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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Basil Tomato Chicken

phase-2-hcg-diet-recipes-basil-tomato-chickenThis is one of the more delicious and satisfying Phase 2 HCG diet recipes. It is perfect for the very low calorie diet, because it only contains Phase 2 approved ingredients and it is also low in calories. This diet is for two servings and you can very easily scale it up or down as needed, and the two servings for this diet equal two HCG diet protein servings and two HCG diet vegetable servings. This is a great recipe for your HCG diet dinner as it has about half of your daily calories, and you can combine this with a lighter lunch and your two HCG diet fruit servings to make a complete day’s meal.

This recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook, and you can adjust the seasonings as desired but be sure to avoid adding any non-HCG diet approved seasonings and always avoid adding any oil or fat. Be sure to also use chicken breast for this recipe as other cuts of chicken have a higher fat content and can cause problems with your diet. This recipe can be stored for up to 2-3 days in the fridge in a sealed container so you can easily make this recipe for several days’ worth of food.

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams boneless and skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 cups of tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 basil leaves, rolled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Saute chicken in a non-stick pan with a small amount of lemon juice and half of the broth on medium high heat. Cook until opaque and until there is some color on both sides of the chicken breast.
  • Add garlic, onion, and saute for 3-5 more minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, spices, and remainder of lemon juice and broth and cook until tomatoes soften.
  • Add basil last and cook for a few minutes until wilted.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 236

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7 HCG Diet Tips and Tricks

7-hcg-diet-tips-and-tricksAlthough the HCG diet is designed to be easy, it can be somewhat challenging during the first week. One of the hardest parts about the diet is learning the requirements and sticking to them. The hormone reduces your appetite and helps with food cravings, but you need to be valiant about your watching calorie intake and avoid cheating as much as possible. Although the diet protocol is the same for everyone, it helps to come up with your own strategies and customizations about implementing the protocol that will work well for you based your habits and schedule. Customizing the diet for yourself without changing the fundamental protocol or requirements will make it easier for you to finish the diet and lose as much weight as possible. The following HCG diet tips and tricks can help you get through the diet and get the most out of your weight loss efforts.

HCG Diet Tip #1 – Plan your meals ahead of time

One of the most important things to do on the HCG diet is to plan the meals of the week ahead of time. This can save you a substantial amount of time on cooking, calorie counting and food prep. The VLCD portion of the diet (Phase 2) is the most important phase of the diet to plan your meals out because you need to carefully calculate your daily calorie intake during this phase to never exceed 500 calories per day. The protocol includes a list of foods and the serving sizes that you need to adhere to, but it is important that you plan out your recipes and your daily meals all at once so that you don’t have to spend time every day planning out your meals. Planning your meals will save you time and make the diet much easier to complete.

HCG Diet Tip #2 – Cook for multiple days

You should also cook for more than just one day whenever possible. Most of the HCG diet recipes are for just one or two servings, and since the portion sizes are so small they can be easily increased to four to six servings or more. Just be sure to check and see how long the recipes will be good for when properly stored in the refrigerator, but in most cases you can cook for at least two to three days of meals at once. One idea is to cook two dishes, one for lunch and dinner, make six servings of each so that you have three days’ worth of meals. The downside is that you’ll have to get used to eating the same thing every day for a few days, or you can just make one recipe for three days and make something unique every day for your lunch or dinner.

HCG Diet Tip #3 – Try the diet with a friend

Staying motivated by yourself can be difficult unless you happen to be a self-starter, so it can be very helpful to try the diet with a friend. Having a friend with you through the diet can help keep you accountable and you’ll be much more likely to succeed if you have support. You can also alternate cooking for each other on different nights to help with some of the cooking burden, and having a friend available to keep you motivated and positive through the difficult parts of the diet can be very beneficial.  The diet will also be a lot more fun and you can even make it a bit of a friendly competition to see who can lose the most weight and stick to the diet the best.

HCG Diet Tip #4 – Drink a ton of water

Drinking a lot of water on the diet is one of the best ways to make the diet easier for you. Drinking water helps the hormone metabolize abnormal fat, which will provide you with energy faster. Drinking water regularly will help you stay full throughout the day and avoid cheating as well. You should stick to drinking about 1 gallon of water per day max, and try to drink water even when you are not necessarily thirsty. Studies have also shown that hunger is sometimes related to thirst so it can help with some of your food cravings, and you might find that the very low calorie portion of the diet is much easier when you drink as much water as possible. Definitely drink water with every meal and keep a bottle with you throughout the day.

HCG Diet Tip #5 – Buy the diet from a professional diet company

There are hundreds of HCG diet companies and programs out there, but very few of them are run by real licensed medical providers with experience administering the diet. When it comes to a hormone diet or any hormone treatment you never want to skimp on quality. The diet is perfect safe for the majority of people, but if a low quality hormone product is used, or the wrong dosage is given, there can be health consequences. It is always beneficial to have a medical provider overseeing the diet, and patients need to be approved for the diet prior to starting it based on their medical history. It’s always safer and more effective to work with an experienced provider like Nu Image Medical rather than trying to do the diet on your own, or working with a company that doesn’t necessary have the experience.

