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How to Burn Fat Without Losing Muscle

burn fat without losing muscle 300x201 How to Burn Fat Without Losing MuscleThe worst thing you can do is lose your hard earned muscle whenever you start on a new diet. It takes several weeks to months to put on just one pound of lean body mass, and whenever you go on a cutting routine or use a diet like the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) diet you want to do everything that you can to preserve your hard earned muscle.

Significant muscle loss is a common consequence of most diets and weight loss plans. This is because they fail to take into account the dietary and metabolic requirements needed to maintain lean body mass while metabolizing fat.

Some diets require exercise while you are limited to low calories or a low carb intake. This is always a bad idea as your body will readily burn muscle once it goes into starvation mode and your glycogen stores are burned up.

You never want to lose muscle when you go on any fat burning routine, including a hormone diet or other diets. The human chorionic gonadotropin diet is designed to maintain your lean body mass because the hormone metabolizes fat specifically and alters your metabolize to prefer stored fat as the main source of fuel.

Be sure to eat enough protein to burn fat without losing muscle

The HCG hormone diet includes two servings of protein every day and protein is an essential part of the diet in order to maintain muscle mass. Your lean muscle mass is maintained when you add a sufficient amount of protein to every meal.

This is what separates the HCG diet apart from many other diets. Every protein serving is 100 grams in weight, which translates to about 25 to 30 grams of protein per serving, and Nu Image Medical also sells HCG meal replacement packs which can be used for part of your protein intake on the diet. The packs have 26 grams of protein per serving with just 110 calories, so if you were to use them as a meal replacement or a snack it would be helpful for maintaining muscle mass.

Other diets may not have a sufficient amount of protein to maintain lean muscle mass when restricting calories or carbohydrate intake.

Be sure to stay at least moderately active when dieting

You should never be completely sedentary, even when you are on the HCG diet. Although the diet allows you to lose weight without exercising at all, the recommendation is that you maintain at least a moderate level of activity with walking or light swimming. This level of activity keeps your muscles active and stimulates them to prevent them from breaking down while you diet.

Even though the hormone diet is just a few weeks you can still lose some muscle mass if you don’t move around at least a little bit. With other diets it even more important that you exercise a little because you will not have the metabolic benefits that the HCG hormone provides you with.

Other diets may reduce your caloric intake without giving you a supplement like HCG that can help offset the calorie loss or recommending enough protein to maintain your muscle. As a result of a calorie deficit your body starts to burn muscle by converting it into glucose. Basically, if you know that you have a calorie deficit compared to your normal daily caloric intake (you can look this up online based on your body weight and sex), you need to be sure you are eating enough protein and being moderately active.

Don’t overexert yourself or weight train

If you overexert yourself and train too hard while dieting, you will inevitable lose muscle mass and get the opposite effect that you would expect. When you break down muscle without having a sufficient level of calories and nutrients, your body doesn’t have what it needs to recover quickly. Dieting inevitably reduces the nutrients you have available and your energy levels – when you participate in intensive workout sessions you need carbohydrates protein and fat to supply you with a constant supply of energy

It’s just not worth it to work out extensively when you are dieting. You can actually lose strength because your body won’t have enough protein to rebuild your muscle. With any training program, even for diets with moderately reduced calories, you should focus on maintaining your muscle strength, not building muscle. Intensive workout sessions are not necessary for you to maintain your muscle.

If you try to maintain your normal workout routine while dieting you’ll find that you just don’t have the energy to get through your workouts like you normally do. Your reps will be fewer, you won’t be able to lift as much weight, and you will feel groggy or even sick throughout the workout. It doesn’t sound like fun, and it isn’t necessary when you are just trying to lose body fat.

Just stick to a moderate exercise routine; scale down your exercise dramatically if you are on the HCG diet. If you are on a bodybuilding cutting cycle in the majority of cases you should reduce the frequency and intensity of your workout sessions.

Use a diet that doesn’t last too long

The human chorionic gonadotropin diet is perfect for fat loss simply because it doesn’t last long enough to reduce your muscle mass dramatically, but it is effective enough to reduce body fat in just three to six weeks. If you stay on a diet for an extended period of time, say several months, you are far more likely to lose a huge amount of muscle.

The human chorionic gonadotropin diet is a great option because it lets you get back into resistance training right after the three or six week diet is finished. As soon as you finish the very low calorie diet phase you can begin building your muscle back up again. It’s a great option for anyone looking to cut down body fat while preserving as much muscle as possible, and the fact that it takes such a short period of time is a great incentive to start. For more information on the other benefits of the HCG diet, click here.


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Why You Should Never Buy HCG without a Prescription

Wbuy hcg without a prescription Why You Should Never Buy HCG without a Prescriptionith the popularity of the HCG diet there are plenty of online providers that allow you to buy HCG without a prescription. Some people have used these providers with their promises of lower prices but there are serious risks when purchasing HCG or any hormone without a prescription.

When you buy a hormone without a prescription you are not getting the proper medical clearance that is necessary before starting on any drug or hormone. HCG is safe to use as long as it is pharmaceutical grade and bought from a licensed pharmacy, but no legitimate pharmacy will sell you the hormone without the approval of a licensed medical provider.

No legitimate provider will let you buy HCG without a prescription

The pharmacies that let you buy HCG without a prescription are not operating ethically or legally in some cases, and it is very possible that they will sell you a product that is impure or one that contains potentially dangerous additives.

The FDA warns against buying medicines from online providers that do not require a prescription. In one case the FDA purchased Tamiflu (oseltamivir) from online retailers to test the product out. When the order was analyzed, it was found to contain acetaminophen and none of the active ingredient that was requested.

