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7 Lunch Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

7 Lunch Foods That Can Help You Lose WeightLunch is an important meal and although many of us don’t make the wisest decisions when it comes to our lunch food choices, making better choices can have a major impact on your weight in the long term and improve your body’s metabolism. There are dozens of foods that are healthy, portable options for your lunches that you might actually enjoy, and when you make your own lunches with these foods you don’t have to rely on fast food or order out for lunch every day.

Try these healthy 7 lunch foods that can help you lose weight when you need some ideas for foods that can work well for lunch options, and for the most part you should try to avoid eating at restaurants for lunch and bringing your own homemade meals with these and other healthy foods whenever possible, especially when you are dieting.

Food #1 – Turkey breast

Turkey breast or turkey meat in general is a low fat excellent source of protein that works perfectly for several different lunch recipes. Eating turkey breast on its own is a great option, and ideally you should eat it without any bread or grains. Try to lose use low fat condiments with turkey breast which are healthier, but if you avoid adding extras to turkey breast and keep it natural it’s one of the best sources of protein that will keep you full and stabilize your blood sugar, which will help you avoid gorging on later meals and eating too much during lunch. Also try adding turkey with healthy and filling vegetables, and you pretty much can’t go wrong with adding this to your lunch menu, just be sure that it’s made in a healthy way.

Food #2 – Lean beef

Several cuts of lean beef are approved for consumption during Phase 2 of the HCG diet, and lean beef is one of the best weight loss foods out there. Cuts like sirloin and top round are high in protein just like turkey but low in fat, and organic lean beef is preferable. You don’t want to eat too much red meat with your diet, but adding it in a few times per week for lunch mixed in with a salad or on its own without any grains or bread is a great way to get blood sugar stabilizing protein into your meals, and many cuts of lean beef are very easy to prepare. Try to find higher quality organic lean beef for your meals when possible.

Food #3 – Apples

Adding an apple to your lunch is one of the best ways to make it healthier immediately. By eating just one apple you’ll be adding a lot more fiber to your lunch than what it might have had, and you’ll be less likely to eat more calories. It’s even better if you eat an apple at the start of your lunch, as research has shown that eating an apple before a meal will make you more likely to eat fewer calories during the meal. Studies have also shown that apples can reduce your risk of certain cancers like breast cancer and oral cancer when you eat them on a regular basis, which is another health bonus [1].

Food #4 – Almonds

Almonds might not be the easiest food to incorporate into lunch recipes, but if you take them along as a snack or a side with your lunch you’ll be taking one of the most perfect healthy foods with you. Almonds are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats which can lower your risk of obesity and improve your cardiovascular health. They are an excellent source of fiber, protein and healthy fat, all of which will fill you up without making you fat or adding too many calories to your diet. Just a small handful with your lunch will help you lose weight, and numerous studies have tied almond consumption with weight loss as well as a lower risk of a wide range of health illnesses.

Food #5 – Kimchi

It may or may not be one of your favorite foods, but adding kimchi as a side to your lunch is an excellent way to get more probiotics in your diet which can improve your digestion and reduce inflammation. The bacteria in kimchi help your body fight off infections and by lowering inflammation, it can make you less likely to put on weight and develop dangerous conditions like metabolic syndrome or prehypertension. It’s also one of the lowest calorie foods out there, as 100 grams of kimchi only have 46 calories. The capsaicin in kimchi also boosts your metabolism and further helps you to lose weight, and it is rich in fiber.

Food #6 – Greek yogurt

Taking Greek yogurt with you for your lunch is one of the best decisions that you can make. The probiotics in Greek yogurt can help you with digestion and reducing inflammation in the same way that kimchi can. It’s also one of the best and healthiest sources of protein out there. One serving of Greek yogurt is about 24 grams of protein, but you should be extremely careful to avoid most storebought varieties of Greek yogurt as they add way too much sugar and other additives that can quickly make it unhealthy. Make your own Greek yogurt side with stevia, and fruit, and that’s the healthiest way to add it into your lunch if you do decide to.

Food #7 – Eggs

Eggs are an excellent source of protein and hardboiled eggs are an easy portable snack that you can add to your lunch without much fuss. Two eggs offer about 12 grams of protein and they are only about 140 calories, and they are very filling. When you eat eggs for lunch, they stabilize your blood sugar for the rest of the day, making you a lot less likely to snack on junk food at work. A study on obese women found those who ate a 350 calorie breakfast with sausage and eggs were less likely to snack on fatty sugar junk food during the day than those who only ate cereal for breakfast [3]. The same effect will occur when you eat them for lunch and they are an easy healthy food to add to your lunch food list.