HCG Diet Tip #6 – Get rid of every processed and junk food

During the three week very low calorie diet phase and the three week stabilization phase you need to keep any and all junk food outside of your home. Lock it up or simply keep it out of your access until the diet is finished if at all possible. Having access to junk food or processed food will simply make the diet much more difficult and increase the chance that you’ll slip up. If you can’t get rid of the junk food at least keep away from it as much as possible, and also avoid restaurants and other places where you’ll be tempted to cheat. Remember that you only need to stick to the food requirements of the very low calorie diet for just a few weeks and once the diet is over you can start adding foods back in gradually, but you also need to think about permanently getting rid of junk food from your diet to avoid gaining the weight back.

HCG Diet Tip #7 – Learn the protocol

Take the time to learn the HCG diet protocol prior to starting the diet; the effort will be well worth it and it will help you get the most out of the diet. The protocol at Nu Image Medical does not take very much time to learn as it is condensed, and you can learn the most important aspects of the diet in just a few hours or less. The most important parts of the protocol to learn are Phase 2 (the very low calorie diet) and Phase 3 (maintenance), and all of the requirements for these phases including the allowed foods, daily calorie intake, allowed cosmetics, allowed seasonings and any other special requirements. At Nu Image Medical you will receive a medical consultation prior to starting the diet where you can ask questions, but you should be sure to learn the protocol on top of this. For more information about the diet and to ask any questions that you may have, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

 

 

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HCG Diet Effects on Fertility

hcg-diet-effects-on-fertilityBecause of the fact that the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin is used as a fertility treatment, dieters are sometimes concerned that there may be a positive or negative effect on their fertility when they try the HCG diet. Although the concern is understandable, the reality is that there are no HCG diet effects on fertility for either men or women who try the diet, even if the diet is repeated several times. The hormone has several effects on the body in higher doses, the be dose used for the HCG diet is so low that there are no known fertility effects outside of the potential for a small improvement in fertility because it can improve libido slightly for both men and women and it may possibly increase sperm production or ovulation slightly. In order to understand the potential effects of HCG on fertility, it is helpful to discuss a bit about the background of the hormone and how it has been used for fertility treatments.

HCG has a similar effect as luteinizing hormone

The reason why HCG is used as a fertility treatment is because it has a similar effect as luteinizing hormone or LH. LH triggers ovulation in women, and women who have had problems ovulating are sometimes prescribed gonadotropin injections in order to stimulate ovulation. In males, LH stimulates the Leydig cell production of testosterone, which in turn increases sperm production. As a result, males are also sometimes prescribed HCG in lower doses as a fertility treatment if they have low sperm counts. However, the injections are given at a very high dosage compared to the injections given on the diet. There are a wide range of different syndromes that can result in low LH production levels including eating disorders, hypogonadism, female athlete triad, Kallman syndrome and many others, and HCG can play an important role in improving fertility for these patients.

Human chorionic gonadotropin is prescribed at high doses for fertility treatments

The hormone HCG is actually used for fertility treatments, however it is used at a much higher dosage than what is given on the HCG diet. Typically for a fertility treatment, the hormone will be prescribed at a much higher dosage than what is given on the diet, anywhere from between 5,000 to 10,000 IUs or more per injection. The high dose of HCG is necessary for it to have an effect on fertility, and at the higher doses there can be other non-dangerous short term side effects for both men and women. One potential complication is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, but OHSS does not occur with the HCG diet because the dosage for the hormone is too low, and women who take HCG on the diet do not usually experience any fertility effects.

HCG can be used to stimulate ovulation

Another reason why HCG is used is to stimulate ovulation in the case where eggs are being harvested for in vitro fertilization, and at the high doses that HCG is given for fertility there is the potential for OHSS as previously mentioned. OHSS will go away after two to four weeks but there can be some uncomfortable side effects, and medical monitoring may be necessary. The treatment is always administered with medical supervision and continual monitoring of egg follicle development is necessary as a part of the treatment. It is important to note that injections of HCG for fertility is a completely different treatment from the diet, and that the diet does not have any effect or a minimal effect at best on fertility with the very small doses that are used for it.

There is no negative effect on fertility from using small doses of HCG

For both males and females, there is no evidence at all to suggest that there are any negative fertility effect that results from using the small doses of HCG that are prescribed for the diet. The maximum dose that is used is about 200 IU per day, and most patients taken anywhere from 125 IU to 200 IU daily, which is a much smaller amount than what is prescribed for fertility as mentioned above. There is absolutely no evidence that this small amount of the hormone causes any short or long term negative fertility effects; if anything it would only improve fertility by increasing ovulation or spermatogenesis, but the small dosage of the hormone is as likely to do this. The point of giving a small dose of the hormone with the diet is to improve fat metabolism, and any other positive health or fertility benefits that come from the treatment are secondary.

The side effects of the HCG diet are minimal in general

In general, you should not expect very many side effects or fertility effects from the HCG diet. The vast majority of patients will experience no fertility effects at all, and most patients many have minimal side effects such as nausea, dizziness, bloating, rash at the injection site, sore throat, headache and other minor effects. Sometimes patients have no side effects at all from the treatment, while other patients experience more side effects. The side effects will usually go away after the first week of the diet, and both males and females will usually not experience any fertility effects. Most patients get through the entire diet without experiencing any negative side effects outside of the hunger or cravings for food that are expected when attempting a low calorie diet.

