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The HCG Diet and Crossfit

the-hcg-diet-and-crossfitSome HCG dieters are also crossfitters and there have been some questions about whether or not you should continue with Crossfit exercises during the diet. The answer is that Crossfit is definitely not a good idea to do when you are on Phase 2 of the HCG diet, which can last three to six weeks. During this phase of the diet you are on a very limited amount of calories every day, which means that you will have just enough energy to get through your day and take care of your basic responsibilities.

500 calories per day is simply not enough energy for exercise of any type including Crossfit, and if you do this type of intense workout you may end up hurting your progress. Read more below about the HCG diet and Crossfit and some tips for going about this form of exercise while you are on the diet.

You should pause your Crossfit exercise and continue once you reach Phase 3

After the very low calorie diet portion which only lasts for 3 or 6 weeks you can continue with Crossfit or your regular exercise routine. You may not want to jump right back into it because you may still be on a restricted calorie intake during Phase 3.

Many people stick to about 800 to 1,200 calories per day during this phase as they transition back into their normal diet. Although you can certainly continue working out during this phase because of the fact that you’ll have enough energy, you may want also gradually increase your workout intensity rather than getting right back into strenuous workouts.

Remember that you will have taken a three or six week break from exercising during Phase 2, and you might feel like you are capable of jumping right back into your workout routine but you will most likely need some sort of transition back into your regular workouts.

You can scale your workouts at Crossfit so that you aren’t going at the same intensity as you were before and gradually work your way back up, and it shouldn’t take you more than a few weeks to get back to where you were before you took a break for the diet. You can discuss this with your trainer at Crossfit and come up with a routine that will be more suitable for you after you start back up again, and you can also discuss your nutritional needs with your medical provider.

Losing weight will make Crossfit and other exercises easier

Losing weight is a great idea for making Crossfit and other intense exercises a whole lot easier. Crossfit and similar group fitness classes often require a combination of strength training, stretching and cardio exercises.

By losing weight, you will find that it is much easier to have the endurance that you need for the long workouts of the day which can be very taxing even for those at a healthy weight, and can be extremely difficult if you are carrying around extra weight. As soon as you start back up again you’ll find that you are tolerating your workouts much better and you won’t have excess weight on your joints that can cause a wide range of physical problems.

You’ll most likely be able to recover more quickly from your workouts, and once you get back in shape after a week or two you will very likely break several personal records and finish your exercises faster than you ever have.

Losing just 10 pounds can make a world of difference when you are trying to exercise, but the HCG diet can help you realistically lose anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds or more. This massive amount of weight loss is not easy to accomplish with just exercise, and taking a three to six week break from Crossfit to lose this weight is well worth the time and effort, because you can start right back up as soon as the second phase of the diet is finished.

The HCG diet can help change your appetites for healthy food

Crossfit and other workout routines are not very effective when you aren’t following them with the proper diet. Diet plays a huge role in how much weight you gain or lose, how quickly you recover from your workouts and more.

If your Crossfit routine isn’t combined with a healthy diet you may find that you are still putting on weight or don’t have the body that you want, in spite of being able to handle strenuous Crossfit WODs and exercises. In this case you can very likely benefit from a round of the HCG diet.

The diet can help reset your cravings for food so that you aren’t constantly craving junk food or low quality foods. Most dieters find that they don’t crave the same foods as before after they finish one round, and they find that they actually want to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Part of this has to do with the way that the diet resets your hormones and metabolism. In many cases, junk food addictions are the result of developing a psychological addiction to the effect that those foods have on your brain and body when you eat them.

The HCG diet helps to break that addiction by basically forcing you to stick to healthy whole foods for a long enough time that your body and brain start to reset, and you’ll often find that you won’t even want to touch processed food after the diet is over. This will only make your Crossfit workouts easier.

Talk to your medical provider about when to start Crossfit after the diet is finished

In some cases you may want to wait until Phase 3 is over before starting Crossfit again because of the fact that you’ll still be on a partially calorie restricted diet. Talk to your medical provider about whether or not you should increase your calorie intake beyond what is recommended during Phase 3 if you want to resume your Crossfit or other exercise routine after the very low calorie diet. To ask a medical provider any questions that you may have about Crossfit or other types of exercise and how you should go about the HCG diet, click here to contact Nu Image Medical.

