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The HCG Diet vs the Atkins Diet

hcg-diet-vs-the-atkins-dietThe HCG diet is known for being one of the most popular diets in recent years, but at one point the Atkins diet was also very popular. Some wonder whether or not the HCG diet is effective like the Atkins diet, as many people lost weight with the Atkins diet and it more or less proved to be relatively successful based on some testimonials.

The Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet that is not very similar to the HCG diet, and although you may be able to lose some weight with an Atkins diet, depending on the type of diet that you try, you are more likely to lose more weight faster with the HCG diet. More details will be discussed in this article about the HCG diet vs the Atkins diet.

High fat, high calorie diets don’t work for everyone

One important thing to remember about the Atkins diet is the fact that it is high calorie, high protein, and high fat while being extremely low in carbohydrates. This type of diet may often work for a younger person, but it doesn’t work for everyone.

Even younger dieters may experience difficulties with weight loss with diets like the Atkins diet. It’s certainly not guaranteed to work for everyone. Many dieters on the Atkins diet think that they can consume as many calories as they want without negative effects simply because they are restricting their carbohydrate intake, but that’s hardly what happens in the majority of cases.

Consuming excess fat and protein can definitely lead to weight gain, and because everyone has a different metabolic type, it’s not a method that will work for every single person. Some people may experience some weight loss, but because the requirements of the Atkins diet are so loose, many dieters will be way too liberal with it and simply eat too many calories to lose weight effectively.

You have to really customize the diet to your metabolic type based on the types of fat and protein that you know you can eat without gaining weight, and if you aren’t restricting your calories to some degree you’re going to find it very difficult to actually get real results with the Atkins diet.

The HCG diet is proven to work for the vast majority of people

Virtually every patient that completes a round of the HCG diet without changing the protocol up or cheating will lose a significant amount of weight. The diet is certainly one of the strictest in terms of its allowable foods and daily calorie requirements, but it’s by far one of the most effective diets available anywhere.

No matter what your metabolic type is or what your results have been with other diets, you can expect to lose a significant amount of weight on the HCG diet and you won’t have to worry about adjusting the protocol or otherwise customizing it for you. It’s effective no matter what as long as you stick to the requirements, and you’ll start to see results almost immediately.

With the Atkins diet you have to decide how many daily calories that you are going to consume, you very often won’t have medical supervision or consultation at all, if you cheat on the Atkins diet it can be difficult to start losing weight again, and in many cases you may find that the diet hardly works at all for you.

Although many people have found that the Atkins diet or a similar type of low carb, high fat high protein diet is good for maintaining weight, fewer people have found it effective for actually losing weight. The HCG diet is known specifically for its ability to cause rapid weight loss, and it’s one of the best diets for this by far.

The HCG diet is faster than the Atkins diet

You’ll start to see real results with the diet very quickly and you won’t want to try other diets after you see how much weight you can lose in such a short period of time. The Atkins diet is simply not as fast, and although some may feel like it’s easier, you may have to spend months upon months to get the same results that you can get in just weeks with the HCG diet.

Losing up to 15 pounds in just three weeks or up to 40 pounds or more in six weeks is more than possible with the HCG diet, and the Atkins diet simply won’t give you the same results. After the HCG diet is over, you might consider a variation of the Atkins diet to try to maintain your weight, but in general it’s better to follow healthy eating guidelines rather than a specific diet for the rest of your life, unless you have to diet as a result of a medical condition.

On the HCG diet you can transition to a healthy eating lifestyle, and from there you can start improving your eating habits and avoiding foods that cause weight gain to stabilize your weight. If you need to lose more weight you can always repeat the HCG diet. The Atkins diet is often ineffective to the point that staying on it doesn’t make much of a difference, and if you find that your weight is just stabilizing or you are losing a very low amount of weight, then you’ll definitely want to try a more proven diet.

Picking an accurate Atkins diet can be confusing

There are over a hundred different variations of the Atkins diet, and with so many different variations it can be confusing to try to narrow them down and pick one that will work well for you. The original Atkins diet was based on clinical research in the same way that the HCG diet was, but you’ll find several variations of the Atkins diet that have modified the protocol significantly.

The HCG diet at providers like Nu Image Medical is closely based on the original protocol, so there will be a much greater chance that you will lose weight with our diet, as it is based on real clinical research and has proven to be effective for almost every patient. For more information about the HCG diet and how it can help you lose weight, and some of its benefits compared to the Atkins diet, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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Should You Have a HCG Diet Cheat Day?

