Losing weight after pregnancy can be a challenge, but thankfully there are several ways to lose the post pregnancy weight and get back to being healthy quickly. You’ll definitely be pressed for time after your pregnancy, and your weight loss efforts should be focused on the most efficient and effective methods that are known to work. Mostly, you’ll need to make changes in your diet and you should avoid eating as many unhealthy foods as possible and start cutting back on carbohydrates since you won’t need as many calories. The HCG diet can be a great way to get back into shape post-pregnancy, and the weight loss on the diet can be rapid and easy. It’s one of the best options for post-pregnancy weight loss because it doesn’t require any extra exercise which can be very convenient for busy moms. Below are some of the top tips on how to lose weight after pregnancy.
Don’t start dieting right away
Don’t start the HCG diet or any other diet right after pregnancy because if you are breastfeeding you will likely have to wait. You should contact a medical provider at Nu Image Medical to find out the appropriate time to start dieting. For most women it will be once their baby is starting to eat solid food or a while afterwards. Dieting too soon can cause problems with your milk supply and it can also reduce your energy levels at a time when you need to be awake probably more than you ever have been. If you choose to breastfeed you will lose some of your post pregnancy weight naturally. Always contact your medical provider before you start any diet and make sure that it is also a safe and proven diet like the HCG diet.
Remember that pregnancy causes body changes
Pregnancy always results in body changes, and although you can still look just as great as you did before, there are some changes that aren’t necessarily going to be fixed just by dieting. Some of the physical changes can include a softer belly, a larger waistline, and wider hips. Although dieting can help you look like you did before, you shouldn’t expect to look exactly the same, even though some celebrities and models are seemingly able to do it. They also usually have the best physical trainers in the world and chefs preparing every meal for them, and nannies to help out with taking care of their babies. With a little ambition and dedication you can definitely look great, but don’t feel defeated if you aren’t getting the results that you want.
What to expect in terms of weight loss post-pregnancy
There are some general guidelines for post-pregnancy weight loss that you can expect based on a few things. For most women of average weight, doctors recommend that they should gain about 25-35 pounds during pregnancy for the health of their babies. Women that were not overweight prior to pregnancy will have the easiest time with losing the weight post-pregnancy, and in general they can expect to be back to their normal weight within 2-3 months using most weight loss methods. Women who were overweight prior to getting pregnant will likely take a longer amount of time to get back to a normal weight using most methods. However, if you are approved for the HCG diet you can expect far better results than you would get otherwise. On the HCG diet it is not unrealistic to lose 15 to 45 pounds in just six weeks of time, and 5 to 15 pounds on the three week diet or even more.
Make sure that you change your diet up
It’s crucial that you change your diet up post pregnancy. You’ll need to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and limit your intake of carbs and unhealthy fats. Processed foods should be avoided at all costs, even though you might have had cravings for them during your pregnancy. A large part of your weight loss will come down to the quality of your diet. Try to eat as many “super foods” as possible, or foods that are high in nutritional content and are natural. Examples of super foods can include kale, spinach, blueberries, fatty fish, quinoa, avocados, Greek yogurt, grapefruit and many others. We’ve described several examples of great weight loss foods in the past on this blog, and you can also find more information about them online or by talking to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical.
Breastfeeding can help you lose weight but be sure to eat the right foods
Breastfeeding can let you add an extra 250 to 300 calories per day to your diet, but you need to be careful to only eat foods that are going to help you lose weight and that are healthy for you and your baby. Don’t use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want. There are other health benefits including improved immunity for your baby and other health benefits. Again, you won’t want to diet while you are breastfeeding unless it is recommended by your medical provider. Smaller meals can also be helpful if you decide to breastfeed, and include as many healthy foods as you can in each meal include the “super foods” mentioned above. Avoid eating tuna or other fish that are high in mercury while breastfeed and discuss any unique diet changes with your nutritionist or medical provider.
A little exercise doesn’t hurt
It can be easy to neglect exercise when you’ve just had a child, but exercising as much as you can within reason can be very beneficial. No matter what you should try your best to avoid being sedentary, and exercise at least a few times per week if you don’t have an active lifestyle. Some can get away with limited amounts of exercise as they may have an active job, but you should try to actively work in both cardiovascular exercise and strength training into your routine as much as possible. It doesn’t really matter what you do, but when you do work out you should focus more on quality over quantity, with exercises like high intensity interval training or other workouts that boost your heart rate and improve your HGH production levels.
The HCG diet is worth a shot
It can be challenging to lose weight post pregnancy, and the HCG diet can give you the boost that you need to lose your pregnancy weight much faster than virtually every other method available. It is a safe and proven diet that will work for you even if you gained a lot of weight during your pregnancy, and you’ll be impressed at how quickly the results occur. You should never try the diet without the approval a medical professional, and most women who are breastfeeding will need to talk to a medical professional before considering a round of the diet.
But, if you are approved, it can be much easier to lose weight with this method compared to exercising or other diets that can end up taking 3 to 6 months or even longer. The HCG diet can realistically help you lose up to 40 pounds or more in just six weeks, and you can find out if you can safely start a round today by talking to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical today.
Categories: HCG Diet
This recipe for garlic lemon shrimp is very delicious and fairly simple to make compared to some of the other Phase 2 HCG diet recipes. Shrimp is a great HCG diet protein option because it is very filling and very low in fat. The cholesterol content of shrimp is high but studies have shown that dietary cholesterol is not as big of a factor in your blood cholesterol levels as previously thought. So you can enjoy shrimp without guilt, and feel free to pretty much eat as much of it as you want during Phase 2 of the diet.
This recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare and all of the ingredients are approved for phase 2 of the diet. Be sure to avoid using any oil or butter, and avoid using any cooking spray as well. The recipe will turn out fine without using oil and it is very flavorful. You can make multiple portions just remember that shrimp will only last for a day or two in the fridge and be safe to eat. You can easily adjust the ingredients in this recipe as needed, and feel free to add your own preferred HCG approved seasonings. This recipe is for just one serving so feel free to scale it up as you would like.
- 100 grams of shrimp, deveined and peeled
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Juice of ¼ lemon
- 3 tbsp. chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 tablespoons of fish or chicken broth
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
- Lemon wedges for garnish
- Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
- Add broth to a large skillet and cook shrimp on medium high heat.
- Add garlic and cayenne and cook for 4-5 minutes and toss. Cook until shrimp are pink.
- Remove from heat and add lemon juice and parsley. Stir to coat the shrimps.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges.
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The HCG diet has become one of the most popular alternatives to gastric bypass surgery, and for good reason. Gastric bypass surgery is an extreme procedure where a portion of the stomach is divided into two parts, a smaller upper part and a large lower pouch. The small intestine is connected to both parts of the stomach.
The result of the procedure is that a person will start to feel full very soon after they start eating, because the smaller upper portion of the stomach fills up very fast, and they will also feel more satiated after eating a much lower amount of food as before. The procedure is used to treat the most severe cases of obesity, however the HCG diet can be just as effective as the procedure without requiring dangerous surgery. This surgery in particular has a high risk of complications.
Gastric bypass has several risks
Like any surgery there are risks, but this surgery in particular has quite a few of them. Most people should probably not even think about gastric bypass surgery as a primary weight loss option with all of the potential risks. Even for the healthiest of adults, the surgery can result in several complications including bleeding (hemorrhage), blood clots or thrombus, hernia, bowel obstructions, infection, gastrointestinal leaks, ulcers, hypoglycemia, and many other symptoms.
Although the surgery can certainly be life saving for many people, it can reduce weight dramatically and also reduce the chance of death from several health problems associated with obesity, it’s so dangerous that almost every other weight loss method is worth an attempt before thinking about gastric bypass. The complications can be even fatal in some cases, and it’s estimated that about 15 percent of gastric bypass surgeries result in some form of complications.
Infections can occur on the incisions or in the abdomen due to bacteria being released from the digestive system during the operation. Hospital acquired infections are a possibility, however the use of antibiotics can reduce the chance of infection from occurring. There are also many blood vessels that have to be cut in order to divide the stomach and move the small intestine, and these blood vessels can often start bleeding after the surgery is finished. Post-surgery bleeding can require emergency surgery to stop the bleeding as well as blood transfusions.
Thromboembolism or blood clots forming in the legs or the pelvis are another potential risk, especially for obese patients, and they can become a particularly dangerous risk if the clot makes it to the lungs and becomes a pulmonary embolus which is life threatening. The surgery also relies on the natural healing ability of the body to close gaps where sutures, incisions and staples are used, and if the body fails to do this, gastrointestinal fluid can leak into the abdominal cavity and lead to abscess formation or infection.
The HCG diet has minimal risks
The main benefit of the HCG diet is that the risks are very few in comparison to gastric bypass, and the diet only takes three to six weeks of real effort while the three week Phase 3 of the diet is far easier. Obese patients who try the HCG diet will often lose up to 45 pounds or more on the six week diet, and it can prove to be very effective for these patients because the initial weight loss occurs very rapidly. When the diet is properly followed it can be very effective, however the patient may need more support from their medical providers and family to be able to get through the diet.
In comparison to gastric bypass surgery, there are relatively few risks of the diet. Most people can safely attempt it without concerns about medical complications, there are no long term negative health consequences and many positive health effects that occur from the large amount of weight loss that can occur in a short period of time. In the same way that gastric bypass results in the size of the stomach decreasing, the HCG diet can also do this because the stomach can shrink to a smaller and more normal size when the body is on a restricted calorie diet. The vast majority of obese patients can be approved for the diet with the exception of conditions that may need special guidelines or alternative options for weight loss, and other conditions that can have dangerous symptoms when a very low calorie diet is followed.
Don’t wait until surgery to try the HCG diet
Some people may consider waiting until they have first tried gastric bypass surgery to try the HCG diet, but in most cases this is not a good idea. You don’t want to go through a life threatening surgery just to have to rely on a diet in order to lose weight. The HCG diet can certainly be easier when you have had gastric bypass surgery because it won’t take as much food for you to be full as before, but you should attempt the diet as the first option and see how much weight that you lose.
Even if you get very minimal results and struggle with the diet, you can repeat it and get better and better at it. Gastric bypass is a permanent surgery in the majority of cases, and it just isn’t worth the risk to your life and health unless you really have no other option and have tried multiple rounds of the HCG diet and other diets without success.
Try the HCG diet first with all of the medical and social support that you can get. The three week diet doesn’t take much of a commitment and the diet can actually be quite easy for obese patients because the abnormal fat can be easily metabolized by the hormone and the initial weight loss can be very dramatic. Most obese patients will lose a lot more weight than thinner patients because their bodies are trying to reset back to a normal metabolism and they will respond very well to the HCG diet and can tolerate it.
The diet is very well suited to obese patients who haven’t had luck with other weight loss methods, and most patients find success with the diet where they may not have had it in the past. In general, if most obese people tried the HCG diet as a primary option prior to trying gastric bypass, the need for this dangerous and sometimes ineffective surgery may be reduced overall.