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HCG Diet Shopping Tips

hcg-diet-shopping-tipsWhen shopping on the HCG diet there are a few strategies that you can incorporate to guarantee that the diet goes well and that you don’t spend more money than you need to every week. The diet pretty much requires you to cook at home, unless you purchase pre-made HCG diet meals, so you’ll need to be able to cook and be able to purchase the ingredients for the diet’s recipes before you start dieting. Phase 2 of the diet is the most restrictive phase and it only lasts for 3 or 6 weeks. Although Phase 3 will also require you to stick to limited foods, you still have much more leeway, so the strictest shopping rules really mainly apply to Phase 2.

Review the protocol and the allowed food list

Before you start shopping for the HCG diet, you need to become highly familiar with the protocol and the allowed foods. There is a list of allowable foods that Nu Image Medical includes with your purchase of the diet, and any other legitimate diet provider should also give you a similar list. You should understand which foods are allowed and which ones aren’t and then stick very close to that list once you get to the grocery store. It might seem redundant but the more that you review the protocol before starting the diet, the easier that the diet will really be because you’ll know exactly what to do and which things that you need to avoid.

Purchase your HCG diet foods separately

One of the most important things to do when shopping for the HCG diet is to purchase your HCG diet foods separately from food for anyone else who is living in your household. Purchasing your foods with other people’s food can make it difficult for you to discern what you should be eating and in some cases you might forget about the diet’s requirements and buy something that you meant for someone else, or your food might otherwise get mixed up with someone else’s. It’s easier just to do your shopping for the HCG diet completely separately, and although you will need to do it frequently you won’t need to buy many things for the week.

Purchase a week’s worth of food at once

One strategy which can save you time is to purchase a week’s worth of food at one time. Buy enough food to prepare all the recipes that you will need to prepare for the week, and it is pretty easy to estimate how much food you’ll need once you know the protocol and the diet requirements. Buy the food that you need for up to 7 days at one time and you won’t have to worry about making another trip to the grocery store in the middle of the week. It might take a bit of time to plan your meals and your food purchases like this, but the weekend is the perfect time to do this and it can also save you a ton of time.

Don’t buy any packaged or processed foods

When you are shopping for the HCG diet, you might be tempted to buy a few foods here and there that are processed or otherwise pre-packaged, perhaps canned vegetables or canned fruits. This is almost always a bad idea because the canning process can destroy vital nutrients, and many products add extra ingredients or preservatives to the fruits or vegetables. The best way to buy the foods for is raw and whole, and preferable organic. You’ll need to avoid pretty much every type of pre-packaged food with the exception of frozen fruits and veggies – these are usually perfectly fine to eat for the diet assuming that all they have done is freeze them and haven’t added preservatives.

Learn food expiration dates

With the HCG diet, any food that you don’t use will quickly go to waste because you have to buy everything fresh. Learn the expiration dates of different types of fruits and vegetables and plan your purchases accordingly. In most cases you’ll be able to purchase about a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables without having to worry too much about the fruits and vegetables going bad, but you’ll need to check the expiration for certain foods. Oranges last a lot longer than strawberries for instance, so you’ll need to use your strawberries earlier in the week. The more that you understand the specific requirements of the diet, the less likely that you are to purchase too much food and waste anything.

Only buy what you’ll need for the diet

It’s important to make a distinction about your shopping for the HCG diet as opposed to your other shopping. Even if you need to make a separate trip for your HCG diet shopping it is well worth it because you won’t be likely to buy a food that is not approved, and you’ll be able to focus more on the requirements of the diet. Buy all of the foods that you’ll need for the week at one time and avoid the temptation to add in other foods during your trip; you need to be very precise with the diet in order for it to properly work.

