Some HCG dieters are concerned about the timing of their injections. The normal HCG protocol asks patients to inject the hormone in the morning for the majority of patients, but some patients may not be able to inject it in the morning. There is nothing wrong with injecting the hormone in the evening as long as it is approved by the medical provider overseeing the diet, but in some cases it may not be advisable. Injecting HCG before bed doesn’t change much about how the hormone works, and as long as you inject the hormone at regular intervals (every 24 hours), you won’t have any issues with injecting it right before bed. However, there may be some unwanted non-dangerous effects such as sleep disturbances, and this can vary from person to person quite a bit.
Injecting the hormone right before bed may lead to sleep problems
Some dieters have noticed that injecting the hormone right before bed can lead to sleep issues. This occurs on a case by case basis; anecdotal evidence has suggested that patients who take the hormone prior to sleeping can have sleep disturbances such as insomnia due to increased energy levels. This is because the hormone injection can lead to a surge in energy levels, and this increase in energy can cause difficulties with sleeping. Some patients may work during later shifts and sleep in the morning; those patients should take HCG in most cases prior to breakfast or soon afterward, but those who work in the morning may have sleep issues if they take HCG prior to bedtime. If a patient injects the hormone prior to sleeping and experiences regular sleep problems, they will almost certainly have difficulties with Phase 2 of the diet because of the lower energy levels that they will have throughout the day.
Taking HCG before bed is not dangerous
It is not thought that taking HCG prior to sleeping is dangerous in any way, however because of the potential sleep issues it should be avoided when possible. Some people may not experience any sleep issues at all and may prefer to take it before bed. If there are no known side effects or sleep disturbances, patients may be advised to take their hormone injection prior to sleeping if they prefer to do so. Some patients may experience different results with the diet if they inject the hormone at night; for instance they may have lower hunger levels throughout the day. Patients that do not experience major issues with taking the hormone at night and who even experience benefits from doing so can be advised to continue injecting it in the evening; but again they should not alter their injection schedules and space their injections by 24 hours at minimum.Get more information about self-injecting the hormone here.
It is more important to take the proper dose
The most important thing for the HCG diet is not when you take the hormone but to take the proper dosage of the pure hormone. There are hundreds of HCG products available on the market and the vast majority of them have been banned by the FDA because they often do not contain any real hormone in them at all. To ensure that the diet works properly and that the hormone will have a real effect on your body’s metabolism, you should only purchase pure HCG from a licensed provider. The dosage for the hormone will vary from one person to another in some cases, but most people will take around 125 IU per day, and the amount of the hormone should be carefully measured by the patient’s medical provider.
If your hunger levels are high, talk to your medical provider
During the first few days of the VLCD (Phase 2) you will notice that your hunger levels will fluctuate. The HCG hormone injections in the morning are designed to help you through the early parts of the diet which are often usually the most challenging due to the rapid shift to a low calorie diet. Injecting the hormone in the morning is intended to be helpful for managing hunger levels throughout the day and helping the patient through the more challenging first week of the diet. If you are finding that injecting the hormone in the morning is not helping you as much as you would expect with your hunger levels, you may be able to change to an evening injection schedule to see if it will work better for you. At Nu Image Medical you can discuss this with your medical provider during the first week of the diet and alter the injection schedule if needed.
Do not take more than the recommended dosage
You should never inject more than the recommended dosage no matter what, and if you are injecting the hormone once per day you should wait a minimum of 24 hours before your next injection. If you are changing your injection schedule based on the recommendations of your medical provider you should discuss the waiting period before your next injection with them, but in most cases you will need to let the 24 hour period pass before your next injection. Injecting more than the prescribed dose is not thought to be beneficial for the diet and it will not make the diet any easier. You never want to exceed 200 IU of HCG in a 24 hour period, and again your medical provider will discuss the recommended amount that you should be taking based on your age, weight and other factors.
You may be able to take HCG in the afternoon
You may be able to take your HCG injections in the afternoon, especially if you find that you have an energy drop off during the middle of the day. Injection HCG in the middle of the day can give you a surge of energy and may be beneficial for you, but this should be discussed with your medical provider at the start of the diet. If you take your injections in the afternoon you can avoid the issues of insomnia as well because the increase in energy levels usually only lasts a few hours. Taking your injections in the afternoon won’t alter the diet in any way as long as you take them 24 hours apart at the proper dosage.
Nu Image Medical has licensed medical providers on staff to discuss your injection protocol
When you purchase the HCG diet program at Nu Image Medical you will receive a full medical consultation prior to starting the diet, and you will also be trained in how to self-inject the hormone at a specific time. Any adjustments to your injection protocol should be discussed with your medical provider at the start of the diet. If you plan on changing anything about your injections, you should first receive the clearance from your medical provider or there may be consequences with the effectiveness of your diet. You may be able to make adjustments like switching to an evening or afternoon injection protocol, but the majority of patients will be injecting their hormone in the morning for the fastest weight loss results on the diet. If you are interested in starting the diet or learning more about it, get more information about the high quality HCG diet offered by Nu Image Medical and how the home self-injection protocol works here.
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For those who do not have time to prepare their meals on the HCG diet, there are ready made HCG meals that can be delivered throughout the United States through Nu Image Medical. This is a new program and there are a wide range of different meal options available. When you choose the prepared meals you can rest assured that you are getting the proper nutrition on the diet, and the meals will fit your 500 calorie per day limit and that the meals will be in the proper portion sizes. This can take out a large amount of the time required for the diet, because otherwise you will have to cook in most cases to ensures that you follow the protocol properly.