The HCG diet doesn’t require much of a commitment
When comparing the commitment between the two options, the HCG diet only requires a few hundred dollars of an investment and a few weeks of a patient’s time compared to gastric bypass surgery which can cost anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 or more, has a long recovery time in which the patient will have to take time off from work, and has many potential complications. The HCG diet is far more convenient and the patient can continue working and won’t have a long recovery time to deal with.
Also, it’s available at clinics like Nu Image Medical for a small fraction of the amount of money that you would spend on a gastric bypass and the recovery, and our clinic includes medical consultation for obese patients to find the best approach to weight loss that will work for them. If you have been debating gastric bypass surgery or know someone who has, be sure to contact Nu Image Medical today to discuss how the HCG diet can prove to be a safe and even more effective alternative.
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Loading on the HCG diet doesn’t have to be unhealthy, and although it won’t really hurt you a ton if you eat a bunch of junk for the loading days it’s definitely not the most ideal way to do it. During the loading days if you can stick to mostly clean natural sources of fat it will make the first week of the diet a lot easier and it will be a much more natural transition to the healthy whole foods of the HCG diet. If you are thinking that eating a bunch of junk during the loading days is a bad idea, try out some of the tips in this article for food choices. If you eat a bunch of junk it might actually take a day or two longer for your body to react to the hormone and it can cause metabolic issues if you eat a bunch of processed foods or foods with additives or chemicals.
Avoid eating unhealthy fats
There are definitely good and bad fats, and one of the biggest mistakes that people make during the loading days is eating a bunch of bad fat. Bad fat like trans fats and fats from processed foods are likely to cause health problems even if you are eating them as a part or your HCG diet loading plan. Avoid eating any junk foods when you are loading and foods like ice cream, chocolate, cookies, or cake. These foods are usually made with fats that can actually make it more difficult for you to lose weight once you start the diet. You’ll want to avoid as many “unclean” sources of fat and stick to natural foods, as a general rule, and if you do resort to some junk food eating you should keep it to a minimum.
Also keep in mind that any of these unhealthy fats from junk foods also come with tons of carbohydrates, which can add more real weight even though you are only loading for just a few days. When you eat a bunch of sugar it can trigger metabolic symptoms and it can add to your insulin resistance and create problems for people who have metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes. It can even be dangerous for some people to eat a bunch of junk food, particularly if you are sensitive to changes with your diet. Some people should have very strict guidelines for their loading days because of their medical history. At Nu Image Medical we will discuss these guidelines with you prior to starting your diet if there are any particular concerns that you need to have addressed due to a particular medical condition or history. It’s another reason why you won’t want to try the diet without proper medical supervision and consultation.
Start your ketosis sooner
The HCG diet works by switching your body into a fat burning mode called ketosis where your stored fat is metabolized as a primary source of fuel. However, just a small amount of carbohydrates will switch your body out of ketosis. One idea is to stick to mostly fat and protein during the HCG loading days so that your body gets into a ketosis mode sooner. By eating natural fats, you will replenish your reserve fat stores if they have been depleted for any reason. But, the main benefit of doing this is that your body can be kick started into ketosis which will give you a head start on the diet. You may very well lose more weight at the start of the diet if you try this method compared to loading with a bunch of junk food.
To do this, avoid most foods with carbohydrates and stick to natural sources for fat like peanut butter, almonds, avocados, olive and coconut oil, and other natural oils. Don’t use any vegetable oils, margarine, or foods that have been baked or otherwise processed for the loading phase. Consuming some vegetables during the loading phase should be fine but you will want to avoid any high carbohydrate vegetables. If you want to try the ketosis kick-start method you’ll need to be particularly careful about your carbohydrate intake, so eating a bunch of fruit is probably not the best idea for the loading phase if you want to get into a ketosis mode. However, you should be able to eat as much protein as you want including high fat protein options like bacon and steak, because their high fat content won’t affect your body’s ability to go into ketosis.
If you’re trying to be healthy, avoid most HCG diet loading day lists
A lot of the HCG diet loading day food lists out there really have a ton of unhealthy fats that aren’t going to be your ally for weight loss, even for the loading days. A lot of guides recommend eating cakes, fried foods, ice cream and other junk which doesn’t really make sense even though the protocol lets you eat as much fat as you want from different sources. You should use a bit of discretion and only pick natural sources as much as possible if you are really trying to eat a clean and healthy lifestyle. And, it can be bad to “give in” to your appetite for junk food during the loading days because it can give you a risk of slipping up during or after the diet is over.
Remember that you are not only trying to lose weight on the diet, you are also trying to change your metabolism and your appetites for food. The idea is that the diet will help you detox from the effects of processed foods and the chemical and hormones in food while also burning a bunch of fat. For your long term health, it’s incredibly important that you develop the right eating habits which the HCG diet is very helpful at doing. Most participants don’t even crave junk food after they finish with one round of the diet, but starting the diet on the wrong foot by eating a bunch of junk won’t make it any easier on you during the diet or after it is over. The best thing to do is to come up with your own healthy HCG diet loading day food list, and some ideas on this will be discussed below.
Some ideas for clean loading foods
Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of “clean” loading, there are several food ideas that you can consider for your upcoming round of the HCG diet that aren’t going to have a negative effect on your metabolism and make the diet more difficult. Some options include cashews, almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pistachios, and every other nut. Other great options include peanut butter, avocados, eggs, bacon, sausage, organic butter and veggies, natural oils like coconut or olive oil, seafood with natural butter, full fat organic Greek yogurt, full fat cottage cheese, and other full fat dairy products. In general, if it’s any source of fat that is truly natural and not-processed, it’s probably a good idea to eat during the loading days. Try to get as much fat as you possibly can from meat, nuts, natural oils, and dairy and avoid fat from anything else. The diet will probably be a lot easier for you as you won’t be craving junk foods, and you’ll most likely lose more weight at the start of the diet if you do this instead of eating processed oils, fried foods and other unhealthy fats. For more information about HCG diet loading other aspects of the diet, click here to talk to a medical provider today.