[1] http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=15

[2] http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=20

[3] http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/9-foods-to-help-you-lose-weight

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HCG Diet Phase 2 Secrets to Success

HCG Diet Phase 2 Secrets to SuccessPhase 2 of the HCG diet can be challenging for many people because of the strict daily calorie requirements and other requirements, but there are several strategies that you can use to improve your chances of success during this phase.

To have the greatest chance of success during this phase of the diet you need to be aware of the diet’s requirements and fully review the diet protocol before you start dieting. You should also ask your medical provider if you have any questions at all about phase 2. If you’ve never tried the diet before you’ll need to take some time to get familiar with the requirements of the protocol so that you don’t slip up. Try some of these HCG diet phase 2 secrets to success and see if they help you get the results that you want on the diet.

Plan your meals out ahead of time

The most time consuming and challenging part of the HCG diet is the meal preparation, but with the proper meal preparation you can help to ensure your chances of success and you’ll be much less likely to slip up.

Be sure to plan your meals out ahead of time for every week of Phase 2; ideally you should cook at home for the duration of the very low calorie diet because it will be very difficult if not impossible to stick to the diet when eating at restaurants. If you are pressed for time you can plan your meals out for every day of the week and pick recipes that you know you can handle.

You’ll need to get familiar with some of the HCG diet recipes, but there are literally hundreds available both on this website and other HCG diet resources, and we also provide you with a cookbook with dozens of other recipes outside of what we have published on this blog.

Have a look at all of the available HCG diet recipes and pick a set of recipes that you think you’ll enjoy. If you get the opportunity, try out some of these recipes before you actually start the diet and experiment with your own touches or alterations to the recipes. Just remember to only stick to HCG diet approved ingredients, and be sure to review the ingredient list before you start the diet.

Learn all of the HCG approved foods

Remember that phase 2 of the HCG diet is very strict in terms of the allowable foods. In general, you can assume that most foods are forbidden during phase 2 with the exception of the food list that is included with your HCG diet protocol.

There are just a handful of fruits and protein options that you can pick from, while you have a wider choice in terms of vegetables and a few seasonings. If it helps, print out the approved food list and keep it with you when you are cooking just so that you don’t use anything that isn’t allowed by accident. It can be really easy to slip up with this so you’ll have to be extra vigilant.

The chances are that you’ll have other people in your household who aren’t on the HCG diet and so you’ll still be exposed to foods that you aren’t allowed to eat. You’ll have to be very careful to separate your meals from what the people around you are eating, and you’ll need to be cautious about your seasonings and condiments as well.

It’s very easy to slip up with condiments and use a salad dressing, ketchup or other condiment made from ingredients that aren’t allowed on the diet. Don’t underestimate the effect of this; messing up and picking the wrong ingredients for your recipes or the wrong seasonings can have a significant effect on your weight loss during phase 2 and slow it down substantially.

Read the protocol carefully and ask questions

The HCG diet protocol that we provide you with at Nu Image Medical is very easy to get through in just a matter of a few hours or less, and you’ll find that it is succinct but also very thorough in that it covers every aspect of the diet in detail and gives you very specific guidance on what to do and not to do during phase 2 and 3 of the diet.

Be sure that you spend the time to review the protocol thoroughly before you start the diet; it is well worth the effort and you’ll be starting the diet with a much more knowledgeable point of view than someone who didn’t review the protocol at all or barely reviewed it.

If you run into any questions or unique concerns about the protocol, be sure to discuss it with your medical provider at the start of the diet. At Nu Image Medical we provide you with a medical consultation and the opportunity to ask questions at the start of the diet regarding anything that you may be concerned about.

For example, some people may be concerned about the daily calorie limit, some may want to know if they can adjust the protocol, or they may have questions about the injection protocol or the way that meals should be prepared. Your medical provider can give you detailed information and help you through the critical first few weeks of the diet so that you get the most weight loss possible and have the greatest chance of success.