Since illegitimate pharmacies do not have any FDA regulation or other regulation over them, there is nothing stopping them from selling you products that have no active ingredient, or too much or too little of the active ingredient, dangerous ingredients, or the wrong active ingredient.

The FDA and the Board of Pharmacy for each state has specific guidelines on the production of medications, and these guidelines have been developed through years of research and medical knowledge. Licensed pharmacies produce their medications using these guidelines and with the oversight of professional pharmacists. There is no way for an unlicensed pharmacy to be able to produce medicines with the same quality and safety guidelines of a legitimate pharmacy.

You won’t have any idea where the drug is produced

In another notable case, people who were looking for Xanax, Ativan, Lexapro and Ambien purchased drugs from a pharmacy that had foreign produced Haldol, an anti-psychotic drug, and they were hospitalized due to the side effects of the medication. The FDA did not know where the Haldol was produced and it may have also been produced using unsafe techniques.

Many unlicensed providers will sell you a product that is created in a foreign country even though they may claim that it is produced in the United States. In most cases they will also sell you the product without asking for a doctor’s recommendation or prescription, which should always be a red flag that the company may not be legit.

The product may not be sterile

Another primary concern about medications sold from unlicensed pharmacies is that they may be contaminated. The techniques that these pharmacies use to create their products can be very dangerous and expose the product to bacteria, fungi and other pathogens, which can be very dangerous and result in infections, illness and other serious complications.

Any hormone or HCG product must be carefully produced using sterile techniques with the proper facilities. Unlicensed pharmacies usually don’t even have the proper equipment and facilities to safely produce hormone injections, drops or pills, so even if they wanted to abide by the proper safety protocols they wouldn’t be able to.

How to find a trustworthy pharmacy when you buy HCG online

Any trustworthy pharmacy will always request a prescription or the recommendation of licensed medical provider before selling you any drug. They should also offer you contact information so that you can speak with a pharmacist or medical representative and ask questions about using the hormone or drug. Trustworthy pharmacies will also give you detailed instructions on how to use HCG injections or drops. The pharmacy should also be located within the United States.

The pharmacy that Nu Image Medical uses to produce its HCG injections and other products is located in the U.S. and has licensed pharmacists and medical providers on staff to answer questions. The purity of our product is guaranteed and we have the certification and testing from an independent lab to prove this. All of our medications are produced using the safest sterile techniques. Although the price of HCG from Nu Image Medical may be slightly higher than unlicensed pharmacies, it is well worth the peace of mind to know that you are actually purchasing the pure hormone and for the detailed instructions that you get.

If you use an unlicensed pharmacy there are obviously the risks that are described above, but another important thing to consider is that you will never be able to ask any questions on the diet or how to use the hormone. This is a huge disadvantage as there are many aspects to the diet that need to be explained by medical professionals before you start on it, and there are safety requirements to ensure that you don’t take too much of the hormone or too little.

In most cases unlicensed pharmacies will sell you the hormone without any information about how to diet with it, leaving you to have to research the diet and come up with a protocol on your own, which is risky as well. The diet is very specific and the diet instructions that Nu Image Medical and any other legitimate pharmacy uses should be based on the Simeons protocol which has the right proportion of nutrients and the proper requirements to ensure that the hormone works and that you can complete the diet safely.

At Nu Image you will always receive detailed instructions on how to use your HCG product and of course you will get a detailed diet protocol as well as supplementary information such as recipes to help you through the diet. The extra services and support that we provide you with is well worth the price of the diet and the hormone, and it is far less expensive than what you would have to pay locally.

So to avoid some serious health risks, don’t buy HCG without a prescription and always try to use a licensed provider like Nu Image Medical when you decide to go on the HCG diet.  You can find more information on how to get started with the HCG diet here, or you can speak with a medical professional to ask any questions about the diet.



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Does the HCG Diet Plan Really Work?

does the hcg diet plan really work 300x193 Does the HCG Diet Plan Really Work?If you’ve heard of the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet, you may know that it is somewhat controversial and the truth is that there are a lot of misconceptions about it. So, does the HCG diet plan really work? The answer is definitely yes, as long as the right people are administering the diet.

The diet is based on solid clinical evidence and it has been used for over 50 years to treat obesity in medical settings, and more recently as a weight loss treatment. Although the diet is safe and effective, and has a mountain of evidence supporting its effectiveness, there are still some doubters that question the diet’s safety and effectiveness.

Does the HCG diet plan really work for fat loss?

There is almost no question that the HCG diet causes rapid weight loss. Virtually everyone who tries the diet even for the minimum of 23 days experiences weight loss at what seems like an incredible rate. Many report losing a pound per day, and by the time the diet is finished the change in the person’s appearance and body structure can be dramatic.

How does the HCG diet plan really work?

The diet uses a calorie deficit to create a moderate ketogenic metabolic state where fat is used primarily for energy. Only 500 calories are allowed per day, but the hormone is a critical component of the diet because it suppresses the appetite and “unlocks” abnormal fat to be metabolized. Without the hormone a diet that is so low in calories is very difficult to tolerate and can even be dangerous.

The diet is safe regardless of what you may have read

At Nu Image Medical we thoroughly screen every potential HCG dieter to ensure that the diet is perfectly safe for them. Almost everyone who receives a consultation for the diet is approved, because there are simply very few risks associated with it.

There are occasionally various symptoms that people experience while on the diet such as constipation, headaches, nausea, cramps, and fatigue, and those symptoms usually resolve within the first week of the diet. The symptoms are not permanent, and they are usually the result of the body shifting into a ketogenic state, which can cause a minor “keto flu” where headaches and minor flu-like symptoms are experienced for a few days.

