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Best HCG Diet 2015 Plan

best-hcg-diet-2015-plan2015 is the perfect year to get started with a new diet, and you may have heard of the HCG diet as it has become one of the most popular weight loss diets available anywhere. The HCG diet can help you lose weight quickly and effectively, but there are dozens of HCG diet programs available and it can be a bit confusing to try to narrow down the best. You do have to be careful because with the wide variety of different HCG diet programs available there are several that aren’t effective or use protocols that have not been clinically proven. With the right HCG hormone diet program you can end up losing 40 or more pounds over a period of six weeks, and the results that you can get on the diet are quite amazing compared to other diets.

Nu Image Medical is the #1 HCG Diet Plan

If you want to start the HCG diet in 2015, there is no better place to start than Nu Image Medical. We are the largest and most trusted provider of the HCG diet, and we offer a full medical consultation via telemedicine no matter where you live so that you never have to enter a clinic, and it is the same quality as any diet that you would receive from a clinic at a fraction of the cost. Don’t be lured by lower quality diet programs that offer the diet at a lower cost; many of these programs do not actually have a license to issue pharmaceutical grade HCG and as a result the products that you get may not have any real hormone in them, or they may even be dangerous.

When it comes to diet providers, experience matters

With over a decade of experience administering the HCG diet, there are few if any other clinics that can match the experience and expertise that Nu Image Medical has with the diet. Experience does matter with this diet because it is a very low calorie diet that must be carefully administered only to patients who have been approved by a medical doctor to safely try the diet. The diet is certainly not for everyone, and there are other options for weight loss available to people who may not be able to try the diet safely. If you purchase the diet from a clinic that does not have the same level of experience, or lacks medical oversight, you may not get the results that you are looking for and you may be putting your health at risk.

Nu Image Medical has licensed medical professionals on staff

Nu Image Medical has over 11 years of experience with the diet and is staffed by licensed medical providers, and there are few if any other online providers that can compare to the level of quality and service that you will get with our diet program. You are able to ask our medical professionals any questions that you want during the start of the diet and throughout the rest of the diet, and if you have any health concerns or potential problems that would prevent you from trying the diet they will be addressed during your medical consultation. It is important to only try the HCG diet when you have real medical supervision; the programs that sell the diet without a medical consultation are doing so unethically and sometimes illegally, and you are jeopardizing your health if you try those programs. Also some providers use unproven protocols which can be just as dangerous.

The Dr. Simeons HCG diet protocol is the only proven and effective one

There are several HCG diet programs available and many of them use new or “updated” diet protocols, but the Dr. Simeons HCG diet protocol is by far the safest and the most proven of any of them. Nu Image Medical only uses this protocol because of its effectiveness and safety and the large amount of evidence backing it. There are diet programs that claim to offer new protocols that can increase the speed of weight loss on the diet by changing the allowed foods, calorie intake, or other parts of the diet, but there is no other protocol that has been tested or shown to be effective in clinical trials other than the Simeons protocol. At Nu Image Medical we condense the protocol into a simple and easy to use guide that highlights the most important aspects that you need to know, and it only takes a few hours or less to become familiar with it.

Nu Image Medical’s online program focuses on safety

One unique aspect of Nu Image Medical’s online HCG diet program is that we focus on safety over everything else. We do offer you the ability to participate in the diet from the comfort of your home without having to spend large amounts of money at a local clinic, but we are an actual licensed clinic that also offers the diet on site and we have a physical location. Safety is our highest concern and we only issue 100% pure pharmaceutical grade human chorionic gonadotropin after you have been prescribed the hormone from a licensed medical professional. Other companies will sell you the hormone without evaluating you at all, and they often have no one on staff to answer your questions or review your health history to ensure that the diet is safe at all.

You can lose 15 to 40 pounds or more with our diet program

When you work with Nu Image Medical you can lose up to 40 pounds safely and effectively over a period of just six weeks. We have treated thousands of patients successfully, and our medical providers are the best in the diet industry. There is simply no better diet that can help you achieve the weight loss results that you’ve always wanted, and with the safety and medical supervision that you need. We offer our online diet program as a professional alternative to the thousands of low quality diet programs that you may have seen when searching for the HCG diet online, and we guarantee results with our program as long as you follow our protocol and stick to the requirements of the diet and the instructions that we provide you with.

Get 10% off the HCG Diet 2015 Plan

As a promotion for the 2015 HCG diet plan, we are offering 10% off the diet right now, and it reduces the cost of our already low priced diet program. The money that you spend on our program is well worth it; you may be able to prevent numerous chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes just by trying our three week or six week HCG diet program, and it may save you thousands of dollars on medical costs in the future. With the current promotion you can receive a full medical supervised HCG diet at a very low price compared to what you would have to pay locally at a clinic, and you can be sure that the quality and the effectiveness of the diet will be the same with our extensive experience administering the diet. Don’t wait any longer and lose the weight that you’ve always dreamed about losing, and start with a round of the HCG diet today to see how amazingly fast it really can work!

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HCG Diet Phase 2 Recipes – Spinach Stuffed Chicken

This spinach stuffed chicken recipe is fairly easy to make and turns out to be quite delicious, and will help you stay full during the day. You can also easily scale this recipe up for multiple servings. Before you start Phase 2 of the HCG diet you will want to have as many recipes as you can available, and if you love spinach this is the perfect recipe to try out. If you have time it is a good idea to experiment with different recipes before you start the diet so that you can plan your meals out throughout the three or six week VLCD, but it isn’t totally necessary.