Categories: HCG Diet
HCG homeopathic drops are still being sold at online stores and retailers throughout the U.S. and elsewhere even though they have been banned by the FDA. If you have been considering trying homeopathic HCG drops or products you should definitely avoid using them at all, as the quality of these products is not guaranteed by anyone. Homeopathic HCG drops are not guaranteed to contain any real hormone in them at all, and they may also have harmful ingredients. It’s never a good idea to purchase homeopathic HCG products or other products in general, as the quality of these products is dubious at best and many of the products make exaggerated or untrue claims. With the HCG diet you are always better off purchasing a prescription HCG product from a licensed retailer, and you can trust in the quality of the hormone as long as it is obtained from a legitimate company.
Homeopathic products are diluted
Homeopathic products are based on homeopathic medicine which originated in Germany during the 1700s. It is a medicine practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathic medicine views illness as the body attempting to heal itself, and it also believes in the idea of “like cures like”. That is, they believe that if a substance causes symptoms in a healthy person, that the same substances may be able to cure an illness when it is diluted. Homeopathic health practitioners sell homeopathic products which are intended to have this effect or other effects. The products contain a small amount of an active ingredient, and most of the products have a mineral or a plant ingredient. The vast majority of these medicines have been largely proven to not have any healing effects or beneficial disease fighting effects.
Homeopathic HCG drops were invented recently
Homeopathic HCG products such as drops were only invented very recently and were not used at all at the start of the diet. These drops were developed by individuals or companies and are supposed based on the homeopathic medicine idea. However, there’s no legitimate use for these drops, as they have never been approved for use on the original HCG diet. The diet protocol always called for the use of HCG hormone injections or actual HCG drops. When homeopathic HCG is substituted for real HCG on the diet, there is no evidence that it works better or does anything to improve the diet. In reality, most dieters who do this will end up having worse results with the diet and may have side effects or health consequences from unknown ingredients in the drops.
The drops are 100% illegal
As mentioned previously, the original diet protocol never called for the use of any “homeopathic” products in order for the diet to be successful. Greedy businesspeople without concern for others tried to capitalize on the hype of both the HCG diet and homeopathic medicine to create these diet products which were eventually made illegal because of how widespread and dangerous that they were. Any company that is selling these drops even after they have been clearly made illegal is obviously potentially dangerous and not worth buying from. There are not as many providers selling homeopathic HCG diet drops since they were made illegal in 2013. The FDA made it clear that human chorionic gonadotropin was not on the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States list of active ingredients that are approved for homeopathic drug products, and the FDA advised those who had purchased homeopathic HCG to stop using it immediately after the advisory was issued and to report any negative side effects to them.
Homeopathic HCG is made at unlicensed facilities
Because of the fact that the FDA has taken steps to enforce the law against selling homeopathic HCG, the few products that are still available are produced at overseas pharmacies that have no regulation. They are able to get past U.S. laws and regulations by doing this, however they run even more risks than ever before. The quality of the drug production facilities at these companies and pharmacies is often much lower than facilities in the United States and there are many potential risks with their products. Sometimes the products do not have any active ingredient in them, sometimes the products multiple active ingredients, and other products have dangerous ingredients. Other products may have ingredients that can cause allergic or other reactions, and they may be mislabeled or improperly dosed. No matter what you will never want to purchase any homeopathic HCG product for the diet, but there are several legitimate options available.
Legitimate HCG providers can still sell the drops or hormone
The FDA prohibition did not affect the legitimate sale of HCG by licensed medical clinics and pharmacies in the United States. The off-label use of pharmaceutical grade HCG for the low calorie diet is most certainly still legal. There is no comparison between the quality of a legitimate version of the hormone prescribed in the form of drops, lozenges or injections compared to a homeopathic variety. A pharmaceutical grade hormone product will be produced at a licensed pharmacy using the latest state of the art production equipment to ensure purity of the product and accuracy of the doses. Legitimate providers like Nu Image Medical were never affected by the FDA ruling and you can purchase the hormone safely from us and it will be guaranteed to work for the diet and most importantly it will be safe for you to use.
HCG Homeopathic Versus Real Drops – Homeopathic HCG drops don’t work
Pharmaceutical grade HCG products will actually work for the diet and help you lose weight, while the homeopathic drops will not do anything for you. If you view websites that sell homeopathic HCG drops they will claim that their products work of course and they will cite fake testimonials or other false sources that claim that the products work. You have to be very wary of these websites because their false claims can be very misleading and they are still able to sucker people into buying their products in spite of the illegality and the complete lack of scientific evidence that they work. Their products won’t save you much money and they won’t actually help you lose weight in any way or make the very low calorie HCG diet any easier for you.
Purchase legitimate HCG drops and benefit from a high quality product
There’s just no comparison between pure HCG drops prescribed from a legitimate medical clinic like Nu Image Medical compared to illegal companies that are still selling homeopathic hormones. The quality and the purity will be far superior, and you’ll know exactly what dose you are getting. Also, you won’t be prescribed the hormone without a careful and complete medical evaluation to ensure that both the hormone and the diet are safe for you to use. The diet is not for everyone, and your medical history and current health status needs to be screened by a licensed medical provider before starting the diet. Any company that sells homeopathic HCG will never do this for you, as they are selling the hormone recklessly and illegally in the first place. To guarantee that the diet is safe and that the hormone will work for you, always purchase it from a local clinic or from a national medical clinic like Nu Image Medical. For more information about our HCG diet products and how to order real and pure HCG for use on the diet, talk to a medical provider at our clinic today.