Prepared HCG meals can save you time
The time that it takes to prepare each meal can be substantial because you cannot rely on any prepackaged or processed foods for the diet if you are trying to stick to the protocol. The HCG diet protocol requires strict adherence in order for the hormone to work properly and burn fat quickly. If the dieter does not have the time to prepare each meal from scratch, the diet may not work effectively. Prepared meals can save several hours per week on meal preparation time and allows dieters to focus on their other priorities and other aspects of the diet while spending as little time as possible on the diet. Prepared meals are the perfect option for busy professionals, parents, and anyone that doesn’t have the time or ability to cook HCG meals at home using only the allowed ingredients.
HCG meals have the proper ingredients
When you order the prepared HCG meals from Nu Image Medical, you don’t have to worry about checking the ingredient list. The ingredients in all of our meals are approved for the HCG diet, and each meal is guaranteed to work within the strict food requirements that are outlined in the protocol. You won’t have to spend time researching additives and seasonings, and the meals will fit into the diet and will not interfere with the hormone at all. Eating just one meal that doesn’t have the allowed ingredients can cause problems with the hormone’s effectiveness, even if the meal’s main ingredients are approved for the HCG diet. Dieters must stick to the approved seasoning list to ensure that no unexpected interactions occur with the hormone and to guarantee that nothing in their diet will cause the weight loss to slow down or plateau. Dieters who choose the prepared meal option will never have to deal with these issues for the three week VLCD.
You will lose more weight when you have properly prepared meals
If you spend the money to purchase the prepared meal program at Nu Image Medical, you are much more likely to see much better results on the diet than if you were to cook your own food. There are many reasons why; first of all, you are more likely to stick to the diet when you purchase prepared meals because you will naturally want to make the best use of them and your money. You are more likely to lose a large amount of weight during the diet because it can be very easy to make mistakes when cooking and miscalculate your calories or use the wrong ingredients. Prepared meals will ensure that you have the exact number of calories you need at each meal, and both three and six week options available for Phase 2.
Save time on meal preparation and calorie counting on the diet
Even if you are a fast cooker, you will have to spend extra time with calorie counting and meal preparation on the diet. Many people are good at counting calories because they may have experience with it, but if you aren’t experienced with it, you are more likely to lose a lot of time counting calories for each meal on the diet. With prepared meals you won’t have to worry about counting calories at all during the three or six week very low calorie diet, and this lets you focus on getting through the diet and being successful. The small price for prepared meals will not only save you time, it will help you lose the maximum amount of weight, and there are several different meal options available.
All meals are included
The Nu Image Medical prepared meal set includes every meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner on the HCG diet, so you won’t have to worry about preparing an extra meal throughout the diet. The three and six week prepared meal plans offered by Nu Image Medical are comprehensive and considering the fact that you will be spending money on food anyway during the diet if you choose to make your own meals, it may be preferable to purchase the prepared meals to save yourself the time of having to shop, have the ingredients on hand, prepare each meal and more. Every meal that you need for three to six weeks is offered and you can easily calculate your monthly grocery expenditure to see how much more you would being paying (if any) for the meal replacements. At just a little over $20 per day you can have your meals prepared for three or six weeks and not have to worry about spending time cooking, and the meals are very high quality and delicious.
Have your meals shipped to you whenever you are in the U.S.
No matter which state you’re in, in the U.S., you can have your meals shipped directly to you, and there are several shipping options including expedited shipping. Your meals will be shipped fresh and properly packed, and you will receive the meals every Friday so that the food is fresh every week. When you purchase the three week plan you will receive a 20% discount and the six week mean plan comes with an even higher 25% discount, and your meals can be shipped to your home or your office. As long as you order them by Thursday, they will be delivered to you by the Friday of the following week.
The quality of the meals is amazingly good and just as delicious as if you were to make your own HCG diet recipes. Some of the meal options include house salad with romaine, kale or spinach, grilled chicken, filet mignon, grapefruit, green apples, strawberries, grilled chicken, skirt steak, sautéed chicken, flounder, white fish, and many other high quality protein options. There are few other providers in the United States if any that offer 100% HCG diet compatible meals that won’t interfere with the hormone but instead assist you with losing as much weight as possible. You can also purchase the meal replacement packs which are made from whey protein if you are planning on cooking and need a quick meal occasionally, but the delivered meals for the HCG diet are the way to go if you cannot cook or if you are pressed for time at all and want to lose weight as quickly as possible. Get more information about how to order Nu Image Medical’s high quality and delicious HCG diet food delivery program at a 20% discount here.
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Overcoming a plateau on the HCG diet is not as difficult as it seems, and there are several different steps you can take to increase your weight loss if it starts to stall. You may encounter a plateau after the first week of the diet because many people lose several pounds during the first few days of the diet, and then the weight loss can sometimes start to trail off a bit. There is no need to worry if you encounter a plateau, and keep in mind that many people lose a large amount of water weight during the first week, so if you weight loss starts to slow down a bit it is expected. The key is to know when you have actually hit a plateau and to act quickly once you have reached one.
First be sure that you have actually plateaued
In spite of your best efforts a plateau can occur and you can try a few different things once you’ve determined you’ve hit one. If you start to notice that you are losing weight more slowly, don’t assume that you are in a plateau quite yet. If you notice that your weight loss has almost completely stalled for three days in a row, you have likely hit a plateau and from there you can try an apple day or a steak day, two of the best plateau breakers for the diet. You should monitor your weight every day so that you know how it has been changing, and the best time to weigh yourself is in the morning. If you find that you have plateaued, try to eliminate all of the potential causes such as cheating on the diet, excess calorie intake, changing the protocol, or other obvious potential causes.