This recipe is for 2 servings of chicken, but you can scale it up and down as needed, and it will last for about 2 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 200 grams of boneless, skinless chicken breast, pounded thin
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Add cold water to a large bowl and add spinach to the bowl and wash the leaves and drain the water. Repeat until you find no debris in the water.
  3. Add a few inches of water and bring to a boil in a sauce pan that can fit a steaming basket.
  4. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and add spinach into steamer.
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  6. Remove, allow to cool and strain out excess liquid by squeezing.
  7. Season with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  8. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  9. Add about two tablespoons of wilted spinach mixture into each thin chicken breast.
  10. Save extra spinach.
  11. Roll up the chicken to enclose the spinach mixture, and use a toothpick to secure it.
  12. Put chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish.
  13. Bake for about 20 minutes uncovered or until chicken is cooked through.
  14. Serve with any extra spinach as a side dish.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 184

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Is the HCG Diet Illegal?

is-the-hcg-diet-illegalBecause of the recent FDA ruling that made it illegal to sell over the counter HCG products, some people have wondered whether or not the diet itself is illegal. The HCG diet is not actually illegal in any way as long as the hormone is prescribed by a medical doctor and the diet is overseen by a licensed medical provider, but even after the FDA ruling there have been several retailers that continue to sell the hormone without a prescription. This is usually the main cause of confusion among people who are interested in trying the diet, as there are now hundreds or maybe thousands of websites and unlicensed pharmacies that are selling HCG without a prescription. And, there are dozens of potential health concerns and risks for those who use those retailers to purchase HCG.

Over the counter HCG diet products (not the hormone itself) are illegal

It is important to differentiate the fact that HCG diet products, that is any product that includes HCG as an ingredient, either active or inactive, are illegal, but the hormone itself is not illegal. HCG is used for several different medical purposes including fertility treatments as well as diets, but there is no legitimate HCG diet provider that would prescribe or recommend an HCG diet product over the actual hormone itself. More specifically, “homeopathic” HCG diet products have been ruled to be illegal by the FDA, and before the ruling there were dozens of products that were available over the counter that claimed to contain HCG in them but may not have actually had any actual hormone in them. There were also pills that claimed to have HCG in them, but HCG cannot be absorbed through the stomach and those were also false claims, so the FDA felt it was necessary to crack down on these retailers and make their products illegal.

The FDA made it clear that very low calorie diets need medical supervision

In the FDA consumer update about HCG, they made it clear that very low calorie diets are not unsafe unless they are not medically supervised. Very low calorie diets like the HCG diet are regularly used to treat moderate to serious cases of obesity, but these diets require medical oversight in order to be completely safe. The major problem with the HCG diet is that people attempt the diet without medical supervision, which is a mistake because there is no very low calorie diet that can be safe without medical guidance. At clinics like Nu Image Medical, each patient is evaluated to ensure that the diet is completely safe before they try it, and this is the only way to guarantee that attempting the diet will be safe and that the hormone product will be safe as well.

Hormone products from unlicensed pharmacies can be dangerous

Another thing to consider is that hormone products from the pharmacies that continue to sell them even after the FDA ruling are even more dangerous than ever. These companies are continuing to defy the FDA ruling and are breaking the law by selling HCG products without a prescription, so most of these companies are located overseas. Patients in the U.S. who buy these products are putting themselves at risk and are jeopardizing their health because there is no oversight regarding the product quality and the ingredients used in the products. The label may claim to contain certain ingredients but the product may not actually contain those ingredients, or it may contain different ingredients, and there is no way for the patient to know what’s in it unless the product is laboratory tested.

Off label prescribed use of HCG is perfectly legal

The main thing to remember is that off label use of HCG as a part of a very low calorie diet is legal as long as the hormone is prescribed by a licensed medical provider. The FDA also mentioned this in its consumer update, and the purpose of making HCG products illegal was not to make the off label use of the hormone illegal; it was to combat the thousands of fake products that were available online and elsewhere. Patients were even experiencing strange side effects from these low quality products and there were some negative stories from people who tried these products. There have been no cases of serious side effect or harmful long term effects from people who have tried the HCG diet under medical supervision, and the stories that you may have heard about are mostly from patients who tried the diet on their own by purchasing illegal hormone products.

Homeopathic products cannot contain HCG

The Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States has a list of ingredients that can be used in homeopathic remedies, and HCG is not included on that list. That means if you find any product labeled homeopathic and that lists HCG in the ingredient list, it should be avoided. There is also no evidence that any type of homeopathic product is effective for any medical purpose, as most of these products are diluted to the point where there are only a few molecules of an active ingredient in them, if there is any at all. Companies that continue to sell HCG homeopathic products are taking a major risk and face both civil and criminal action if they are caught, and if anyone has a homeopathic HCG product they should discontinue using it and get rid of it as soon as possible.

Don’t try to save money with online unlicensed pharmacies

You may be tempted to purchase HCG from an online pharmacy that doesn’t require a prescription for the hormone, but the savings are actually quite minimal because there are providers like Nu Image Medical that sell the full diet, medical consultation and hormone at a low cost compared to an actual clinic. Online pharmacies that sell HCG without a prescription often do not actually provide you with a useable product, and it is often dangerous to use these products simply because you don’t know what is actually in them. Also remember that a very low calorie diet will work to some extent no matter what type of hormone product that you use, simply because of the fact that you will have a calorie deficit, but real, pharmaceutical grade HCG will make the diet much easier on your body as well as safer, but other products cannot provide that same level of safety at all.