Women who have used HCG for fertility should talk to a medical professional before starting the diet

Women who have tried using HCG in the past as a fertility treatment should talk to a medical provider before trying the diet, but there should be no issues at all. HCG can interact with some medications including some of the medications that may be prescribed for fertility, and no hormone diet should be attempted without some form of medical supervision. Women who have used HCG in the past can normally try the diet without any problems at all, unless they had complications with their fertility treatment which is rare. In general, the use of the hormone for the diet is perfectly safe, but a patient’s medical history will always need to be reviewed in order to have 100% certainty that the diet is safe.

Don’t expect the diet to improve fertility

If you are interested in trying the HCG diet and expect it to improve fertility you are likely to be disappointed, as there is no real or proven effect on improving fertility. The diet has only been proven to result in rapid and safe weight loss, but the other possible health benefits of the hormone are not guaranteed. The only way to get these benefits is to talk to a licensed fertility doctor and find out about the different options that you may have available to you. Your doctor may end up prescribing your HCG, LH or a similar hormone for fertility, but the treatment plan and the dosage will be very different from what you would see on the diet, and you will likely use a commercial brand of the hormone for the treatment such as Pregnyl or Choragon. You may also need to be prescribed other hormones as a part of the treatment such as follicle stimulating hormone which is prescribed under Puregon and Menotrophin, or a combination of LH and FSH which is available as Merional or Menopur. If you have any specific questions about the diet and its potential effects, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

 

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Easy Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Crab Salad

Teasy-phase-2-hcg-diet-recipes-crab-saladhis is one of the easiest Phase 2 HCG diet recipes for crab salad that you can make as a lunch or dinner, and it only includes HCG diet approved ingredients. Fresh crab is a great source of protein for the HCG diet because it is low in fat. This recipe is very low in calories and it won’t take up very many calories from your daily total, but it also happens to be very filling so it can be a great option to try during Phase 2.

You can increase the servings for this recipe, and this recipe calls for 7 ounces of crab but it can be easily scaled up. You can also use either lettuce or cabbage for this salad, whichever you prefer, and you can expect to spend about 20 minutes preparing this salad.

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces of crab meat
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh chives
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 cups of lettuce or cabbage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Steaming crab legs:

  1. In a pasta pot with a strainer, bring 4 cups of water to boil.
  2. Rinse frozen crab legs and place them in steam insert.
  3. Steam crab legs for 6 minutes until they are heated.
  4. Remove and crack shells to remove meat.

Directions for salad:

  1. Add onion powder, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, chives, and lemon juice to crab meat and mix in a bowl.
  2. Add seasoned crab mixture to 2 cups of lettuce or cabbage.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, mix and serve.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 118

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HCG Diet Quick Start Guide

hcg-diet-quick-start-guideGetting started with the HCG diet really isn’t that difficult but there are several aspects to the diet that can make it a bit overwhelming. This article will serve as an HCG diet quick start guide and help you get quickly acquainted with the diet, but the diet program at Nu Image Medical also comes with a full HCG diet guide that is succinct and has more details about the diet without being overwhelming. There are a few details to the diet that you will need to learn in order to get the most out of it, and before you start the diet you should spend a bit of time to learn the different unique aspects of it. This quick start guide will be based on the recommendations of the Nu Image Medical HCG diet guide as well as the original diet protocol of Dr. A. T. W. Simeons.

The HCG diet is a very low calorie diet combined with hormone injections

To summarize the HCG diet; it is a very low calorie diet with a maximum of 500 calories per day, split up into at least two meals, and it is combined with injections of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin. The hormone has been proven to be effective at improving fat metabolism, and it makes the 500 calorie per day diet tolerable by helping the body burn excess fat of up to 2,000 calories per day. The diet was developed by a medical doctor, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s and 60s, and it has been used since then to help both moderately overweight and obese patients lose weight quickly. The most effective protocol for the diet is still based on the protocol that was developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, and this protocol has a few unique requirements that will be discussed below.

There are four phases of the diet

There are four phases of the diet: Phase 1 (preparation), Phase 2 (the very low calorie diet), Phase 3 (stabilization, and Phase 4 – the rest of your life. Phase 1 is an optional phase that involves reading about the diet like you are doing now and taking other preparation steps like learning HCG diet recipes and trying them out. It is during this phase that you should spend time learning about the diet as much as possible and asking your medical provider any questions that you may have.

Phase 2 is the very low calorie diet phase, and this involves maintaining a 500 calorie per day diet, and taking daily injections of the hormone or daily sublingual drops/lozenges. This is the phase of the diet that involves the greatest amount of fat loss, and there are two protocols for this phase: a three week protocol and a six week protocol. This phase of the diet should never be attempted without medical supervision, and Nu Image Medical provides medical supervision during this important phase.