Categories: HCG Diet
The HCG diet is not that difficult or complicated, but there are several places where you can slip up and make mistakes. The more mistakes that you make during the diet it more difficult it will be to lose weight. Even though a lot of people will make mistakes, the diet is so effective that it can often make up for those mistakes and you will still very likely lose a large amount of weight after just one cycle of the diet. But, limiting your mistakes as much as possible is critical when you are trying to lose as much weight as possible. To get the most out of the diet, be sure to avoid these common HCG diet mistakes, and when you are planning out the diet think about the mistakes that you made with your previous dieting attempts to come up with a strategy for success.
Mistake #1 – Not following the protocol
The HCG diet protocol is not that detailed, but it does have a few requirements that you have to stick to. One of the biggest mistakes that dieters make is to not follow every aspect of the protocol. The requirements include avoiding cosmetics with lotion, sticking to a very specific list of HCG diet foods, sticking to only HCG approved seasonings, avoiding exercise, etc. The list of requirements is published on our HCG diet manual, and you should read the manual at least one time so that you know what to expect once your diet starts. You don’t want to make mistakes just because you didn’t take the time to read the manual, for example you should know which fruits and vegetables that you are allowed to eat or have the list of approved foods always available, and only stick to those foods. The more closely to stick to the recommendations, the more likely that the diet is to work for you.
Mistake #2 – Guessing food portions
The HCG diet requires careful measuring of portions to ensure that you don’t eat too many calories and that your meals are not too large. The portion sizes of 100 grams of protein and 1 cup of vegetables per meal are very precise, and it is more important to be precise with your protein servings as opposed to the vegetable servings because of the fat content and extra calories. With the vegetables you can afford to be a little less accurate, but you still want to be as close as possible to the recommended portion sizes. Be sure to use have a food scale available to measure out your portion sizes accurately and stick to using it throughout the diet every time you cook, especially for Phase 2.
Mistake #3 – Exercising on the diet
Any exercise outside of your normal daily activity on the HCG diet is a mistake and can actually make your diet go a lot worse. Exercise can force you to eat too many calories and cause your weight loss to stall, or you may even gain weight. It is also potentially dangerous to exercise on a very low calorie diet. It can cause severe symptoms like dehydration, fatigue, low blood sugar and more. You shouldn’t exercise at all when you are on the diet, and you should only perform the minimal amount of physical activity needed for your job. If you have an active job you may need to increase your HCG diet calories slightly, but you should do this without a medical consultation. People with an active job can usually increase their protein intake safely when on the diet, but most other people need to stick to the maximum recommended calories and avoid any exercise for the three or six week very low calorie diet.
Mistake #4 – Using canned vegetables or fruits
You don’t want to use canned vegetables or fruits on the HCG diet at all because they often add preservatives or other ingredients. Canned fruits will often have extra sugar added to them, while canned vegetables can be high in sodium or have preservatives added. These chemicals can interact with the HCG hormone and make it difficult for you to lose weight. The extra sugar in canned fruits can cause weight gain and is an extra source of empty calories. Canned fruits and vegetables also won’t have as high of a nutritional value as fresh fruits and vegetables because the canning process can destroy a lot of their natural health properties. Your best bet is just to shop regularly and get the fruits and vegetables that you need fresh for that week.
Mistake #5 – Using the wrong cuts of meat or non-organic meat
Ideally you should use organic meat for the HCG diet, however in some cases this is not possible because of the lack of availability or the cost. In that case you will want to stick to mainly seafood or cuts of meat that are specifically approved for the HCG diet. For example, you should be very careful with steak and cuts of beef, because not every type of steak is approved for the diet. There is a major difference between the fat content of a tri tip steak and a T-bone steak for instance. Eating a T-bone steak, even with the fat trimmed off of it will end up causing major problems on the diet because the meat has a higher percentage of fat compared to other beef cuts. Also, non-organic meats may have hormones or additives that can cause problems with the HCG hormone.
Mistake #6 – Drinking the wrong beverages
There is a specific list of approved beverages for the HCG diet, and the list is fairly small. You can drink stevia flavored drinks like coffee and tea, but you don’t want to drink stevia flavored sodas or other drinks that can have additives. Also, drinking artificially sweetened drinks is definitely not allowed on the diet, and it can make weight loss much more difficult. Studies have shown that artificially sweetened drinks can cause the body to release insulin, can lead to inflammation, and otherwise wreak havoc on your metabolism. You will want to stick to drinking mostly water with the occasional unsweetened tea or coffee when you are on the diet. You’ll have to go cold turkey from soda and sweetened drinks for the very low calorie diet, but it is well worth it as you will lose weight quickly.
Mistake #7 – Using cooking spray or oil
You shouldn’t use any cooking spray at all when on the diet or oil. This can be a bit challenging to cook with but certainly not impossible. You can use non-stick pans as one option for cooking most of your meats and other recipes that call for a pan. Also, you can use broth as a substitute for oil in a lot of cases. Most HCG diet recipes will show you how you should prepare your food. Steaming and grilling are also two methods that you can use to cook your recipes that won’t require any fat. If you do have to use cooking spray, use the absolute smallest amount possible, and you might even trying spraying a paper towel and wiping the pan with it to barely coat it. No matter what you should never use any cooking oils at all, and this is only for the very low calorie diet. Once you hit Phase 3 you can start using cooking oils, but stick to natural oils like olive and coconut oil and avoid vegetable oils and margarine.