Buy organic when possible

Organic fruits, vegetables and meats are by far the best choice for the HCG diet and will work much better for you. Try to find organic fruits and vegetables, especially the ones that require you to eat the skin, and also try to find organic chicken and beef for the diet. The difference that organic produce can make is tremendous as it will not have harmful pesticide residues or other compounds or chemicals that may interfere with the hormone or lead to other unknown effects.

You might have to shop around at a few places to find the organic foods that you need, but it is well worth the effort to ensure that your Phase 2 of the HCG diet goes as well as it possibly can, and so that you lose as much weight as you can. You also always have the option of buying pre-made HCG diet meals which can save you both time and money. For more information about the food requirements of the HCG diet or to speak to a medical provider today to ask any questions, click here.

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Kung Pao Chicken

phase-2-hcg-diet-recipes-kung-pao-chickenThis is a Kung Pao chicken recipe which happens to be one of the more delicious phase 2 HCG diet recipes, and the recipe can be scaled up or down as needed. It is a bit spicy but it is very filling and a great option for a quick meal during Phase 2, which can be particularly challenging early on in the process.

The recipe will last for a few days in the refrigerator, so you can increase the servings for it, and this recipe in particular is for two servings. Avoid adding any extra ingredients that are not approved for the HCG diet. Try to buy the chicken organic when possible which is better for the HCG diet, and don’t use any cooking oil or fat with this recipe.

You can also marinade the chicken overnight, but the recommended length of time is about 30 minutes to 1 hour at minimum. This recipe doesn’t include any HCG diet vegetable servings, so you can make a serving of any of the HCG diet vegetables as a side dish such as cabbage, lettuce, or any of the other options.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams chicken breast, chopped into small chunks
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger, chopped and peeled
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes or 1 tsp. HCG approved sambal olek
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

Directions:

  • Add chicken to a small dish with 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili flakes.
  • Marinate overnight or 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat a non-stick pan on medium high.
  • Cook chicken for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove chicken and add onion.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and add garlic and ginger.
  • Cook until onions are tender.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. of vinegar and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Add chicken back into the pan and cook for another 4-5 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  • Season with salt and pepper one last time to taste and serve.

Servings: 2

Calories Per Serving: 189

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Spicy Chicken and Tomatoes

This is a simple but delicious Phase 2 HCG diet recipe for spicy chicken and tomatoes that you will love. If you enjoy spicy anything this recipe will hit the spot and it is very filling. It has a bit of a kick to it but you can adjust the spices up or down according to your tastes fairly easily. Although it is made for the HCG diet and low in calories it is packed with flavor.

This recipe takes just a few minutes to prep and you can easily add more servings to it if you need to. The cayenne in the recipe helps to boost your metabolism and it a perfect spice for the HCG diet. It can also help your body release toxins and burn fat during Phase 2 and you might notice that you lose a bit more weight after you eat this recipe a couple of times.

It is good for a few days in the refrigerator in a stored container, so don’t be afraid to scale it up to 400 grams of chicken. Try adding in a melba toast or a grissini breadstick on the side, as it goes well with this particular dish, but the recipe doesn’t call you to use them.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of chicken, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper sauce (with HCG approved ingredients or make your own sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Oregano to taste
  • Fresh parsley to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook garlic, chicken onions and 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper sauce and a small amount of chicken broth in a large pan on medium heat until chicken is slightly browned and cooked. About 10-12 minutes.
  2. Add about a half of a cup of chicken broth to deglaze the pan, then add salt, black pepper, oregano and tomatoes.
  3. Simmer on medium high about 8-9 minutes and stir regularly. Add more broth as needed if the volume starts to decrease in the pan.
  4. Add parsley or other fresh herbs and oregano on top and serve.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 240

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What Do You Do If The HCG Diet Is Not Working?

what-do-you-do-if-the-hcg-diet-is-not-workingWhen the protocol for the HCG diet is followed properly, the results can be quite amazing. You will find that you can lose approximately 10 to 40 pounds or more on the HCG diet when you learn the protocol and implement it to your best ability. The protocol is designed to help you safely lose the fastest amount of weight possible, but it can take some time to learn.