Try an apple day to break a plateau
One of the best plateau breakers is an “apple day” which involves eating six green apples throughout the day and nothing else, along with as much water, unsweetened tea and coffee as you want. This usually is effective at stopping a plateau for several reasons. An apple day will help the body get back into a fat metabolism mode after a stall, especially a stall that results from cheating on the diet. If your plateau is the result of cheating on the diet, an apple day will usually fix the problem. You can also follow up an apple day with a “steak day” which is another type of plateau breaker, but you shouldn’t use any plateau breaker for more than one day in a row. Once you have tried an apple day, be sure to resume the regular 500 calorie per day diet, and if you still notice that you aren’t losing weight you can try a steak day.
A steak day may work as a plateau breaker as well
If the apple day doesn’t work, the second plateau breaker is a “steak day” which consists of eating one large steak for dinner, along with one green apple or one tomato during the day, and as much water and unsweetened coffee as you want. The steak should be low fat and approved for the diet, although you can serve yourself a larger portion than the normal 100 gram portion, just be sure that it doesn’t exceed 500 calories. If you want to try both an apple day and a steak day, you should wait a few days before each one and monitor your weight. A steak day can be just as effective as an apple day for helping restore your normal fat metabolism. Also, be sure that you continue to take the hormone even on your plateau breaker days.
Make sure that you aren’t changing the diet protocol
One of the most common causes of plateaus on the diet is alterations to the regular HCG diet protocol. There are several requirements for the diet protocol that must be followed in order for the diet to work properly, and any changes to the protocol can most definitely cause weight loss stalls. For example, no cosmetics with oil or lotions should be used on the diet, and although this may be difficult to follow, using cosmetics can definitely interfere with the hormone’s effectiveness. Be sure to get familiar with the diet protocol so that you do not accidentally change anything about it, including the food list, list of approved seasonings, and other requirements, and if you have any questions about it be sure to ask your medical provider at the start of the diet.
Be sure you aren’t using unapproved seasonings
Unapproved seasonings such as sugar, honey, salad dressings, or seasonings with multiple ingredients can definitely cause stalls on the diet, as harmless as they may seem. Be sure that you stick to the approved seasoning list on the diet, and don’t make any alterations to this list. There are several options available for seasonings on the HCG diet, and the approved seasonings can be combined with each other but not anything else. Remember that the very low calorie diet is only three to six weeks long and once Phase 2 finished you can start adding your normal seasonings back into the diet. The same thing goes for processed foods or prepackaged foods – you should avoid these foods altogether while you are on the diet and cook for the duration of the very low calorie diet (Phase 2) at the very least.
Avoid diet drinks and artificial sweeteners
Although artificial sweeteners like stevia and aspartame do not have any calories, they are not approved for use on the HCG diet and most definitely can cause a wide range of issues with your weight loss. For instance, it has been proven that aspartame can cause an insulin response in spite of the fact that it doesn’t have any real sugar in it, and it is widely known to be toxic. Artificial sweeteners have not been studied for their effect on the HCG diet, and because they are dangerous to your health and can affect your body’s metabolism, you should avoid them at all costs with the exception of natural stevia products.
Be sure that you use the right HCG product
When you purchase the HCG diet program at Nu Image Medical, you can be sure that you are using a high quality hormone product that is created at a licensed U.S. pharmacy. Our HCG is guaranteed to be pure and have the necessary potency to get you results on the diet, but HCG products from sources outside of licensed medical clinics often do not work effectively. This can occur for several reasons; the product may not have enough real hormone in it, it may have ingredients that interfere with the hormone, or it may possibly have no hormone at all. Always purchase the hormone from a licensed source if you want to be sure that it is pure and will work effectively. To get more information about the HCG hormone diet available at Nu Image Medical, click here.
Categories: HCG Diet
The HCG diet has become one of the most popular weight loss diets in the world, and as a result of this there are hundreds of HCG diet products available. With the wide range of different HCG diet products on the market, there is the potential for abuse because many dieters are not aware of the dangers of low quality HCG. Some retailers sell HCG for a small fraction of what it should be sold for, but their products have no guarantee that they contain any real hormone because they are often produced at pharmacies that have no FDA oversight, such as overseas pharmacies or other pharmacies. The only way to guarantee that the quality of HCG product that is being used is safe is to purchase it from a reputable retailer that uses a licensed U.S. pharmacy to produce their hormone.
HCG products will vary in potency
The potency of the hormone is an important thing to consider, especially considering the fact that each dieter must take a specific dosage of the hormone based on their age, weight, and other factors. Nu Image Medical includes a full medical consultation prior to the start of our HCG diet, and as a result of this, dieters can be assured that they are getting the proper dosage for their hormone. Because Nu Image Medical uses a licensed U.S. pharmacy, we can guarantee that our hormone products are perfectly safe and are pure, while other HCG products cannot guarantee this. Also, no one should ever attempt the diet without receiving a medical clearance because the diet may need to be customized for a particular patient based on underlying clinical conditions, their daily caloric requirements, and many other factors.
The wrong HCG product may have negative side effects
HCG products have not been approved by the FDA for over the counter or online purchases, except in the case that they are issued from a licensed U.S. pharmacy by a licensed medical doctor or other medical professional who can legally issue prescriptions. The FDA has only approved prescribed HCG because of the potentially harmful side effects of HCG products that are produced at overseas facilities or other facilities that have no governmental oversight. The potential dangers of the wrong HCG product are many; the product may have improperly labeled ingredients which can lead to allergic reactions for sensitive people or unwanted side effects. There could be dozens of problems with the ingredients including the wrong active ingredients, extra inactive ingredients, banned substances, the wrong dosage of the active ingredient, the wrong solvent or extra ingredients that inactivate the hormone, and other issues. The only safe way to receive the hormone is through an approved clinic.