Don’t be afraid to try the HCG diet

If you need to lose weight, you shouldn’t be afraid to try the HCG diet because of the fact that certain HCG diet products are illegal. Remember that the FDA was only targeting companies that were selling homeopathic HCG products and products that claimed to contain HCG in them without a medical prescription, not medical providers and clinics that prescribed the HCG diet. The diet still is one of the best, fastest and safest ways to lose a large amount of weight, and it is even far safer than many of the dangerous prescription drugs, surgery and other obesity treatments that are available as “mainstream” methods of weight control. You should simply avoid any company that offers you the ability to buy HCG without a medical consultation or that continues to sell any type of homeopathic HCG product. If you are interested in purchasing HCG from a licensed medical facility at an affordable cost now, click here to speak to a representative at Nu Image Medical today.

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Is The HCG Diet Bad For You?

is-the-hcg-diet-bad-for-youThe HCG diet isn’t dangerous, but there are some people who have the misconception that it potentially is dangerous either in the short or long term. Some hesitate to start the diet out of a fear of health consequences or because of the fact that the diet isn’t sustainable, but the key thing to remember is that the HCG diet is designed to lose weight as quickly and safely as possible, and that it was never meant to be a sustainable diet. The diet is purposely limited to a maximum of six weeks for several reasons which we will discuss in this article, and if you are in the fence you should keep in mind that no one has been harmed or suffered any long term health consequences from trying the HCG diet under medical supervision.

The diet is limited to six weeks because it is a VLCD (very low calorie diet)

The main reason why the diet is limited to six weeks at a maximum is because it is a very low calorie diet, where you are not eating any more than 500 kcal per day. This may seem a bit extreme, but the six week diet is not recommended for everyone. Many people can benefit from the three week diet instead, and the six week diet is only recommended for people who have more than 15 pounds of body fat to lose. Otherwise, the three week diet is perfectly acceptable.

There is no evidence that either the three week or six week diet are dangerous at all; there have been thousands of patients that have completed both diets and have not suffered any health consequences. As a matter of fact, patients who manage to complete the six week diet without cheating end up losing a huge amount of weight which is often life changing, and often see the reversal of many obesity symptoms.

The side effects of the hormone are mild

It is not accurate to say that there are no side effects of the HCG hormone, but the side effects are quite mild and most of them dissipate within a week or so. As the body switches into a ketogenic state, there can be several side effects and mild symptoms such as cramping, headaches, constipation, dizziness, fatigue, and cold-like symptoms. Nausea and skin rashes are rarer, and rashes can develop due to a release of built up toxins that can be stored in fat. To counteract this, a supplement like chlorella may be advisable, or a detox can also be recommended prior to starting the loading days. Patients who are interested in a colon cleanse or other detox should consult this with their medical provider prior to starting the diet, and Nu Image Medical offers a detox product that can be used with the diet.

HCG side effects vary between men and women

Side effects of HCG vary between sexes as well. Women may experience symptoms like water weight gain, a feeling of irritability, breast tenderness, and headaches. Women should also keep in mind that they may be more fertile while injecting the hormone. Men may experience some of the same symptoms such as headaches and irritability, but women more commonly get water retention. Water retention can be treated with sufficient hydration and by avoiding high sodium foods during the diet, and all of these symptoms generally resolve themselves within a few days. Nu Image Medical offers medical supervision during the first week of the diet for patients so that they can communicate any concerns about symptoms directly to their medical provider, and in most cases any symptoms will be mild and manageable.

Regardless of the short term side effects, there are no long term dangers

The HCG diet has existed for over six decades and during this long period of time there have been no serious injuries from the diet. Tens of thousands of patients have used the HCG diet without any health problems whatsoever, and in actuality those patients have almost always benefitted from the dramatic weight loss results that they achieve with the diet. The diet is often a breakthrough in weight loss for people who have tried other methods without much success, and the success rate of the diet is one of the best if not the best. The short term side effects resolve themselves as the body can quickly adjust to the hormone, and with high quality prescribed hormone injections or drops the diet is one of the absolute best ways to lose weight rapidly.

HCG is regularly used as a fertility treatment

HCG is approved by the FDA for use as a fertility treatment for both men and women, and it is even prescribed to children with hypogonadism. The hormone is prescribed at much higher doses than what is prescribed for the diet, and it is often prescribed for a much longer period of time than the six week diet. HCG can assist females with ovulation and it can increase sperm production for men, and it can also improve libido and energy levels for both men and women. If the hormone was in any way dangerous to use in the short term or long term, there is no way that the FDA would approve it for this purpose, and the fact that it is commonly used for fertility treatments should be reassuring to anyone who is considering the diet.

The very low calorie diet is safe

The 500 kcal per day diet may seem like it is a bit extreme, but it is actually quite safe on the HGC diet. If you purchase the diet from a clinic like Nu Image Medical you will receive a full medical evaluation at the start of the diet to ensure that it is safe for you. If any adjustments need to be made for the diet your medical provider will discuss that with you upfront, or another weight loss method will be recommended if necessary. You will never be approved for the diet if it is unsafe for you for any reason at all, but the vast majority of people will be approved for it.

The quality of the hormone does matter

Although the diet is safe, the quality of the hormone product definitely matters. A prescription for HCG that has been issued from a legitimate clinic or medical professional is always going to be safe for a person because a licensed medical provider will always perform a medical prescreen to ensure that the diet is safe for the patient. The do-it-yourselfers who buy hormones online from overseas sources or retailers that sell products that claim to have HCG in them are taking a major risk because the ingredients in those products are potentially dangerous, and there certainly can be adverse health consequences from using a product that doesn’t have HCG in it or a harmful ingredient. The only safe way to try the diet is by obtaining a prescription from a licensed medical provider; that will guarantee that the hormone is pure and safe for injection and that there won’t be any health consequences.