If you are struggling with the diet you may find periods of time where you aren’t losing weight, but you shouldn’t panic or give up on it. There are several ways to deal with HCG diet stalls that you will learn about from Nu Image Medical, and these methods are easy to start implementing. Below are some strategies to implement when the HCG diet is not working, as well as some advice on how to recognize when the diet isn’t working.

First make sure that you are following the protocol properly

There are several requirements to the HCG diet protocol, and it can take some time to learn what those requirements are. Make sure that you are following every part of the protocol properly and you will see the best results as quickly as possible. Review the requirements of the protocol if you need to and ask your medical provider questions about anything that you need clarified. You should take the time to read through it before starting the diet, and one advantage of using Nu Image Medical for the HCG diet is the fact that our protocol is very succinct and easy to read. You can get through the whole thing in under one hour while other protocols may take you more time and not be as summarized.

Remember that the protocol not only requires you to stick to a very specific list of fruits, vegetables and protein choices, but you have other requirements as well. You shouldn’t consume any artificially or naturally sweetened drinks, you should avoid any cosmetics made with oil, and you should also avoid high fat proteins and any processed foods. There are also strict requirements on your calorie intake; most people are prescribed 500 calories per day on the diet. Although it may not seem like a lot, the hormone helps you stay with this calorie limit and reduces your hunger substantially. By following every requirement of the protocol you will get much more out of the diet and your weight loss will be at the rate that it is supposed to be. You’ll also feel better throughout the diet and won’t have to deal with plateaus, which we will talk about next.

Dealing with stalls that occur in spite of your best efforts

Although you might follow every requirement of the HCG diet, there occasionally are what seem like stalls on the diet. These are plateaus that can occur for many different reasons. Both men and women can experience water retention during the diet, although it is more common for women, and this water retention can lead to what seems like a plateau. In reality, you will still be burning fat, but your body will have extra weight from retained water. The way to deal with this type of stall and others is with a plateau breaker. A steak day or an apple day can help you flush out excess water if you have water retention and speed up the process of weight loss once again. If you find that your weight loss is stalled for just one or two days don’t worry.

After three days of no weight loss, you should try a steak or apple day. A steak day involves eating one large portion of steak for dinner, along with one green apple or tomato and as much water as you want throughout the day. The apple day plateau breaker involves eating nothing but six green apples and drinking as much water as you want. It is your choice which plateau breaker that you would want to try, but either of them can work for you, and you will very likely find that a day or two after the plateau breaker you will start losing weight again. Always be sure to check your weight on a regular basis every day after your plateau breaker. If you find that you still aren’t losing weight there may be another problem that you need to address, such as an issue with the protocol.

Narrow down the possibilities when the HCG diet is not working

You need to go through every aspect of the HCG diet and narrow down all the potential areas where you could be slipping up. There can be several, such as eating too many or too few calories, exercising too much, drinking beverages that are sweetened, eating out at restaurants, eating foods with additives chemicals, using condiments that are not approved for the diet, eating packaged foods, using cosmetics that aren’t approved or lotions, missing your injection schedule and other problems. You should go through the list of requirements and try to figure out where you might be slipping up. This won’t take you very long and you’ll very likely be able to find at least one or two areas that you need to improve on, even if you are doing your absolute best. Once you’ve identified those areas, concentrate on improving them and start making an effort to really follow the protocol to the absolute best of your ability.

You’ll probably find that you will get better at the diet as you go along. The requirements of the diet are not very easy to learn in just a few days; you might need a week or two to adjust. That is fine, just remember that you will need to be patient with your weight loss if that is the case and don’t expect it to occur that quickly if you are still trying to learn how to implement the diet into your lifestyle. One aspect of the diet that some people neglect is the fact that you will very likely need to cook for the diet, or at least buy pre-packaged HCG diet meals from a company that sells them like Nu Image Medical. Trying to get your diet requirements from packaged foods or restaurant meals just won’t work for the diet, and more often than not you will find meals that have ingredients that are not allowable for the diet.

Ask your medical provider for help and advice

If all else fails, you should ask your medical provider for advice on what to do. There can be several medical conditions and other health issues that can cause your weight loss to stall on the diet. Don’t panic if you start to stall, but talk to as many educated professionals as you can and get their advice, and they will probably be able to point out specific areas of the diet where you need to improve.