Phase 3 of the diet is stabilization and lasts for three weeks. During this phase the dieter will monitor their weight every morning, while gradually introducing certain foods back into their diet with the exception of starches, unhealthy fats, grains and sugar. This phase is also usually calorie restricted as well, as low as 800 calories per day but usually higher. The decision on calories per day for this phase is usually discussed with a medical provider prior to starting, and this phase is widely considered to be the most important phase of the diet because there is the possibility for mistakes to be made as the dieter starts to reintroduce foods.

Phase 4 of the diet is the rest of your life/the period between HCG diet cycles. Dieters who want to start a second cycle of the HCG diet must wait a period of 6 weeks before starting the next round of the diet to avoid hormone immunity.

The foods are limited on the diet

The foods that are allowed for the HCG diet are limited to a very specific list. These foods include strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, apples and lemons for fruits. Vegetables allowed on the diet vary from one protocol to another, but spinach, red radishes, cabbage, cucumber, asparagus and celery are normally used, as well as tomatoes, onions and garlic. The allowed proteins are all low fat meats such as veal, very lean cuts of red meat, chicken breast, white fish, crab and shrimp.

There are no allowed grains, fats, sugars or starches on the diet with the exception of two Melba toast crackers per day or two grissini breadsticks. There are also specific serving requirements for the fruits vegetables and protein. There are two servings from each food group allowed per day, with at least two cups of vegetables allowed (cups are measured prior to cooking) per day or more, 3.5 ounce portions of protein, and small servings of fruit allowed for each meal. The most important thing is the calorie restrictions, while the vegetable servings can be adjusted as needed.

The diet has restrictions for cosmetics

Another important requirement for the diet is that cosmetics that contain oil or fat must be avoided, because they are thought to potentially interfere with the effectiveness of the hormone. This includes lotion, tanning oils, or any other oil based cosmetics. There are HCG diet compatible replacements for most cosmetics, such as water based lotions and other water based cosmetics, but dieters must be careful to read ingredient lists and check them with their medical provider. There are water based options for nearly all of the most famous brands of cosmetics, but dieters should avoid using any products that they are not sure about. Also, some medications may cause interactions with the hormone, and although the diet is perfectly safe, it should never be performed without some form of medical supervision.

There are three HCG delivery systems

Patients can choose between three different delivery systems for the hormone: injections, lozenges or sublingual drops. All three have been shown to be effective at increasing blood levels of the hormone, however the injections have been the most widely studied and are known to work the best for most patients. Sublingual drops and lozenges are also available; the lozenges dissolve while the sublingual drops are placed under the tongue. Both the drops and lozenges are given in higher hormone doses than the injections because the absorption of the hormone using these methods is lower, but it is still an effective option for those who prefer avoiding needles.

The diet should be performed with medical supervision

The most important thing to know about the diet is that it is not safe to try without some form of medical supervision. The diet is now available in an at-home kit where patients do not need to visit clinics in order to try the diet, but the at-home kits should also be combined with a medical consultant at the start of the diet to discuss the patient’s current health status and health history. There may be unique requirements for a particular patient; some patients need to have their diets customized based on their physical activity level or current illnesses, and their current medications need to also be reviewed by a licensed medical provider.

The safest and most effective way to try the diet is at a licensed medical clinic like Nu Image Medical. We have an at-home HCG diet program that is overseen by licensed medical professionals and is guarantee to be safe and of the highest quality, and if you are interested in trying the diet or if you have any questions about it, speak to one of the medical providers at Nu Image Medical today for more information.

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Is there an HCG Diet Cancer Risk?

is-there-an-hcg-diet-cancer-riskSome people have expressed the concern that there may be an HCG diet cancer risk, but there has not been any studies or evidence that correlates a higher risk of cancer with the diet. The HCG hormone is regularly used as a fertility treatment and for other medical purposes outside of the diet, and it has been approved for these uses by the FDA. If there was a known increased risk of cancer, the hormone would not be approved for medical use for fertility treatments and in other circumstances. The studies that have been performed on the hormone suggest that there may even be a decreased risk for certain cancers that may be related to HCG production. The fact is that the hormone is used in much smaller quantities for the diet than the amounts that are naturally produced by women during pregnancy, and there are no known dangers for men to take the hormone as a part of the diet.

The HCG diet has been used for decades without a correlation to cancer risk

The human chorionic gonadotropin diet has been in used for several decades, and during this period of time there has been no evidence to suggest that it increases cancer risk in any way. There have been several clinical studies on the diet that have confirmed this. If there was an increased risk for cancer, it would have been noticed during the past fifty years, and the hormone would not be approved for use in the different medical procedures where it is commonly used. There are some side effects to the treatment that have been noticed during this period of time, but there is no indication that the hormone injections increase the risk of cancer or any other long term chronic illnesses.

HCG has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer

In studies that have been performed regarding HCG and cancer risk, the hormone has been shown to possibly reduce the risk or spread of some cancers like breast cancer. The study by Dr. Irma Russo found that HCG can reduce the tumor size in metastatic breast cancer patients. In animal studies, the hormone was found to prevent mammary tumor growth. Other hormones like estrogen have been shown to potentially increase tumor size for some forms of cancer, however, human chorionic gonadotropin was not found to increase risk. There is evidence to suggest that the use of the hormone may reduce the risk of some forms of cancer, and there is a definite correlation between having a lower body weight and lower body fat percentage and having a reduced risk of several forms of cancer.