Obesity is dangerous

The reality is that obesity is more dangerous than anything, and the longer that you carry excess body fat the more likely you are to develop serious potential health conditions. The HCG diet may seem like it is drastic, but it really isn’t, it was carefully and almost perfectly designed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1960s and hasn’t needed very many updates since then. The diet was created as a solution for people who didn’t have any success with their other attempts at weight loss, and it has worked for decades to help people improve their lives and reduce their body fat without long term health consequences.

If you have any questions at all about the HCG diet, its side effects, or if have any concerns about it at all, talk to one of the experienced medical professionals at Nu Image Medical today to have your questions answered.

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Tips for the HCG Diet Loading Days

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During the first two days of the HCG diet, you are instructed (by most protocols) to eat as many high fat foods as possible. Some protocols allow dieters to eat junk foods and processed foods, but most sensible protocols will advise you to eat natural sources of fat. Gorging is more focused on eating foods that are high in fat rather than foods that are high in carbs or protein. Gorging is only performed for two days in most cases, and three days in some cases, and the gorging may be preceded by a colon cleanse to help the body prepare for the diet and to eliminate toxins and the buildup of unhealthy bacteria in the colon. Again, the purpose of gorging isn’t to eat as many unhealthy foods as possible (a common misconception); it is intended to help the body prepare for the diet and to use natural organic foods as sources of reserve fat.

An overview of why HCG diet gorging is important

The gorging days on the HCG diet are important because you need to prepare your body for the diet and build up your reserve fat levels. Reserve fat levels can decline several different ways such as your diet and through exercise, but gorging can help you restore these important fat levels. Reserve fat is necessary for the hormone to work properly; if you don’t have the proper reserve fat levels the hormone may not specifically target abnormal fat. Gorging also makes the first week of the diet much more manageable as you switch to a very low calorie diet, and if you skip the first few gorging days you will notice that the diet is much more difficult.

Be sure to take HCG during the loading days

During the loading days of the HCG diet you need to continue to take injections of the HCG hormone as advised by your medical provider. Another one of the main purposes of the loading days is to help your body adjust to the hormone, and if you neglect injecting HCG during the loading days your body won’t have the opportunity to do so. By taking HCG during the loading days, it will give the hormone the ability to start targeting abnormal fat and once you drop down in calories for the very low calorie diet portion you will already be metabolizing abnormal fat. The loading days helps “unlock” the abnormal fat for metabolism, and you should take no more or less than the amount recommended by your medical provider for the most benefit. Also, be sure to ask your medical provider if you have any questions at all about how to inject the hormone properly.

Stick to natural sources of fat

Natural sources of fat are highly recommended for the first two loading days of the diet instead of processed foods or processed vegetable oils. Consuming vegetable oils or processed oils can even have a detrimental impact on your weight loss because of their negative effects on fat metabolism and your health. During the loading days is usually no specific limit on the number of calories that you should eat, but you shouldn’t go overboard with it. Just eat more than what you’re used to and stick to natural fatty foods like avocados, full fat dairy products like cheese, butter and yogurt, nuts, nut butters, olive and coconut oil, eggs, and fatty fish. Also avoid eating high sodium foods, and if you have any dietary concerns be sure to bring them up to your medical doctor. Don’t start eating a bunch of fatty desserts or foods that are high in vegetable oil or potentially harmful oils like soybean, cottonseed oil, fake butters and margarine, or safflower oil; it is healthy sources of fat that you want to use as reserve fuel for when you are on the diet

Don’t eat too many carbs

The point of the loading days is to restore reserve fat levels so that the first week of the diet is easier, so you don’t want to eat too many carbohydrate rich foods. You will likely gain a few pounds during the first few loading days, but you may gain even more weight if you eat a bunch of carbs as well. Carbs can always lead to fast weight gain and although you will lose the weight that you put on almost regardless, if you are really trying to get the most out of the diet you should stick to high fat natural foods. You can expect to gain about three to six pounds no matter what, and some of that weight may be water weight if you eat a bunch of high sodium foods.

Be sure to get enough fiber

During the two loading days it can be easy to neglect fiber intake, so be sure that you are eating foods with fiber along with the high fat foods that you need to eat. Basically if you eat enough vegetables and fruit during the loading days, your fiber intake should be adequate, but you might even consider taking a natural fiber supplement. A few salads during the loading days are another option for fiber, and you should also be sure to increase your water intake to help with digestion and to avoid water retention. A detox is often recommended as well prior to starting the loading days, and a detox can definitely help with digestion and to prepare your body for the diet, but a detox should only be performed under the supervision of a medical provider.

Skipping the loading days can make the diet much more difficult

HCG has a wide range of different effects on the body, many of which are still being studied, but it is known that the hormone helps improve fat metabolism and many medical professionals believe that it needs to be injected for a few days prior to any diet protocol. Informal studies and clinical observations have shown that HCG is more effective for weight loss when it is injected for a few days prior to the start of the diet. Patients who start the diet without loading often do not lose as much weight during the first week of the diet, and they may suffer from unnecessary hunger and other side effects that the hormone would otherwise reduce.

