both experience the same type of rapid weight loss when they use the hormone in conjunction with a medically supervised low calorie diet. The weight loss occurs at the same rate for both men and women and up to seven pounds of body fat may be lost per week on the diet. The calorie limits are also the same for both men and women, and the hormone metabolizes fat at the same speed. Up to 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day of abnormal body fat may be burned for energy, and even though men may have higher caloric requirements, the hormone ensures that their energy needs are fully met while they are on the very low calorie diet.
Side effects during the first week are the same for men and women
There are a few side effects from the diet during the first week of the diet, but these side effects are not due to the hormone, instead they are the result of the body switching to a fat burning metabolic state. The side effects may also be the result of the detoxification effect that the diet has. Some of the side effects may include fatigue, dizziness, cramps, headaches, nausea, and cold-like symptoms, but these side effects will go away within a few days or sooner, and will subside around the end of the first week on the diet. Side effects that last longer than this should be reported to the medical professional overseeing the diet, but the vast majority of people will not experience side effects for longer than a few days.Many side effects on the diet are beneficial
Aside from a few negative side effects that may occur during the first week and often never occur at all, there are several positive side effects that both men and women usually experience. During the first week of the diet many people will experience a boost in energy levels and a higher level of mental clarity than before. The energy level boost may result from the release of toxins and by reverting to a more natural diet. The body’s natural fat metabolism is also boosted throughout the diet, and this effect will maintain itself after the diet is over, provided that the critical Phase 3 of the diet is completed correctly and that the transition back to a “normal diet” is done properly (avoiding grains, sugars, and starches).
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There is a lot of confusion regarding whether it is more important to reduce carb intake or fat intake. For one, both types of diets are commonly recommended by nutritionists, but it is usually one or the other that is recommended. The HCG diet in particular is both low carb and low fat because it is low calorie, and it almost completely avoids fat altogether with its food choices. The HCG diet does not eliminate fat because it is necessarily bad; it is only eliminated so that it does not interfere with the hormone. Once Phase 3 of the diet is reached and the hormone is no longer being used, natural oils such as olive and coconut oil can be used in cooking.
Low fat diets are not effective
Diets that only restrict fat consumption but allow dieters to eat a large amount of carbohydrates each day are not effective for weight loss. Carbohydrates are converted to fat because as soon as they are eaten, insulin is released, and any excess glucose in the bloodstream from the carbohydrate meal is converted into fat or stored in the body’s fat and muscle cells. Insulin causes glucose to be converted into glycogen, a ready source of fuel, but only a limited amount of glucose can be converted into glycogen. When these insulin spikes occur on a regular basis they lead to weight gain, insulin resistance, and a host of other health problems. Therefore, low fat diets alone are not the solution for weight loss.
Low carb diets are effective at reversing disease
The HCG diet is a low carbohydrate diet because it limits its carbohydrates only to natural sources, and the carbohydrate intake is low enough to create ketosis, or the metabolic state where fat is burned as a primary source of energy. The diet completely avoids starches and grains, two of the largest source of carbohydrates and calories in the standard American diet. By getting rid of two of the biggest culprits for weight gain, the HCG diet can potentially reverse many of the effects of a high carbohydrate intake such as high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and diabetic symptoms, and more. Being a low fat diet as well, it results in a large amount of weight loss.
Low carbohydrate diets have better health benefits than low fat diets
One study found that low carbohydrate diets resulted in more weight loss, a greater reduction in cholesterol levels, and a greater reduction in triglyceride levels compared to low fat diets over a year. On average, dieters on the low carb diet lost 8 pounds more than the low fat diet participants. Although some dietitians believe that low carbohydrate diets are risky the opposite is true, they are effective when they are properly administered and monitored, and diets like the human chorionic gonadotropin diet have proven to result in a significant amount of weight loss in just a matter of weeks, as well as lowered triglyceride and cholesterol levels in many cases.
Exercise is not possible on reduced carbohydrate diets
One thing to keep in mind is that any diet that restricts carbohydrates will result in diet participants not being able to exercise. Carbohydrates are used for muscle fuel and when they are restricted a person will easily fatigue during strenuous exercise. The rule holds true for diets like the HCG diet which is both low fat and low carb, as well as low calorie. Exercise must usually be limited to only mild forms of exercise. Also, most medical professionals and dieticians advise to never restrict calorie intake or carbohydrate intake for too long of a period of time, as there can be both short term and long term health consequences.
