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HCG versus Phentermine

hcg-versus-phenterminePhentermine is a psychostimulant drug that is similar to amphetamine that is used as an appetite suppressant medically. However, this drug is potentially dangerous to use, even though in some circumstances it is medically approved. It is FDA approved for the treatment of weight loss, but there have been many reported cases of moderate to serious side effects when taking phentermine for the purpose of weight loss. Some people have wondered if HCG is better or worse than phentermine for the purpose of weight loss. The reality is that phentermine is really a bad idea for weight loss and unless you are medically advised to take it, which is not common, you should avoid using it altogether. There are several reasons why you should avoid phentermine that will be discussed in this article, but in general it is bad for your body, it isn’t as effective as HCG for weight loss, and it can have dangerous symptoms.

Phentermine is a stimulant that suppresses the appetite

It is helpful to know a bit about what phentermine is and how it works to control the appetite. Phentermine is a stimulant that is known to suppress appetite. Because of this effect, it is often used in combination with a low calorie diet or a very low calorie diet. It is available in capsules produced by several different companies, and it can be purchased in drinks. It is sometimes medically prescribed to obese patients as a way to help them control their weight, and it is currently being studied for its weight loss effects along with other medications for obesity. It is usually available in 37.5 milligram dosages. There are several conditions that are contraindicated for the use of Phentermine, and in general it is not as safe as many other weight loss aids like HCG.

Phentermine has several side effects

Although HCG has very minimal if any side effects, Phentermine can be loaded with side effects. Although it is generally regarded as safe by the FDA, phentermine can cause dozens of side effects. Some of the side effects can be serious such as heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors, chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling in the ankles and legs, and difficulties doing exercise. Some of the minor side effects can include dry mouth, constipation, an unpleasant taste, and drowsiness. The drug interacts with several different other medications, and anyone who takes it for weight loss or any medical purpose must have it prescribed to ensure that it is safe for them. The drug should never be purchased without a prescription in any circumstance, and the purchase and use of the drug without a prescription is very dangerous.

HCG versus Phentermine side effects

HCG has very minimal side effects compared to the long list of phentermine side effects that you see above. That alone should tell you that it is far safer for you to use compared to phentermine. More importantly, HCG is a natural occurring compound that is produced in large quantities during pregnancy, and it has been proven to be safe to use for both men and women as a fertility treatment and as a weight loss treatment. However, phentermine is a synthetic drug that is similar to amphetamine and it can cause serious reactions in some people. The side effects that are sometimes but rarely seen with the small dosages of HCG that are used for the diet can include swelling in the legs or hands, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, indigestion and other mild effects that usually resolve within a few days. Of course if you have any serious reactions to the hormone you should report them to your medical provider immediately, but this rarely occurs.

HCG is more effective for weight loss

There have not been as many studies on phentermine and how it can result in weight loss as there have been on HCG. HCG is well known for its ability to result in real weight loss of anywhere from 15 to 40 or more pounds in a three to six week period of time. It is without a doubt one of the best weight loss aids, and because it is a natural hormone it is safe for the vast majority of people to use. The only people who are usually turned away for the HCG diet are those who do not have enough weight to lose, or those who have serious chronic illnesses that may cause a very low calorie diet to be dangerous for them. HCG will work better and won’t have the dozens of serious side effects that phentermine has, and studies have shown that it can result in real weight loss when combined with the Dr. Simeons HCG diet protocol.

HCG and phentermine should never be combined

Although some people have tried combining HCG with phentermine or discussed it online, this is very dangerous and should never be performed. There is no legitimate medical provider that would combine both of these drugs and the effects of doing this have not been studied and could very well be dangerous. If phentermine is used, it should only ever be used under medical supervision, but in no circumstance should HCG and phentermine be combined. The established diet protocols for both HCG and phentermine do not require the use of any other medications; these medications are always intended to be used alone. Phentermine in some cases is combined with other medications, but that is at the discretion of your medical doctor.

HCG is effective at suppressing hunger

You should never have to take phentermine for hunger suppression because HCG is proven to be effective at suppressing hunger, and it does this naturally. Phentermine’s hunger suppression effect comes with a wide range of negative side effects, while HCG does not have any of these side effects. It is a great way to suppress your appetite naturally, and when combined with the HCG diet it can result in fast weight loss. When you follow the proper HCG diet protocol, your hunger levels will be controlled and you won’t feel very hungry in spite of being on a very low calorie diet. The hunger suppression effect of HCG is strong and it can help you get through the three or six week low calorie diet without much effort.

There can be long term phentermine effects

Many patients have reported some long term effects when they have used phentermine such as adrenal fatigue, sharp pains that continue for a long period of time, sleep disturbances that won’t go away, blood pressure problems, heart problems, anxiety, and more. Also, it is important to note that many patients become addicted to phentermine and use it for substance abuse. The fact that it is an addictive substance means that it is even worse for you to use for weight loss compared to HCG, as there is no risk of addiction with HCG at all. Phentermine’s side effects just have not been well established and researched, and you never know how it will react with your body. It is simply not worth the risk when you have natural and safe alternatives like HCG available. If you want to learn more about the differences between phentermine and HCG, speak to a licensed medical provider now at Nu Image Medical and feel free to ask us any questions that you may have.

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Lettuce Wraps

Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Lettuce WrapsThese lettuce wraps are must try on the HCG diet. They are very easy to make and convenient, and they are a delicious snack or a meal while you are on the diet. They are very low in calories and you will still have most of your vegetable serving so you can add one or two HCG diet vegetables as a side dish to this recipe to make it even more filling. Tomato salsa goes great with this recipe, just make sure that you use an HCG diet approved recipe for tomato salsa if you do decide to add it in.