If you choose to skip the loading days, the diet can be much more difficult than necessary and the first week of the diet can be a lot more challenging. Loading helps you get started on the right foot and will help ensure a successful diet with minimal side effects. If you have any questions about the loading days or any other aspect of the diet, speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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The HCG Diet and Fertility

the-hcg-diet-and-fertilitySome people have wondered whether or not the HCG diet will affect fertility in any way due to the fact that the hormone used in the diet, human chorionic gonadotropin, is used for certain fertility treatments. The truth is that the diet does not negatively affect fertility, if anything it improves fertility, and the lose dosages that are used for the diet do not cause any adverse sexual health issues or other problems. The low dose of HCG that is used in the diet does not cause hormone imbalances or other problems. Again, HCG is regularly used in the clinical setting as a fertility treatment without any problems at all, and the use of the hormone on the diet may result in a few positive effects for both men and women when it comes to fertility. These effects are described below.

HCG can stimulate natural hormone production

One effect that HCG can have is that it can stimulate natural hormone production for both men and women. Men with low testosterone levels or low sperm counts can improve them with low level HCG therapy. For women, HCG can be used to stimulate ovulation, and women are actually advised to discontinue using the hormone during their period as a result of this effect. Most women who have an ovulation problem will ovulate after the use of HCG. Men who have a hormone problem that can lead to a low sperm count may be treated with HCG. The side effects of the treatment for both men and women are minimal, and the hormone is available as a prescription under the name Preganyl or Choragon. The most common side effects reported for Preganyl treatments include pain at the injection site, headache, restless or fatigue.

HCG can stimulate ovulation

Human chorionic gonadotropin is similar in structure to luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormone that is released by the pituitary gland and works with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) to stimulate and release an egg follicle. HCG is sometimes used by itself as a fertility treatment, or it can be used in combination with other hormones. The dose that is used for fertility treatments for women is higher than the dose used for the hormone diet. For instance, around 250 mcg of Ovidrel is used per injection for a fertility treatment in many cases, and this is equivalent to 6,500 IU. On the hormone diet, a much lower dose of HCG is used, around 100 to 250 IU per day maximum, which ends up being just a few mcg per day in comparison. It is not thought that the use of the hormone for the diet can stimulate ovulation, but because of the potential interactions that it may have for women during their period, they are advised to discontinue their injections briefly.

It is possible that women may be more fertile on the hormone diet

Because HCG can be used as a fertility treatment, women should be aware of the fact that they may be more fertile while on the HCG diet. During the first week of the diet, women are monitored for side effects and they should report any abnormalities with their menstrual cycle or other issues to their medical doctor. Any concerns about fertility can be discussed with the medical provider overseeing the diet. Pregnant women or women who are trying to become pregnant are never advised to use HCG and this would be discussed with their medical provider prior to starting the diet.

HCG diet and false pregnancy tests

One issue that women can run into while on the diet is a false pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests detect HCG in the urine, and because of the fact that the hormone can stay in the body for several days after an injection, there is the chance that it may build up. The low levels of the hormone are not usually enough to trigger positive result for a pregnancy test, but there is a small chance that it may occur, especially if the pregnancy test is designed to be sensitive to the hormone. It is important for women who believe that they may be pregnant due to a positive pregnancy test or for any other reason to contact their medical provider as soon as possible. The diet should also be discontinued if there is any doubt at all, because the low calorie intake is potentially very dangerous for a developing embryo.

HCG does not increase estrogen production for men

One unique concern that some men have is that the hormone will result in a higher estrogen production. HCG has a substantially different effect in males compared to females. It does have a similar effect as luteinizing hormone in men, and this hormone results in the increase of testosterone, which has several different positive effects on fertility. HCG is often prescribed to men with low sperm counts in combination with luteinizing hormone which causes a higher natural production of testosterone and is often a preferred treatment in comparison to direct testosterone injections which can have side effects. HCG can, however, result in an increase of DHT because of the corresponding increase in testosterone levels, so DHT levels may need to be monitored when HCG is used as a fertility treatment for males.

There are several health benefits for increased testosterone production in men

Replacing testosterone can be very important for men, as there are many studies that have shown that low testosterone levels are associated with a lower life expectancy and other health problems, and HCG therapy is one of the most effective testosterone treatments. The increase in testosterone that HCG can cause can result in several positive health effects for men including increased libido, higher muscle mass, lower body fat, improved workout recovery, strengthened bones and a lower risk of osteoporosis, improved mood and more. The increase in testosterone that results from HCG therapy is relatively low in comparison to testosterone therapy. Increased testosterone production can also help to treat depression and related mood disorders. HCG is often used after or during testosterone therapy in order to prevent testicular shrinkage and other side effects that can occur with testosterone therapy. HCG is thought to reduce the negative feedback loop that occurs in the endocrine system when testosterone levels are increased artificially as in the case of direct testosterone injections.

Patients receive a full medical evaluation prior to starting the diet

Any patient who is worried about the potential fertility effects of HCG will receive a full medical evaluation prior to starting the diet to ensure that it is safe for them. Patients will get all of the information about potential fertility complications, and the vast majority of patients can safely start the HCG diet without any concern about them. The low dose use of the hormone has not been associated with any negative side effects when it comes to fertility, and again if anything it only improves fertility without causing any major long term health consequences. The hormone’s regular use as a fertility treatment has shown that it is not dangerous or disadvantageous at all to use for this purpose, and the hormone also happens to be an effective stimulator of fat metabolism for both men and women, and it doesn’t cause any significant side effects for this purpose as well.

Get more information about the HCG diet here or speak to a medical professional today to ask any questions that you may have about fertility effects or other effects of the diet.