Use a proven diet program to improve your chances of success

With the popularity of the HCG diet there are now dozens of different diet providers, and each of them seems to have a different approach to the diet. The HCG diet that you will find at any legitimate local medical clinic will be based on the original Simeons protocol and will also be created and administered by licensed medical providers. This will make a major difference in the quality of the diet and greatly improve your chances of success.

Most legitimate HCG diet providers can prove their results through testimonials and the proven success of their former customers, and if you get the chance to speak to their former customers you can also get a good idea about the quality of their diet and whether or not it really worked for them.

The HCG diet at Nu Image Medical is guaranteed to work for you if you follow the protocol properly and prepare for it as we recommend. For more information about the HCG diet or to ask a medical provider at Nu Image Medical any questions that you may have about it, click here.

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HCG Diet Hamburgers

This is a quick and easy recipe for HCG diet hamburgers that you can use for Phase 2 of the HCG diet. It is very easy to make and it might turn out to be one of your favorite recipes for the diet. Remember that you can’t use anything less than 93/7 lean ground beef for these hamburgers, so be sure to check with your grocery store or butcher and find the appropriate 93/7 beef.

You can also grind one of the approved cuts of beef for the diet such as top round steak, sirloin tip steak or tri-tip steak and use it for this recipe. Ground chicken breast is another option if you prefer chicken burgers. This recipe is easy to increase in servings if needed, and feel free to add other HCG diet approved seasonings into the recipe as needed.

For a bun substitute, try iceberg or romaine lettuce leaves, or just eat the hamburger with seasonings, onions, a serving of HCG diet vegetables or other HCG diet approved condiments.


  • 0 oz. 93/7 lean hamburger
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add seasonings into ground beef, mix well.
  2. Make 3-4 patties from the beef.
  3. Cook patties to medium well or well done on medium heat or on a BBQ grill (about 6-7 minutes on each side).
  4. Cut one patty down the center to check for doneness. Serve or refrigerate immediately.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 133

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What is the Long Term Effectiveness of the HCG Diet?

what-is-the-long-term-effectiveness-of-the-hcg-dietLong Term Effectiveness of the HCG Diet

The HCG diet is one of the few diets that can work both in the short term and the long term, but to have lasting results with your weight loss it takes a commitment to stay healthy and to focus as much of your time and energy on staying healthy and losing weight as you can. The HCG diet is a great way to transition into a healthy lifestyle and it is becoming a more popular recommendation by both traditional and alternative medical practitioners.

With the HCG diet, you’ll very likely get better results than you ever have with any other diet, and you’ll find that it’s a lot easier than you might think to lose the weight that you’ve always wanted to lose. One of the biggest determinants of long term success with any diet is whether or not it changes your eating habits, as your eating habits are largely what determine the amount of calories that you consume on a daily basis and the types of foods that you crave.

The HCG diet helps you transition back into healthy eating habits

Bad eating habits are one of the biggest causes of long term weight gain, and the HCG diet is one of the best diets that can actually change your eating habits and help reduce your cravings for junk food. Most participants on the diet find that they no longer crave the same foods that they used to crave after just one round of the diet. One of the most important things to do in order to change bad eating habits, according to WebMD, is to reduce your portion sizes, eat lower fat foods, and drink more water [1].

These are all requirements of the HCG diet, and although the diet is one of the strictest out there, it is highly effective at helping patients change their behavior and habits that contribute to weight gain. As mentioned on WebMD, it is also important to use condiments that are low in calories rather than sauces that are rich in fat [1]. Another one of the requirements of the HCG diet is to avoid any sauces that have excess calories, and it limits your condiment options to a select few that are very low in calories and that won’t trigger your cravings. The diet is perfectly designed to help your body basically reset itself and your cravings for food, and you will almost certainly find that you won’t want to eat the same foods as before.

The HCG diet limits your consumption of sugar drinks

Another important aspect of the diet is that it limits the type of drinks that you can consume during the three week very low calorie diet, and most diet protocols also limit your drink options during the three week stabilization phase (Phase 3). This is also important for helping your normalize your weight and transition into a healthier lifestyle. In order to avoid weight gain, you have to avoid consuming drinks with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, as they are a source of “empty calories” that can easily add to your weight and cause a wide range of metabolic problems. People who consume sugar drinks are much more likely to be obese and struggle with weight loss.