Potent HCG results in real weight loss
Another important thing to consider is that truly potent HCG results in the maximum amount of weight loss. The HCG products that can be purchased at online pharmacies without a prescription will have very little real HCG in them if any at all, if they are a tablet they may not even be properly formulated to be absorbed into the bloodstream. If the HCG product does not cause a rise in blood levels of the hormone, it is essentially worthless, and even if there are sublingual drops or other products that have some hormone in them, the amount is usually not enough to result in real weight loss. There are few products if any that have the potency and the purity of pharmaceutical grade HCG injections or drops, and pure hormone products are the only ones that are guaranteed to give you the maximum amount of weight loss when on the diet.
Many of the negative stories that you hear about the diet result from using the wrong product
There are a few negative stories about the HCG diet that you might find online from people who have tried the diet but usually purchase a hormone product on their own without a prescription. Some people claim to experience unexpected side effects or other issues that they may attribute to the diet, but if they have not received the hormone from a licensed pharmacy then the chances are that they are experiencing side effects from unknown ingredients or the wrong potency for the hormone. Some dieters don’t get the weight loss that they are hoping for when they purchase products from unknown sources, and although the lower price of some of these products can be tempting, the consequences of using them are unknown.
Using the wrong product will waste your time and money
If you choose to use the wrong HCG diet product, you will waste both time and money on a product that will not help you lose the maximum amount of weight possible. In some cases you may barely lose any weight at all if you try the diet without a pure hormone product, and it can even be dangerous. HCG helps the body metabolize fat and ensures that you have a sufficient amount of calories from excess fat throughout the diet. Trying the diet with the wrong product can make it much more difficult and potentially dangerous. The diet is perfectly safe as long as the patient is uses the Simeons HCG diet protocol in combination with a pure hormone product, but if you choose to alter the known safe protocol there is no guarantee that you will have any weight loss, and you may end up having to buy a legitimate diet program anyway.
Unapproved diet programs don’t have the right medical supervision
Aside from all of the problems that a low quality hormone product can cause, there is the even bigger issue of a lack of medical supervision with the unlicensed hormone providers. If a company is selling the hormone without a prescription, which is illegal in the United States, the chances are that they also have no licensed medical provider on staff who approves or gives the patients a medical clearance. The lack of medical supervision an end up being a major problem with the diet, because it was never intended to be 100% self-administered.
A licensed provider of the diet will always have medical providers on staff who will approve each patient and ensure that the diet is properly customized for their unique health needs. Also, the diet protocol will be approved and created by the medical providers and will be up to date with the latest clinical research. That is the difference that you will find at Nu Image Medical and other clinics that offer a hormone diet program that has been carefully designed by industry leading medical professionals with years of experience overseeing the diet.
Retailers that do not have medical professionals on staff are taking a risk with their customers’ health and are not able to answer questions or make adjustments to the diet safely, and they will also have no idea about the proper dosages or diet requirements. The only safe way to try the diet is under the supervision of a medical provider and with pure pharmaceutical grade HCG. If you are interested in the diet, get more information about the diet program available at Nu Image Medical here.
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After Thanksgiving you may have put on a few extra pounds like many of us, but it’s pretty easy to get back on track after a few days of dieting or by getting back on a regular exercise regimen. You definitely want to take action if you gorged during the holidays because that extra weight can quickly start adding up if you don’t switch your habits back. Even if you’re busy it doesn’t take much time or effort to get back into a healthy lifestyle, and you can get quite a bit of exercise in while handling all of your other responsibilities. Below are 9 easy ways to burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories.
Get exercise in while shopping
Instead of doing your holiday shopping online after Thanksgiving, head over to the mall and walk from store to store. The simple act of walking will definitely help you burn more calories and you’ll be able to take care of your shopping duties at the same time. You can also try to carry as many of your holiday shopping bags as possible to make the exercise even better, and don’t drive from store to store but try to carry your bags all the way back to your car every time you visit each store. You’ll be surprised how many calories that this can help you burn, and you won’t have to spend that much extra effort either.
Shovel snow or rake leaves to burn calories
Some of us have the chore of having to shovel snow or rake leaves, but this is a great opportunity to burn holiday calories. Instead of paying someone else for the job, take care of raking your yard or shoveling snow. Shoveling snow and raking can be a pretty intensive workout, and you’ll get the benefit of not having to pay someone else for it while burning off the holiday weight. Shoveling snow in particular is a great workout because it brings your heart rate up, but you should only shovel snow if it is safe for you based on your age and physical capabilities. Some people are also sensitive to cold weather because of cardiovascular problems, so this should be taken into consideration as well.
Walk after your meals or whenever you can
Walking can definitely help you burn off extra calories after Thanksgiving, and if you get into the habit of walking for about 20 minutes after each of your meals it can be a great way to get some extra exercise in. If you have the opportunity, walk instead of driving. Walking is a surprisingly good workout, especially if you do it on a regular basis, and if you can start getting into the habit of walking as much as possible you can burn off many of the extra calories you might have gained during the holidays. Try increasing the intensity and speed of your walking and also try to take the stairs whenever you can to get even more of a workout in.
Avoid calories in drinks
Calorie rich drinks are a part of the holiday season but you should cut them out as much as possible. Instead of drinking coffee with cream and sugar, or other coffee drinks loaded with carbs and fat, stick to black coffee or coffee sweetened with Stevia and non-fat milk. You can also use spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to flavor your drinks or lemon juice, but you should avoid adding sugar and honey to your drinks. Some of the worst offenders include eggnog, lattes, hot chocolate, and other specialty coffee drinks, so avoid these altogether, as they can have upwards of 300 or more calories per drink and are definitely one of the biggest causes for weight gain during the holidays.
Do some fall cleaning
The chances are that your home is a mess after the holidays, and doing a bit of fall cleaning is one of the best ways to burn off the extra calories while getting your home back in order. Instead of just doing the minimum cleaning necessary, try cleaning up the entire house and take care of as many different tasks as you can including vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing, and sweeping. The amount of calories that you burn can be substantial, especially if you increase the speed and the intensity of your chores. If you find that you’re breaking out into a sweat you’re on the right track, and many household chores are actually fairly muscle intensive and can give your core, obliques, arms and legs a good workout.