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How to Lose Weight Even If You’re Busy

how-to-lose-weight-even-if-youre-busyEven if you have a busy schedule, you can still lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. You don’t need to spend several hours each week in the gym burning off fat if you follow a few basic diet and lifestyle tips. Your diet and eating habits play the biggest role in your weight, and with the right eating habits you won’t have to spend time and energy worry about your waistline when you have a busy schedule. The stress of a hectic schedule can certainly contribute to weight gain if it isn’t managed properly, but below are some tips to help you stay slim or lose weight with minimal time requirements.

Exercise when you have energy

As you know, with a busy schedule you are often very tired as the day comes to an end, but the best time to exercise is right in the morning. Most people have the most energy when they wake up or after breakfast, but everyone is different. If you can sneak in just 10 to 15 minutes of exercise before you head to work, you can definitely keep the weight gain off and if you do gain weight it won’t be very easy. If you do exercise for short periods of time, it is important that you increase the intensity of your workout, and the best way to do this is through interval training. We previously discussed the many benefits of interval training on this blog, but it is essentially the best type of exercise because it increases your body’s fat metabolism for several hours afterward and also stimulates the body to produce HGH naturally. Regular exercise doesn’t have this effect, and it takes much more time to get the same results.

Purchase exercise equipment for the office

If you have a home office or your own office at work, a good idea is to purchase some exercise equipment that you can use whenever you have some down time. A few good ideas for equipment include kettlebells, yoga mats, medicine balls, padded dumbbells, jump rope, and resistance bands. With just those few pieces of equipment you can get a really good 15 to 20 minute workout after work is over without having to go to the gym at all, and you do a few light exercises whenever you get the opportunity to have a break. There are a variety of different exercise programs that you can find online that use nothing more than these pieces of equipment, and the cost to add them to your office is minimal, especially considering the fact that they will save you a ton of time.

Be careful with the carb intake

When you’re on the go, it’s easy to become reliant on carbs as a source of energy, and this unfortunately is one of the biggest culprits for weight gain for busy people. To avoid weight gain, get rid of the junk food, and more specifically sugar rich and carb rich foods that you may have become reliant upon. Try to snack on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (nuts, avocados, coconuts and olives and their oil) meat and foods that are high in protein, organic low fat dairy products, and any other natural food with the exception of wheat and grains. Wheat, sugar and unhealthy fat may be tempting and may provide you with a boost of energy, but the energy boost drops off quickly and you can find that you become reliant on these foods to keep you going, and inevitably when you eat too much of them you will gain weight.

Don’t get your energy from drinks

Drinks are another major source of weight gain for busy people. Too often, drinks that are loaded with calories such as cappuccinos, soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and other high sugar and high caffeine drinks are relied upon by busy people as a source of energy or a pick me up. There’s nothing wrong with consuming caffeine in moderation, but people who need to drink coffee in the morning should only pick a drink that doesn’t have any extra added sugar. Coffee sweetened with stevia and with low fat organic milk is perfectly healthy to drink and won’t add to your waistline, but coffee with full fat cream and sugar isn’t a good idea. Busy people should also beware of fruit smoothies, it isn’t that smoothies are bad for you, but many of them have extra added sugar or fruit juice which can be very high in sugar, and many smoothies are also calorie rich.

Bring a lunch from home

One of the biggest dilemmas for busy people is that they often have to eat out, especially for lunch, and most of the options available when you eat out aren’t the best for your waistline. Busy people can pack their own lunch with just a few minutes of preparation time and avoid the extra calories (and also save money) that they will add to their diet when they eat out at a fast food or other restaurant for lunch. A packaged lunch can be simple but satisfying and include a few pieces of fruit, nuts such as almonds or walnuts, turkey, chicken, tuna, or hardboiled eggs, (avoid the bread if possible), or even leftovers from the previous night’s hopefully healthy dinner. Just don’t use processed foods or junk foods for your packaged lunch or it defeats the purpose.

Learn to snack on healthy foods

Picking the right snack foods can go a long way for busy people who are trying to lose weight. Snacks can quickly become one of the biggest sources for weight gain for busy people because the calories from just a few servings of junk food can quickly add up to several hundred. Busy people should know which healthy snack foods that they like the best and stick to those foods only. Healthy snacks should always be available as well and not just stuck in the refrigerator at home. Low fat string cheese, fruit, some veggies such as celery and carrots, nuts, and many other natural foods are very portable. Another option is to always have natural whey protein available for a quick whey protein shake, which can be very filling and curb the need for carbs or low quality junk foods. Make a list of healthy foods that you enjoy the most and stick to that list; you don’t have to suffer when you are trying to eat healthier. By eating more satisfying natural foods you can much more easily avoid the temptation to snack on junk foods.

Try the HCG diet

The HCG diet is one of the best diets for busy people because the time commitment on the diet is minimal. Most people can start and finish the diet on a busy schedule because there is no exercise requirement at all, and the diet only requires the dieter to follow a few simple instructions for the diet protocol. The HCG diet can now be completed anywhere with the home diet program available from Nu Image Medical that includes an initial medical consultation followed by unlimited medical support for the crucial first week of the diet. Patients that have hectic schedules have found the diet to be their most effective option after other diets and exercise programs have failed them. There are also delivered ready-made meals available specifically for the HCG diet for patients that don’t have the time to cook, so busy dieters can have the full three or six week diet ready to go with minimal effort. Get more info about the HCG diet here.