The Harvard School of Public Health has found that the portion sizes for soda have increased dramatically over the past 40 years and that more people are consuming soft drinks than ever before. With two out of every three adults in the United States being overweight or obese, and one out of three children, HSPH estimates that a large amount of the obesity epidemic has to do with the consumption of sugar drinks. The HCG diet requires patients to completely avoid consuming sugar drinks during its entire duration, which helps to reduce cravings for sugar drinks and helps patients avoid them once the diet has been completed.

Eating larger portions of water and fiber rich foods can help you change your eating habits

As WebMD mentions, one of the best ways to change your eating habits is to limit your consumption of calorie dense foods like pizza, pasta, and bread and eating larger quantities of fiber rich foods like broccoli, kale, fruits and non-starchy vegetables. By increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables you can control your cravings for food much more easily because the water content and fiber content of these foods will fill you up faster. You may start to crave calorie dense foods less and less.

The HCG diet requires you to mostly eat foods that are rich in both fiber and water content for a period of three to six weeks. During this period of time, many patients start to experience changes in their food cravings. Although the first week of the diet can be challenging for some, once this week has passed the rest of the diet is usually much easier, and many patients find that they are able to stick to the requirements of the diet much more easily as their cravings for food change. Although the diet is set at a relatively low amount for the allowable calories per day, it is still designed to be easy to complete for the majority of people, and the foods are carefully selected so that they are both filling but also nutritious.

The HCG diet is one of the easiest ways to transition into a healthier lifestyle

There are hundreds or perhaps thousands of diets now available and it can be confusing to make a decision on just one. However, the HCG diet has had more clinical evidence of success than the vast majority of diets that are out there, and it can definitely make it a lot easier for you to change your eating habits and appetites. The long term effectiveness of the HCG diet is proven and well known, and tens of thousands of patients have had success with it.

You will find that following the requirements of the diet is very easy once you get familiar with the protocol, and because it is limited to such a short period of time it can have dramatic effects on your eating habits but it won’t require a lot of effort for you over the long term. If you have any questions at all about the HCG diet and how it can help you lose weight and change your eating habits for the better, talk to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical today for more information about it.


[1] http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/6-steps-to-changing-bad-eating-habits

[2] http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/

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Tips for Maximum Weight Loss on the HCG Diet

Tips for Maximum Weight Loss on the HCG DietMaximum Weight Loss on the HCG Diet

Maximizing your weight loss on the HCG diet is essential when you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight. Whenever you try a round of the HCG diet you want to lose the most weight possible of course, and although the diet can be a bit challenging, if you follow the requirements of the protocol properly and maintain your injections, you’ll see the maximum results possible.

Remember that you can always repeat the diet if needed, but if you manage to lose the most weight every time that you try the diet then you hopefully won’t have to repeat it very many times, and you’ll accomplish your weight loss goals more quickly.

Be sure to follow the protocol properly and read it

When you purchase the HCG diet from Nu Image Medical we include an up-to-date protocol that covers everything that you’ll need to know for the diet. Knowing this protocol is essential for losing the most weight possible while on the diet.

Although there are several requirements of the protocol such as avoiding cosmetics with lotion, avoiding certain over the counter medications and more, the main requirement to follow is the diet requirements for what you can and cannot eat. You’ll need to familiarize yourself as much as possible with it prior to starting the diet, and you may want to take a few hours to read it over at least twice because there are a few details to learn.

If you follow the food requirements for the diet and carefully count your portions, you’ll be much more likely to have success during Phase 2 and you’ll lose the most weight possible. You won’t even necessarily need to count every calorie as long as you are following the food and portion requirements.

For example, if you eat 2 oranges, 2 1 cup servings of cabbage, and 2 3.5 ounce portions of chicken breast and one Grissini breadstick for one of the days of the diet, just as the protocol allows for, you’ll probably end up at around 500 calories or so. Just be sure to truly stick to HCG approved foods only during Phase 2 of the diet and you’ll see the maximum results.

Be sure to pick a medically supervised HCG diet

Be sure that you choose a medically supervised HCG diet because there are several diets out there that won’t necessarily work for you. A medically supervised diet will have the medical professionals and advisors available to help you through the diet if you run into any rough spots or if you have any questions at all about the requirements.