Low carb diets aren’t always low carb
Not every diet that claims to be low carb is actually low carb. For example, there are some diets that allow you to eat as many grams of fiber as you want, or as many fruits and vegetables as you want without considering the fact that many of them are high in carbohydrates in spite of their other health benefits. Diets that are not very precise and give only general rules about what a person should eat are usually not effective at all because there is too much room for error. It is easy to eat over 100 grams of carbohydrates per day when you are allowed to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want and the quantity is not limited.
Research proves that low carb is better
In spite of some of the problems you may run into with some of the diets out there, there is no doubt that a reduced carbohydrate diet is far better and more important for your health than a low fat diet, and several clinical studies have confirmed this. Fat from natural sources such as extra virgin olive oil or the fats found in nuts are actually beneficial for your health, as they have large amounts of monounsaturated fats which are known to reduce your risk of cardiovascular illnesses while improving heart health. You should never assume that all fats are bad, and the same goes for carbohydrates, but as a general rule you should limit carbohydrates in your diet, particularly from sources such as grains, sugar, processed foods, and starch, as these carbohydrates are broken down quickly and readily stored as fat.
Some carbs are good
Having a small amount of carbohydrate intake every day is both necessary and important. Carbohydrates are used by the body as a source of energy and a low carbohydrate intake over a long period of time can result in hormone imbalances, a slowed metabolism and a host of other problems. Essentially, anyone who is considering trying out a reduced carbohydrate or reduced calorie diet needs to consult with a medical professional prior to starting the diet. A medically supervised diet can be a safe way to lose weight, but the proper carbohydrate intake needs to be maintained throughout the diet, and the foods allowed on the diet need to be specified.
Try the HCG diet to guarantee weight loss
The HCG diet is unique because it is one of the only diets that excludes certain foods and specifies a list of foods, and also gives specific instructions on the amount of each type of food that should be eaten every day. This type of diet is perfect for those who are looking to lose weight because there is no room for any error; if the diet protocol is followed correctly it will result in weight loss as it has for thousands of people in the past. There is a strict limit on calories and both carbohydrates and fat are restricted, with fat being more restricted than carb intake. The creator of the diet, Dr A.T.W. Simeons knew that low grain and starch intake was important for weight loss, and the diet restricts these foods purposely. For more information on how the HCG diet can help you lose weight quickly, click here.
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Several HCG dieters run into a plateau while on the diet, and plateaus are a common problem, but there are several ways to deal with them. Almost always, during the first week or two of the diet you will lose weight rapidly, and some of that weight loss can be attributed to water weight, but much of it will be fat loss. The weight loss can start to tail off a little, but you should not be surprised by this, and there are several things you can do.
If the speed of your weight loss decreases, you may not necessarily be in a plateau
First of all, if you notice that the rate of weight loss starts to decline, you shouldn’t assume that you have hit a plateau. If the weight loss stabilizes and you stay at the same weight for three to four days, you may be in a plateau. If you do nothing at all you will still likely break out of it, but the standard plateau breakers will help you break out of it faster. So, monitor your weight carefully and don’t make an assumption that you’ve hit a plateau if your weight loss drops off for just a day or two.
Try an apple or steak day
There are two plateau breakers which have described previously on this blog, and they should be mentioned briefly, but there are more details given to you when you purchase the diet program from Nu Image Medical. The apple day involves eating six green apples and nothing else for one day. The steak day which is used in Phase 3 when there is weight gain involves eating a large steak for dinner, one green apple which can be eaten at any time during the day, and a large amount of water. Both of these plateau breakers may work for you, and if one doesn’t work you should try the other plateau breaker the next day.
Look carefully at your diet
If the plateau breakers aren’t working, or if you hit another slowdown in your weight loss, you should carefully examine your diet and make sure that you aren’t eating anything that isn’t allowed by the protocol. It is fairly easy to slip up and eat something that isn’t allowable because the diet protocol is quite strict and limiting. Just a snack or a small meal with foods that are prohibited during Phase 2 can have a major impact on your weight loss. If you aren’t cooking every meal at home using only the specific ingredients allowed in the diet protocol you should try this, and make sure that everything you eat is an allowable food including the seasonings that you use.