Also, the hormone is given in such a small amount over such a short period of time that it does not have the potential to cause any long term effects, and there is nothing to suggest that it has any harmful short term effects either. The hormone is actually used as a fertility treatment for both men and women. HCG in men causes an increase in testosterone production which has many benefits.

Dealing with HCG symptoms

As mentioned before, the diet results in a mild ketogenic state where the body begins metabolizing fat primarily for energy while relying on the basic 500 calories per day for vitamins and minerals. The symptoms that are associated with the “keto flu” often give the diet a bad name, but these symptoms are very mild in the vast majority of cases and only last for 4 days maximum.

They are the result of the body transitioning to a new nutrition source and making biochemical changes that result in fat burning. These symptoms are not the result of using the hormone, and they are not dangerous.

The temporary symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Mental fogginess
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Excess thirst
  • Leg cramps

To reduce these symptoms, dieters should drink as much water as they feasibly can – a minimum of about a half gallon to a gallon per day. This helps tremendously with the transition, and the body needs extra water to flush toxins and ketones out of the body as it begins breaking down excess fat.

Also, a good multi-vitamin should be taken every day and a non-sugar electrolyte drink may be necessary for those who have regular cramping. No matter what, these symptoms are not very common and once the first week has passed they should be gone. And these symptoms are certainly not a reason to avoid trying the human chorionic gonadotropin diet.

If you are concerned at all about the symptoms of the diet, at Nu Image Medical we have trained medical professionals on our staff who advise you during the first week and who can address any concerns you have about any symptoms. This is one of the main benefits of our service, and it is well worth the peace of mind to have real medical professionals available to guide you through the diet.

There are simply too many people who have experienced amazing weight loss results on the HCG diet who never had results with any of the diets or exercise routines that they tried in the past. With the potential to lose anywhere from 5 to 20 or more pounds within just three weeks, and more weight with the longer diet, there are a lot of reasons to try the diet and no logical reason to avoid it.

Illegitimate companies give the diet negative attention

The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of illegitimate HCG providers who sell the hormone without issuing a prescription, properly screening and advising patients, and who sell low quality and possibly tainted products that can be dangerous. These companies give the diet a bad name, as some people are turned off from the idea of trying the diet because they may have heard a bad story about a low quality HCG company.

Nu Image Medical is one of the most professional and experienced HCG diet companies in the world. We have a medical staff available to answer any of your questions, and we are one of the few companies that truly understand how the diet works.

We also only sell the diet after you have been prescribed the hormone by a medical doctor locally or from our staff, and we only use high quality licensed pharmacies to produce your hormone, to guarantee its purity and safety. Now … does the HCG diet plan really work? The answer should be clear to you now, but  if you still have questions, contact one of the staff members at Nu Image Medical for free information.


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How Homeopathic HCG Drops Differ From Injections

homeopathic hcg drops 300x201 How Homeopathic HCG Drops Differ From InjectionsMany HCG dieters wonder about the effectiveness of homeopathic HCG drops, as they are still widely available online and advertised extensively now that there is an increased interest in the diet. The fact is that homeopathic HCG has actually been banned by the FDA since late 2011, and technically should not be sold anywhere, although various companies do not care about the ruling and continue to sell the hormone illegally. Homeopathic HCG drops are not safely produced and do not actually contain the hormone in the vast majority of cases.

You can imagine that any company that would sell HCG illegally is probably not producing it ethically or with the property sanitary and medical standards necessary to safely create a hormone product. Several if not all of the companies that produce these products are from China, India or other overseas locations, and they produce the drops with little regard to standard safety procedures and sterile technique. You run the risk of getting infections, consuming toxic compounds, and other health dangers when you use these products.

Don’t take risks with homeopathic HCG drops

The risks to your health along with a good chance that the product doesn’t have any actual hormone are great reasons to avoid any homeopathic HCG product. You may save some money compared to buying the hormone from a legitimate provider but the miniscule amount that you’ll save isn’t worth any health dangers. To actually participate in the diet the right way without harming your health you need to purchase the diet from a licensed provider like Nu Image Medical, and the money that you spend to guarantee the quality of your drops or injections will be well worth it.

You run the risk of getting seriously ill by purchasing anything labelled “homeopathic” and claiming to have human chorionic gonadotropin in it. There is no way to know how the product was created, and the FDA certainly has no oversight or regulation overseas. The companies that continue to sell the hormone do so because they cannot be regulated by the FDA, and they know that they can make money by selling to customers that have not researched the dangers of consuming homeopathic HCG products.

Homeopathic products don’t tell you what is in them

Homeopathic HCG products have “proprietary” ingredients, which mean that they have their own concoction of ingredients that may include dozens of other potentially harmful ingredients. In many cases they don’t actually list the other ingredients that they include. Most of the time the retailer selling you the product also has no idea what is in it, even if you ask them, as they are in the business of purchasing low quality HCG from overseas facilities and reselling it to customers in the U.S. and other countries.

Drops or injections purchased at a licensed pharmacy are safe

If the drops are not labeled homeopathic and they are obtained from a licensed pharmacy in the U.S. with a prescription, such as our pharmacy, they are perfectly safe to use. The drops are absorbed sublingually and they are a great alternative for needle shy patients that would rather not have to deal with injections. The drops can save a bit of time as well, but the injections are ideal for increasing blood levels of HCG the fastest. Although the injections have been studied the most, the sublingual drops are proven to have the same result of the injections such as decreased appetite, improved fat metabolism, increased energy levels, and the other beneficial effects of human chorionic gonadotropin.