Being overweight comes with a risk of some forms of cancer

One important thing to consider is that being overweight is correlated with an increased risk of some forms of cancer. Obesity is associated with a higher risk of several forms of cancer. Some of the types of cancer that obesity is associated with include kidney, gallbladder, esophagus, colon and rectal, breast, thyroid, and endometrial. Research suggests that up to 80,000 or more new cancer cases every year in the United States are attributable to obesity. Just a small reduction in BMI of 1 percent is thought to potentially reduce cancers in the United States by several thousand per year, and lowering your BMI is one of the most important things that you can do to reduce your cancer risk. It is clear that the HCG diet does not increase your risk of cancer in any way, and instead can reduce your risk of cancer dramatically, both in the short and long term.

Losing weight quickly is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your cancer risk

It is important to keep in mind that losing weight is one of the most important things that you can do to reduce your risk of several forms of cancer. The HCG hormone has never been proven to increase your risk of developing cancer, and keep in mind that if you use the hormone for the diet, that you will be limited to using it for just 3 or 6 weeks at a time, at a very low dose, much lower than what is naturally produced by the body during pregnancy. Being overweight actually leads to imbalances with other hormones in the body, which in turn causes an increased risk of several forms of cancer, and obesity contributes to cancer risk in other ways as well.

Obesity causes cancer in many ways

Some of the other ways that obesity can lead to cancer is by increasing inflammation in the body, increasing compounds that can cause tumor growth, increasing insulin levels in the body which can cause an increase in the growth rate of certain tumors, and more. Fat cells produce estrogen, and a high level of estrogen is associated with several types of cancer such as endometrial and breast cancer. Fat cells also produce hormones called adipokines that can increase tumor cell growth. One of the hormones is leptin, which is produced in greater quantities in obese people and is thought to potentially be associated with some forms of cancer. Being overweight is also associated with a slightly higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, which is thought to be related to increased estrogen levels in the body which can cause the growth of estrogen responsive tumors.

The link between body weight and cancer is not fully understood

It should be noted that the link between body weight and cancer is not completely understood, but it is a real link. The reasons mentioned above are thought to be associated with the increased risk of cancer, and the evidence suggests that losing weight is an effective way to reduce the risk of developing several forms of cancer. As research continues to be performed on cancer, the specific scientific reasons as to how obesity causes cancer and how losing weight can lower a person’s risk of cancer will become clear. No matter what, you can never go wrong by losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight, as there is a lower risk of several illnesses including cancer when you lose weight, and there are many health benefits and incentives to losing as much weight as possible.

Try the HCG diet if you are concerned about obesity and chronic illnesses

If you are concerned about being overweight or obese and the risk of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other potentially debilitating illnesses, you should strongly consider trying the HCG diet. The diet has proven to be a safe and effective way of treating obesity, and the weight loss that you can experience on the diet is much faster than other methods. It is a fast way to reduce your BMI and reverse much of the damage to your body that a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle can cause, and it can result in dramatic changes to your body’s chemistry. Losing weight is one of the best things that you can do to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing cancer and other illnesses. Although the science that explains the connection between weight and cancer risk is still being researched, there is no doubt that the HCG diet does not cause cancer and can almost certainly reduce your risk of several illnesses including cancer.

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Health Benefits of the HCG Diet

health-benefits-of-the-hcg-dietThe HCG diet is one of the best diets for your health and it can help you lose weight quickly and get back in shape while reversing damage to your health that can result from a poor diet and carrying excess weight. There are very few diets that actually have proven to work consistently, but the HCG is one of the most historically proven diets and there are dozens of health benefits of the HCG diet which gives dieters a great incentive to try at least one round. The diet can reduce your chance of developing diabetes, reduce dangerous visceral fat, improve your cholesterol and triglyceride profile, and most importantly you will lose a large amount of weight quickly. It can be an excellent stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle and if you have struggled with weight loss in the past, you may want to try a round of the diet as it can have great results for you where other diets have failed.

The HCG diet can change your appetites

The diet is effective at changing your appetites for unhealthy foods, and it can be one of the best way to overcome your appetites for the wrong foods if you have struggled with cravings in the past. You will have to deal with not eating most of your favorite foods for the three or six week very low calorie diet, and you will have to eliminate most foods with carbs. You will find that the hormone is effective at helping you with food cravings and that you most likely will hardly crave the foods that you are used to eating during the diet. The effect that the diet can have on your appetites is lasting because many of the appetites that we develop for junk food are unnatural, and once you reset your diet with natural foods it can change your brain’s biochemistry and cravings.

A lower risk of chronic illness is one of the main health benefits of the HCG diet

One of the biggest benefits of the HCG diet is that dieters will have a much lower risk of chronic illness after the diet has been completed. The three week diet can result in weight loss of anywhere from 5 to 15 pounds, while the six week diet can result in weight loss of 15 to 40 pounds or more, and losing this much weight always has a major impact on reducing a person’s risk of developing several chronic illnesses. Several studies have shown that weight loss of just 10 pounds or so can lower blood pressure, and many people who complete the diet also reduce pre-diabetic symptoms. Also their triglyceride and cholesterol levels often decrease after the diet is completed.

