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The Paleo Diet Versus the HCG Diet

The Paleo Diet Versus the HCG DietThe Paleo diet has become one of the most popular diets in the world, but several people have had mixed results with the diet and it turns out that it might not be as good of an option for dieting as some have thought. In a matchup with the Paleo diet versus the HCG diet, the Paleo diet won’t get nearly the same results the majority of the time, and many dieters have even found with the Paleo diet that they gain weight! This is mainly due to the fact that there is a wide degree of variation between different Paleo diets, and some of them allow you to eat as many calories as you want while other Paleo diets are stricter.

The Paleo diet ranked last in a survey by U.S. News and World Report

In a survey of popular diets by U.S. News and World Report, the Paleo diet ranked dead last due to several different reasons [1]. The diet was ranked among several other popular diets as last in part because it was considered to be too confusing and restrictive. The panel said that the Paleo diet is too difficult to follow for more than a few weeks or a few months for most people. Because of the fact that so many food groups are cut out from the diet, it makes it difficult for most people to be able to follow it for a long period of time. Unlike the HCG diet which is limited to 3 or 6 weeks (for Phase 2), Paleo diet advocates expect participants to stick to the diet indefinitely, and this can be extremely difficult for many people.

They also found that the diet may operate under the false pretenses that human digestive systems haven’t evolved quickly enough. Some proponents of the diet believe that the food groups that humans should eat should be based on what our Paleolithic ancestors mostly consumed millions of years ago, however it does not take into account that humans have evolved along with their digestive systems. Although there are certainly some people who have had immune problems related to certain foods like dairy, legumes and grains, there certainly are people who don’t have the same issues and who can tolerate varying quantities of these foods in their diets.

The fact of the matter is that there is no evidence that proves any of the claims of the Paleo diet that humans should stick to a diet that is as close it as possible to their Paleolithic ancestors for the purpose of weight loss or being healthier. There is evidence to suggest that doing things like eliminating grains and other sources of simple carbohydrates from your diet can have a significant effect on your weight, but the Paleo diet takes it quite further and expects you to get rid of much more including legumes, dairy and more [2]. Some Paleo diets go even further than this and limit other foods like tubers, and even some healthy sources of carbohydrates like quinoa.

The Paleo diet is too high in fat

Another significant issue with the Paleo diet is the fact that it is very high in fat. Many versions of the diet allow dieters to consume as much saturated fat as they want, provided that the fat comes from animal sources or natural sources that the diet approves of. Although saturated fat isn’t as bad as once thought, it doesn’t mean that a person can consume as much as they want of it without having any consequences at all. There can actually be several significant effects from consuming too much saturated fat, and the effects can very quickly add up. It’s particularly dangerous for those with a history of heart problems or who have a predisposition to heart disease.

You’re much better off carefully controlling the amount of saturated fat that you consume in your diet. By lowering your fat into you can also lower your calorie intake and as a result it can be a lot easier to lose weight, especially on a calorie restricted diet like the HCG diet. The HCG hormone diet offers great results by limiting the amount of allowable fat on the diet during Phase 2 as well as Phase 3. Although the Paleo diet often operates with a different goal in mind other than pure weight loss, it usually doesn’t have the same impact in terms of directly measureable weight loss results compared to calorie restricted diets like the HCG diet.

The HCG diet offers specific and measurable results in a short period of time

One issue that Paleo dieters may run into is the fact that the diet doesn’t necessarily offer any specific measureable results and that it ends up being more of a series of guidelines for a healthy diet rather than an effective method for losing weight. On the other hand, the HCG diet is specifically designed for weight loss, and the timeframe over which that weight loss occurs is very specific as well, with Phase 2 of the diet being three or six weeks in length. Dieters know what to expect with the HCG hormone diet as long as they adhere to the protocol and real weight loss is always the result. The effects of the HCG diet occur very quickly and it allows dieters to get back to a healthy weight in a relatively short period of time, while the Paleo diet doesn’t necessary result in any weight loss at all.