Be careful of artificially sweetened drinks
You also need to be careful with drinks and condiments. Drinks that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners are not allowable on the diet, and they really shouldn’t ever be consumed at any time because of their widely known negative health effects. Sucralose, aspartame, ace-k and other sweeteners can throw your metabolism off entirely, and some of them are thought to have serious effects on the body including neurological side effects and increased insulin resistance. Don’t assume that zero calorie drinks are okay to use on the diet; even though they won’t add to your calorie total they can definitely affect your body’s biochemistry and metabolism.
Don’t use any disallowed condiments
Condiments and seasonings are one way that the diet can be thrown off. Most salad dressings, mayonnaise, condiments with sugar, honey, or high fructose corn syrup are all disallowed on the diet and can definitely cause a reduction in weight loss. Always stick only to the seasonings allowed on the diet, and thankfully there are a wide range of seasonings that you can use. There are also several recipes for salad dressings and different meat seasonings that you can use. You may have to spend a little extra time coming up with these custom made seasonings, but it is worth it because they won’t affect your weight loss, and you’ll get the most results from the diet.
Try to use organic protein sources
The quality of your protein sources can certainly have an effect on your body. Meat produced with antibiotics and hormones may have an impact on your weight loss. Hormone in meat can interfere with HCG, which is a hormone as you know, and they can have potentially serious effects if they are eaten on a regular basis. If you can’t find clean sources of chicken try to stick to some of the seafood choices, and avoid farm raised fish.
Also, be sure that the protein you are using is allowed on the diet, for instance not every type of red meat is allowable, and many types of red meat are high in fat and will throw the diet off dramatically. Be very careful with your protein selections, and it is worth the extra money to purchase organic/antibiotic free/hormone free whenever possible.
Get enough sleep every night
Your body needs adequate sleep to recover even though many people don’t get enough of it, and if you find that you aren’t getting enough sleep it can definitely impact your weight loss on the diet. If you are staying away too long you may be eating too much without even realizing it, as many people need to consume extra calories in order to stay awake.
Sleeping restores the normal biochemical balance of your body, and if you neglect getting enough sleep it can have many negative consequences on your overall health and well-being. You don’t need to exercise on the HCG diet but you definitely need to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep at minimum, and the amount of sleep that you need depends on the person.
Add apple cider vinegar to your daily routine
Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (we recommend Bragg’s raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar) every day can have a metabolism boosting effect, and you can consume apple cider vinegar liberally on the diet. You can add the vinegar to water or add it to salads or your vegetables along with other seasonings, but try to be consistent and drink two tablespoons every day. Drink the vinegar all at once rather than spread out throughout the day because it can have an effect on tooth enamel.
If you have difficulties and don’t know what to do, contact Nu Image Medical
When you purchase our diet program, you can contact our medical professionals throughout the diet for support, and you get unlimited support during the first seven days of the diet. If you run into any difficulties at all or plateaus, and your efforts don’t work, we have medical professionals who can help you get back on track. Contact Nu Image Medical today for more information on how we can help you through your HCG diet.
Categories: HCG Diet
Recently several variations of the HCG diet have been released both by medical professionals and non-professionals on various websites. The original diet was developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s and has been safely used since then by many medical professionals and clinics that continue to offer the diet. His protocol was developed after years of clinical experience with the diet, and it has proven to be both safe and effective. Any variations that have been developed since he founded the diet have not been widely accepted, at least as widely accepted as the original diet continues to be.
Variations of the HCG diet may be dangerous
The problem with variations is that they have not been tested as extensively as the original diet, and there is always a chance of a potentially dangerous modification if the company or person making the changes don’t have medical training. The original diet has been used for decades and hundreds of thousands of people have used it to lose weight without any health problems. Some physicians have released variations of the diet as they may administer it with their own medical practice. These variations are unlikely to be dangerous because they are created by medical professionals, and usually only have minor variations.
For instance, a few variations of the diets online make exceptions for certain foods that are normally banned from the diet by the original protocol. Other variations allow for the use of lotion and cosmetics with oils. These variations are not likely to be dangerous, but they may definitely interfere with the diet’s effectiveness.