This recipe is for just one serving but it can be easily scaled up or down. Use a food scale to measure out your protein servings if you aren’t sure how much you should be using. You will want to eat this recipe right away because it does store all that well, so be sure to make as much as you plan on eating.

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams of chicken breast or lean steak (be sure to use an HCG diet approved cut)
  • 3 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch oregano
  • 1 pinch onion powder
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Romaine lettuce leaves
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

  • Pan sear or grill chicken and steak on a regular grill or Foreman grill until desired doneness. Avoid using any cooking oil; just use a small amount of water or broth to cook the meat.
  • Add garlic, onion, spices and a small amount of water and cook for about 10 minutes on medium high
  • And salt to taste and garnish with cilantro and add a bit of lemon juice.
  • Add mixture into lettuce and serve.

Servings: 1

Calories per Serving: 190

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Does the HCG Diet Work the Second Time?

does-the-hcg-diet-work-the-second-timeIf you are concerned about whether or not the HCG diet works the second time you really shouldn’t be. The diet definitely works the second time around and you can lose just as much weight as you did the first time if not more. The second time around will also usually be much easier because you will be familiar with the diet protocol and the requirements. You’ll very likely be able to stick to the protocol much better than you did the first time around. Your body will also be accustomed to the hormone. You will need to wait at least six weeks before your second round of the diet. You will also need to wait a longer period of time between the second and third round, and so on, but as long as you wait for the appropriate amount of time starting the diet the second time is perfectly fine.

You can build up a resistance to HCG if you don’t wait long enough

If you don’t wait for the recommended amount of time between rounds of the diet, you can definitely build up a resistance to the hormone. The recommendations for waiting periods are based on the original Simeons protocol and his findings when he administered the diet to hundreds of patients. He found that if a second round of the diet was administered too quickly, that patients were not losing weight as quickly. As a result, you need to be careful to wait the recommended length of time. As mentioned previously, before the first and second round you will need to wait six weeks, but between the second and third round you will need to wait eight weeks, and between the third and fourth round you will need to wait ten weeks.

Try another round of the diet if you didn’t lose enough weight

A second round of the diet not only works, it may be necessary if you didn’t lose enough weight the first time around. There is a small learning curve with the diet, and it can take at least one round of the diet to get over that learning curve. A second round of the diet can help you lose an additional 15 to 40 pounds depending on how long you try the diet for. You will also often find that you are much better at sticking with the diet and you will be familiar with the injection and food requirements. In general, a second round is not just a good idea, it can help you get back to a normal weight and you can continue with multiple rounds of the diet if needed.

Don’t wait too long

You should wait the minimum amount of time before starting another round of the diet, but don’t wait too long. If you wait too long you risk putting on some of the weight that you lost during the first round of the diet. You want to stabilize your weight during the period between rounds, and that means that you will probably have to continue to stick to some of the phase 2 or phase 3 diet requirements such as avoiding starches and sugars, and other requirements. Don’t rush into the diet but don’t wait several months either; ideally you want to start between six to eight weeks after your previous round of the diet to avoid gaining too much weight while also avoiding the problem of HCG immunity. Ask your doctor for advice on a waiting period if you have already completed multiple rounds of the diet.

You may need multiple rounds to reset your metabolism

One effect that the HCG hormone has is its ability to “reset” your hypothalamus and your fat metabolism. You may need more than one round of the HCG diet in order to reset your hypothalamus. One round can certainly go a long way in doing this, but several rounds of the diet can be much more effective and allow the hormone enough time to have a long term positive effect on your hypothalamus and fat metabolism. The hormone is very effective helping your body reset from the damage of a poor diet. You can get a metabolic boost every time that you try a round of the HCG diet, and the boost will usually last longer if you try multiple rounds. Many people respond quickly to the first round, but everyone is different and you may need more than one opportunity for the hormone to have an effect.

The more rounds of the HCG diet you try, the easier it is to maintain a normal weight

You will find that it is easier to maintain a normal weight the more rounds of the diet that you try, and you will also find that your cravings for food will start to change as well. Many people find that just one round of the diet can change their food cravings dramatically. They don’t crave the same junk foods or processed foods in most cases after a few rounds of the diet because the hormone and the diet helps wean you off of unhealthy foods and also changes your brain chemistry. By doing multiple rounds of the HCG diet you are effectively detoxing your body, giving it a break from the damage that unhealthy foods can cause, and giving your brain and body the opportunity to reset back to normal.

The HCG diet is safe no matter how many rounds you try

As long as you have the right amount of weight to lose, the HCG diet is perfectly safe. You should never try multiple rounds of the diet without the approval of a medical provider, because you do need a sufficient amount of body fat in order for the diet to be safe. Remember that most of your energy during the very low calorie diet will come from abnormal fat. You don’t want to try another round of the diet just to maintain a normal weight. There are ways that you can maintain a healthy weight without the HCG diet, but when you have a specific amount of weight to lose the diet is a perfect option for you. As long as you get medical supervision and try the diet at a licensed clinic like Nu Image Medical, it will be perfectly safe for you.

Does the HCG Diet Work the Second Time? The answer is YES!

A lot of people lose a ton of weight during the first round of the diet and then start to slip up again. Trying a second round of the diet may be just what you need to get back on track. After trying one round of the diet you will already know exactly what to do, and it will be a lot easier for you to stick to the requirements. You’ll know how to prepare HCG diet recipes and you’ll be able to schedule your meals more efficiently. You’ll also know your own weaknesses and hopefully if you cheated during the first round you will avoid the circumstances that lead to it during the second round of the diet. The diet is always a great stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle, and if you find that you still have weight to lose after the first round or if you start to slip up and eat unhealthy foods again, contact Nu Image Medical to see if a second round of the diet is right for you.