Other diet providers that sell the diet without medical supervision are doing so at the risk of their patients’ health, and they often are not able to answer questions about the diet or offer any form of educated advice about it as well. This is a major problem when plateaus are reached or other issues occur with the diet

Also, in a majority of cases their protocols are out of date or inaccurate. Some providers don’t have any protocol at all, leaving you to wonder what to do on the diet and basically selling you a low quality or possibly contaminated hormone product without giving you specific advice on how to use it.

Avoid those retailers at all cost and purchase the diet from an established licensed provider with real medical professionals on staff. At Nu Image Medical our HCG diet protocol has been professionally developed by licensed medical doctors and it is based on the original Simeons protocol which is by far the most proven and safe protocol for weight loss. Our patients have had incredible results with our protocol and you will too if you follow it correctly.

Don’t cheat for maximum weight loss on the HCG diet

Cheating is the biggest cause of weight loss issue while on the HCG diet, and although it is difficult to avoid cheating while on the diet, it is necessary in order to guarantee that you’ll lose the most weight possible. You’ll need to do whatever you can to avoid cheating while on the diet, at least temporarily.

This might mean getting rid of all the junk food in your home and pantry or locking it up until the diet is over. You might have to completely avoid restaurants or other environments that will tempt you to eat unhealthy food, and you will need to cook at home for Phase 2 and the majority of Phase 3.

Try as many HCG diet recipes as you can before you start the diet itself so that you can come up with a list of favorites. That will make it a lot easier to avoid cheating while you are on the diet, as it will make the food on the diet a lot more enjoyable.

One way to help ensure that you have success with the diet is to make it as fun and pleasant as possible, even though it is just three weeks long, and if you are eating at least a few of your favorite foods then you’ll be less likely to want to eat junk or something else to satisfy your taste buds.

Be sure that you follow the injection protocol and ask questions

Another crucial requirement for losing weight on the diet is to follow the injection protocol properly. At Nu Image Medical we supply you with as much hormone as you need for the three week or six week HCG diet in careful dosages, and we also provide you with a detailed injection protocol and schedule to follow.

You will want to start injecting the hormone during the first three gorging days as well as during Phase 2 of the diet on every single day of the diet. Missing just one day can throw off your weight loss and cause hormone changes that can make it more difficult for you to lose weight.

Be sure to ask your medical provider questions as well if you are unclear about any aspect of the diet or run into a plateau or other health problem.

For more information about the details of the HCG diet or to ask any questions at all, or to find out about the diet’s requirements, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image.

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HCG Diet Recipe Seasoned Cucumber Slices

HCG Diet Recipe Seasoned Cucumber SlicesHaving several good recipes for Phase 2 of the HCG diet is important to ensuring that the diet goes as planned.  This recipe for seasoned cucumber slices is very easy to follow and it is very delicious and filling. It is a great option for a guilt free snack while on the diet, and it can be easily scaled up if you want to use it as a side for meals for a couple of days.

Try adding this side dish with your favorite HCG diet protein dishes, or you can use this as a small meal along with some water and an HCG diet approved fruit. This will store for about 1-2 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but it’s best just to make this recipe and eat it right away sine it literally just takes a few minutes to make. Adjust the seasonings to your taste and feel free to add in other HCG diet approved seasonings such as cayenne pepper or dill if you desire. Be sure to marinate this recipe for at least one hour in the refrigerator in a closed container before serving.


  • 2 medium cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 4-5 drops of stevia
  • 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh black pepper and sea salt to taste


  1. After slicing the cucumbers, add stevia, garlic powder, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Serve after marinating for one hour minimum

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 53

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What Happens if you Try the HCG Diet Without HCG

what-happens-if-you-try-the-hcg-diet-without-hcgSome people have the idea of trying the HCG diet without HCG, however, the diet is not likely to be as effective without the hormone and the patient is very likely to experience many more symptoms. There are various reasons why people consider trying the diet without HCG; some believe that the diet will work without the hormone, and other people believe that the diet may somehow be safer.

Injecting HCG has been proven to make the very low calorie diet more tolerable and helps the body metabolize fat faster, and as a result of this effect it is an important part of the diet that cannot be left out without consequences. Leaving the hormone out of the diet can result in several problems completing the diet, and it may even be dangerous for many people.

The hormone helps your body metabolize abnormal fat

One of the main effects of the HCG hormone is that it helps your body metabolize abnormal fat, and when you avoid using the hormone for the diet your body will metabolize abnormal fat more slowly. When you are trying to lose weight on the HCG diet, your body will burn excess fat but the rate of fat metabolism won’t be as fast without the hormone.