Categories: HCG Diet
Phase 3 of the HCG diet is the most important phase, and as you transition out from the very low calorie diet you need to be extra careful that you don’t gain weight. There are several strategies and tips that you can use to improve your chances of success during the HCG phase 3 transition. Preparing for this phase is well worth the effort because there is a greater chance that you’ll slip up here as you start adding more foods back into your diet.
With the proper planning and by sticking to the recommended diet protocol you can avoid weight gain and maintain the weight that you lost during Phase 2 of the diet. Transitioning out of Phase 2 successfully takes preparation, and you should take the time to plan out your strategy and also carefully pick the foods that you will eat during this phase.
Tip #1 – Meet With Your Medical Provider to Discuss a Strategy
You may want to meet with your medical provider briefly to discuss how you plan on approaching this phase of the diet. At Nu Image Medical we offer an initial medical consultation at the very start of the diet. You should discuss your particular concerns and your weaknesses, and the foods that you’ve struggled with the most. Your medical provider can give you any unique recommendations outside of the regular protocol that may help you through this phase.
For instance, there may be some whole foods such as fruits can substitute for some of the junk foods that you may have a weakness for. You can discuss your diet history with your medical provider and discuss areas where you may have struggled in the past and come up with a strategy to overcome those obstacles once you try the HCG diet.
Tip #2 – Avoid Starch and Sugar
Starches and sugar as well as grains are the most dangerous foods to eat during Phase 3, and you should do your best to avoid them altogether. The diet protocol at Nu Image Medical specifically advises you to avoid these foods, and although you’ll have a greater range of foods to eat compared to Phase 2 you still won’t be able to eat starchy fruits and vegetables or grains.
After Phase 2 of the diet your body’s metabolism will be reset to normal, and if you start adding sugar or starch back into your diet it will throw your metabolism off and you’ll gain weight very quickly. Eating starch, sugar or grains is one of the top causes of weight gain during this phase, and the weight gain will be rapid and difficult to deal with. Essentially you want to avoid eating these foods altogether in the future after you complete the diet, or limit them to a bare minimum, and we have discussed the reasons why on this blog in several articles.
Tip #3 – Keep Your Portions Small and Maintain a Calorie Deficit
You should be able to maintain a calorie deficit during this phase. The protocol at Nu Image Medical recommends about 800 calories per day for a lot of people, but you should discuss this with your medical provider at the start of your diet. 800 calories per day will definitely maintain your weight loss results, and still allow you to have larger protein, fruit and vegetable portions compared to Phase 2 of the diet.
If 800 calories per day isn’t working for you in terms of keeping you satisfied throughout the day, you can discuss adjusting the protocol with your medical provider, but what you eat is far more important than the number of calories you eat.
Tip #4 – Keep Drinking Water
You need to maintain the same amount of water intake during Phase 3 of the diet. Continuing to drink at least a half a gallon up to one gallon per day will help you stay satisfied on a calorie deficit and can even help you lose more weight during this phase. It’s also crucial to continue drinking water because burning a large amount of fat will release fat soluble toxins very quickly, and you’ll need to flush these toxins from your body during Phase 3 and beyond.
Don’t start drinking sugar drinks or juices when you get to Phase 3, and also limit your alcohol intake to a minimum. One or two glasses or red wine won’t hurt you, but you won’t want to start drinking beer or other alcoholic drinks that can cause weight gain or metabolic problems.
Tip #5 – Start Exercising
You don’t need to start an intense exercise routine once you reach Phase 3, but starting a moderate workout regimen or getting back to your normal workout routine is definitely a good idea as soon as you start the phase. If you start working out right at the beginning of Phase 3, you’ll be much more likely to maintain your weight loss as you start incorporating new foods back into your diet.
No matter what you should exercise on a regular basis, but some people mistakenly wait until Phase 3 is over to start working out. You don’t have to do this, and you can definitely benefit from at least a moderate amount of exercise. The exercise will help your body detox and it will stop your metabolism from slowing down if you slip up. It can offset some diet mistakes but it’s more important to avoid mistakes in the first place.
Tip #6 – Eat More Meals Per Day
You were limited to two meals per day during Phase 2, and the purpose of this phase was to create as big of a calorie deficit as possible, within safe limits. Now that you can eat more calories per day you can start eating more meals per day. This can be helpful for keeping you full, and you won’t want continue to eat just two meals per day.
One idea is to scale up your Phase 2 HCG diet recipes and just make larger portions and split the portions up throughout the day. This way you won’t be eating foods that are going to cause you to gain weight, but you’ll also be getting sufficient portion sizes. HCG diet foods are all very low in calories and you’ll find that you will be very satisfied if you mostly eat Phase 2 foods during Phase 3.
Tip #7– Eat Breakfast Every Day
After you weigh yourself in the morning as the protocol advises, you should eat a large breakfast as soon as you feel hungry. You can eat a lot of breakfast foods during this phase that were not allowed during Phase 2, and eating a large breakfast can make a major difference in how easy it is for you to maintain your weight during Phase 3. You will want to eat a protein rich breakfast and also include healthy fats like avocados.
Whey protein is good to include in your breakfast with smoothies. You can also eat meat but be careful of meats with high fat content like bacon. Organic eggs are a great filling breakfast food for Phase 3 and you should include healthy fats from nuts, olive oil and other sources. Use coconut or olive oil with your breakfast cooking and avoid using vegetable oils. Also be sure to avoid grains including oats and continue to use Stevia as a sweetener for your breakfast foods and drinks if needed. For more information about how the HCG diet can benefit you and help you lose weight quickly, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.