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How to Maintain Your Weight Loss During Phase 3

PHow to Maintain Your Weight Loss During Phase 3hase 3 of the HCG diet is considered to be the most important phase because it’s where many people start to slip up. In most cases you will still be maintaining a calorie deficit, but you won’t be injecting the hormone during this phase which can make it slightly more difficult. You need to be extra vigilant during this phase and stick to the requirements of the protocol so that you don’t slip up and gain back some or all of the weight that you just worked so hard to lose during Phase 2. If you plan ahead for Phase 3 and do it the right away, you will maintain your weight loss results while transitioning back to a regular healthy diet that is hopefully free of sugar, starch, unhealthy fats, and processed foods.

Be sure to weigh yourself every day

You need to be carefully monitoring your weight during Phase 3. The protocol instructs you to weigh yourself every morning after you use the bathroom, and it is essential that you do this every day without an exception. If you miss just one day you can easily put on weight without thinking much about it. You have to be careful to monitor any changes in your weight and respond accordingly. If you gain more than two pounds you need to make adjustments to your diet and also try a plateau breaker (steak day or an apple day). If you skip several days of weighing then you’re taking a huge risk of putting on weight without even realizing it. Be consistent with it and take records of your weight every day so that you can see how it’s fluctuating when you eat certain foods. If you lose weight during Phase 3 then you’re doing the right thing but you’ll still need to check your weight regularly.

Don’t panic if you gain weight

Don’t panic if you gain weight during Phase 3, nearly everyone gains some weight during this phase because of how challenging it can be to just maintain what you’ve lost. Your body will be responding sensitively to foods that you start adding into your diet. If you keep good track of the foods that you are adding back into your diet, you can pinpoint the specific foods that are causing weight gain. Eliminate any foods that are causing weight gain, and only stick to the foods recommended by the protocol. Don’t guilt trip yourself because guilt leads to more slip-ups and isn’t a healthy habit to be in. Forgive yourself and get right back on track with a plateau breaker, and stay aware of your food choices and how they are affecting your weight.

Try plateau breakers if you gain more than two pounds

Try the steak day or apple day plateau breakers when you gain more than two pounds over your LDW (last dose weight). Either the apple day or steak day can work, it’s just a matter of preference. With an apple day you eat nothing more than 6 green apples and water, and with a steak day you eat a large steak for dinner along with 1 green apple or tomato, and water throughout the day. Both of those plateau breakers can help you get right back on track. Don’t try the plateau breakers for more than one day in a row, try it for one day then get back on your diet for a few days and monitor your weight. You can repeat the plateau breakers every two days or so, but talk to your medical provider if you find that you are gaining weight in spite of trying the plateau breaker.

Don’t eat at restaurants

Although if you’re extremely careful you can get away with it, in most cases you should avoid eating at restaurants. Eating at restaurants might be tempting when you hit phase 3, but it’s just another opportunity to slip up. You might even order something that looks healthy but could be made with unhealthy oils or hidden carbs that totally throw your maintenance phase off. Your best bet is to keep cooking at home and controlling every ingredient during this phase if at all possible. If you must eat at a restaurant, be sure to ask the server about every ingredient so that you know exactly what you’re ordering. Stick to meals that only have phase 3 approved ingredients, and again it’s much easier to do this when you make your own meals.

Try to track everything you eat

It can be a major pain, but it is very beneficial to track every food that you eat during Phase 3. This can be easier if you continue to plan your meals out as you did during Phase 2. The effort is well worth it, because you are far less likely to gain weight when you know exactly what you are eating every day and how many calories are in each meal. You aren’t as likely to go over your calorie limit (for many people it will be around 800 at the start of the diet), and it’s easier to scale back on calories when you know that you’ve eaten too many. Take careful notes of the foods that you eat, and be sure that you keep the list of approved foods close by for reference as you plan your meals out.

Don’t deviate from the approved food list

You might be tempted to eat some of your old favorite foods, but it’s crucial that you don’t deviate from the approved food list during phase 3 in particular. Your body will still be adjusting to the metabolic effects of the hormone during phase 3 and you don’t want to throw it off balance by adding processed foods or unhealthy fats in your diet. You should especially be vigilant about avoiding starches and sugars; if you’re going to cheat on anything it’s better to add more calories from the approved food list rather than eating starch or sugar. Adding starchy foods into your diet or eating sugar again is almost certain to result in weight gain, so you should do everything that you can to avoid this. Continue to use your favorite HCG diet recipes and try out new food options from the approved list for Phase 3, which is much larger than the list for Phase 2.

Gradually increase your calorie intake

The goal of Phase 3 is to gradually increase your calorie intake without putting on extra weight. Start with 800 calories and work your way up to the daily recommend calorie amount based on your sex and weight. For a 150 pound woman it is around 1650 calories, and for men it is about 2000 calories for a 200 pound male. Gradually add the calories back into your diet at a rate of about 200-300 per week, or based on the recommendations of your doctor. Most importantly, stick to clean food sources and don’t start adding in extra calories from junk, starch and sugar otherwise you can put weight on even if you’re eating less than your daily recommended intake. If you’re careful with it and gradually add foods back into your diet while monitoring everything, Phase 3 will be successful for you and you won’t have any regrets or guilt. For more information about Phase 3 HCG diet tips or to speak to a medical provider about the diet now, click here to contact Nu Image Medical.