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Why the HCG Diet is More Popular than Ever

why-the-hcg-diet-is-more-popular-than-everThe HCG diet is one of the most popular diets in the United States and is catching on in other countries because it is one of the most effective diets that works in a very short period of time. The diet has caught on in many parts of the country and although the FDA banned the use of over the counter HCG products in 2011, the use of HCG in medical clinics for dieting purposes is still allowable. The diet has increased in popularity because of the many thousands of testimonials from dieters who have experienced success with the diet and weight loss of 10 to 15 pounds or more with the three week diet, and 15 to 40 pounds or more with the six week diet. The popularity of the diet may be rising, but it is important for interested dieters to do the proper research prior to starting and to purchase their diet from a reputable clinic.

The HCG diet results in real weight loss

The many diets that you will find out there make claims that they can result in real weight loss, but the HCG diet is one of the very few that can back up its claims. The diet has proven for several decades that it can help dieters lose a huge amount of body fat in a short period of time, and it is one of the few diets that has real results. Most diets require a lot more time and effort to lose the same amount of weight, and some diets rely on dangerous supplements or ingredients that can cause short or long term health problems. The use of human chorionic gonadotropin on the HCG diet is not associated with any short or long term health risks, and it is a natural hormone that has proven to be safe and effective for assistance with weight loss.

The HCG diet works quickly

One of the most unique aspects of the diet is that it works very quickly compared to other diets. Dieters can realistically expect to lose up to 40 pounds in just a period of six weeks, and the minimum weight loss that most dieters will experience is around three pounds per week. The diet is one of the few that can work this quickly without dangerous side effects. Hundreds of thousands of people have also tried the diet without any major health problems, and as long as the diet program is purchased from a licensed source with medical supervision, it is perfectly safe to attempt. In a society where we expect fast results, there are very few diets that can realistically deliver results quickly, and the HCG diet happens to be one of them.

The diet has been heavily publicized

One unique aspect of the HCG diet is that it has been heavily publicized, and not always for the right reasons. There are hundreds of vendors that were selling, and still sell, unlicensed HCG diet products that have been produced at overseas pharmacies or low quality pharmacies. The result of these companies selling HCG diet products was that the FDA issued a ban for certain HCG products, but not for the use of the hormone at approved medical facilities. In spite of this ban, there are plenty of companies that still offer the hormone without a license to sell it or with medical supervision, and these companies are the ones that give the diet a bad name. If you are interested in the diet but have heard some of the negative stories surrounding it, you don’t have to worry when you purchase the program at Nu Image Medical because we are staffed by licensed medical professionals and the hormone is prescribed to you and guaranteed to be safe.

It is affordable compared to other diets

You will find plenty of diets that can cost you thousands of dollars if they require medical supervision, but the HCG diet is one of the few that can be purchased online and sent directly to your home for a small amount compared to a clinically supervised diet. The HCG diet can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars and the program offered by Nu Image Medical is much more affordable compared to similar programs that can be found in other medical clinics. The only safe way to try the diet is through a program offered by a licensed medical clinic, and the program at Nu Image Medical is available at a much lower cost than other clinical diets, while being safe and effective.

It is a safe alternative to dangerous obesity treatments

Although the HCG diet can be used by anyone for weight loss, including both obese and non-obese patients, it has gained popularity as a safe obesity treatment alternative. There are many potentially dangerous obesity treatments such as gastric bypass surgery that can be avoided with the use of the diet, and there are several different risks with surgery that can be avoided with the use of the diet. As the awareness of the diet grows, obese patients are starting to turn to it, and it is an effective diet for managing weight and getting back to a normal weight. The diet doesn’t have any long term health consequences, unlike surgery, and it is a fraction of the cost and well worth a shot for people who have struggled with obesity and are looking for a fast and safe option.

The diet can be safely repeated

After a waiting period of around three weeks, the diet can be safely repeated without any side effects or health consequences. This particularly useful for patients that need to lose several pounds, and those who need to repeat the diet every six months to a year can safely do so without any problems. The diet is a great way to get in shape quickly before an event or before the summer, and there are no dangers associated with the use of the hormone as the dosages for the hormone are very low. Dieters who have difficulty with the first round of the diet will often lose much more weight during the second or third round of the diet because they will have familiarity with the diet’s protocols and requirements.

The diet can help you get back to a healthier lifestyle

The HCG diet has also become a popular way for people to change to a healthier lifestyle. By avoiding consuming junk foods or processed foods for a period of time, dieters effectively “reset” their body, behavior and cravings for food. Most dieters find that they no longer crave the unhealthy foods that they used to after the diet is finished, and this effect lasts as long as they stick a healthy eating style. The diet can be a great step in the right direction and it helps the body get into a fat burning mode that can last for several weeks or even months after the diet is finished, as long as the patient avoids grains, unhealthy fats and sugar. There are plenty of other good reasons why you might want to try the HCG diet, and if you are interested in trying one of the most popular hormone diets that has proven to work time and time again, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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HCG Diet London Broil

This London broil HCG diet recipe is delicious and can be scaled up as needed. The recipe below is for two protein servings on the HCG diet, so you can split it up into two meals on two separate days, and it will last for about two to three days once refrigerated. London broil is a low fat cut of beef so it won’t affect your diet, and this recipe only uses approved seasonings. Add a vegetable serving of tomatoes, cabbage, spinach or any other HCG diet vegetable and you will have a full HCG diet meal. This recipe takes about 30 minutes to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams London broil, chopped into strips
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp. minced onion
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • ½ tsp. rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Mince garlic and add a pinch of salt
  • In a ziplock bag, add London broil pieces, garlic, beef broth, minced onion, thyme, rosemary and salt and pepper.
  • Seal bag and shake to cover London broil with marinade. Marinade for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator and bring beef up to room temperature before grilling.
  • Grill marinated beef on a rack for 8 to 9 minutes on each side for medium rare or until desired doneness.
  • Serve with tomatoes or another HCG diet vegetable or place in a closed container and refrigerate.