Should You Have a HCG Diet Cheat DayHaving a HCG diet cheat day may be tempting, especially when you get into the more difficult parts of the diet, but you should avoid the temptation as much as you can throughout Phase 2 of the diet. Cheating during this phase or Phase 3 can be very detrimental to your progress and make it much more difficult for you to lose weight. To avoid any difficulties with the diet you should do your best to avoid having to rely on a cheat day to get through it. With the right preparation you should be able to get through most of Phase 2 without having to cheat at all, and this article will go into some of the strategies that you can use to reduce the chance that you’ll cheat.

Be sure you plan the diet out

It’s important to spend the necessary time to get acquainted with the diet’s requirements before you begin. You don’t have to spend a ton of time on it, but the more that you review the diet protocol and the list of approved foods the better the outcome of your diet will likely be. Try to come up with a list of HCG diet recipes that you enjoy, and it’s even better if you can test out a few of them before you actually start the diet. The more effort you spend on preparing for the diet, the less likely that you’ll be to slip up.

As you review the protocol be sure to ask your medical provider if you have any questions at all about it. If you address your questions prior to starting the diet, you’ll be far less likely to make a mistake during the diet. Keep a list of the HCG diet foods with you when you go grocery shopping, and if it’s at all possible, keep any foods that aren’t approved for the diet out of your kitchen, at least for Phase 2 of the diet. It will make it a lot easier on you when you don’t have cheat foods around you, and if you can learn a few recipes that you really enjoy prior to starting, you’ll be a lot less likely to cheat.

Try increase your serving sizes before cheating

You can increase your serving sizes for the vegetable portions on the HCG diet without changing the amount of calories that you are eating each day by a lot. Although you should do your best to stay under 500 to 550 calories, it is much better for you to eat a few more servings of vegetables rather than totally slipping off the path and eating junk food for a day or two. You’ll very likely continue to lose weight if you only increase your vegetable servings, but if you start eating junk food it will be challenging to recover and start losing weight again. So, if you find that the early stages of the diet are challenging, try increasing your portions a little.

You should also space your meals out a little bit so that you aren’t eating them too closely together during the day and going for too long of a period of time without eating. Some dieters split up their protein and vegetable servings so that they can have a meal every few hours or so. This can be accomplished by having a larger vegetable serving for each meal and splitting up your protein servings in half basically, so that you can have 4-5 small meals per day. Also be sure to snack on the HCG diet fruit servings whenever you can, and drinking plenty of water with each meal will help to stave off your appetite between meals.

If you do cheat get back on track right away

If you succumb to the urge to cheat for a day or two, all is not lost, but you should do your best to get right back on track. It won’t completely ruin your diet, but you’ll likely need to try a plateau breaker if you don’t start losing weight once you get back on the diet. The worst thing that can happen is if you continue to cheat for more than a day or two and aren’t able to start dieting again right away. Your weight loss will stall almost immediately and it will be more and more difficult to start losing weight again. If you do cheat, ideally you should limit it to just one meal and start right back up again.

If you properly plan the diet out you really shouldn’t feel the urge to cheat at all. You definitely don’t want to plan on having a “cheat day” like other diets often recommend. The HCG diet is designed for a rapid amount of unrestricted weight loss for a three or six week period of time. By scheduling a cheat day during Phase 2, you will throw your weight loss off dramatically and you definitely won’t have the same results as simply sticking to the diet’s requirements for the three or six week period. Although it certainly can be challenging at some points, the diet is also designed to be as accommodating as possible, and the injections make the diet a lot easier.

Ask your medical provider if you’re having consistent difficulties

If you find that you are cheating more than once or are tempted to, be sure to ask your medical provider about it. You might be doing something wrong with the injection protocol or missing another part of the diet’s requirements. Your medical provider will be able to help you narrow down the potential causes that might be driving you to want to cheat, and will help you get back on track so that you can start losing as much weight as possible.

The HCG diet can definitely help you lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short period of time, but you need to be careful to follow the diet’s requirements to get the most out of it and avoid cheating. If you can successfully get through Phase 2 without cheating you’ll lose a large amount of weight and you’ll find that the effort is well worth it! For more information about Phase 2 of the HCG diet, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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Are HCG Diet Drops or Injections Better

Are HCG Diet Drops or Injections BetterIf you’ve been trying to figure out whether to try HCG diet drops or injections, you should know that both options can work for you as long as you pick the right product, and that one isn’t necessarily better than the other for the HCG diet. Although the diet has been heavily tested with the injections, the sublingual drops have been proven to be just as effective, and at Nu Image Medical they are guaranteed to work just the same as the injections. The drops can be more convenient for you based on your schedule and your willingness to self-inject the hormone, but if you want the most proven results on the diet you might want to consider the injections for some of the reasons below.