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HCG versus HGH for Weight Loss

HCG versus HGH for Weight LossHCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and HGH (human growth hormone) are two very different hormones and each has a substantially different effect on the body. There has been some confusion about some of the differences between HGH and HCG, and confusion about how the hormones should be used. HGH is generally used for anti-aging treatments, while HCG is used as a diet hormone. Both of these hormones have some medical uses that we will discuss in this article, but they are both used for off label purposes as well. If you have wondered about the main differences of HCG versus HGH, keep reading and learn about the main differences and what each hormone can do for you. At Nu Image Medical we offer a Sermorelin (HGH) anti-aging program as well as an HCG diet program, and if you have any questions at all about either hormone our medical providers can also speak to you.

HCG versus HGH for Weight Loss

HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy, and it helps the developing fetus grow by providing energy from the moment of conception onward. HGH is a hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland throughout life that has a wide range of different metabolic and growth effects on the body. HCG is produced by females normally, while both men and women produce HGH at varying levels throughout life. There has been some confusion about which hormone is best for weight loss. HCG is without a doubt better for weight loss than HGH, and in the vast majority of cases you should use HCG for weight loss unless otherwise prescribed by your medical doctor. The diets for each hormone are also substantially different; with HGH you don’t need to follow a strict diet at all to lose a small amount of weight, but with HCG you will need to follow a relatively strict diet.

HCG requires a strict very low calorie diet

In order for HCG to cause the fastest amount of weight loss, it requires a very strict very low calorie diet. The hormone makes the very low calorie diet tolerable by helping the body metabolize abnormal fat. The primary source of energy during the low calorie diet is abnormal fat, which is why the rapid weight loss occurs. Taking HCG alone will not necessarily lead to weight loss. HCG is proven to cause faster weight loss when injected while on a very low calorie diet rather than simply following the diet without the hormone injections. HCG helps the body specifically metabolize excess fat, and when it’s injected regularly during a low calorie diet it causes very fast weight loss. There are requirements to the diet that must be followed in order to not interfere with the functionality of the hormone, which is why Dr. Simeons came up with a strict diet protocol for the hormone diet.

HGH causes some weight loss

HGH is proven to cause weight loss by itself without any extra effort required. This effect has been seen in many clinical studies. One clinical study found that HGH accelerated weight loss by up to 25% when all other factors were the same between two groups of people. The hormone causes the body to metabolize fat, and it helps the body maintain muscle mass while burning fat. It can make exercise more effective as well, especially for people who are deficient in the hormone. Those who don’t have a real HGH deficiency may not see a major weight loss effect, because the body’s metabolism slows down when HGH declines as a result of age or other factors. Restoring the lost hormone helps the body restore its normal metabolism more than boosting it.

This is not to say that HGH can’t have a metabolism improving effect for people who are not deficient. This is one reason why some people use it as performance enhancer, especially in lieu of testosterone. However, it should be noted that the metabolism boosting effect is very minimal compared to human chorionic gonadotropin. Studies have found that long term use of HGH can result in about 5 to 10 pounds of weight loss as well as an increase or maintenance of lean body mass. This effect is notable but pales in comparison to the rapid and drastic weight loss that HCG can have. HCG works much more quickly for the specific purpose of weight loss compared to HGH, and the vast majority of people would benefit from trying the HCG diet if their goal is to lose weight.

If you have an HGH deficiency you should correct it

If you have an HGH deficiency you should definitely talk to a medical doctor and get that taken care of first before trying the HCG diet. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have an HGH deficiency be sure to contact Nu Image Medical, as we can arrange a blood test to check your hormone levels. Many people over the age of 30 have some level of HGH deficiency, and a lot more people aged 40 or older will have a deficiency. Deficiencies are not as common in younger people but do occur occasionally. If you have a human growth hormone deficiency, chances are that you will lose some weight just from Sermorelin therapy, but don’t expect a ton of weight loss.

HCG works much better for burning abnormal fat

HCG is quite simply the best hormone for the specific purpose of weight loss. Although most patients will lose a small amount of lean body mass, the amount that is lost is minimal because HCG protects muscle mass from metabolism in a similar way as HGH. On a three week diet you can expect to lose anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds maximum, and on the three week diet you can lose about 15 to 40 pounds. This rapid weight loss is simply not seen with HGH, and the most important thing is that the weight loss is safe with HCG. HGH is not proven to cause rapid weight loss, however it can be useful for adding muscle mass, especially if you have a deficiency. Trying a round of the HCG diet only requires six weeks of your time and it is well worth the effort as many people see incredible results.

The HCG diet is safe and clinically proven

Trying a round of the HCG diet is perfectly safe for the majority of people, and you can get a screening at Nu Image Medical anytime if you are wondering if the diet is right for you. Don’t rely on the new HGH diets that are out there; many of them are unsafe and largely unproven. Also, they often sell you hormones that are produced at some very shady sources, and the hormones can be potentially dangerous to your health. HGH diets are not based on any scientific or clinical evidence and they are very likely to not work for you. The HCG diet has been used for over 50 years and hundreds of thousands of patients have had success with the diet. If you want to try a clinically proven diet that is certain to help you lose weight, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today about how to get started with a round of the HCG diet.

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Is the HCG Online Program Effective?

Tis-the-hcg-online-program-effectivehere is some debate over whether or not the HCG online program options that are currently available are more effective than clinical programs. There are a wide range of different HCG diet programs and with so many options it can be confusing as to which ones are better in quality and which ones you might want to choose if you do decide to go the online route. In many cases it can be better to choose a local diet from a clinic, but there are several quality online options that you might want to try, such as the program available at Nu Image Medical. Don’t let your fear of online diet program dissuade you from trying the HCG diet program at Nu Image Medical. Our program is perfectly safe and has full medical supervision and a medical evaluation at the start of the diet. Every patient is carefully screened to ensure that the diet is perfectly safe for them, and the quality of the diet is on par with what you would get at a local clinic.