HCG injections produced at a licensed pharmacy in the United States are safe just like the drops, but you still have to be careful when you purchase injections. There are some overseas companies that have also started selling HCG injections, and again there is a great risk if you purchase their injections because there is no guarantee that they are sterile or that the ingredients contain HCG. It is even more dangerous to inject a product that has not been tested or guaranteed to be sterile as opposed to absorbing it using drops, as injections go directly into the bloodstream and any toxic compound can have an immediate effect.

Overseas companies lack the proper equipment

Overseas pharmacies often do not have the proper equipment to produce sterile hormones. Even worse, they may not have any knowledge of the proper production method can produce a dangerous or toxic combination of ingredients without knowing it. It is very important that you always purchase any hormone product, not just HCG, from a licensed domestic pharmacy in spite of the common availability of overseas products or even domestic products at unlicensed pharmacies.

You will find that overseas companies have also started to sell other hormones like HGH, testosterone, estrogen, as well as pharmaceuticals. Purity and safety is particularly important with hormone production because hormones have very complicated effects on the body and their concentration, inactive ingredients, and original source must be carefully controlled and produced using the latest research and sterile production methods.

You will know if a company is not selling HCG ethically or legally because they will sell it to you without a prescription. Any legitimate pharmacy in the U.S. will request a prescription, and you will also be able to speak directly with the staff and ask questions about the hormone. This is another one of the disadvantages of purchasing the hormone from an unlicensed pharmacy, as they will not offer you any instructions on how to actually use it, and you may not even be able to speak to a pharmacist or licensed medical professional.

If you’ve already purchased a HCG product with unknown quality

If you have already purchased homeopathic HCG drops or another HCG product and you aren’t sure of its quality, the best thing to do is to seek a refund from the company if at all possible and stop taking the product immediately. Do not continue to take the product until it is finished, and if you have any questions or concerns about any particular HCG product that you have previously purchased you can speak with the staff at Nu Image Medical.


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Are Your HCG Products KILLING You? You Better Read This

Iis your hcg killing you 300x156 Are Your HCG Products KILLING You? You Better Read Thisf you aren’t sure where your HCG came from you should know that it might not be as safe as you think, and there is even a chance that it has dangerous ingredients added to it. Recently there have been serious concerns about the quality of HCG products that are produced overseas or in unlicensed pharmacies.

With the high level of interest in the diet several companies have been launched that sell low quality hormone products without requiring a prescription. Because of this, you have to be extremely careful when you purchase HCG injections, drops or anything else that claims to have the hormone in it. There are serious risks to your health if you purchase imported products created at an unlicensed pharmacy.

There are risks when you purchase imported HCG products

There is no way to regulate the quality of HCG when it is produced overseas. The “lab” where you think your hormone is being produced could actually be someone’s basement and you would have no idea without investigating it yourself.

There have been numerous recalls of medications, cosmetics and hygiene products produced in China with unsafe methods or with toxic ingredients. For example one company in China produced toothpaste that contained poisonous diethylene glycol which was used as a less expensive substitute for glycerin. The toothpaste was recalled quickly in 2007 before there were any known deaths.

In another case the recall did not occur quickly enough. A Panamanian pharmaceutical company used what they thought was glycerine to produce cough syrup. It turns out that the Chinese imported product was actually diethlyene glycol, and it resulted in an estimated 365 deaths.

This doesn’t mean that every manufacturer in China or India is producing its medication unsafely. The danger happens when your overseas source is questionable. Unfortunately there is simply no way to know whether or not the HCG you are purchasing is safe or not, unless you purchase it from a licensed American pharmacy or from an online provider that uses a U.S. pharmacy.

Never buy HCG from a questionable source

So when you buy human chorionic gonadotropin anywhere you have to take a few precautionary steps. If the company you purchase your hormone from sells it to you without a prescription, it is a huge red flag. The hormone should never be sold without a medical evaluation and a prescription.

Any pharmacy or company that sells you human chorionic gonadotropin without asking for a prescription is doing so recklessly and illegally. There is also a good chance that they have purchased some or all of their products from a questionable source in China or India as a way to save money.

You should also be extremely careful with low priced HCG products and programs. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. There’s no reason to take any risks with your health at all, and it is well worth it to spend a little more and purchase the hormone from a licensed pharmacy in the United States. You won’t have to worry about potentially dangerous side effects or toxic ingredients.

Be careful of any product labeled “homeopathic”

Also, anything labelled “homeopathic HCG” is another huge red flag. The FDA has made it illegal to sell homeopathic HCG. Many homeopathic products have also been diluted to the point that they no longer contain any hormone in them at all. These products are also often produced at overseas facilities that have little to no oversight.

The only way to ensure that you are getting pure, safe and sterile pharmaceutical grade HCG is to purchase it with a prescription from a licensed domestic pharmacy. There are a small number of diet programs that obtain their injections and drops from legitimate U.S. pharmacies.

If the program requires a prescription and can give you information on where the hormone is produced in the U.S. then there are no worries about the safety of the hormone. Otherwise if you aren’t sure about where your HCG injections or drops came from, it’s best to toss them and purchase real pharmaceutical grade HCG from a legitimate provider.

Nu Image Medical provides all of its HCG products from a licensed pharmacy in Florida, but only after you have received a full medical evaluation and a prescription for the hormone. We are one of the only diet programs to offer all of these services to ensure your safety, and to get more information on how to purchase pure, high quality HCG, click here.

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The Top 5 Tips to Help You Survive the Summer on the HCG Diet

survive summer 300x300 The Top 5 Tips to Help You Survive the Summer on the HCG Diet

It’s here! It’s here! It’s SUMMERTIME!!! If you’re like us, you’ve probably been counting down the days until you can take a few days off, go on a family trip, or just get out and enjoy some relaxing warmth and sunshine.