Do a few days of a higher intensity workout
Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but you may want to increase your exercise intensity for a few days after the holidays. By increasing the intensity you will burn more calories in a shorter period of time, and you may also want to work out for a few minutes longer than usual. This is a relatively easy way to get rid of the excess calories, and you won’t have to spend much extra time to do it. Anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes longer in the gym, along with a little bit more effort than what you’re used to will help you burn the extra pounds and get back into your regular routine.
Get into group fitness
Group fitness is a great starting point for people who haven’t had a regular exercise regimen, and there are dozens of programs that you may have available locally. Group fitness classes are usually no more than one hour in length, and they help tremendously with one of the most difficult aspects of working out regularly: motivation. Try to find a class that appeals to your exercise interests and you will be more motivated to go. If exercise has always been a challenge because of motivation, group fitness may be the answer and the holiday season is the best time to get started, and it will definitely help you stay at a healthy weight throughout the whole season.
Detox your diet
After eating a bunch of unhealthy foods, sugar, and fat, you may want to try a bit of a “detox” diet. The HCG diet is definitely a great way to get back into shape after the holidays because it will help you detox from the effects of unhealthy eating, and you are pretty much guaranteed to lose your extra holiday weight and then some.
The HCG diet starts off with a few “gorging days” which includes eating a bunch of natural but high fat foods, but after this period of time you will be restricted to mostly fruits and vegetables for three weeks at a minimum. This will help your body recover and reset your metabolism back to a more normal level. The diet is a great first step back into a healthy way of living because it will start you off with 10 or more pounds of weight loss, and it is much easier to continue to lose weight after your body is switched into a weight loss mode. Get more information on the HCG diet here.
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Lean steak is one of your best sources of protein on the HCG diet because it is rich in vitamins and minerals and offers several grams of protein per serving. The key is to pick a cut of beef that is particularly low in fat, and at Nu Image Medical we give you a list of beef cuts that are low in fat with our diet protocol. Some of the options that you have include: top sirloin steak, tri-tip steak, cube steak, bottom round roast, and a few other cuts. This leak pepper steak recipe goes best with top sirloin steak, but you can substitute cube steak in.
Be sure to measure out exactly 100 grams of steak, and use a food scale if necessary (it is a great idea to have one for the diet). Also be sure to remove all visible fat before preparing the meal, and if you pre-measure several portions of steak at once it can save you a lot of preparation time.
It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and is one of the quicker HCG diet recipes, and if you have your steak portions cut out ahead of time it won’t take you longer than 15-20 minutes from start to finish:
- 100 grams of lean beef (tip steak, cube steak, or another cut)
- Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 medium tomato
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Brush steak with lemon juice.
- Season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.
- Add to a grill or a pan and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on medium high heat or until desired doneness.
- Serve with sliced tomato.
Servings: This recipe serves 1
Calories per Serving: 206
Categories: HCG Diet
If you decide to go on a round of the HCG diet, you want to lose as much weight as you can, and there are several ways that you can maximize your weight loss whether you decide to do the three week diet or the six week diet. The HCG diet when properly followed can result in weight loss of up to one pound per day, but this is often not the case because dieters often cheat or otherwise mess up on the protocol. With the proper preparation, dieters can lose the largest amount of weight during Phase 2 which is the very low calorie diet phase and most importantly maintain their weight loss during Phase 3 and beyond.
Preparing for the diet
A large part of the preparation for the diet involves learning the diet protocol, getting familiar with the food list for Phase 2 and 3, and preparing a list of recipes At Nu Image Medical we provide you with an updated protocol that can be read in just a few hours and is one of the most concise and accurate HCG diet protocols available anywhere. If the patient asks his or her medical provider questions prior to starting the diet and takes initiative by learning the protocol, they are less likely to cheat during the diet or slip up accidentally by including banned foods during Phase 2.
Any changes to the diet or protocol will slow weight loss down
One thing that dieters must remember is that any changes to the diet protocol will slow the rate of weight loss down, sometimes tremendously. The diet protocol was developed after several years of clinical research backing it, and since it was first brought into existence in the 1950s it has been refined, although because of the fact that the original diet protocol was so accurate and effective it has not been altered much by most providers. The protocol that is included with Nu Image Medical’s HCG diet program is a condensed and user friendly version of the diet that is very easy to pick up.
Changes to the diet should be approved upfront
Some dieters feel the need to make changes to the diet protocol for various reasons, such as adding in more protein per meal or other seasonings, but any changes to the diet should be first approved by a medical provider. In most cases, changes to the diet are unnecessary and will end up slowing down the rate of weight loss because fat metabolism on the HCG is sensitive to several of the foods that have been banned. There may be a legitimate medical circumstance that requires the diet to be modified or a different weight loss method to be attempted, but that is why Nu Image Medical performs a full medical evaluation at the start of every diet.
Accurate record keeping is important
Once dieters get through Phase 2, they should be sure to keep accurate records of their weight every morning, and ideally they should keep a record of all of their meals throughout Phase 2 and 3. Maintaining a record of weight is important because as foods are being added back into the diet, weight gain is the most likely to occur, and dieters can pinpoint specific trouble foods that are causing them issues. Everyone has a unique metabolism with different food tolerances; for instance some people can tolerate dairy products and won’t gain much weight if any at all when eating full fat dairy products, while other people may have a lactose sensitivity and gain weight from dairy or may have an allergy to it. Regardless of what the problem is, good record keeping will help the dieter or his or her medical provider narrow it down.