Local clinics are a good option but costly

The HCG diet programs that you might find at a local clinic can be a great option for you, but they are expensive. Many local clinics will charge you hundreds of dollars for every visit to the clinic, and by the time that you’ve completed one round of the diet you can spend over a thousand dollars easily. It’s also incredibly time consuming to have to drive back and forth to the clinic for injections, and most clinics don’t offer a home diet program. The amount of money that you can spend at a clinic can be substantial just for one round, and even if you get through one round of the diet you might be less likely to repeat the diet because of how costly it can be.

The HCG diet doesn’t need to be supervised every day

The HCG diet is unique because it doesn’t need to be medically supervised during every day of the diet, unless it is a clinically supervised diet or in other special circumstances. The diet is perfectly safe for the vast majority of patients to attempt on their own while they are at home. You don’t need constant medical supervision to safely try the diet, however you do need to have a medical consultation at the start of the diet. Every patient is different, and some people have unique conditions that must be taken into account before they start the diet. Although rare, the diet may be modified for some patients, particularly those who cannot eat some of the HCG diet foods and who need alternatives.

Don’t just pick any online diet program

You don’t want to just pick any online diet program out there. There are hundreds of HCG diet scams and low quality diets that can be very dangerous for you to attempt. The lower quality HCG diet programs often sell you hormone products from highly questionable sources and don’t offer any form of medical supervision with their diets. Their hormones are often contaminated with unknown chemicals, or you may not even get any real hormone at all. Always choose a diet program that has licensed medical providers on staff, and a diet program that uses a real licensed pharmacy to obtain their hormones. Nu Image Medical is one of the leading online HCG diet programs and is widely trusted because of our experience with the diet, the fact that we are a licensed medical clinic, our professional staff, and the quality of our hormone products and other diet products.

Get a medical consultation before you try the diet

You need a medical evaluation prior to starting this diet because there may need to be adjustments as previously mentioned, or the diet may not be safe for you to attempt. In order to attempt the diet you need to have a sufficient amount of excess weight to lose, because the diet relies on the breakdown of abnormal fat as a primary energy source. People who have less weight to lose than the minimum (with the minimum being determined by your medical provider based on your age, sex and other factors) may need to try a secondary option that isn’t as drastic such as the Ultra Burn injections. At Nu Image Medical your medical provider will always advise you of the safest and most effective option, as patient safety is our number one priority. Many other companies don’t have any type of safety protocols and will put you at risk by always recommending the diet even if the diet isn’t a good option for you.

You can safely inject the hormone at home

Some patients are concerned about injecting the hormone at home, but there is no need to be worried about this. For patients who would rather not deal with any injections at all, there are HCG diet drops available. The sublingual drops work in the same way as the injections, although they aren’t quite as immediate in their effect and you need to take a slightly higher dosage to account for the less efficient absorption. The injections are administered via a tiny needle and the injections are virtually painless. We offer each patient full training on how to self-inject the hormone, and the injection protocol is incredibly simple and nothing to be concerned about.

A quality online HCG diet program is cost effective

A main reason why you should try an online HCG diet program is because it is simply much more cost effective compared to the programs available at local clinics. You will usually save hundreds of dollars and you will be able to repeat the diet several times in a row. If you plan on repeating the diet more than one time you will definitely want to try the online program which can be easily repeated without spending nearly as much money as you would at a clinic. You don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars in order to get thin, as the HCG diet program at Nu Image Medical truly offers the best of both worlds: a low priced program with the quality of a clinically supervised diet.

If you have any concerns about the online program, contact Nu Image Medical today

If you are concerned at all about the online program compared to a clinically supervised diet, you should speak to one of the medical providers at Nu Image Medical today. Your provider will address your concerns and answer your questions so that you are comfortable and knowledgeable prior to starting the diet. We always want you to be confident before starting the diet and answer all of your questions completely. The online diet program that we offer at Nu Image Medical is truly one of a kind, as there are few if any other clinics that sell a similar program with the same focus on quality and professionalism that we have. You will get the same results as you would from a local clinic if not better, and you will save a lot more money as well as the time it takes to travel back and forth. If you have any questions at all about the online HCG diet program offered at Nu Image Medical, contact us today for more information.

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The Health Benefits of HCG Approved Foods

health-benefits-of-hcg-diet-foodsHCG approved foods are the foods that are allowable while on the HCG diet, and these foods were carefully selected by the diet’s creator, Dr. Simeons, because of their many health benefits and weight loss benefits. HCG approved foods are rich with vitamins and minerals and are satisfying and filling, and most importantly they are low in calories and fat-free or very low in fat. These foods are designed to help you lose the maximum amount of weight while on the three or six week very low calorie diet, and if you stick to eating them you are very likely to lose the most weight that you’ve ever lost in your life in such a short period of time. The health benefits of these foods are many, and when you try a round of the HCG diet you will very likely notice a difference in your health during and after the diet is over.

All of the HCG diet foods are low calorie

HCG diet foods were purposely selected to be very low in calories per serving. The fruits and vegetables that are allowed on the diet have a low calorie and sugar content so that dieters can have large servings without adding very many calories into their diet. The portion sizes for protein are carefully selected so that two servings per day won’t exceed 500 to 550 calories (with the fruit and vegetable servings included), and the protein options are also low in fat and calories. In general, the vegetable options have the lowest amount of calories per serving while the fruit and protein choices are slightly higher, but you should check the calorie content of every food that you eat on the diet and carefully measure your servings. The low calorie foods make the diet easy to complete when combined with the hormone.