But if you’re on the HCG diet, you may want to map out a plan before you dive head first into a pool of dieting disaster.

Here’s a list of some of the top 5 best tips to help you survive the summer on HCG…

(Trust me, you’ll be thanking us later when you get that amazing beach tan AND incredible body to match:)

#1 Protect your HCG from the heat!

All of our HCG (with the exception of the oral pellets) at Nu Image Medical is shipped unmixed. We do this for a few reasons. #1- You may not want to start the diet right away, and it shouldn’t be mixed until you are ready to take a dose. And #2 we don’t want mixed HCG to be exposed to the elements a.k.a.–heat. Once mixed, HCG will begin to lose its potency if left without refrigeration longer than 6 hours. So make a note to make sure your HCG goes back in the refrigerator after each injection/dose. If you’re traveling, keeping your HCG in a good insulated cooler with a firm and lasting gel or ice block should do the trick, and make sure to check on it often. The HCG shouldn’t be frozen, but it should never get hot or be left unattended. If you are a frequent traveler, you may want to consider the HCG oral pellets vs. the drops and injections. The pellets do not require mixing or refrigeration which makes them super portable and easy for on the go.

#2 Traveling & vacation

First off, let me just say that it’s always best to plan your vacation around the HCG diet not during. No one wants to be dieting on vacation! And chances are, even with the best intentions of following the diet strictly, this almost always proves disappointing. Then, all you’re left with is a heap of guilt and an extra pound or two to top it off. You’re always better off planning the diet before or after the trip. That being said, life happens, and sometimes unexpected things come up and we have to stop the diet. If this happens to you, don’t panic- call the staff at Nu Image Medical immediately. They can carefully get off the HCG so that you hopefully don’t see any unexpected weight gain. Remember, that ordering thru Nu Image Medical gets you access throughout the day to licensed professionals that are HCG experts. Don’t go it alone. It’s always better to ask for help.

#3 Parties, cookouts, & get-togethers….oh my

Summertime means parties, cookouts, and group fun for most people. However, this can be quite the challenge for the HCG dieter. Just because you’re on the HCG diet doesn’t mean you have to isolate yourself from all the fun. Food prep is KEY here… Try eating your prepared HCG meal before you go to a party or get together. This will help keep you full and help you avoid other food temptation that you otherwise might be convinced to try with a growling, empty stomach. Or, you can try saving some of your veggies or fruit from your earlier meal or even your protein and take it with you to the party so that you can eat along with everyone else. Having a drink to hold and partake in also helps… Try a plain, sparkling water sweetened with fresh lemon and/or Stevia drops. It’s a great refresher while relaxing by the pool!

# 4 Oils, lotions, & sunscreens

The HCG diet during the summertime can raise some serious questions when it comes to sun protection and dry skin. Let’s face it, none of us want to walk around “ashy-looking” or sunburnt, right? You can drive yourself crazy trying to pick apart ingredients when it comes to certain every day products on HCG. The main thing to remember is this….Oil that’s absorbed into your skin reacts the same way that oil eaten and digested in certain foods does. Oil can cause weight stalls and in extreme cases, weight gain. Look for lotions and sunscreens that are labeled oil free. In most oil free sunscreens, an ingredient called Avobenzone will help protect your skin against UVA/UVB rays without oil additives that could wreck the diet. If body lotion is needed, mineral oil based products tend to work best- as mineral oil does not fully absorb into the skin like other oils do. However, EVERY product used on the HCG diet should be used minimally, and weight gain/loss should be monitored thoroughly.

# 5 Have fun, but avoid the diet roller coaster.

Sadly, some HCG dieters love to hop on the HCG diet roller coaster… Meaning, they get on HCG, follow for a few days, cheat a little (or a lot) here and there, and then get back on the diet again. -Only to get to the end of their program and have little to know results. They may even see some weight gain. Yikes. Don’t be like this group… Remember, the more times you introduce HCG into your body, the more your body will begin to recognize the hormone, and thus it may stop working as well. Also, it’s important to follow the HCG diet for the full 26 or 46 days. Stopping the diet at 32 days for example, may mean that you don’t stabilize well, and you may run into some trouble keeping  the weight you have lost off. There is a reason that the diet exists in these two lengths, thus it’s probably best not to mess with this winning formula.

On the other hand, dieting is tough. HCG dieting is even more so, and HCG dieting during the summer…Well, you get the idea…it’s just plain hard! So cut yourself some slack. You’re only human. (No, we are NOT giving you license to cheat, my friends:) However, we ARE saying, that if you make a mistake, shrug it off, pick yourself back up and keep on going. Too many times people say, “Oh well. I already messed up so I might as well…” And that’s just  not the best way to look at things. One slip doesn’t have to dictate your final outcome on the diet. Summertime brings a lot of temptations for dieters, so it’s important to do your best to prepare, exert some will power, and try your best while on HCG.

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Why Try the HCG Diet?

why try the hcg diet 300x200 Why Try the HCG Diet?The HCG diet is one of the fastest ways to lose up to 45 pounds and it can be an excellent alternative to more difficult diets or other ways of losing weight that can be dangerous or ineffective. If you are thinking of trying the HCG diet you should receive a medical consultation prior to starting, as the diet is not for everyone.

There are only a few HCG providers that offer medical consultation so be careful before you pick one for your diet. If you have particular conditions you may need to try other weight loss options such as lipo shots. Just bear in mind that the quality of your diet provider will make all the difference.

If you are struggling with losing fat while keeping muscle the HCG diet is a great option. The diet results in minimal muscle loss because it is so brief, and the hormone specifically targets your abnormal fat reserves.