Injections are preferable if you can manage them

Because most of the studies on the HCG diet have been performed with HCG injections, it’s better to use them when you can. They are known to have an almost immediate effect and you’ll most likely see faster weight loss results. The injections are known to be effective because they directly increase your blood concentration of HCG hormone, and although the drops do the same thing, they increase blood levels of the hormone more gradually. The concentration of hormone is higher in drops because although most of the hormone will be absorbed, a small amount may not be.

Although the injections might take a few tries to learn how to use, at Nu Image Medical we provide you with details on how to safely self-inject the hormone at home. It only takes a few minutes each day and the results that you may get with the injections is well worth the extra effort. They are hardly painful, but in some cases you may want to use the drops if you don’t have the time for the injections or if you are needle shy. The drops are available as a good alternative and they are just as effective as long as you take the recommended amount. If you can manage the injections you will very likely find the diet to be easier and you may find the diet to be substantially easier.

Be sure that you purchase pharmaceutical grade HCG no matter what

The most important thing is to ensure that you are purchasing pharmaceutical grade HCG whether you choose drops or injections. The only way to guarantee that the drops will work is to purchase the right hormone product; both the injections and the drops will fail if you don’t buy them from a legitimate provider. That’s why it’s so important to do your research and buy from a provider like Nu Image Medical that uses a licensed pharmacy to issue its hormone products, and only will issue them after you’ve been given a medical consultation and received a prescription.

If you choose to buy non-pharmaceutical grade HCG you run the risk that the hormone won’t work for you at all, and you may have side effects or other health problems from those products. You can tell if a provider is selling non-pharmaceutical grade HCG because it will be available to you without a prescription, you won’t have to go through any kind of medical evaluation to get the hormone, and it may be labeled as something like “HCG peptides” or “homeopathic HCG”. Avoid these products completely if you want to guarantee that the diet will work for you, and stick to hormone products that are issued by licensed medical providers like Nu Image Medical. You’ll get much better results on the diet whether you decide to purchase drops or injections and you won’t have to worry about side effect and other problems.

Don’t purchase either option without a full diet protocol

You should also be careful to avoid purchasing either the HCG drops or the injections with a full diet protocol with them. There are several companies that have started selling the drops or injections by themselves, without any guidance on how to use them and without the HCG diet. You will need to have a customized protocol that has been modernized and updated with the latest science and research, but one that is also still based on the original Simeons protocol. You’ll need an accurate diet protocol to use with either the drops or injections because they are designed only to work with a low calorie diet that is based on the original Simeons diet.

If any provider sells you the hormone without the diet protocol, the chances are that the hormone won’t work for you in any situation. Remember that the hormone is designed to assist your body with fat metabolism when you are on a low calorie diet. It can reduce your symptoms and make the diet a lot more tolerable. With the right protocol and a high quality set of injections or drops the HCG diet will be as easy as possible with very few if any side effects, but you are taking a major risk when you purchase a product that hasn’t been approved by licensed medical providers. Again, the most important thing is to purchase drops or injections that are pharmaceutical grade and give to you by prescription.

Talk to a medical provider if you have any questions about injections

If you have any specific questions about injections such as how to use them, when to use them, times when you shouldn’t inject the hormone, and other questions at all, talk to a medical provider. Don’t rely on the information on the internet because you’ll find hundreds of different opinions from people who have no business giving advice on the HCG diet or how to use HCG hormone products. The HCG diet is perfectly safe when you pick the right diet from a company that will sell you pharmaceutical grade HCG that has been tested and guaranteed to be pure, so you should be careful to only purchase the diet from a licensed company. As long as you purchase the diet from a legitimate company like Nu Image Medical you can trust in the quality of the products, whether you decide to use HCG drops or injections. If you have any questions at all about the HCG diet drops or injections, contact Nu Image Medical today to speak to a representative or a medical provider.

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Is HCG Diet Phase 1 Necessary?

Is HCG Diet Phase 1 NecessaryIs HCG Diet Phase 1 Necessary?