If you have any questions at all about the HCG diet or would like to speak to a medical provider about the reasons why you might be experiencing a stall on the diet, talk to Nu Image Medical today for more information or to ask any questions that you may have.

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7 Effortless Ways to Lose Weight

7-effortless-ways-to-lose-weightContrary to what some people think, losing weight doesn’t take an extraordinary amount of effort. There are several ways to lose weight that require fairly simple changes in your lifestyle and diet, and you can start implementing these changes today. The HCG diet is worth considering if you want an easy way to lose a substantial amount of weight, and it is one of the most effortless ways to lose weight because you won’t have to do any additional exercise.

Outside of the HCG diet there are other methods to lose weight without much extra effort that we will describe in this article. Some of these methods you can start implementing easily, others might take a bit more effort, but all of them are easier than exercising. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t also exercise to lose weight, but the main thing that affects your weight is your diet and your habits.

Method #1 – Slow your eating down

Slowing down your eating can help you lose a large amount of weight quickly, because you will eat fewer calories per meal. Your brain takes about 20 minutes to register that you’ve eaten anything, and when you eat too quickly you will very likely eat too many calories. Just slow the pace of your eating down as much as possible. Slowing the pace down will also help you enjoy your meals more. Don’t eat in a rush, take the time to prepare a home cooked meal and sit down with friends and family. It’s one of the great pleasures of life that many people neglect due to a busy schedule. Don’t let your schedule get into the way of being healthy, and remember that those first 20 minutes of your meal are the most important for slowing down.

Method #2 – Use smaller plates

Using smaller plates is one of the best way to control your portion sizes, and the difference that it can make in the number of calories that you eat per week can be dramatic. Studies have found that smaller plates give you the illusion that you are eating more, and as a result you will feel fuller. Another study found that decreasing plate size to 10 inches from 12 inches resulted in a calorie reduction of 22% on average. Assuming that your dinner averages at 900 calories, that would result in a reduction of 198 calories just for dinner. If you eat 2,000 calories per day it would result in 440 fewer calories every day, 3080 per week, and over 160,000 per year! Now your actual results may vary, but even if you eat 50,000 fewer calories per year just by using smaller plates, it’s an easy decision to make.

Method #3 – Cut soda out of your diet and sweetened drinks

One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to simply cut sweetened drinks, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners out of your diet. You aren’t really making a major sacrifice when you get sweetened drinks out of your diet, because you can use stevia to flavor your drinks without adding any extra calories at all. Drink water as much as you can, and get used to drinking it. You might even have a bit of a withdrawal after quitting, but it won’t take long for you to adjust. After about a week of drinking water you won’t miss soda anymore, and you’ll probably save yourself anywhere from 200 to 300 calories of unnecessary calories per day. That’s a quick way to lose body fat and you’ll probably see some great results once you quit the sweetened drinks.

Method #4 – Change what you eat

The amount that you eat isn’t really as important as what you eat. You can eat larger quantities of healthy foods and you won’t gain weight, and you won’t be starved throughout the day because healthy foods are rich in protein, fiber, and nutrients. The real key to losing weight without much extra effort is to change your food choices. By adding more natural foods into your diet you won’t have to focus as much on the number of calories that you are eating every day. Focus on mostly eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables and natural and healthy protein sources. Make small changes to your diet gradually if you can’t make large changes all at once, and diets like the HCG diet can be very helpful at changing your appetites if you have found that you are struggling with junk food addiction.

Method #5 – Drink more water

Drinking more water can help you lose weight because several studies have found that it helps you eat a fewer number of calories. Drinking water will help you avoid eating high calorie snacks and other foods that can lead to weight gain, and it will also result in you eating less per meal. Drinking water before a meal has also shown to be more effective for older adults compared to younger people, but it works for both. Drinking more water is really easy and all you need to do is carry a jug or a bottle with you wherever you go. Try to stick to filtered or spring water as tap water can have compounds and chemicals that can affect your body, and don’t drink artificially sweetened water or some of the “sports water” products out there.