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You might be considering trying an HCG diet cheat day if the diet hasn’t been that easy for you, but there are several strategies to help you get through the diet without cheating. You can certainly recover from cheating on the diet, but if you want to lose the most weight possible the best thing to do is to not cheat at all. Cheating for just one day during the very low calorie diet phase can end up causing a major weight loss stall or even cause you to gain weight. You should try whatever you can to avoid cheating on the diet, but if you are in danger of cheating there are several things that you can do to help overcome your appetite and stay within the calorie limit or very close to it. Remember that the very low calorie diet is temporary and before you know it you’ll be in phase 3 and you’ll be able to eat more.
Avoid eating at any restaurants during phase 2
It’s crucial that you avoid eating at any restaurants at all during phase 2, even if it is for just one meal. It is just too difficult to stick to the diet’s many requirements when you order food at a restaurant. The chances are that the restaurant won’t offer a meal that will fit all of the requirements of the HCG diet. Having just one or two ingredients that are not approved for the diet can definitely throw your weight loss off and cause metabolic problems. Your best bet is to stick to cooking throughout the very low calorie diet phase, and if you can’t cook you can also purchase ready to eat HCG diet meals from Nu Image Medical for this phase.
Eat more vegetables if you are feeling hungry
When you are tempted to cheat, don’t eat any foods that aren’t allowed on the diet. Instead increase your intake of HCG diet vegetables. You might have a few more calories in your diet above your daily limit, but it won’t be nearly as bad as if you were to eat something that wasn’t approved. Increasing your intake of cabbage, spinach, celery, or other HCG diet vegetables will help you feel fuller as most of the vegetables are rich in fiber. You can also try increasing your intake of HCG diet protein, but it is safer to start with vegetables to preserve your weight loss. Only increase your servings as much as you need for that particular day, once you get through the day go back to the regular 500 calorie per day limit and stick to it as much as possible for that three or six week very low calorie diet.
Drink a ton of water when you feel like cheating along with eating more vegetables
Along with increasing your vegetable intake just enough to where you aren’t feeling hungry, you should increase your water intake (up to slightly over one gallon per day maximum). Don’t drink a ton of water too quickly, but drink water steadily throughout the day and make sure that you are drinking the recommended amount of one half gallon to one gallon per day. You will find that your hunger will decrease when you are drinking at least a half-gallon of water per day, and you should also make sure that you aren’t drinking anything that could be dehydrating you such as coffee or black tea. Stick to water throughout the diet if you find that you are dehydrated and drink more of it to see if it makes a difference with your appetite.
Increase your protein intake slightly
You may want to discuss this with your medical provider first, but you can also increase your protein intake slightly to help you control your appetite. Again, if you are really struggling, in the majority of cases you should first try increasing your vegetable intake. Your medical provider will be able to tell you how much you should consider increasing, and how long you should do it. In the majority of cases you will only want to increase your protein intake for one day, and try going back to the normal protocol. Adding slightly more protein to your diet can help hold you over, and you may want to increase your protein and also split it up into three meals instead of two meals if it makes the diet easier for you.
Cheating will make weight loss more difficult
You will want to do everything that you can to avoid cheating because it will make your weight loss more difficult. Cheating for one day will usually require you to use an apple day or a steak day as a plateau breaker to recover. Even worse, you can feel guilty about cheating and end up cheating even more, and it can quickly spiral out of control. If you do end up cheating for one day or on one meal, you shouldn’t worry because you can follow it up with a steak day or an apple day, both of which are discussed in the HCG diet protocol, and your weight loss should resume within one or two days. At the end of the day it won’t affect your weight loss that much and if you keep your cheating to a minimum you’ll lose the weight that you’re supposed to.
Never resort to eating unapproved foods
No matter how hungry you get, you should never resort to eating anything that isn’t approved on the diet. In the worst case scenario you should just eat more of the allowable HCG diet foods. You might end up eating 600 calories or 650 calories or even more for one day, but that is okay because you’ll start losing weight the very next day, as long as you stick to HCG diet foods. You most likely won’t even have to do a plateau breaker. But splurging and totally breaking the protocol by eating hundreds of calories of foods that aren’t approved for the diet will really set you back far, and you’ll mostly likely have to try a plateau breaker just to get back to your regular weight loss. It will also make you feel guiltier which is never a good thing, so stick to HCG diet foods no matter how hungry you get.
Remember that the hormone is always working
You have to also remind yourself that the hormone is always working to burn abnormal fat, and that without a doubt it will provide you with the energy that you need to get through your day. The very low calorie diet phase is just a few weeks, and if you are really struggling with it you can always discuss strategies with your medical provider upfront. Usually the most difficult week is the first week, and once you adjust to the diet the remaining weeks are much easier. You might experience some difficulties but everyone does, especially with their first HCG diet attempt. Just remember that when you are tempted to cheat that you should just eat more of what you are already allowed to eat for one day, and be sure to monitor your weight loss to check for a stall. If you notice a stall, be sure to try a plateau breaker right away and discuss it with your medical provider. For more information about the HCG diet or to speak with a medical provider about any questions that you may have, click here.
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Phentermine is a psychostimulant drug that is similar to amphetamine that is used as an appetite suppressant medically. However, this drug is potentially dangerous to use, even though in some circumstances it is medically approved. It is FDA approved for the treatment of weight loss, but there have been many reported cases of moderate to serious side effects when taking phentermine for the purpose of weight loss. Some people have wondered if HCG is better or worse than phentermine for the purpose of weight loss. The reality is that phentermine is really a bad idea for weight loss and unless you are medically advised to take it, which is not common, you should avoid using it altogether. There are several reasons why you should avoid phentermine that will be discussed in this article, but in general it is bad for your body, it isn’t as effective as HCG for weight loss, and it can have dangerous symptoms.