To have success on the HCG diet you need to properly plan it out, and with the right planning and preparation you will lose the most weight possible and have the best results. Phase 1 of the diet is completely optional, and it doesn’t involve any dieting at all, but if you decide to participate in it, you are likely to have much better results with the diet once you start. Learn the requirements of the HCG diet before starting it, and be sure to ask as many questions as you can about the diet if there’s anything you’re unclear about. The more time and effort you spend on preparing for Phase 2, the easier the diet will be, and below are some tips for preparing for Phase 2.

Test out different recipes during Phase 1

Phase 1 is the preparation phase for the HCG diet, and it basically involves learning as much as you can about the diet prior to starting. At Nu Image Medical, Phase 1 of the diet is completely optional because the fact is that you can start the diet from scratch without having to prepare very much for it. As long as you can handle some basic cooking and manage the injection protocol, you can handle most of the requirements of the HCG diet, and you’ll only need to read the protocol a few times to get familiar with it. Nu Image Medical also allows you to ask your medical provider any questions that you may have.

To take your preparation a step further you can experiment with different HCG diet recipes prior to starting the diet. This experimentation can help you find the particular recipes that you enjoy the most and can make the diet much easier. When you have a list of recipes that you know how to make, phase 2 of the diet will also go much more smoothly because you’ll have experience with making those recipes and you won’t spend as much time on food preparation. You’ll also be less likely to cheat when you rely on your favorite recipes, and it will help you to avoid recipes that you aren’t sure about.

Take the time to ask questions

Phase 1 is a great opportunity to learn as much as you can about the diet and ask your medical provider questions. At Nu Image Medical we provide you with a full medical consultation prior to starting the diet, which is a great opportunity to address any concerns that you may have about the diet at all. If you have any concerns about your unique health situation, be sure to bring them up. Most people will be able to use the regular HCG diet protocol for their diet, but occasionally there are some changes that may need to be made to it or other unique concerns that need to be discussed. If you have any questions about how you should go about the diet, how you should plan it out, the foods that you should eat, or anything else, be sure to discuss it with your medical provider.

It’s better to ask questions than to make a mistake with the protocol, and there can be a lot of issues that arise and questions. For example, you may be taking supplements or over the counter medications, and many medications and supplements can interfere with the diet in several ways. You’ll want to inform your medical provider about any supplements that you’ve been taking on a regular basis, and make sure that it’s okay for you to continue taking them. It’s better to address your questions before you start the diet rather than running the risk of making a mistake with the protocol or otherwise slipping up.

Start eating healthy prior to starting the diet

It may seem like it’s overkill, but eating healthy prior to starting the diet is not a bad idea. You’ll start to get into the habit of eating healthier food, and it will be easier for you to transition into the diet. Remember that the HCG diet restricts you mostly to fruits, vegetables and a few low fat protein sources, so it is a very clean and healthy diet, and if you’re eating a bunch of processed food or junk food prior to starting the diet, the transition might not be as smooth during the first week.  The earlier you start eating healthy, the easier the diet will be.

Review the list of HCG diet foods when you get a chance and start integrating some of them into your recipes, or you can even start preparing some of the HCG diet recipes that you can find online or on our blog. The more familiar that you are with the HCG diet food list, the less likely that you are to slip up once you start the diet. It will make a big difference in your results on the diet, and your body will be better prepared for it. It’s not necessary, however, and you’ll still lose a large amount of weight even if you don’t start eating healthy before you start the diet, but it definitely won’t hurt you in any way.

Be sure to try a diet with a medical consultation

It’s important to choose a diet program that offers you a full medical consultation, because the consultation is an important part of Phase 1. Any diets that don’t offer you the convenience of a medical consultation are not worth trying and may even be dangerous.

During the consultation you will have the opportunity to ask your medical provider any questions that you might have, and you’ll be able to get more information about your unique situation. You won’t have this opportunity if you choose a diet program that doesn’t have medical providers on staff. You’ll be able to plan your diet out thoroughly and ask your medical provider about any changes that you may need to make to the protocol, although most people will be able to get by on the standard protocol.

Planning during Phase 1 isn’t necessary, but it can certainly help you get more out of the diet and it’s well worth the extra effort for those who are thinking about it. If you have any questions or concerns about the HCG diet, or if you would like to schedule a medical consultation, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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7 Lunch Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

7 Lunch Foods That Can Help You Lose WeightLunch Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Lunch 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 Secrets to Success

Phase 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

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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