HCG diet foods have a detoxifying effect

Many of the foods on the HCG diet can have a detoxifying effect and help clean up free radicals, toxins, chemicals and other harmful compounds that can build up in your body after eating a poor diet for a long period of time. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and grapefruit, all of which are allowed on the HCG diet are rich in vitamin C which is a potent anti-oxidant, and citrus fruits are normally included with any detox protocol. Other foods like cabbage and spinach also help clear up free radicals in the body and are rich in fiber which helps to clean the digestive system. In general, taking a break from low quality processed food will give your body a chance to rest and reset, and your metabolism and digestive system will benefit from the break.

HCG diet vegetables are excellent for losing weight

The vegetable options on the HCG diet like cabbage, lettuce, spinach, greens, fennel, cucumber, and asparagus are all high in fiber and very filling in spite of being low in calories. It may even seem to some that the 500 calorie limit per day is too low, but the vegetable servings on the diet make this low calorie limit easy to handle. Eating two servings of these vegetables will keep you full throughout the day, combined with the fruit and protein. The vegetables also help detox the body and are a great source of minerals and vitamins as well as antioxidants. None of the allowed vegetables interfere with the effectiveness of the hormone, which is important. The hormone burns enough calories from abnormal fat to keep your energy levels high, and combined with the HCG diet vegetables you will lose weight very quickly while resetting your fat metabolism.

HCG diet proteins also help you lose weight

The protein choices that you are allowed on the HCG diet are all low in fat and great options for losing weight. The diet only allows low fat protein sources because some of the higher fat options can cause weight gain and interfere with the hormone. The proteins on the diet have a high protein content per serving, and just a small 3.5 ounce serving of each one is enough to keep you full during the diet. The portion sizes are carefully controlled and combined with the HCG diet fruits and vegetables so that each meal is balanced and satisfying while also not being too high in calories. You do have to stick to the list of approved protein options on the HCG diet, but as long as you do this you will lose weight much faster than you would eating higher fat protein sources, and if you stick to these protein sources after the diet is finished it can be beneficial for losing weight in the long term.

HCG diet fruits are filling and detox the body

As previously mentioned, grapefruit oranges and lemons are excellent for weight loss and can help reset your fat metabolism. Apples and strawberries are also allowed on the diet, and both of these fruits have also been shown to have a detoxifying effect. Strawberries are rich in anti-oxidants along with many other berries, and their high fiber content helps to keep you full. Green apples are also a beneficial detoxifying food, and they are used as a plateau breaker because of this effect, but you can also eat them during the diet to improve your fat metabolism. The high fiber content in apples is very satisfying, and there are dozens of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals in apples. The soluble fiber in HCG diet fruits can help remove harmful compounds and metals from the body, and they will help your body recover quickly from any metabolic damage that you may have as the result of a poor diet.

Avoid adding in processed foods

Although the HCG diet foods are all excellent for your health, you will need to completely avoid any processed forms of these foods to really have the best results on the diet. For example you can find oranges and apples that have been preserved or otherwise processed, but this won’t work with the HCG diet and any additives can cause serious problems with your weight loss or affect the hormone. You have to be extra vigilant on the diet and completely avoid any foods that have additives. Essentially, you will want to buy all of your HCG diet foods as whole foods, and although you might have to shop once or twice a week, you won’t have to worry about any harmful effects of eating processed foods.

Get familiar with the food list before you start

It’s important to get familiar with the HCG diet food list before you start the diet. You don’t have to know all of the health benefits of these foods, but learning about which foods are allowed and which foods are prohibited will certainly help you get through the diet successfully. Spend a few hours to read the protocol thoroughly and make a list of the allowable foods, and also experiment with some recipes before you start the diet. If you don’t think that you can find the foods that you need locally, you can always purchase our HCG diet food delivery program, which is an affordable and convenient way to get all of your HCG diet meals delivered to your home.

Stick to organic varieties

Organic HCG diet foods are always the best option for the diet. This can be difficult to find all of the time, but it’s more important to find organic vegetables and fruits. The general guideline is that if the skin of the vegetable or fruit is edible, you will definitely want to buy it organic. This includes most of the HCG diet vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, radishes, and cucumbers (if you eat the skin), as well as strawberries and apples.

When it comes to HCG diet protein choices, most of the fish are perfectly fine to eat no matter what type you buy, but you usually will want to avoid any farm raised options and stick to wild caught fish. Try to stick to organic beef, veal and chicken, because the hormones and additives in non-organic varieties can potentially interfere with the HCG hormone and cause problems with your weight loss. The effort that you put into finding organic foods will be well worth it because it really does make a difference with the speed of your weight loss, and you will likely avoid any problems or plateaus on the diet when you stick to organic, whole foods throughout phase 2 and phase 3. For more information about the HCG diet or start a round today, click here to order it now.

 

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Basil, Cucumber and Strawberry Salad

Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Basil, Cucumber and Strawberry SaladThis is a perfect recipe for a snack or a quick meal on the HCG diet, and because it is so low in calories you can have several servings without much guilt. If you eat a full HCG diet serving of one cup of cucumbers with 7-8 strawberries you will be very full, and it is very easy to make, taking just about 10 minutes to prepare and have ready. You can make this recipe in a pinch if you need a fast meal on the diet, and it still leaves you with an extra protein serving that you can add into your dinner or eat as a separate meal during the day.