Have a group of favorite HCG diet recipes
Another important strategy for success on the diet is to have a group of favorite recipes available during Phase 2 and 3. A Phase 2 recipe list is the most important because at this stage of the diet you will have the fewest number of food selections, and you must adapt to these limited food selections quickly. You won’t be able to snack as much as you’re used to, so preparing your recipe list ahead of time will help you plan your daily meals out and space out your allowed calories so that you aren’t eating too many or too few at once. The best thing to do is to use a calorie counter of some sort so that you almost exactly how many calories are in each meal, and come up with a list of appealing recipes before you even start the diet. At Nu Image Medical we provide you with a recipe book and we regularly release HCG diet recipes on our blog.
Take an active approach and ask questions
Your medical provider at Nu Image Medical is available directly to you during the first week of the diet and during this time period you can ask them as many questions as you would like and learn about the diet. Try to get any areas that you aren’t sure about clarified so that you exactly what the diet is about before starting it. The HCG diet has several unique requirements such as avoiding the use of foods and cosmetics that can possibly interfere with the hormone, and you need to know exactly how the protocol works along with the food list. The more questions that you ask, the more familiar that you will become with the diet, so take advantage of the fact that you will have access to a medical provider during the first few days of the diet.
Use the right diet program
The most important thing to do is to find the right HCG diet program, and Nu Image Medical offers one of the best and most competitively priced programs available anywhere. Our program allows you the safety of being able to try the diet under the oversight of medical professionals, and it has been carefully designed by medical experts. The quality of the hormone is also very important; if you use a diet program that has low quality HCG, it is possible that their product can cause adverse effects or other issues with your weight loss. By using the diet program at Nu Image Medical you are protecting your own health and getting all of the benefits that you would get from purchasing the diet program from one of your local doctors, without the high cost that comes with it.
The HCG diet can help you safely lose up to 1 pound per day when you prepare for it and spend a little bit of time to learn how it works, and the three or six week diet program at Nu Image Medical is one of the most popular 100% online diet programs available. For more information about the diet program at Nu Image Medical, click here to ask a medical provider questions about the diet or to get started with an order today.
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The HCG diet plan food list has several food options available for phase 2 of the diet and phase 3, but the foods are limited to a specific list, and that list is particularly small for the very low calorie phase of the diet (phase 2). During Phase 2 of the diet you will mostly be eating fruits and vegetables with about 100 grams of protein twice per day, and the calories per day are limited to around 500kcal for most people in order to have the fastest amount of weight loss and for the hormone to be as effective as possible for fat metabolism. The HCG diet plan food list includes several choices even in Phase 2, and a brief overview of the allowed foods is below:
HCG diet food list fruits
There is a limited selection of fruits allowed on the HCG diet, and these fruits are all low glycemic index options that will not cause weight gain or interfere with the hormone. The fruits allowed on the HCG diet include green apples, grapefruit, oranges and strawberries. Strawberries are limited to a handful of about 7 of 8 or ½ cup, oranges are limited to one per serving, ½ of a grapefruit is allowed per serving, and 1 whole apple is allowed per serving. The fruit on the HCG diet can be prepared any number of ways as long as the preparation and ingredients does not break the diet protocol.
HCG diet food list vegetables
The largest variety of choices for the HCG diet comes from the vegetable list, and there are several choices available including asparagus, beet greens, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, swiss chard, chicory, fennel, lettuce, onion, radishes, spinach, and tomatoes. One cup of vegetables is allowed per meal, and it is recommended to measure a larger amount of vegetables that condense to close to 1 cup cooked. Vegetables make up the bulk of the allowed food during HCG diet phase 2, and they end up being an important source of nutrition and energy because they are low in calories and high in vitamins, fiber and minerals, so if any food intake is increased on the diet it should be in the form of vegetables.
HCG diet food list protein choices
There are several protein options available on the diet including lean beef, cube steak, sirloin tip, top round, very lean ground beef, veal, bison, chicken breast, white fish such as cod, flounder, haddock, lobster, halibut, crab, shrimp, red snapper, tilapia, and sole. All protein choices have to have their visible fat removed prior to preparing them, and 100 grams per meal should be weighed raw and not cooked. It is important to include a 100 gram serving of one of the above mentioned protein choices during each meal of the diet, and vegetables must get their required protein from other sources such as cottage cheese, natural whey protein or skim milk. Special dietary requirements can be addressed by the medical providers at Nu Image Medical for those who have them, and the diet can be customized as needed for vegetarians, vegans and others with unique food requirements.
Seasonings on the HCG diet
There are a limited number of seasonings allowed on the HCG diet protocol, and again the seasonings are carefully selected so that they do not cause any issues with the hormone or unnecessary calories and weight gain. Some of the approved seasonings include: stevia, garlic, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, parsley, basil, marjoram and mustard. Other seasonings can sometimes be allowed on the diet with the approval of a medical provider, but any extra seasonings should be discussed with the nutritionist or medical provider prior to starting the diet. Adding in unapproved seasonings can certainly cause issues with weight loss on the diet, so caution should always be exercised.
Setting up meals on the HCG diet
Preparing your meals from the HCG diet food list is quite easy: you simply need to select one vegetable serving from the list that will end up being about 1 cup cooked, 1 fruit serving, 1 100 gram (raw) protein serving, and your choice of 1 Melba toast or grissini breadstick (two carbohydrate options that are optional). Vegetables cannot be mixed on the diet, meaning that you need to stick to one type of vegetable per meal, although you can include seasonings and approved fresh herbs as desired. Be sure to count the number of calories per meal so that you don’t exceed the daily maximum of 500.