The hormone specifically targets abnormal fat and helps the body focus on metabolizing this source of energy as a primary source of calories rather than muscle. Without the hormone it may be more difficult to metabolize abnormal fat, and studies have found that muscle will break down when the hormone is not used.

It is crucial to protect your muscle mass when you are losing weight or are on a very low calorie diet, and several studies have found that the hormone has a protective effect on muscle mass while the weight loss is occurring. It also makes the diet a lot more tolerable because it helps the body break down fat more efficiently.

The result is that the diet is a lot easier when the hormone is injected. Most patients feel that they experience less hunger when they take the injections, and several studies have confirmed that the hormone can reduce the sensation of hunger and that patients are more energetic while injecting it.

The hormone reduces the symptoms of hunger and other symptoms

Those who have never tried a very low calorie diet will find that it is a lot easier with the hormone injections. The hormone reduces symptoms of fatigue and hunger which most people who attempt a very low calorie diet will experience.

Several studies have found that these symptoms are reduced dramatically when the hormone is injected as opposed to trying the diet without the hormone. Although the very low calorie diet is just three or six weeks long, it can be challenging when it is attempted without the hormone, especially the first few weeks when the patient is adjusting to the lower calorie level and the body is transitioning to a ketogenic state.

The reduction of symptoms can’t be underestimated; it is often the difference between being able to complete the diet and having to stop early. Symptoms like fatigue and hunger can make it very difficult to get through Phase 2 of the diet, and that’s why the hormone is injected throughout this phase. It makes it much more tolerable and easier to complete.

Most people find that they can even complete multiple rounds of the diet without problems and lose the maximum amount of weight each time without having to change the protocol or anything else about the diet, as long as the hormone is regularly injected. Missing just one injection can increase symptoms and avoiding the hormone altogether will give the patient a very difference experience during Phase 2.

The diet may not be safe if it’s attempted without the hormone

The HCG diet has been tested and designed for use with HCG hormone injections of 125 to 150 IU per day, depending on the patient. A very low calorie diet is not safe for everyone; you must first be approved for the diet prior to starting it.

Even for those who are approved medical supervision is required. The hormone makes the diet a lot safer and more tolerable for those who attempt it, and studies have found that patients are able to easily transition to the lower calorie amount without having to be concerned about side effects or other problems.

Avoid hormone free HCG products

As a side note, the diet should never be attempted with hormone free HCG products or homeopathic HCG products. None of these products are proven to work with the diet and may have unknown or dangerous ingredients in them. The only safe way to attempt the diet is under medical supervision from an approved diet provider that has the licensed medical professionals to prescribe the hormone.

Attempting the diet any other way is not safe, and purchasing products that claim to have HCG in them or hormone free HCG products can be very dangerous when you are trying the very low calorie diet. Be sure that you get the hormone from a licensed medical provider and that you are properly screened before ever attempting the diet.

The hormone is safe and there’s no reason not to use it with the diet

If you are considering trying the HCG diet without the hormone you should definitely reconsider because it is perfectly safe to use for the three or six week very low calorie diet. There have been no reported adverse effects to the hormone, and it is perfectly safe and natural to use for the diet as long as it is pure and the diet is medically supervised.

Ignore the claims that the hormone isn’t safe; the only hormone products that aren’t safe are the ones that are not produced by licensed pharmacies or the hormone products that claim to have HCG in them but don’t have any actual hormone. The only safe way to attempt the diet is by purchasing it with a pure version of the hormone from a licensed medical provider like Nu Image Medical. To learn more about the HCG diet and how it can help you lose weight quickly and safely, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical now.

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How does the HCG Diet Work

how-does-the-hcg-diet-workSometimes it’s not quite clear exactly how the HCG diet works, but before you start the diet you should have a good understanding of its basic principles. The HCG diet is a very low calorie diet where you are restricted to just 500-550 kcal per day (for the majority of patients), with strict limitations on the types of foods that you can eat as well as over the counter medications and even cosmetics. The diet utilizes the fat metabolizing effect of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin in combination with a diet that is low enough in daily calorie intake to cause rapid weight loss.