Method #6 – Share your food when you go out to eat

Sharing your meals can help you avoid eating too much when you go out because many restaurants love serving large portions. Share your meals with another family member or friends and you won’t have to worry as much about the number of calories you’re eating and what you’re eating. Because it’s so hard to know how healthy your meals are when you eat at a restaurant it can help you avoid overeating. You should also try to find out how many calories are in your meal if at all possible. Be smart with your ordering choices, and ask the waiter how large the portions are. Try to order smaller portions if possible, but if not then share what you have and you won’t be eating a bunch of calories all at once. Also try to order foods that are low in fat and carbohydrates.

Method #7 – Walk more and be active as much as you can

Getting active with light exercise can definitely help you lose weight. If you spend more time walking, taking the stairs, carrying the groceries and other activities you can burn an extra 100-200 calories per day or even more. That may not seem like a lot, but it will definitely add up over time, and by being more active you will notice that it will be much more difficult for you to gain weight. It won’t offset the damage to your body from an unhealthy diet, but walking and being more active can definitely make it easier for you to lose weight when you’re doing everything else the right way. You should look for opportunities anywhere that you can to be active, and if you haven’t started a regular exercise regimen you definitely should, assuming that you are physically capable and healthy enough to start.

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Can You Quit the HCG Diet Early?

can-you-quit-the-hcg-diet-earlyQuitting the HCG diet early is not recommended unless you absolutely have to, and you should definitely talk to your medical provider before you make a final decision to quit the diet. In many cases you can quit the diet and repeat a round later on, but you may need to purchase a new vial of HCG if you wait too long, as it does have an expiration date. However, you may be able to resume the diet if you start it back up again within a few weeks to a month after you quit early. Every situation is different, so you will always need a medical consultation regarding your specific circumstance, but most people can safely quit the diet and resume it. You should try to avoid quitting it if at all possible and stick it out for the full 23 or 46 day diet if at all possible for the best results.

Quitting the diet early will result in less weight loss of course, but the HCG diet is so effective that you can start it right back up and start seeing results as soon as you begin. Some people need to quit the diet early because of traveling requirements or other circumstances that might occur in their lives, or women usually temporarily pause the injections when they are menstruating and then resume them, while continuing the diet requirements. These circumstances will be discussed in the article as well as some general recommendations on what to do in each situation and some advice on how to transition back to your regular diet. As always, confirm everything with your medical provider before you make a decision, and Nu Image Medical has an experienced medical staff that can help you transition back to your normal diet if you need to quit it early, and also give you advice on what to do in your specific situation.

You might need to quit the HCG diet early in several situations

There can be many situations that require a patient to quit the HCG diet, such as an illnesses, injury, unexpected travel, emergency, increased calorie requirements due to a more active job or a new job, and other situations. The diet is best attempted when a patient is healthy, not traveling, and not under any external stress or other obligations that would prevent them from being able to follow the requirements of the diet. Some of these situations can be short term and temporary, and in most of these cases the diet can just be resumed without having to do much of anything. In other cases when the diet is quit for a longer period of time, the whole protocol may need to be repeated.

Try to plan the diet around the times that you are not going to be very busy so that you don’t have to take a break from it. Remember that the diet requires a lot of cooking and that you won’t be able to find the food that you need at restaurants or with most store purchased foods. You should schedule the diet to be ahead of major events like weddings, travel or other events. Remember that the 23 to 46 day very low calorie diet is followed up with an additional three weeks of Phase 3 where you are transitioning back to a normal diet, and you should take the time requirement into account. During Phase 3 you will also need to have time available to yourself because you will need to weigh yourself every day and the best option is to continue to cook during this phase.

Women should pause the HCG injections during menstruation

Women should be careful to pause the HCG injections during menstruation but continue to follow the HCG diet. It is a mistake to quit the diet altogether, and it can make it more difficult to lose weight once the diet is resumed. The reason why hormone injections are stopped during this period of time are many. Women produce higher amounts of progesterone during their period, and progesterone can impact the effectiveness of HCG. Also, side effects from HCG can be more pronounced during menstruation. In general, it is never a good idea to continue the injections, but by sticking with the very low calorie diet weight loss may continue to some extent. The amount of weight loss, if it does occur, will vary from one person to another, and in some cases weight loss may not occur.