Servings: this recipe serves 2 (2 HCG diet protein servings).

Calories: 138 per serving

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Can I inject HCG Right Before Bed?

can-i-take-hcg-right-before-bedSome HCG dieters are concerned about the timing of their injections. The normal HCG protocol asks patients to inject the hormone in the morning for the majority of patients, but some patients may not be able to inject it in the morning. There is nothing wrong with injecting the hormone in the evening as long as it is approved by the medical provider overseeing the diet, but in some cases it may not be advisable. Injecting HCG before bed doesn’t change much about how the hormone works, and as long as you inject the hormone at regular intervals (every 24 hours), you won’t have any issues with injecting it right before bed. However, there may be some unwanted non-dangerous effects such as sleep disturbances, and this can vary from person to person quite a bit.

Injecting the hormone right before bed may lead to sleep problems

Some dieters have noticed that injecting the hormone right before bed can lead to sleep issues. This occurs on a case by case basis; anecdotal evidence has suggested that patients who take the hormone prior to sleeping can have sleep disturbances such as insomnia due to increased energy levels. This is because the hormone injection can lead to a surge in energy levels, and this increase in energy can cause difficulties with sleeping. Some patients may work during later shifts and sleep in the morning; those patients should take HCG in most cases prior to breakfast or soon afterward, but those who work in the morning may have sleep issues if they take HCG prior to bedtime. If a patient injects the hormone prior to sleeping and experiences regular sleep problems, they will almost certainly have difficulties with Phase 2 of the diet because of the lower energy levels that they will have throughout the day.

Taking HCG before bed is not dangerous

It is not thought that taking HCG prior to sleeping is dangerous in any way, however because of the potential sleep issues it should be avoided when possible. Some people may not experience any sleep issues at all and may prefer to take it before bed. If there are no known side effects or sleep disturbances, patients may be advised to take their hormone injection prior to sleeping if they prefer to do so. Some patients may experience different results with the diet if they inject the hormone at night; for instance they may have lower hunger levels throughout the day. Patients that do not experience major issues with taking the hormone at night and who even experience benefits from doing so can be advised to continue injecting it in the evening; but again they should not alter their injection schedules and space their injections by 24 hours at minimum.Get more information about self-injecting the hormone here.

It is more important to take the proper dose

The most important thing for the HCG diet is not when you take the hormone but to take the proper dosage of the pure hormone. There are hundreds of HCG products available on the market and the vast majority of them have been banned by the FDA because they often do not contain any real hormone in them at all. To ensure that the diet works properly and that the hormone will have a real effect on your body’s metabolism, you should only purchase pure HCG from a licensed provider. The dosage for the hormone will vary from one person to another in some cases, but most people will take around 125 IU per day, and the amount of the hormone should be carefully measured by the patient’s medical provider.

If your hunger levels are high, talk to your medical provider

During the first few days of the VLCD (Phase 2) you will notice that your hunger levels will fluctuate. The HCG hormone injections in the morning are designed to help you through the early parts of the diet which are often usually the most challenging due to the rapid shift to a low calorie diet. Injecting the hormone in the morning is intended to be helpful for managing hunger levels throughout the day and helping the patient through the more challenging first week of the diet. If you are finding that injecting the hormone in the morning is not helping you as much as you would expect with your hunger levels, you may be able to change to an evening injection schedule to see if it will work better for you. At Nu Image Medical you can discuss this with your medical provider during the first week of the diet and alter the injection schedule if needed.

Do not take more than the recommended dosage

You should never inject more than the recommended dosage no matter what, and if you are injecting the hormone once per day you should wait a minimum of 24 hours before your next injection. If you are changing your injection schedule based on the recommendations of your medical provider you should discuss the waiting period before your next injection with them, but in most cases you will need to let the 24 hour period pass before your next injection. Injecting more than the prescribed dose is not thought to be beneficial for the diet and it will not make the diet any easier. You never want to exceed 200 IU of HCG in a 24 hour period, and again your medical provider will discuss the recommended amount that you should be taking based on your age, weight and other factors.

You may be able to take HCG in the afternoon

You may be able to take your HCG injections in the afternoon, especially if you find that you have an energy drop off during the middle of the day. Injection HCG in the middle of the day can give you a surge of energy and may be beneficial for you, but this should be discussed with your medical provider at the start of the diet. If you take your injections in the afternoon you can avoid the issues of insomnia as well because the increase in energy levels usually only lasts a few hours. Taking your injections in the afternoon won’t alter the diet in any way as long as you take them 24 hours apart at the proper dosage.

Nu Image Medical has licensed medical providers on staff to discuss your injection protocol

When you purchase the HCG diet program at Nu Image Medical you will receive a full medical consultation prior to starting the diet, and you will also be trained in how to self-inject the hormone at a specific time. Any adjustments to your injection protocol should be discussed with your medical provider at the start of the diet. If you plan on changing anything about your injections, you should first receive the clearance from your medical provider or there may be consequences with the effectiveness of your diet. You may be able to make adjustments like switching to an evening or afternoon injection protocol, but the majority of patients will be injecting their hormone in the morning for the fastest weight loss results on the diet. If you are interested in starting the diet or learning more about it, get more information about the high quality HCG diet offered by Nu Image Medical and how the home self-injection protocol works here.

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