Food list for Phase 3 of the diet
The limited food list mentioned above is only for Phase 2 of the diet, once you complete this phase you are allowed a much larger selection of foods for the maintenance phase of the diet (Phase 3), but you must be careful to continue to avoid foods that will cause weight gain. During Phase 3 you can continue to eat all of the foods that were allowed during Phase 2 and you can start using healthy fat in your cooking such as olive oil and coconut oil. Most other foods are allowed on the diet with the exception of high glycemic index fruits and vegetables, starchy fruits and vegetables, grains, bad fats, and other starches. Dairy is also limited to low fat mozzarella, and most of your dairy choices will be limited to this or other low fat dairy options. Again it is important to address the food choices for Phase 3 with your medical provider prior to starting the diet.
Picking the right foods for Phase 3
Your choice of foods during Phase 3 is critical because it is this phase that can end up being the most dangerous for dieters in terms of unwanted weight gain. Although you have more freedom during the maintenance phase, you must be very selective in the foods that you allow back into your diet so that you don’t gain weight unnecessarily, and you will have to monitor your weight every morning. If you have any doubt, stick to the foods that are allowed during Phase 2 and simply eat more of them so that you maintain your weight, and in most cases the maximum number of calories you eat during Phase 3 should be around 800 but you can discuss this with your medical provider.
Have your recipes ready for Phase 2
The three week Phase 2 of the diet can be somewhat challenging, but if you have your recipes prepared ahead of time it will be much easier. Once you get familiar with the food list you can start coming up with a favorite recipe list that you can try for your first round of the diet, and it is even recommended to try preparing some of the recipes before you even start the diet so that you know what you like and won’t be tempted to cheat or eat at a restaurant during the important VLCD phase. For more information on the HCG diet food list, recipes, or how to start the diet, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.
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The HCG diet is one of the most effective diets available anywhere, and there are many advantages of the diet compared to other fast paced diets. The HCG diet can be completed in as little as three weeks and although it is fast paced it results in rapid weight loss. The weight loss on the diet often reaches a pace of up to 1 pound per day, and there are very few other diets that can safely match that pace of weight loss. At Nu Image Medical the diet is overseen by medical professionals with a strong background in the diet and who know how to safely administer it, and it is one of the safest and highest quality diet programs available anywhere.
The HCG diet is safe and proven over several decades
One of the main advantages of the HCG diet is that it is safe and has been proven to be safe over the past 5 decades. There are plenty of fad diets out there, but very few of them have proven to be safe over a long period of time. Anytime you try a diet that requires calorie restriction, you want to be sure that it has safely been used in the past, and the HCG diet has definitely proven that thousands of times. The hormone is also perfectly safe to use in the small quantities that it is used for weight loss, and there are no long term effects or dangerous symptoms associated with its use for weight loss.
No exercise is required
No exercise is required on the HCG diet which is a major advantage compared to other diets. Many other diets will require you to exercise while following their diet requirements, which is often an extra burden because it can be difficult enough to follow a diet for a period of time. The HCG diet gets its weight loss results without requiring any exercise at all, and there are few other diets that can match its speed of weight loss (0.25 to 1 lbs per day), without requiring some form of exercise. People who have limited time in their schedules really benefit from the diet because they don’t have to dedicate any time at all to exercising until the diet is completed.
The weight loss is very fast
It seems like there are very few diets that can back up their claims of fast weight loss, but the HCG really can. Its ability to result in a weight loss of 0.25 to 1 pound per day has been documented thousands of times. As long as you follow the diet program properly and avoid cheating, you will definitely experience the fastest weight loss of your life. The most important thing to consider is the quality of the diet program that you are using. The program at Nu Image Medical has proven to be safe many times, and is one of the best programs out there. It’s important to pick a program that has medical professionals who are familiar with the diet, so that your diet protocol can be adjusted if necessary to be as safe as possible for you.
The long term health benefits are incredible
When it comes to improving your health, losing body fat is by far one of the best things that you can do. By losing body fat, you will be reducing your risk of a wide range of different illnesses including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular illnesses. Those who already have pre-diabetes or symptoms of hypertension can usually go on the HCG diet without any problems, and the diet often results in a partial or complete reversal of their symptoms. Pre-diabetics will often find that their blood sugar levels normalize and their insulin response returns back to normal, because many of the health problems that people experience are the result of a poor diet and an appetite for unhealthy foods, two things that the HCG diet corrects.
The hormone causes faster weight loss than other low calorie diets
One main benefit that the hormone offers is that it causes faster weight loss than what you would normally experience without using it. It is not only a necessary part of the diet, it makes the diet much easier to tolerate and manage. You will find that the hormone reduces your appetite tremendously and it makes the first week of the diet a much easier transition. It assists with fat metabolism by speeding it up and helps to ensure that you get a sufficient amount of energy from stored fat. This is the main advantage that other diets cannot provide you with.
Also, keep in mind that you will find several versions of the HCG diet available, now that it has become one of the most popular weight loss diets, but you should only use a diet program that uses the original Simeons protocol. The Simeons protocol is based on the original diet developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeons, and this protocol has proven to be safe since its creation over 50 years ago. Nu Image Medical uses the Simeons protocol with its HCG diet, as the primary focus of our diet program is safety, however other diet programs may use new protocols that have not had any research or evidence backing their safety.
HCG makes the low calorie diet safe
There are other very low calorie diets out there, but they are not necessarily safe because they don’t have any way to offset the calorie restriction. The HCG diet uses the HCG hormone to ensure that you get a sufficient amount of calories every day. Also, the diet is limited to a maximum of six weeks for safety reasons. Other low calorie diets do not have the benefit of a hormone that can help to burn abnormal fat to supply energy requirements. On other low calorie diets you may experience a wide range of symptoms, and even worse the creator of the diet may not have any actual background in medicine or nutrition.