Water retention is one side effect that many women experience during the HCG diet, and when the diet is paused it can cause hormone fluctuations that increase or decrease water retention. One way to deal with these fluctuations is with a steak or an apple day plateau breaker, especially if weight loss starts to stall. The most important thing to do is to continue with the very low calorie diet and ensure that just 500 calories per day are being eaten until the menstrual cycle is over. If this proves to be challenging for any reason, the patient should consult with her medical provider to find out if the calorie intake needs to be adjusted. Be sure to resume the injections as quickly as possible and you shouldn’t be concerned if the weight loss doesn’t start happening again right away, just try a plateau breaker at least one time if you find you are having weight loss stalls and it should take care of the problem.

Do everything you can to avoid stopping the diet

As mentioned above, you should try everything that you can to avoid stopping the diet for any period of time. Even if you stop the diet for just a few days, it can really affect your weight loss and cause everything to stall fairly dramatically. You should only stop the diet if you have no other option, and you should talk to your medical provider to find out if there are other options available such as increasing your calorie intake slightly. Your medical provider will also tell you how you should transition back to your regular diet, and if there are any unique considerations that you need to take into account before you transition back into it.

If you do have to stop the diet, don’t just go right back into eating all the stuff that you used to eat. What you should do is try to stick to most of the same foods that you ate during the HCG diet, and gradually start incorporating other foods back into your diet. The best thing to do is to mostly eat fruits and vegetables even when you have to stop the diet, and then you won’t gain much weight if any once you resume your regular diet. You can also ask your medical provider for advice on how you should transition back to a normal diet, and try not to bump up your calorie intake too quickly. Always remember that there are several other options outside of stopping the HCG diet, but if you have to stop it temporarily don’t be discouraged because as soon as you resume it you will start losing weight just as quickly as before, and even if you need to repeat the diet altogether you will still get great results as long as you stick to the protocol. For any questions that you may have about starting and stopping the HCG diet, and how to do it properly, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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What Are the Real HCG Diet Health Risks?

what-are-the-real-hcg-diet-health-risksThe HCG diet is one of the few diets that have minimal to no health risks, and many of the supposed risks of the diet have been exaggerated. The diet is actually one of the safest if not the safest very low calorie diets out there because it was developed by a medical doctor based on clinical research, and it has been used by hundreds of thousands of people since it was first discovered. There are very few diets that have had as much clinical research backing them up, which makes the HCG diet a great choice for the majority of people. The risks of the HCG diet don’t actually have to do with the diet itself, but from picking the wrong providers that don’t perform a proper medical consultation or get their hormones from low quality sources.

The diet has been tested in medical settings

One aspect of the diet that makes it far safer than most diets is the fact that it has been extensively tested in clinical settings. This includes the first clinical trials that started the diet as well as follow up trials with the diet or with the hormone. Pure HCG is known to be a safe for supplementation purposes and there are very few if any side effects at the low dosages that are used for the HCG diet. The hormone is also safe for both men and women to use for weight loss purposes. The HCG diet is one of the few diets that have had this amount of clinical testing; most other diets are created by people who have no medical background and their diets often have aspects that are dangerous or ineffective. The HCG diet is known to work based on real clinical evidence, and the original protocol has not been changed very much if at all by most legitimate providers of the diet.

Each patient is properly screened before starting the diet

Another important thing to note is that every patient must be properly screened and evaluated to ensure that the diet is safe for them before starting. This is a necessary step that every patient must undergo, and it ensures that the diet is safe for that particular patient. The majority of those who are screened for the diet are approved because there are very few conditions that would prevent someone from being able to try the diet out. It is so essential to get the diet from a licensed medical clinic to ensure the safety of the patient, because other providers will often approve every patient that wants to buy the diet, and this business practice is particularly dangerous for the patient, not to mention the often low quality of the hormones that they are provided with.