Better mobility

Losing weight can have a dramatic impact on your mobility. If you’ve ever tried any form of cardiovascular exercise with just a few pounds of extra weight, you know how difficult it can be. People with several pounds of excess weight are always carrying that weight with them throughout the day, and the extra weight can cause serious mobility problems for some people. Losing just 10 pounds of weight can make you feel much lighter and more mobile. It can reduce stress on your joints and greatly reduce the symptoms of chronic joint pain or inflammation diseases. You will also find that your workouts are much easier after you have lost abnormal fat, and you will feel more agile and faster during them. The tasks and chores that you do on a daily basis will also be easier for you to manage.

No exercise is required for the weight loss

Although it technically isn’t a health benefit, one unique aspect of the HCG diet is that exercise is not required for weight loss. Exercise can be difficult for some dieters who may have physical injuries or other ailments that prevent them from working out on a regular basis. Exercise can prove to be difficult and inconvenient for many dieters, but it can be completely avoided for most of the HCG diet. During Phase 2 of the diet, exercise is strictly forbidden and actually counteracts the weight loss effects of the hormone, but during Phase 3 and afterward it is allowable. People who have struggled to lose weight with exercise don’t have to worry about it with the HCG diet, and the weight loss can be substantial even without exercise. That doesn’t mean that exercise should be avoided with the diet, it just means that people who can’t exercise regularly can use the diet to their advantage and lose the weight that they need.

Improved heart health

Another one of the biggest benefits of losing weight is the fact that you will improve your heart health dramatically, and lower your risk of both a heart attack and a stroke. Losing weight can improve your triglyceride levels and lower your cholesterol, and high levels of both are associated with a high risk of heart disease. Losing abnormal fat can reduce dangerous visceral fat levels, and studies show that losing just 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce your risk of a heart attack. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the workload and helps your heart function better. A lower weight reduces the chance of artery clogging plaque building up, and it helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure. Losing weight reduces the amount of blood lipids in your body and also reduces the chance of blood clots from occurring.

Reverse metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a common condition that many people have started develop; even people who seem thin. There are several symptoms of metabolic syndrome that can be reversed by following a low calorie diet like the human chorionic gonadotropin diet. Some of the symptoms include high blood pressure, a high amount of visceral fat, high cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to many chronic illnesses and is often the result of a poor diet, however the diet may reverse it by lowering body fat and “resetting” the metabolism. It is crucial to stop metabolic syndrome early on so that it does not progress to one of the many illnesses that it can lead to such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic illnesses.

Lower belly fat

The HCG diet targets abnormal fat around the belly, which is strongly associated with a higher risk of chronic disease and can be the most stubborn type of fat to lose. There is no way to target belly fat specifically, but when you lose weight in general you will lose weight around your midsection. Most people who try the HCG diet lose several pounds in just a matter of weeks, and the weight loss around the midsection is very noticeable. Weight around the midsection is associated with diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. It is well worth the effort to try the diet for a few weeks because it can reverse the metabolic damage and the built up belly fat that a poor diet can cause, and this type of fat can be difficult to lose even for thinner people.

If you are interested in gaining these health benefits and other health benefits, consider starting the HCG diet today and seeing for yourself how quickly it can help you lose excess fat and reduce your chance of developing illnesses.

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How to Avoid HCG Diet Phase 3 Cheating

how-to-avoid-hcg-diet-phase-3-cheatingCheating during Phase 3 of the HCG diet can end up being highly detrimental to your progress after the diet is over, and you should do your best to avoid HCG diet phase 3 cheating because you can end up losing much of the progress that you made on the diet. There are several strategies that you can implement during Phase 3 to avoid cheating and ensure that you don’t fall back after making progress during Phase 2 of the diet. Remember that Phase 3 is the most important part of the diet because you will start reintroducing the foods that you previously ate back into your diet gradually. You will no longer be injecting the hormone, so the appetite suppressant effect will be lost and as a result you may end up feeling hungrier during this phase of the diet.

Why Phase 3 is hard

Phase 3 of the diet can be even harder than Phase 2, because you no longer have the metabolic effects of the hormone, but you have to successfully make the transition back into your “regular” diet. Many people find that the VLCD part of the HCG diet is a lot easier than Phase 3 because the hormone is very helpful and makes the low calorie diet a lot easier. Phase 3 has many opportunities for mistakes as the patient starts to include more foods into their diet, and appetites for some of the foods that may have caused weight gain issues in the past can start to come back. Phase 3 is also calorie restricted like Phase 2, but some patients neglect restricting their calories and end up eating way more than they need to and gaining back some of the weight that they lost very quickly.

Continue to follow the protocol

The main thing to do is to continue to follow the protocol during Phase 3 of the diet and ensure that you don’t deviate from it. This includes continuing to avoid grains, most fats (outside of natural fats like dairy, avocado and nuts), and avoiding processed foods and junk foods. Essentially you will want to stick to mostly if not all of the same foods that you ate during Phase 2, while ensuring that you increase your calorie and protein intake. You will need to pick a daily calorie intake that will sustain your weight, and for many people this amount is around 800 to 1000 calories per day but you should discuss the specific amount with your medical provider prior to starting the diet. If necessary, review the protocol again prior to starting Phase 3 of the diet so that you know which foods to avoid and the ones that are allowable.