A calorie deficit results in weight loss

The average amount of calories the human body needs is around 2,000 per day. Most medically supervised very low calorie diets will provide about 800-1200 kcal per day of carefully selected foods. This type of diet usually results in about 2 pounds of weight loss per week depending on the level of calorie restriction and other factors. Although this can help a large number of people, there are many patients who need to lose a significantly larger amount of weight per week. The HCG diet often results in much faster weight loss when it is properly followed, and a properly medically supervised round of the HCG diet can realistically result in 5-15 pounds of weight loss in 3 weeks or 15 to 40 pounds or more in six weeks.

The calorie deficit is safe for patients while they are on the HCG diet because the hormone provides them with all of the energy that they need. If a patient requires 2,500 kcal per day, the hormone will help the body metabolize 2,000 calories of abnormal fat quickly to provide that excess energy. That’s why patients on the HCG diet are often energized and don’t feel fatigued or hungry, even though they are eating far less than what they are used to. The calorie deficit on the diet is much more sustainable than other medically supervised very low calorie diets, and that’s the main difference.

Very low calorie diets like the HCG diet are proven for weight loss

The reason why the HCG diet is designed as a very low calorie diet is simply because of the fact that these diets are proven and effective for weight loss. They have been shown time and time again to result in rapid weight loss, however not all of the diets are properly designed or even safe for patients. The HCG diet is unique in the fact that’s one of the few very low calorie diets that have been extensively clinically researched and proven by thousands of patients. Hundreds of thousands of patients have tried the diet and it has been life changing for the vast majority of them, and it usually provides far better results than other diets they have tried in the past.

The diet has had a few formal clinical studies which have proven that it is more effective for weight loss than other very low calorie diets. The studies have been discussed on this blog, and they have generally found that the diet is effective for preserving muscle mass while the weight loss occurs. Most weight loss diets will result in muscle mass loss unless there are measures taken to prevent it, but the hormone helps the body focus its energy needs on abnormal fat as opposed to lean muscle. Other studies have found that the hormone itself causes a faster rate of weight loss and that patients have fewer side effects when injecting the hormone.

The HCG diet has several health benefits

As mentioned previously the diet is perfectly safe and helps the body focus on metabolizing abnormal fat when the patient is on the very low calorie portion. With the substantial amount of weight loss that can occur on the diet, patients can expect to lose several pounds after the diet completed, assuming that they follow the protocol properly. The weight loss can result in several health advantages and benefits including a lower risk of developing heart disease, better mobility and fewer joint problems, an improved blood cholesterol and lipid profile, reduced inflammation levels, and a lower risk of stroke and other illnesses.

The health benefits are seen more commonly with the HCG diet as opposed to other very low calorie diets because of how effective the diet is at weight loss. On the HCG diet, patients can expect to lose more weight than they ever have on other diets, and it can improve their lives almost immediately. There are very few disadvantages to the diet, and the diet is very easy to follow and straightforward. Obese patients who may have been considering gastric bypass surgery will often be able to lose the amount of weight that they need to lose while on the HCG diet and often won’t have to resort to surgery. The same goes for other patients who are at risk of hypertension, diabetes and other illnesses; they are often able to reverse their symptoms and reduce the chance of developing whichever illness that they may have had a predisposition for.

Very low calorie diets are not meant to be followed for a long period of time

In many cases a very low calorie diet should not be followed for more than six to eight weeks in a row, which is why the HCG diet is limited to that amount of time. However, this period of time is sufficient for a large amount of weight loss, and the diet can be safely repeated by the majority of patients. Those with more weight to lose can easily repeat the six week HCG diet after a brief waiting period to quickly get to their target weight. Although other very low calorie diets can result in weight loss, the HCG diet is by far one of the fastest if not the fastest. And in every case, a very low calorie diet should be medically supervised and there should be a patient screening prior to starting the diet to ensure that it is safe. For more information about the HCG diet and its benefits, contact Nu Image Medical today.

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Studies on the HCG Diet

studies-on-the-hcg-dietThe HCG diet has been the subject of clinical studies throughout the years, and the diet itself was the result of studies performed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in Rome and in other locations on obesity and the HCG hormone. The purpose of his studies were to find out what effect the hormone had on weight loss, and he was able to determine that a calorie limit of 500 kcal per day combined with injections of 150 to 200 IU per day. The original protocol has not been changed much by most HCG diet providers. The diet is one of the most widely studied compared to other diets currently available, and below are the findings of some of the studies on the diet.