Diet variations may result in less weight loss
The main problem with diet variations is that they can cause less weight loss than the normal diet. Variations haven’t been tested extensively and although some medical professionals think that certain parts of the diet are not necessary, the original protocol has been used the most since the diet was founded and is known to result in weight loss of 1/5th of a pound to 1 pound per day.
Some diet variations reduce the length of time for the diet. This will definitely result in less weight loss because the original diet is either a three week or six week diet. The three week diet can result in weight loss of up to 23 pounds over a 23 day period, while the six week diet can result in 43 pounds of weight loss over 43 days. Shorter variations of the diet simply won’t have those same potential results. The reason why some shorten the diet is to make it more manageable, but the HCG hormone itself is used to make the diet easier and shortening the diet is never necessary.
There are even longer variations of the diet that extend past six weeks. These variations are definitely not safe and the diet was limited to six weeks maximum because that was the safest length of time based on Dr. Simeons’ clinical research. The six week diet has been used countless times without adverse health problems, but any length of time longer than six weeks has not been studied.
Also, Dr. Simeons limited the length of time to six weeks to avoid hormone resistance. The body can develop resistance to HCG and it is possible for the hormone’s efficiency at fat metabolism can decrease substantially. After the six week diet there is a waiting period of at least six weeks before it can be resumed again so that any HCG immunity is eliminated.
Variations of the diet should be minor
It is clear that the original diet protocol is the best option available, and Nu Image Medical uses the original diet protocol in the exact way that Dr. Simeons intended, with a few updates to modernize the diet and helpful supplementary information. If there are any variations of the diet that are made by a dieter on their own, they should be very minor and made only with the approval of a medical professional. For instance, some dieters request to increase their protein servings from 3.5 ounces to a little higher during each meal as a way to ward off hunger for longer periods of time.
Variations such as this may be approved by a medical professional at Nu Image Medical because there are some dieters that may have physically intensive jobs and require more calories or protein with their diet. These types of diet adjustments are quite common, and they do not deviate substantially from the original protocol. As long as the medical provider making the adjustments is experienced with the diet and has the credentials to make those adjustments it should be entirely safe for the dieter. Unfortunately, there are plenty of diets online that have been developed from the original protocol that were not reviewed by any medical professional, and these diets should be avoided because of their potential health dangers.
The HCG diet is carefully structured
One of the unique aspects of the human chorionic gonadotropin diet is that it is carefully structured and every detail of the diet must be followed for the maximum weight loss to occur. There are many details to the protocol compared to other diets, and sometimes dieters find that it is slightly burdensome to learn these requirements. But, the time spent on learning them is well worth it because every detail included in the diet makes the weight loss more effective.
For instance, the list of vegetables and proteins that Dr. Simeons came up with are known to not interfere with the diet. Some variations of the diet change this list and include new vegetables and proteins, and since these additions have not been tested there is no way to know if they are reducing the hormone’s effectiveness. Other variations allow for vegetable mixing or higher calorie limits, both of which were forbidden by the original protocol. The 500 calorie limit is sufficient for nearly everyone and is rarely adjusted because the rest of the required calories are provided by fat metabolism.
If you are not sure about a particular diet variation it is better to be on the safe side with this diet and use a provider like Nu Image Medical that has educated medical professionals and physicians overseeing the program. You can rest assured that our HCG diet program is careful to follow the original protocol and that it will work for you safely. There is no reason to alter anything about the diet, and if you have a particular concern about something such as the food choices or calorie limits, you should speak to a medical professional to see what options you have. To speak with a medical professional at Nu Image Medical now about the diet or to ask any questions, click here.
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Obesity continues to be a significant medical problem in the United States with obesity rates doubling since the 1970s for both children and adults. It remains one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Over two thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and obesity rates are higher for certain groups and demographics. There are higher obesity rates in the South and Midwest United States and the heaviest people from the obese demographic have become even heavier in the past ten years. Obesity leads to chronic health problems like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and is associated with a greater risk of some forms of cancer.
The obesity range is determined by weight and height
Obesity ranges are determined based on a person’s height and weight, which are both used to calculate BMI. Those with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are overweight, and adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are obese. The HCG diet was designed to directly address the root causes of obesity. For an adult who is 5’9’’ a normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, or 125 lbs to 169 lbs. Generally, a person who is obese has a body weight that is 20% higher than what it should be.