Try to use organic strawberries and cucumbers with this recipe to avoid any harmful pesticides that can interfere with the hormone or cause metabolic issues. This recipe is for two servings of the salad, and it can be adjusted up or down as needed very easily. This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator and it will last for about 48 hours maximum, so it can be used as a next day meal. Adjust the Stevia to taste and start with a few drops and adjust it at the last step of the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 15 medium strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 cups of cucumbers, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 to 4 drops of stevia
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. fresh basil, sliced thinly

Directions:

  • Seed and peel cucumbers and slice into thin slices.
  • Add strawberries vinegar stevia and basil together.
  • Toss and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Add cucumber and lemon juice and toss and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Mix cucumbers with strawberry mixture and toss.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 50

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Can You Buy HCG in Stores?

can-you-buy-hcg-in-storesHCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone that is injected daily as a requirement of the HCG diet and used for certain medical treatments. With the increased popularity of the diet in recent years, there have been several companies that have started to sell the hormone without a prescription. Many of these companies are doing so unethically and in some cases illegally. Homeopathic HCG
was made illegal by the FDA in 2011, however prescription HCG remained legal. The hormone is perfectly legal to use with the prescription of a medical doctor, however many stores have decided to sell the hormone or a low quality version of it to people without any medical supervision or licensed medical providers on staff. These companies put their patients at risk because no hormone should be sold without an appropriate medical evaluation prior to issuing a prescription. Several negative experiences from the diet have resulted from obtaining the hormone from an unlicensed provider, and these experiences could easily be avoided simply by purchasing the hormone from a legitimate company.

You cannot buy HCG in stores

Anyone who is interested in buying HCG should know that you cannot actually buy the real hormone in stores. Again, any product with the label homeopathic HCG cannot be sold legally anywhere, but you will find stores that claim to sell regular HCG. These products are not technically illegal, however they are certainly potentially dangerous to your health. Most of these companies sell hormone products that were produced at overseas facilities with no quality control measures in place. Real human chorionic gonadotropin can only be purchased at a licensed medical clinic like Nu Image Medical after the patient has had a review of their medical history and physical health. The quality and the purity of the hormone will also be substantially better than any hormone product sold at unlicensed stores.

Hormones purchased at unlicensed stores are unsafe to use

It is important to know that any hormones purchased at unlicensed stores are unsafe to use and can result in serious potential health consequences. Some of the negative stories that you may have heard regarding hormones are very likely the result of buying them from unlicensed sources. The potency and quality of hormones must be carefully controlled at pharmacies with the appropriate equipment and sterile production techniques. Unlicensed stores will sell hormones that have been produced with little or no oversight regarding ingredient purity, sterile production or other safety precautions. People really have no idea what they are buying when they purchase one of their hormone products, and all too often the product isn’t at the purity that they need. Simply put, their products are dangerous and it isn’t worth the few dollars of savings compared to a licensed clinic.

The best and safest way to buy HCG is from a clinic

Without a doubt, the safest and best way to buy HCG is from a licensed clinic with the appropriate licensed pharmacy that supplies the hormone. At Nu Image Medical and other licensed clinics we have a medical provider review the history of every patient to ensure that the hormone and diet are both safe for them. Any concerns about the patient’s medical status is discussed at the start of the diet, and every proper safety protocol is followed. Patients are also free to ask their medical provider any questions or concerns that they have about the diet or about using the hormone, which isn’t an option at unlicensed hormone providers. A licensed clinic will always make the diet safe for every patient and those who shouldn’t attempt the diet will be advised before they buy the hormone.

Unlicensed stores are in it for the money

The unlicensed stores that sell the hormone are simply doing so for the money, and they are not at all concerned about the safety of their patients or even their reputation. Many of these companies are only in business for a year or two and break a law and get shut down. If they had any concern about their patients at all they would hire the appropriate medical staff, use a licensed pharmacy source and do things the right way. Instead they hope to make a quick dollar from the excitement surrounding the HCG diet. Companies with such a disregard for their customers cannot be considered trustworthy, and anyone who buys their products is taking a significant risk with their health.

The FDA may make the unlicensed sale of HCG illegal

The FDA made homeopathic HCG illegal because of the prevalence of these companies, and it is possible that they may outlaw the sale of HCG from unlicensed stores if the trend continues. The recklessness of these companies has become a source of concern for the FDA and they may end up taking further action to protect consumers. HCG is not approved for any over the counter usage, because of the fact that it is a hormone and can only safely be administered by a medical provider with an understanding of how the hormone works and the caveats for each individual patient. The FDA has the obligation of trying to protect and warn consumers, however there will always likely be illegal HCG products being sold online with how easy it is to throw up an online storefront and start selling unsafe hormone products. No matter what, you can’t go wrong buying the hormone from a legitimate provider like Nu Image Medical, as we use a licensed pharmacy to supply all of our hormones.

Very low calorie diets require medical oversight

The other major issue with most of the companies that sell the hormone and diet is the fact that they don’t have any medical providers to oversee the patients as they complete the diet. There are a wide range of different medical concerns that can arise as a patient is completing the diet, in spite of the general safety of the original diet protocol. Very low calorie diets such as the HCG diet are regularly prescribed to treat obesity but they always require a medical professional on staff to make sure that the diet is safe before a patient attempts it. At Nu Image Medical we provide medical oversight during the critical first week of the diet as well as extra support if it is needed, but unlicensed stores rarely if ever offer this, and some patients risk their health by trying a diet that they really shouldn’t.

The risk to your health isn’t worth it

Often times the cost of an unlicensed hormone diet program will be similar to what you would pay at a licensed provider. Even if you save a substantial amount of money it’s not worth having to go to the doctor anyway to treat a complication or health problem that occurs from a low quality hormone product. Providers like Nu Image Medical have been able to both offer a convenient and afford shipped to home version of the diet while still offering full medical oversight and ensuring that the quality and professionalism of our diet program is on par with what you would get at a local clinic. The benefits of the diet are many but you do need to take the precaution to purchase it only from a well-known and experienced provider that only uses legitimate pharmacy sources and that has the medical staff to approve and review each patient individually. If you want to buy HCG from a legitimate provider that is guaranteed to be pure and safe, contact Nu Image Medical today for more information about our HCG diet and hormone products.