It is a great stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle
Many medical professionals will attest to the safety and effectiveness of the HCG diet, and its widescale approval is something that is rarely seen amongst any diet at all. It is one of the best stepping stones to a healthier lifestyle, because regardless of how poor your diet is prior to starting the HCG diet, you will experience a major transition. The diet can change your appetites and reduce your cravings for unhealthy foods while increasing your cravings for healthy foods, and it helps to reset some of the brain chemistry involved in food cravings as well as your natural metabolism. There are very few other diets that can make such a major shift in your health in such a short period of time, and to learn more about how the HCG diet can benefit you from a medical professional, click here.
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If you’ve successfully made it past Phase 2 of the HCG diet with minimal or no cheating, you should definitely be congratulated as this is no simple task. But once you’ve finished with the VLCD the next most difficult part of the diet begins – weight maintenance and adding foods back into your diet during Phase 3. This is arguable the most important Phase of the diet because this is where people slip up. It is all too easy to revert back to old unhealthy eating habits once your reach this critical phase of the diet, but you need to be just as vigilant about what you eat and how much of it you are eating as you were during Phase 2 of the diet.
Start adding foods back slowly
After you have finished Phase 2 of the diet, you’ve likely lost anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds or more, and you know that you are pretty much safe sticking to the foods on the HCG diet food list. If you aren’t sure what foods may cause weight gain during Phase 3, you should basically stick mostly to the Phase 2 food list while increasing your portion sizes and calories per day to your daily maintenance level. Don’t start adding a bunch of foods back into your diet right away – space the foods out because if you start gaining weight again you will the exact food that is causing you trouble.
Document what you eat
Although it isn’t a requirement of the diet by any means, you should try to document what you eat every day, regardless of what you eat. You are required to document your daily weight as a part of the diet, so if you can include your daily meals it will help you keep a much better record of your weight gain. Again, when you know the foods that are leading to weight gain you can easily eliminate them from your diet. Also keep in mind that every person’s metabolism is different, and there are plenty of natural foods that one person may be able to tolerate without weight gain but you may struggle with those same foods.
Stick to the foods that you know don’t cause weight gain
If you can come up with a list of foods that you know won’t lead to weight gain, and you stick to that list, you are much more likely to have long term success with the diet. On the HCG diet you will already have a great starting point, because you will have a list of Phase 2 foods that you can build from. If you can come up with a core list of foods that you know for sure won’t lead to weight gain, you will know exactly what is causing you to gain weight in the future even if you deviate from the list. Even if you have to repeat the HCG diet, try to always have a central list of healthy foods that you know work well with your metabolic type.
Continue to avoid wheat and unhealthy “health foods” during Phase 3 and afterward
Part of the reason why people struggle with weight gain after diets is because they are continuing to eat foods that may be thought of as “healthy” but are actually major culprits for weight gain. Wheat products in particular may contribute to immune problems and other long term health problems. Some of these foods include whole grains, pasta, bread, granola, dried fruit, muffins, juice, etc. If you know a bit about nutrition, these foods cause weight gain because they have a high glycemic index and carbohydrate content, and they are converted to fat if you eat a large enough quantity of them.
Wheat is thought to be one of the biggest culprits for weight gain and insulin resistance, and that includes whole wheat products, so you should pretty much avoid these foods unless you happen to be one of the few who can tolerate them without allergies. Wheat allergies or gluten allergies or sensitivities are also thought to affect a large portion of the population, and the chronic inflammation that these foods can trigger can lead you to even more weight gain due to adrenal fatigue and other immune issues. Dr. Simeons knew long before many other medical professionals that grains and wheat products were potentially dangerous, and not only should they be avoided during the HCG diet, they should pretty much be avoided after the diet is finished.
Avoid unhealthy fats during Phase 3 and afterward
There are plenty of good fats that you should be eating during Phase 3 which will help you stave off hunger. Good fats include the monounsaturated fatty acids found in coconut oil, omega 3 fatty acids found in extra virgin olive oil and fatty fish, and the fats found in avocados and nuts. These are all great sources of healthy fat that can reduce your cardiovascular disease risk, and when they are consumed in moderation they can definitely help you maintain a healthy weight. If you stick to these fats, and use olive oil or coconut oil for cooking, you really can’t go wrong during Phase 3, but if you notice weight gain and are otherwise eating healthy (which is unlikely but possible), you reduce your consumption of natural fats and your overall calorie intake.
The type of fats that can lead to weight gain during Phase 3 include fats from dairy products such as cheese, butter and cream, fats from any processed food and trans fats, margarine, commercial baked foods, deep fried foods, candy, and vegetable shortening. These foods should obviously be avoided during Phase 3 and the fats in these foods can definitely cause rapid weight gain, especially if they are eaten in combination with grain foods, which Dr. Simeons especially warned against. These fats should always be avoided even long after the diet is finished because they can definitely increase your risk of heart disease and they should basically be replaced by as many healthy fats as possible.
One caveat is with dairy fats – some nutritionists and health experts will mention that the fats found in dairy products from grass fed, antiobiotic and hormone free cows are higher in healthy fats including omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid. This is important to note, and with dairy it usually comes down to individual tolerance. Many people can tolerate natural dairy foods quite well and won’t gain weight even with full fat dairy products, but in most cases the consumption of full fat dairy should be kept to a minimum because these foods will almost always lead to weight gain when too much of them are eaten, regardless of a person’s tolerance.
The HCG diet is a perfect way for you to get back on the path of a healthy lifestyle, and both Phase 2 and 3 can easily be managed and successfully completed with the right preparation. At Nu Image Medical you will have support for Phase 3 of the HCG diet and beyond, and our medical professionals can help you come up with a food list that is very likely to work with your unique metabolic type. We give you a detailed protocol and help you through the most challenging parts of the diet, and you can always contact a medical provider at Nu Image if you have any concerns or if you start gaining weight unexpectedly. To get more information about the diet or to speak with a medical provider today about getting started, click here.
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