There are few other diets that can retain lean muscle and target your fat, and you’ll find that other diets that try to limit calories are not as effective and can even lead to a less desirable body than before due to excess muscle loss and structural fat loss. Structural fat is the important fat that your body uses to stabilize your connective tissues and this fat can be burned by your body in many other diets.

The HCG protocol is simple

Although there are several requirements to the protocol, at its core it is quite simple. You have a specific list of foods that are clearly outlined to you with the diet, and you have to simply stick to that food list while counting your calories.

You can prepare your meals however you want as long as you don’t go over the allowed serving amount per type of food (fruit, vegetable, or protein). For instance you are allowed 3.5 ounces of your protein each meal. You only need to really learn the food list and the other basic requirements of the diet. You can’t exercise at all during the diet and you can’t eat or drink anything at all outside of what is allowed.

Seasonings are limited to a specific list which will vary from one protocol to another. So you just need to keep a list of the allowable seasonings and be careful to not deviate from that list. Particular seasonings are allowed because there may be some that interact with the hormone.

The rest of the protocol is straightforward, you are not required to exercise and you actually have to pause your exercise during the duration of the diet. You also should speak to your medical professional about medications and supplements that you are taking, but your provider will be able to tell you whether or not you should continue taking particular supplements and non-medically necessary prescriptions.

The HCG diet is safe

One major benefit of the HCG diet is that it is a safe way to lose a huge amount of weight. Other diets and even extreme methods like surgery or liposuction have significant risks associated with them. Human chorionic gonadotropin is a safe hormone to use as a weight loss aid because it is natural and produced in significant amounts during pregnancy.

The diet safely limits your caloric intake to a level that is low enough to result in ketosis (a fat burning state in the body) but it is not so low that you will be malnourished because the hormone also provides you with your proper daily calorie intake. The hormone will adjust to burn more abnormal fat if you happen to have higher calorie requirements, so the 500 per day calorie limit works for every person.

There are few other diets that can tout the safety record and the results that the HCG diet can. Other diets will attempt to limit calories without any way to compensate for the calorie loss. This can be dangerous, as a low calorie intake can result in metabolic problems and other problems without the HCG hormone or some way for the body to efficiently burn fat for calories.

And of course if you are considering surgery for obesity or liposuction there are significant risks to both. Using the HCG hormone for weight loss is a far safer alternative to surgery and one that won’t have side effects or complications, or leave you with lasting scars. It will also cost you far less money and you can repeat the diet several times if you need to continue to lose weight.

No exercise is required at all during HCG diet Phase 2

Another major convenience of the diet is that there is absolutely no exercise required throughout the diet, saving you tons of time if you work out regularly. The VLCD phase of the diet only lasts of 26 or 46 days, but during this period of time you can relax and not worry about any exercise aside from walking up to 20 minutes or so each day.

Several other diets ask you to exercise during the diet, and with these diets there’s no way for you to know whether the diet is causing the weight loss or your exercise. Also, if you aren’t getting the proper amount of calories exercise can be dangerous, and the diet may not compensate for that

So the HCG diet can save you a ton of time, and it will help you look and feel better within a very brief period of time. Most people experience a boost of energy after the first week, and after the body transitions to a ketogenic state the diet becomes quite easy.

This process takes just a few days, and it is assisted with the use of the hormone. The protocol will only take you a day or two to learn, and Nu Image Medical offers an easy to learn HCG diet protocol along with a medical consultation at the start of the diet. For more information on the HCG diet at Nu Image Medical or to ask a medical professional any questions about the diet, click here.

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8 Ways to Save Money on the HCG Diet

save money on the hcg diet 300x200 8 Ways to Save Money on the HCG DietThe HCG diet doesn’t have that many costs associated with it, but if you purchase it locally from your medical provider it can be quite expensive. Buying the diet locally and then getting regular checkups can end up costing you $1,000 or more, and the costs will add up quickly.

The diet can actually save you money on several different daily costs in your life, and it is still one of the most affordable diets out there. The diet is designed to last just 23 or 43 days so you won’t have to purchase very much of the hormone.

To save money on the diet you can purchase it online, and here are several other ways to save money that you may benefit from:

#1 Buy the HCG diet online

You have to be careful with this because there are several providers that sell homeopathic and other HCG products that are actually illegal. Nu Image Medical is one of the only HCG providers that sells the hormone through a prescription after a medical evaluation and history checkup to ensure that the diet is safe. Never purchase a homeopathic HCG product as it is a waste of money; it will not contain any real HCG and it will not result in any fat burning effect during the diet.

#2 Buy frozen foods

Frozen foods last longer and won’t spoil, and for several of the foods allowed on the diet you can purchase them frozen. Buying frozen food will save you a lot of money on the diet but of course the quality is a consideration as well. One idea is to purchase some or all of your protein fresh, since protein quality tends to be more affected by freezing, and purchase your vegetables and fruits frozen.

#3 Don’t eat at restaurants

If you eat in restaurants you will end up spending several hundreds of dollars throughout the diet unnecessarily. Also, you definitely run the risk of breaking the protocol unless you are very specific with your instructions on how to prepare the food. Unless you have a big budget for dining out, your best bet is to prepare your own meals. Take a break from dining out and save money while enjoying the benefits of home cooked organic foods. Most HCG dieters enjoy the process of preparing their own meals and several HCG recipes are quite easy to prepare.

#4 Cook HCG recipes in bulk

By cooking your HCG recipes in bulk you will save both time and money, as it is generally less expensive to purchase food in bulk. Many dieters cook their meals for two to three days in advance, and most HCG diet foods will last for at least a few days in the refrigerator. For example you can prepare several servings of a chicken breast recipe at once and use it as one of your main meals throughout the week.