Add foods back into your diet slowly

There are always certain foods like grains that you should avoid no matter what, but there may even be some “healthy” foods that cause weight gain issues for your metabolic type. Another strategy for avoiding unnecessary weight gain during this phase is to add foods back into your diet very gradually. Essentially, you should stick to the exact same foods that you ate during Phase 2 of the HCG diet, but increase their servings a little. Then, one food at a time, you can start adding them back into your diet while continuing to monitor your weight (which is required as a part of the diet protocol). By adding foods back into your diet very slowly, you can pinpoint any problematic foods that may cause weight gain as soon as they become a problem, and you will know specifically which foods are the biggest issue. You may want to also try HCG diet meal replacement shakes if you are having trouble with weight gain during this phase and need a low calorie meal alternative.

Avoid high sugar fruits and vegetables

Not every fruit and vegetable will be good for you to start integrating into your diet as soon as you reach Phase 3. You need to continue to be selective and avoid high starch and high sugar fruits and vegetables. You can always look up the glycemic index of the fruit or vegetable that you are considering eating as a quick way to determine whether or not it would be good for you. The glycemic index (GI) measures how quickly the food is broken down into glucose by your body, and in general, foods with a higher glycemic index are bad for you and should be avoided. Some examples of high glycemic index fruits and vegetables include: raisins, watermelon, bananas, potatoes, beets and corn. Note that many fruits and vegetables have what can be considered a “medium” glycemic index, and these fruits and vegetables should be mostly avoided during Phase 3 of the diet.

A “low” glycemic index is usually defined as between 0-55, a “medium” glycemic index is defined as between 56-69, and a “high” glycemic index is anything that is 70 or above. If you look up the glycemic index of foods, you will notice that many foods made with grains have what can be considered a high glycemic index of 70 or more. High GI diets are associated with a wide range of different health problems like obesity, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses, while low GI diets have a much lower risk of these health problems. Again, during Phase 3 if you stick to low GI fruits and vegetables and start adding them back into your diet one at a time, you will very likely have no weight gain issues at all because weight gain is normally caused by high glycemic index foods, but you do need to be careful with portion sizes and calorie intake no matter what.

Monitor your weight carefully

One of the biggest causes for weight gain during Phase 3 of the diet is neglecting daily monitoring of your weight. You need to measure your weight the first thing every morning, and as a part of the diet protocol you need to use a plateau breaker like a Steak Day or an Apple Day as soon as you gain more than two pounds. Weight gain during this phase of the diet isn’t an issue as long as you catch it early, but it becomes a problem very quickly when you neglect weighing yourself for a few days in a row and then find that you’ve gained a lot more than 2 pounds. HCG diet plateau breakers can easily reduce the effects of a few pounds of weight gain, but it becomes a lot harder to lose 4 to 5 pounds or more, so always be vigilant of your weight.

Don’t eat at restaurants

You should continue to avoid the temptation to eat at restaurants during Phase 3 of the diet. If you start eating at restaurants once you hit this phase of the diet, you are taking a major risk because it can be difficult to control exactly what you eat. And let’s face it, most entrees at restaurants are not very healthy, so you shouldn’t rely on them when you are trying to continue to eat healthy foods. The best thing to do is to continue to stick to cooking at home, and thankfully there are dozens of great HCG diet phase 3 recipes that are low in calories but also satisfying and will help you avoid the desire to eat out as much as possible. Once you have figured out what you can and can’t eat, you can take a few more risks with restaurants and order foods that you know won’t cause weight gain. If you have any questions at all about Phase 3 of the diet or want to speak to a medical provider to discuss strategies for this phase, click here to talk to one at Nu Image Medical today.

 

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About the HCG Diet Food List

about-the-hcg-diet-food-listThe HCG diet food list is comprised of specific foods that are designed to not cause any difficulties while on the diet, and the list of foods is actually quite small and can be easily memorized. The HCG diet food list includes protein, vegetables and fruit, but does not include many grain products with the exception of Grissini breadsticks and Melba toasts, both of which are limited to two pieces per day of either one. As you can see the diet is very limited in carbohydrates, and the food list emphasizes foods that are very filling but low in calories, such as high fiber vegetables and fruits. The diet also emphasizes drinking large amounts of water; upwards of a half-gallon to a gallon per day, which helps with digestion and with satiety during the diet.

The foods on the HCG diet do not interfere with the hormone

One important point to note is that the foods that have been selected for the HCG diet do not interfere with the effectiveness of the hormone. This means that the body’s fat metabolism is boosted while on the diet with the unique metabolic effects of the HCG hormone, and that the foods will help the hormone burn abnormal fat. The food list was carefully selected after several years of experimentation, and foods actually help the body burn abnormal fat. Having an optimal fat metabolism rate is essential for losing the largest amount of weight in the shortest period of time, and the people who stick to the HCG diet food list as closely as possible always end up losing the largest amount of weight, assuming that they follow their injection protocol properly. It is important to avoid cheating or changing the food list while on the diet, as cheating can have significant effects on the rate of weight loss and more.