Consuming high sugar foods like fruit and high calorie foods like nuts can result in weight gain

As much as Paleo diet proponents love to claim that the diet won’t cause weight gain, the simple fact is that if you eat too many nuts, seeds or fruit that you will gain weight, even though these foods are allowable on the Paleo diet and considered to be healthy. As we’ve previously discussed on this blog; you can’t eat as much fruit as you want without weight gain consequences, and the effects can be significant if you are eating high sugar fruits or higher glycemic index fruits. The Paleo diet doesn’t seem to account for this and many diet proponents will claim that you can eat as much fruit as you want without having to worry about the effects. There’s no question that you’ll gain weight very quickly if you do that along with eating other high calorie foods like nuts and seeds which are both allowed on the diet.

Whenever you are trying to lose weight you have to cut back on your consumption on fructose, including fructose from whole fruit, because excess fructose in your diet is easily converted into fat in your liver. Replacing the carbohydrates that you would get in your diet from grains with calories from nuts or seeds and other foods also is not going to be that beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight, and you do have to take your daily calorie maintenance levels into account to help to ensure that you are actually going to lose weight. And in most cases it’s much easier to follow a structured diet like the HCG diet when you’re trying to lose fat.

A structured diet like the HCG diet is easier for weight loss

You don’t have to follow the Paleo diet to lose weight, and because of the fact that there are so many different variations of the diet, the chances are that your results won’t be that great on the diet. A structured diet like the HCG diet is generally a lot easier to follow and you’ll most likely find that you’ll be able to get much more out of it in terms of weight loss in a shorter period of time. The HCG diet is proven to work as long as you follow the requirements, and to learn more about it or to ask questions about the diet compared to the Paleo diet, contact Nu Image Medical today.


[1] – http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/health-pros-and-cons-paleo-diet

[2] – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-berardi-phd/paleo-diet_b_5774200.html

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HCG Diet Mistakes to Avoid

HCG Diet Mistakes to AvoidWhen you’re on the HCG diet you have to be careful about the most common HCG diet mistakes to avoid, as they can throw your diet off entirely and lead to a wide range of different problems with your weight loss. The protocol for the diet is very strict and it’s essential that you stick to it during the critical Phase 2 of the diet, as well as making sure that you’re eating healthy during Phase 3 and beyond. Planning out your diet carefully can help you to avoid many of these common mistakes and paying attention to the requirements of the protocol. Make sure that you review the protocol as thoroughly as possible before starting the diet and follow these other tips to help you through the diet.

Don’t start the diet without taking the time to learn the protocol

As previously mentioned you’ll want to take a few hours to get familiar with the requirements of the diet. For example, there are a wide range of foods that are not allowed on the diet and eating any of those foods can end up causing weight gain. There are several other requirements such as making sure that you stick to the 500-550 calorie per day limit, making sure that you only eat fruits and vegetables from the allowable list, avoiding starch, sugar, and any protein that is high in fat, and only eating the protein choices that are allowed on the diet. These are a few of the most important requirements of the diet along with the injection protocol that you have to become familiar with

Use a diet with medical providers on staff

When you purchase the HCG diet from Nu Image Medical you can ask our medical providers any questions about the diet and the protocol prior to starting it. This is one of the main benefits of using our diet compared to most others that you will find online, and it allows you to plan your diet out properly and address any specific concerns that you may have. For example, you may want to find out whether or not you can consume more calories because of physical activity requirements of your job, and our experienced and skilled medical providers can customize your diet for you if this is necessary while still ensuring that you get the most weight loss possible out of it.

Make sure that you are taking the hormone regularly

The HCG hormone is an integral part of the diet and by taking it daily it will help to guarantee that the diet will work for you. Be careful to avoid skipping a day of the hormone because it may seem like a minor thing but it definitely can affect your weight loss, and you might notice a plateau or other slowdown if you skip the injection for several days in a row. Be sure to pick an option that will work better for you whether it is the drops or the injections, and stick to the schedule when you are on Phase 2 of the diet.

Plan out your weekly meals

It’s also important to plan out your weekly meals so that you don’t have to make last minute preparations. This isn’t totally necessary if you are very familiar with the requirements of the diet because you might be able to make whatever meal that you need on short notice, but for many people it makes more sense to plan the weekly meals out carefully so that you don’t go over the calorie limit or use anything that isn’t approved for the diet. You can shop for the week ahead of time to make things simple and take a few hours to plan your meals out, and at Nu Image Medical you get the benefit of having several recipes to choose from.