One study found that the HCG diet resulted in weight loss without muscle loss

Sheri L. Emma MD began to study the HCG diet after an obese friend who was considering gastric bypass tried the HCG diet. On the 6 week diet he had lost an astounding 46 pounds and many of his metabolic markers and symptoms improved including his blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and pre-diabetes. The case sparked her curiosity and she began her own study on the diet.

Her study found that the HCG diet resulted in rapid weight loss, with lower lean muscle mass lost compared to a placebo group [1]. The data of her study was aired in 2012 on the Doctor OZ Show, and it was one of the first major public broadcasts that indicated the safety and effectiveness of the HCG diet.

The placebo group on the HCG diet for one month lost an average of 5 pounds of muscle, while those on the HCG hormone only lost 2 pounds of muscle [1]. The doctor had mentioned that losing muscle is bad because it hurts the metabolism and makes a person more likely to regain the weight that they had lost.

Muscle loss is a common effect of many diets but the HCG diet is one of the few that minimizes it. It also helps to explain why patients on the HCG diet do not have the “rebound” effect that many other diets have, where the patient regains a large amount of weight right after the diet is completed.

She also found that there was no major change in electrolytes or cardiac function for patients on the HCG diet, indicating that it is safe. However, she also mentioned that each patient was prescreened prior to starting the diet to ensure that it was safe for them. For the medical providers or companies that sell the HCG diet without prescreening, there is no way to guarantee the safety of the diet.

Dr. Emma also made the point that the diet is far from a do it yourself diet, and although there are self-injection protocols available from providers like Nu Image Medical, it is still important to get a medical prescreening prior to starting the diet to ensure that it is safe and adjusting calorie amounts when this is needed.

Asher and colleagues found that the HCG diet was more effective than placebo

Years ago, there are a few other formal studies on the HCG diet which also found similar results as Dr. Emma’s study. Asher and colleagues studied the diet which was first published in Clinical Nutrition in 1973. The study included twenty female patients who were restricted to 500-550 kcal per day and received HCG injections on a daily basis of 125 IU, while 20 other female patients were on a 500-550 kcal per day diet and received no injections.

The study found that the HCG group lost much more weight than the women who didn’t receive injections. The HCG group also reported a greater feeling of well-being while on the diet with lower hunger levels. The patients receiving HCG injections expressed this as responses indicating that they felt “little to no hunger” and that they were “feeling good to excellent” at a higher rate that the patients who didn’t receive injections.

Both groups were on the same diets and there were no major differences in the study in regard to the foods that were used. The protocol of the original HCG diet was also followed in the study, and both groups of patients were given very low levels of fat. This study was significantly different from Dr. Emma’s study because she made several adjustments to the original protocol of the HCG diet, including changing the calorie limits for some patients.

The study by Asher also followed some of the other requirements of the diet such as avoiding cosmetics with fat, even though the researchers didn’t believe that it would make a significant difference to do this. In Asher’s study, other medications were avoided to prevent any interactions from occurring.

Also, the patients had no way of distinguishing between placebo injections and HCG injections, so the patients who were getting injections would not have had any placebo effect that would result from a belief that they were receiving injections [2].

In Asher’s study, the HCG group lost an average of 19.96 pounds while the non-HCG group lost an average of just 11.05 pounds. The patients also received 36 injections over a six week period of time.

The HCG diet does not have an extensive amount of formal studies on it

The diet does not have as many studies on it as it really should, considering the amount of weight loss that many patients experience on the diet and the amazing results that many patients get. In spite of this, the few formal studies that have been performed all show the same thing; that the diet is effective at weight loss compared to a placebo group.

The thousands of patients who lose weight with the HCG diet every day are another testament to the success of the diet in addition to these clinical studies. It has proven to be one of the most effective ways to lose weight quickly over a three or six week period of time without losing lean muscle mass, and while feeling better than a person would feel on virtually every other diet.

If more studies are to be conducted on the diet in the future they would have the same results as Dr. Emma and Asher’s studies, assuming that the original HCG protocol is the one being studied. If you have any questions about the HCG diet or any studies on the diet, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

[1] http://www.doctoroz.com/article/hcg-diet-research-study

[2] http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/26/2/211.long

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The HCG Diet and Crossfit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Losing weight will make Crossfit and other exercises easier

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

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

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

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

The HCG diet can help change your appetites for healthy food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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