#5 Pause your gym membership for a month

You can’t perform heavy exercise during Phase 2 of the HCG diet since it is a VLCD. Many gyms allow you to “pause” your membership for a period of time and then resume it, so ask your gym about pausing your membership at the beginning of the diet to save a bit of money. You can resume your membership as soon as Phase 2 is completed and there’s no point in paying for the gym when you won’t be able to go.

#6 Hold off on personal training

Just as with exercise you should hold off on personal training during the diet. This can save you hundreds of dollars if you have a regular personal trainer, and you can always resume your training during Phase 3 once you are off of the VLCD. The same goes for any other type of physically intensive workout classes such as yoga or amateur athletics; they must be paused during the duration of the diet but only until Phase 3.

#7 – Get a checkup after the diet to see if you can be taken off any medications

The HCG diet can correct several chronic health problems especially when it is repeated more than once. For instance many dieters have experienced lower blood pressure or lower cholesterol after the diet is over, and there are hundreds of health benefits of HCG diet foods as well. If you have to use medication for blood pressure for instance you may be able to get off of your medication after the diet is over. This should only be discussed with your medical provider of course, but you should get a checkup before and after the diet and see if you can reduce any of your medications safely.

#8 – Purchase your HCG supplements online

Buying your supplements online can save you quite a bit of money compared to buying them locally or from a local clinic, and the quality can be substantially better as well. There are also specific supplements such as vitamin and mineral supplements that you should strongly consider taking with the HCG diet that may not be available locally. At Nu Image Medical we sell a wide range of supplements that are affordable and designed to perfectly fit with the diet, and you can purchase them in a bundle to save money.

So although the HCG diet can be a bit of a challenge it can offset some of your other costs, and most importantly you can’t put a price on looking better, being healthier, and feeling better. The diet is life transforming and it will reduce your chance of developing one of the chronic illnesses associated with obesity. Looking at the big picture, the cost of treating an obesity related illness can add up to tens of thousands of dollars of the course of several years.

If you need to lose weight the most important thing is to take action today, and the HCG diet program offered by Nu Image Medical lets you experience the incredible weight loss results of the diet at an affordable price. For more information on the HCG diet and how to save money by purchasing it online, click here.

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Are the Claims of the HCG Diet Being Dangerous Really True?

hcg diet dangerous side effects 300x211 Are the Claims of the HCG Diet Being Dangerous Really True?Some people have expressed concern that the HCG diet has dangerous side effects. The diet is not dangerous at all when it is medically supervised and when the hormone is given through a prescription.

However, there are some online HCG retailers that sell the hormone without a medical consultation or without a prescription. These retailers are the ones who give the diet a bad name and give the perception that the diet is dangerous when it isn’t.

When the HCG diet is purchased without a prescription it is potentially dangerous, because dieters need to be medically screened prior to starting the diet. Most people will not have any problems using the HCG diet to lose weight, but some people may need a higher daily caloric intake because of health conditions, or the diet may need to be adjusted in other ways for that particular individual.

The dosage of the hormone may also need to be adjusted for a particular person, and people with health conditions will have their own concerns prior to starting the diet. Again, the diet itself is not dangerous at all, but the diet should never be administered without a medical consultation and a prescription for the hormone. The HCG hormone is often sold without a prescription online, and those who sell the hormone without a prescription or who sell homeopathic versions of the hormone are doing so illegally.

The only way that HCG can be legally used is through a prescription, and there are many reasons for these precautions. HCG is not dangerous, but when retailers mix HCG with other unknown ingredients, the effects cannot be known. HCG should always be purchased in pharmaceutical grade quality from a licensed pharmacy, with a prescription.

At Nu Image Medical we only offer our HCG after our patients have received a full medical consultation from a licensed medical provider, and we only sell it after they have received a prescription for the hormone from their medical provider. We also only sell pharmaceutical grade, pure HCG as injections, drops or pellets.

Does the HCG diet have dangerous side effects?

The HCG diet does not have any dangerous side effects. Side effects of the hormone are mild to non-existent for the majority of dieters. During the first few days of the diet there may be mild symptoms as the body transitions to a ketogenic fat burning state. This is called “keto flu” and for most people it is mild, especially on the HCG diet because the diet is designed for an easier transition from your normal diet to the very low calorie diet.

The symptoms of the “keto flu” can include headache, dizziness, upset stomach, fatigue, and mental fogginess. These symptoms usually last no longer than two days, and if you are using the diet program at Nu Image Medical you can always speak with your medical consultant if you have any concerns about your keto flu symptoms.

The symptoms are manageable no matter what and they are far from dangerous, and you may experience less symptoms if you take a regular vitamin and mineral supplement while you are on the diet. At Nu Image we also provide you with a supplement bundle that includes a mineral and vitamin supplement specifically designed for the HCG diet. Get more information on our mineral and vitamin supplement here.

Is a higher risk of cancer one of the dangerous HCG diet side effects?

The HCG diet does not result in a higher risk of cancer, although some people have thought that it is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer or other types of cancers. There is no clinical evidence that this is true at all. On the contrary there have been animal studies that have shown that HCG can actually reduce the growth of certain types of cancers.

Hundreds of thousands of people have tried the HCG diet and there is no evidence that this group of people have had a higher incidence of cancer. If anything the diet actually reduces your risk of cancer if you follow it correctly as most of the allowable foods have several anti-cancer compounds. Many HCG diet protocols including our own protocol also recommend (but don’t require) a detox at the beginning of the diet which may further reduce cancer risk.

Those who have been diagnosed with cancer or who have cancer in remission should always speak with a medical professional prior to starting the diet, as they may not be good candidates for the diet because of the calorie restriction, not because of a higher risk of cancer.