There are a limited number of fruits on the diet

The food list limits the number and type of allowed fruits on the diet to just five: apples, oranges, strawberries, lemons and grapefruit. You are allowed two servings of each type of fruit per day, and the fruit servings can be eaten with meals or separately as snacks. Many people choose to eat a serving of fruit along with tea or water and possibly a breadstick for breakfast, and also snacking on fruit during the day. The fruits on the HCG diet have been proven to be effective at assisting with weight loss, and they are very low in calories. A half of a grapefruit counts for one serving, as does a medium green apple, an orange, or a handful of strawberries (about 7 to 8).

In spite of the diet being low calorie, there are several protein options

The HCG diet is unique because there are several options for protein. The main thing to consider is that high fat protein products like ground beef, t-bone steaks, ribeye and other high fat meats are prohibited because the fat in these meats can cause metabolic issues and disrupt the effectiveness of the hormone. The most common options for protein include white fish, shrimp, chicken breast, lean red meat and certain veal cuts. Veal sirloin and loin chop are allowed on the diet because both of these cuts are low calorie and low fat. As for red meat cuts, tri tip steak is allowed, lean beef, bison, top round steak, sirloin tip, cube steak and other very lean cuts. Chicken breast is preferred for chicken eaters, as the thigh and dark meat are higher in fat content, and for fish there are several options for low fat white fish such as cod, flounder, red snapper, haddock and more.

Vegetables are an integral part of the food list

Because of the fact that the diet is very limited in calories, there are a wide range of different vegetable options that make up the bulk of the content of the diet. You can serve about 1 cooked cup or even more of many of the vegetables that are allowed on the diet, but two different vegetables should not be mixed at one meal. Vegetables can be measured in large quantities but end up taking very few calories out of the 500 daily calorie limit and some of the most popular options include asparagus, beet greens, celery, cabbage, cucumber, chard, chicory, fennel, lettuce (of any variety), red radishes, onion, tomato and spinach. Some other protocols allow for the consumption of other vegetables, but this can cause issues with the diet.

Picking the right condiments is important on the diet

Dieters sometimes overlook the fact that condiments must be carefully selected when on the HCG diet. Using condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, or anything else that has prohibited ingredients can cause a major impact on the diet and affect your weight of rate loss, along with affecting the effectiveness of the hormone. There is a specific list of seasonings and condiments that dieters must stick to in order to ensure that there are no problems, and some of them include apple cider vinegar, stevia, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, and mustard. Stevia is a commonly used sweetener on the diet, and as much stevia as desired can be used since there are very few calories per serving. Also black coffee and tea are allowed on the diet in unlimited quantities (within reason) because of their low calorie intake.

Vegetarians can try the HCG diet

The food list can be modified for vegetarians, and for vegetarians that eat eggs or fish it is recommended that they get most of their protein from either of these two animal sources. Vegetarians that don’t eat fish or eggs usually need a whey protein meal replacement in order to get the necessary amount of protein while on the diet. The original Dr. Simeons protocol suggested that they drink skim milk in order to get their protein intake for the day, however this can end up leading to a protein deficiency, and whey protein is usually recommended as the best meat alternative. Unfortunately, protein from legumes and nuts is forbidden on the diet, so vegetarians cannot use these food sources, and in some cases the rate of weight loss may be lower than people who are able to consume meat. Vegetarians are often approved to eat zero fat cottage cheese and eggs for some or all of their protein intake, but this must be approved by a medical provider prior to starting the diet.

Be sure to consult the food list before shopping

Before you go shopping you should check the food list and ensure that you are only buying foods that are approved for the diet. Your best bet is to print out the food list and for the three week or six week diet only buy foods from that specific list. You can also have prepackaged HCG diet meals shipped to your home if you don’t have the time to shop and cook, and the cost for these meals is comparable to what you would spend at the grocery store. Don’t buy any foods that are not allowed on the diet unless you want to put yourself at risk of cheating and slow down your rate of weight loss, and be sure that you read the list and memorize it so that you don’t slip up if you ever have to eat outside of home. To ask any questions that you may have about the diet or the approved food list, click here to speak to a medical provider.

 

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Phase 2 HCG Diet Recipes – Herb Baked Tilapia

This is one of the easier phase 2 HCG diet recipes for herb and lemon baked tilapia, and tilapia is one of the best protein options on the HCG diet because it has omega-3 fatty acids and it is both low in fat and other calories. Some other options for fish on the diet include cod, founder, halibut, and haddock, but just bear in mind that some types of fish are higher in calories than others. You are looking at about 126 calories per 3.5 ounce serving of tilapia, while an equivalent serving of halibut would be 136 calories, and cod would be lower at 104 calories. You can use this recipe either for lunch or dinner and if you need to scale it up just double up on the ingredients, and increase the cooking time by a few minutes. This recipe is for two servings of this tilapia recipe, and it goes very well with many of the HCG diet vegetables include fresh spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and many others.

Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces of tilapia
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp. ground mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced and crushed
  • ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Dip fish fillets in seasoning and cover thoroughly (you can also season the fish in the bowl, cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes).
  4. Put fish in a shallow baking pan lined with foil.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until fillets can be easily flaked using a fork.

Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 156

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