Obesity leads to several different health problems. One of the most significant problems it can lead to issues such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea and several other health problems. As a person’s body mass index increases they have an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. A substance called plaque starts to build up inside of the arteries as weight increases, and these plaques cause a narrowing in in the arteries that carry blood to the heart. This can result in several symptoms such as chest pain and can cause a heart attack if the artery is completely blocked.
High blood pressure results from the force of the blood being pressed against the walls of the arteries. High blood pressure can cause chronic problems in the body such as heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and more. Those who are obese have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, and it is important for nearly everyone to get their blood pressure checked during every physical to ensure that it is at a normal level. Other illnesses like stroke and metabolic syndrome are tied to obesity, having an apple shaped body, extra fat in the waist area, a high triglyceride level and many other health problems that result from obesity.
The HCG diet addresses obesity directly
The human chorionic gonadotropin diet addresses obesity directly because it specifically focuses on burning abnormal fat as much as possible. Abnormal fat was classified by the creator of the HCG diet, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, as any fat that is unnecessary for what the body needs to cushion tissues and for reserve energy. The diet focuses on burning this fat as quickly as possible, over a period of just three weeks, and it has sometimes incredible results depending on the person and how quickly they stick to the diet.
Although the diet restricts caloric intake substantially, down to just 500 calories per day, it is effective and it uses the hormone in order to compensate for the lower calorie intake. The hormone burns abnormal fat and “unlocks” it so that the body can use this fat as a fuel source. Those who complete one course of the diet usually find fat from their most stubborn parts of the body is lost, and this has to do with the fat unlocking effect of the hormone.
Obese patients have found that the diet is extremely effective and one of the best alternatives to gastric bypass surgery. This surgery has dozens of risks and can even result in death. A diet like the HCG hormone diet may seem a bit extreme with the calorie restriction, but no person has ever had serious health complications from this diet like they may have with gastric bypass surgery. The diet results in weight loss that is comparable to what gastric bypass surgery would provide without any surgery at all. Clearly if a person is making a decision on whether or not to try surgery they would benefit from trying the hormone diet for one round at the very least.
In many circumstances, the hormone diet can be highly effective at reducing obesity symptoms and even reversing some of the potential effects of obesity such as hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. The diet is very low in carbohydrates and eliminates sugar and starch completely for a long period of three weeks (at minimum). As a result, the body has time to heal and recover. Insulin sensitivity can return during this period of time, and it is thought that insulin resistance by the cells of the body are a primary cause of diabetes.
The diet can treat obesity at a relatively low cost
Without a doubt, the relatively low cost of the HCG diet compared to some of the alternative obesity treatments is well worth the money and effort. The diet at Nu Image Medical costs $297 for the three week diet, however a complicated procedure like a gastric bypass surgery will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Even some of the other obesity treatments such as regular meetings with nutritionists, physician supervised weight loss, and behavior modification can add up to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Studies continue to show that the HCG diet is effective at decreasing weight and body fat. Many dieters lose up to one pound of abnormal body fat every day while on the diet, and nearly every dieter goes through massive body change during the diet. The hormone diet was carefully designed to be safe in spite of its rapid fat loss, and the diet is performed under medical supervision at most professional clinics. There are also thousands of testimonials from dieters who have experienced a massive amount of weight loss and major body transformations. For people who are in desperate need of a fast solution to help cure their obesity, there are few treatments like the human chorionic gonadotropin diet that can effectively and safely reduce a large amount of fat. Other diets lack the benefits that the hormone provides such as making abnormal fat more easily available to be burned as fuel and avoiding lean muscle loss.
Those who are on the diet are advised to consume a substantial amount of protein every day compared to the calorie total, and protein is consumed at both meals. The rest of the diet is mostly fruits and vegetables with the allowance of one small Grissini breadstick or Melba toast. These small carbohydrate allowance is not thought to affect the diet at all, however some dieters avoid eating these. Most of the modern protocols for the HCG hormone diet are based on Dr. A.T.W. Simeons’ original diet protocol, but several have deviated from that clinically tested protocol.
If you are interested in going on the diet as a way to help reduce your weight, treat obesity, or simply reduce your body fat percentage, click here to speak to a representative at Nu Image Medical today.
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