The FDA has specifically approved the use of HCG for fertility treatments and it would never have been approved for this purpose if there was a risk of cancer involved. Anyone who tries the HCG diet should do so under medical supervision because the hormone should never be used without receiving instructions, and it should never be purchased without a prescription.

Always get medical supervision to avoid HCG diet dangers

The diet is not intended to be self-administered because there are detailed requirements to the diet protocol that must be adhered to for it to work effectively. Also, self-injecting the hormone requires instructions from medical professionals.

Many people attempt the diet by doing their own research, but this is dangerous and can result in mistakes with the protocol and side effects. Also, those who sell the HCG diet without a medical consultation usually do not provide adequate information on the diet protocol.

There should be a detailed HCG diet protocol included with the diet that explains how the requirements of the diet need to be applied. At Nu Image Medical not only do we provide you with a detailed HCG diet guide that explains everything that you need to know for the diet, but we also include supplementary information such as HCG diet recipes, a detailed HCG diet food and shopping list, and more information.

We simplify the HCG diet protocol to make it easy to follow, and we send you the simplified protocol in PDF format for your convenience. If you are thinking about starting the HCG diet, get more information on our HCG diet here.


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How to Stick to the HCG Diet Protocol

how to stick to the hcg diet protocol How to Stick to the HCG Diet ProtocolGetting through the HCG diet can be somewhat challenging without adequate preparation and taking a few steps to make your life easier. The diet is not overwhelming difficult, and with a few of the tricks described in this article it will be much easier on you, especially during the first week when your body is adjusting to the hormone.

One of the first things you should do before you start the diet is get acquainted with all of the requirements, and at Nu Image Medical we offer you a simplified version of the HCG diet protocol that does not take much time to review and is written in PDF format and can be easily read on mobile devices or smartphones.

If you spend the time to get familiar with the diet’s requirements prior to starting you’ll have a much easier time and you’ll know what to expect. The HCG protocol is fairly simple to follow, but if you’re a busy person you might find that following every detail of the HCG diet can be difficult, especially when you try the diet without planning.

One of the most important things to do on the HCG diet is to plan your meals out before you start Phase 2. By planning your meals out you won’t have to worry about coming up with a new meal every day, and the VLCD will be much easier.

Purchase foods from the HCG diet protocol food list ahead of time

One of the most important things to do is to purchase your food ahead of time to save time on grocery shopping. You don’t want to have to shop every single day as you’ll have to spend time in the kitchen cooking dinner every other day at minimum.

You know that the HCG diet protocol limits you to 3.5 ounces of protein per meal and at least one cup of vegetables per meal, so you can measure out the quantity of food that you need for the week and purchase it all at once. Buying frozen HCG diet foods is another way to save time as you can purchase them in bulk and they won’t spoil. By having the food that you need for HCG diet recipes in stock you’ll avoid having to make substitutions or changing the protocol.

Try your best to avoid eating out at all during the diet although this is easier said than done. You’ll need to have several favorite HCG diet recipes that you can rely on; having good HCG recipes is an important part of the diet.

At Nu Image Medical we give you a HCG recipe book with several recipes with your HCG diet order, but you should also try to come up with your own recipes based on your preferences. Many recipes can be adjusted and ingredients that are not allowed on the diet can be removed or substituted. There are plenty of very easy HCG diet recipes that take minutes to make such as salads and desserts using the fruit servings and stevia as a sweetener.

Keep a list of HCG diet protocol foods

If you aren’t meal planning or want to follow a less structured approach at the very least you should spend a bit of time getting familiar with the allowed foods on the HCG diet. It’s a good idea to keep a list of HCG diet protocol foods available so that you can refer to the list when you are cooking or snacking.

Although you can succeed on the diet without planning every meal, it’s easy to forget which foods are allowed on the diet when you don’t plan your meals out, so have the list available for reference. And of course remember to refer to the list if you come up with your own recipes for the diet.

Have the HCG diet protocol PDF handy

At Nu Image Medical we include the list of HCG diet protocol foods in our condensed HCG diet guide and you can carry this guide on your smartphone or tablet for quick reference. But, you’ll also need to refer to the guide because there are several other requirements for the diet such as avoiding the use of cosmetics with oil, ingredients to avoid, information about the loading days, and other details that are easy to forget when you aren’t that familiar with the diet. You can start the HCG diet without reading the entire guide, but you’ll need to have it available for reference

Stick to the HCG diet protocol after you learn it

It won’t take very long to get familiar with the requirements of the diet, and at that point the hard part is following the requirements, especially during the first week when you are making the transition your normal diet to the VLCD.

Remember that you can split up your meals however you want during the VLCD, and you should use this to your advantage during the diet. During the first week you should try to get into a routine with your HCG diet meals and try to eat at least three times per day to keep your blood sugar more stable throughout the diet.

Drink as much water as you can during each meal and try to drink a minimum of a half-gallon of water each day. Avoid restaurants or anything that might tempt you to break the protocol. The key to success on the diet and sticking to its requirements is consistency; don’t cheat on one meal and you’ll see the best results on the diet.

If you slip up try to make your mistakes toward the beginning of the diet so that the HCG hormone has time to correct the slipups and reset your metabolism. Slipping up on the protocol toward the end of the diet will have more of an adverse effect and can cause metabolic problems.

During the three or six weeks that you are on the HCG diet you will have to learn the allowed foods and the requirements of the diet, but the more familiar that you are with the protocol and the more you plan out your meals the easier the diet will be for you.

For more information on the HCG diet protocol, or to speak with a medical professional about the HCG diet or ask any questions at all, click here.

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