 

 

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HCG Diet Frequently Asked Questions

hcg-diet-frequently-asked-questionsWith the increased interest in the HCG diet there have been several questions about its safety and other aspects of the diet from interested dieters. The diet has proven to be one of the safest and fastest ways to lose a large amount of weight, but with so many different HCG diet providers out there it can be confusing for new patients to find a high quality provider that they can trust. At Nu Image Medical we have several years of combined experience with administering the diet, and we are a licensed provider of the diet. We can answer your questions if you are interested in the diet. Those who have been on the fence about trying the diet should review some of these HCG diet frequently asked questions to see if they address your concerns.

What is HCG?

HCG is a natural hormone and is the acronym for human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is produced by the placenta during pregnancy, and the presence of the hormone in the body indicates pregnancy. The hormone has several functions during pregnancy including protecting the developing fetus and ensuring that it has sufficient caloric energy during the period of time when the mother may not be aware of her pregnancy. The hormone supplies the extra energy by metabolizing excess fat, and it is through this same mechanism that both male and female dieters can lose weight when the hormone is combined with a very low calorie diet. The weight loss occurs for both men and women because the hormone can metabolize fat in both men and women, however there are no negative effects on men. The dosage that is used for the diet is much lower than what is normally produced during pregnancy, and the hormone can be supplied to the body through HCG injections or sublingual drops.

Who created the HCG diet?

The HCG diet was created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, a British endocrinologist in the 1950s. The diet started off as a series of clinical trials at a hospital in Rome and other locations. Dr. Simeons found that injections of HCG combined with a very low calorie diet that consisted of mostly vegetables, a few fruit choices and lean protein was highly effective at helping obese patients lose weight. He found that HCG targeted abnormal fat while preserving lean muscle mass, and he published his findings in the 1954 manuscript “Pounds and Inches”. Since the manuscript was published, the HCG diet came into being and it has been used since the 1950s for weight loss through a variety of different programs and protocols. Some of the current programs like Nu Image Medical’adhere to the original Simeons protocol which is still considered to be the safest and most clinically proven HCG diet protocol available.

Is the HCG diet safe?

The HCG diet has been used for over 6 decades and has continually proven to be safe. The diet is not linked to any short or long term negative health effects, and most patients see a dramatic improvement with their health after the diet is completed. Clinical studies on the diet have found that it is safe for participants and that it can result in weight loss of up to 15 to 40 or more pounds, and the low dose of the hormone has not been associated with any harmful effects. The only real danger associated with the diet is the fact that there are several online providers that sell the diet without any licensed medical providers on their staff. Patients need to be prescreened prior to starting the diet to ensure that the diet is safe for them, but the vast majority of patients with excess weight to lose can safely try the diet.

Are there side effects for men?

There are no unique side effects for men, even though HCG is normally produced by the female body. Men tolerate both the hormone and the diet quite well, and it can actually have a wide range of positive effects including improved libido and fertility and higher energy levels. A medically approved use of HCG is to improve sperm count for men because of its similarities to luteinizing hormone (LH), and the amount of hormone used for this treatment is significantly higher than the amount used for the HCG diet. The amount that is used for the diet is so low that there are no significant effects in general. The amount used for the diet is the bare minimum to get the metabolic fat burning effects of the hormone without having to worry about any other effects. Tens of thousands of men have had the same weight loss results as women while trying the diet, and no studies have shown that the hormone or the diet is dangerous in any way for men or that there are any unique side effects that only men experience.

Does the diet really work?

The human chorionic gonadotropin diet has proven to work time and time again, and the vast majority of people who try the diet have success with it. Some people require multiple rounds of the diet to achieve their weight loss goals, however just one round of the diet can result in weight loss of up to 40 pounds (for the six week diet). The diet is not guaranteed to work unless the patient adheres to every requirement of the protocol. Although the protocol can be challenging during the first week of the diet, the hormone makes it much easier to complete and as long as the protocol is followed as closely as possible, most patients can expect to see some degree of weight loss if not substantial weight loss.

Was the HCG diet banned by the FDA in 2011?

The HCG diet was not actually banned in 2011; however the FDA did make homeopathic HCG products illegal. Homeopathic HCG products are defined as any over the counter products that had the label “homeopathic”; these products were being marketed as effective weight loss aids when in actuality they were not effective at all and some of them had dangerous or inert ingredients. The FDA cracked down on these products because of their false claims, however the actual diet was not ever made illegal. There is a major difference between pure pharmaceutical grade HCG and “homeopathic” HCG – homeopathic HCG isn’t really HCG at all and is an illegal product, while pure pharmaceutical grade HCG is real and is still perfectly legal to use off label for weight loss with the prescription of a licensed medical provider. Any company that is still selling homeopathic HCG is doing so illegally, but there has never been a problem with legitimate providers of the hormone and diet.

Do you need to exercise on the HCG diet?

There is no exercise required on the diet, since it is a very low calorie diet with a maximum daily calorie intake of about 500 to 550 calories per day. This low calorie intake is offset by the hormone since it helps the body burn up to 2,000 calories per day in abnormal fat, so no exercise is needed in order to lose weight on the diet. Exercise is actually prohibited on the diet outside of normal daily activity. Strenuous activities should also be avoided if at all possible during Phase 2 of the diet (the very low calorie diet), however people with physically demanding jobs may need to alter the protein intake of the diet based on the recommendation of a medical professional.

 

 

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