Phentermine is a stimulant that suppresses the appetite
It is helpful to know a bit about what phentermine is and how it works to control the appetite. Phentermine is a stimulant that is known to suppress appetite. Because of this effect, it is often used in combination with a low calorie diet or a very low calorie diet. It is available in capsules produced by several different companies, and it can be purchased in drinks. It is sometimes medically prescribed to obese patients as a way to help them control their weight, and it is currently being studied for its weight loss effects along with other medications for obesity. It is usually available in 37.5 milligram dosages. There are several conditions that are contraindicated for the use of Phentermine, and in general it is not as safe as many other weight loss aids like HCG.
Phentermine has several side effects
Although HCG has very minimal if any side effects, Phentermine can be loaded with side effects. Although it is generally regarded as safe by the FDA, phentermine can cause dozens of side effects. Some of the side effects can be serious such as heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling in the ankles and legs, and difficulties doing exercise. Some of the minor side effects can include dry mouth, constipation, an unpleasant taste, and drowsiness. The drug interacts with several different other medications, and anyone who takes it for weight loss or any medical purpose must have it prescribed to ensure that it is safe for them. The drug should never be purchased without a prescription in any circumstance, and the purchase and use of the drug without a prescription is very dangerous.
HCG versus Phentermine side effects
HCG has very minimal side effects compared to the long list of phentermine side effects that you see above. That alone should tell you that it is far safer for you to use compared to phentermine. More importantly, HCG is a natural occurring compound that is produced in large quantities during pregnancy, and it has been proven to be safe to use for both men and women as a fertility treatment and as a weight loss treatment. However, phentermine is a synthetic drug that is similar to amphetamine and it can cause serious reactions in some people. The side effects that are sometimes but rarely seen with the small dosages of HCG that are used for the diet can include swelling in the legs or hands, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, indigestion and other mild effects that usually resolve within a few days. Of course if you have any serious reactions to the hormone you should report them to your medical provider immediately, but this rarely occurs.
HCG is more effective for weight loss
There have not been as many studies on phentermine and how it can result in weight loss as there have been on HCG. HCG is well known for its ability to result in real weight loss of anywhere from 15 to 40 or more pounds in a three to six week period of time. It is without a doubt one of the best weight loss aids, and because it is a natural hormone it is safe for the vast majority of people to use. The only people who are usually turned away for the HCG diet are those who do not have enough weight to lose, or those who have serious chronic illnesses that may cause a very low calorie diet to be dangerous for them. HCG will work better and won’t have the dozens of serious side effects that phentermine has, and studies have shown that it can result in real weight loss when combined with the Dr. Simeons HCG diet protocol.
HCG and phentermine should never be combined
Although some people have tried combining HCG with phentermine or discussed it online, this is very dangerous and should never be performed. There is no legitimate medical provider that would combine both of these drugs and the effects of doing this have not been studied and could very well be dangerous. If phentermine is used, it should only ever be used under medical supervision, but in no circumstance should HCG and phentermine be combined. The established diet protocols for both HCG and phentermine do not require the use of any other medications; these medications are always intended to be used alone. Phentermine in some cases is combined with other medications, but that is at the discretion of your medical doctor.
HCG is effective at suppressing hunger
You should never have to take phentermine for hunger suppression because HCG is proven to be effective at suppressing hunger, and it does this naturally. Phentermine’s hunger suppression effect comes with a wide range of negative side effects, while HCG does not have any of these side effects. It is a great way to suppress your appetite naturally, and when combined with the HCG diet it can result in fast weight loss. When you follow the proper HCG diet protocol, your hunger levels will be controlled and you won’t feel very hungry in spite of being on a very low calorie diet. The hunger suppression effect of HCG is strong and it can help you get through the three or six week low calorie diet without much effort.
There can be long term phentermine effects
Many patients have reported some long term effects when they have used phentermine such as adrenal fatigue, sharp pains that continue for a long period of time, sleep disturbances that won’t go away, blood pressure problems, heart problems, anxiety, and more. Also, it is important to note that many patients become addicted to phentermine and use it for substance abuse. The fact that it is an addictive substance means that it is even worse for you to use for weight loss compared to HCG, as there is no risk of addiction with HCG at all. Phentermine’s side effects just have not been well established and researched, and you never know how it will react with your body. It is simply not worth the risk when you have natural and safe alternatives like HCG available. If you want to learn more about the differences between phentermine and HCG, speak to a licensed medical provider now at Nu Image Medical and feel free to ask us any questions that you may have.
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These lettuce wraps are must try on the HCG diet. They are very easy to make and convenient, and they are a delicious snack or a meal while you are on the diet. They are very low in calories and you will still have most of your vegetable serving so you can add one or two HCG diet vegetables as a side dish to this recipe to make it even more filling. Tomato salsa goes great with this recipe, just make sure that you use an HCG diet approved recipe for tomato salsa if you do decide to add it in.
This recipe is for just one serving but it can be easily scaled up or down. Use a food scale to measure out your protein servings if you aren’t sure how much you should be using. You will want to eat this recipe right away because it does store all that well, so be sure to make as much as you plan on eating.
- 100 grams of chicken breast or lean steak (be sure to use an HCG diet approved cut)
- 3 tablespoons onion, minced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pinch garlic powder
- 1 pinch oregano
- 1 pinch onion powder
- Fresh cilantro for garnish
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Romaine lettuce leaves
- Lemon juice
- Pan sear or grill chicken and steak on a regular grill or Foreman grill until desired doneness. Avoid using any cooking oil; just use a small amount of water or broth to cook the meat.
- Add garlic, onion, spices and a small amount of water and cook for about 10 minutes on medium high
- And salt to taste and garnish with cilantro and add a bit of lemon juice.
- Add mixture into lettuce and serve.
Calories per Serving: 190
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