A very low calorie diet is not dangerous under medical supervision

Some people claim that the HCG diet is dangerous because it is a low calorie diet, but that is far from the truth. Very low calorie diets are regularly prescribed to patients in medical settings as a way to quickly treat obesity. They can be very effective for treating obesity, and they can result in rapid weight loss. The hormone diet at Nu Image Medical is carefully structured so that it is not dangerous for the patients. If there are patients that are very active or who have higher daily calorie needs, the diet is sometimes adjusted, but the majority of people can safely stick to the 500 calorie per day diet without any issues.

The 500 calorie per day limit is for a limited time

Many people think that the 500 calorie per day diet is extreme, but because it is limited to a short period of time, just three to six weeks, it is really not dangerous at all and it leads to real results every time. The 500 calorie per day limit is sufficient for the basic vitamins and minerals that a person needs, combined with the calories that are burned from abnormal fat. HCG helps the body metabolize abnormal fat to ensure that you have a sufficient amount of energy throughout the diet. The limited amount of time on the very low calorie diet also ensures that it is safe for you to try, even if you need to repeat it multiple times, and you will find that it really is safe and effective once you get into the diet and start seeing real weight loss results.

Real weight loss results take effort

The HCG diet works because it takes real effort, and although the hormone makes the diet easier by reducing appetite and helping the body metabolize fat, the diet works because it focuses on restricting food intake only to natural high quality whole foods. The truth is that real weight loss with a diet usually only occurs when you restrict calorie intake, and 500 calories is the limit where there is a sufficient amount of calories but where the deficit is large enough that fat is burned every day. The HCG diet may seem like it is unsafe, but it actually has never been shown to cause any short or long term side effects, and in general it has proven to be one of the best and most natural ways to lose weight without the side effects and consequences that other methods can result in.

Be wary of low quality hormone products

The main concern with the safety of the HCG diet doesn’t have anything to do with the protocol; it is the large number of online providers that have started selling the hormone without any medical license or by purchasing the hormone from overseas pharmacies. Many of these companies were shut down by the FDA a few years ago when they made homeopathic HCG illegal, but many of them continued to operate in spite of the ruling and some still continue to sell homeopathic HCG. Most of these products are not safe to use and have not been tested by any independent labs or organizations, and their products may cause serious symptoms or contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other reactions. With any hormone diet you should be sure to work with a company that has licensed medical providers on staff and that sells legitimate high quality hormones.

Nu Image Medical has experienced medical staff

Nu Image Medical has provided the HCG diet for over a decade and has the experienced medical staff who are world-leaders in their understanding of the diet and the safety considerations that should be taken into account before starting the diet. Nu Image Medical is one of the safest clinics for the HCG diet because of our experience and we evaluate every patient to ensure that the diet will be perfectly safe for them before approving it. The patient’s medical history will be checked and if there are any particular unique concerns about any conditions that they have, those concerns are addressed upfront. The diet works for most people, but if it is not advisable there are other options available for weight loss at Nu Image Medical such as the Ultra Burn program and other weight loss protocols that may be suitable.

You don’t ever want to work with a clinic that doesn’t have the understanding of the diet or that gets their hormone products from overseas pharmacies. Those are really the only risks of the HCG diet; other than that it is by far one of the best and safest ways to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time. There are few other diets if any that can match the safety and effectiveness of the HCG diet. For more information about the diet, to ask questions about its safety, or to talk to one of the medical providers at Nu Image Medical now, click here.

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How to Lose Weight After Pregnancy

how-to-lose-weight-after-pregnancyLosing 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. Even if you scale up your exercise a little and do more than most people would do it is only going to benefit you, but there definitely does reach a point where exercise can become counterproductive compared to other weight loss methods.

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.

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Garlic Lemon Shrimp

phase-2-hcg-diet-recipes-garlic-lemon-shrimpThis 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
  2. Add broth to a large skillet and cook shrimp on medium high heat.
  3. Add garlic and cayenne and cook for 4-5 minutes and toss. Cook until shrimp are pink.
  4. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and parsley. Stir to coat the shrimps.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges.

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