Don’t drink anything with calories in it

You have to be extra careful to avoid any drinks with even the smallest amount of calories in them from sugar or anything else. Even mixing juice with carbonated water or watering it down is extremely bad when you’re on the HCG diet, and if you have the habit of drinking juice, soda or other drinks that have calories in them you’ll have to take a break when you’re on the HCG diet. Be extremely careful about this because drinks with calories in them can easily lead to weight gain and cause a wide range of other problems with the diet that you will definitely want to avoid.

Don’t use protein that has too high of a fat content

Be extremely picky about the protein options that you use for the HCG diet. There are several types of protein that just won’t work like beef with even a moderate amount of fat, chicken thighs, fatty fish, pork, and other meat that is high in fat. You have a list of allowed protein sources on the HCG diet which include very lean beef, chicken breast, several types of white fish and low fat fish, shrimp, and lobster. You have to really stick to this list on the diet even though chicken thighs and beef and other higher fat protein choices can be perfectly healthy when you’re not on the HCG diet. The extra fat can definitely cause problems and lower your rate of weight loss.

Don’t use an inexperienced diet provider

It’s important to pick an experienced company for the HCG diet. It’s a carefully structured medical diet that requires high quality pharmaceutical grade HCG as well as medical providers who can assist you and help you through the diet when needed. There are perhaps dozens or more online providers that simply don’t have the experience or the medical licensing to be able to offer the HCG diet safely to their customers. You’ll often get an inaccurate or incomplete protocol from these companies along with a hormone product that may be impure, the wrong concentration, or it may even contain harmful ingredients.

It’s just not worth the risk when the diet at Nu Image Medical is affordable and is guaranteed to be safe for you with the highest quality and purest pharmaceutical grade HCG.

To learn more about our diet or to ask any questions that you may have, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today, or order the diet and get a free medical consult.

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How to Reduce Cravings During Phase 2 of the HCG Diet

How to Reduce Cravings During Phase 2 of the HCG DietPhase 2 of the HCG diet is the hardest thing you will likely ever do to lose weight. This diet really works, but you have to put the effort into making it work. During phase two you are on a very low calorie diet, usually 500-700 calories per day. That isn’t much, and you might find yourself feeling very hungry at first. You may also find yourself craving foods that are not on the very strict list of allowable foods while on your diet.

There are a number of ways that you can stave off these cravings and help you stay on track. You don’t have to give in completely to still keep from being too hungry and stay away from foods like chocolate and ice cream. It takes willpower, but we are all weak. Use these tips to help you reduce your cravings and help you stay on track.

Tip #1 – Spread out your calorie intake

Spread out your calorie intake. If you eat all of your 500 calories in the first several hours of the day, you’re going to be that much hungrier later in the day, and with nothing to do about it. You are much better off eating very small amounts throughout the day so that your stomach isn’t as empty for as long.

The best way to do this is to eat something small every couple of hours. Eat an apple when you first get up, then when you have been up and moving for a while and start feeling hungry eat an actual breakfast food from the approved list. Eat a snack a couple of hours later, then a light lunch two hours after that. Follow this pattern and break up your 500 calories into five or six tiny meals. Your belly will feel less empty and you will be more likely to avoid breaking your diet or going over your calorie limit.

Tip #2 – Eat filling foods that are lower in calories

Eat more foods that are filling with lower calories. Veggies are a great example. Some vegetables, like lettuce, are mostly water. You can eat virtually as much lettuce as you want and never go over your 500 calorie diet. Vinegar is allowed on the diet, as is onion and asparagus. Throw together a salad with tons of lettuce, a bit of onion and asparagus, and throw on some vinegar instead of salad dressing. You’ll have an incredible meal that will keep you full for a long time, and never go over your calorie limit. Salad really is the key to helping you stay on this diet and not feel like you are starving.

Tip #3 – Drink extra water

Drink extra water. Water makes your belly feel full even though there isn’t anything in it. If you drink extra water whenever you feel hungry you can stave off the hunger until your next meal. Drink water with every meal as well to help you get full faster and save those calories for later in the day.

Drinking lots of water will help you lose weight naturally as well. When you drink a lot of water you flush toxins and fat cells from your body. You will shed water weight and reduce bloating, all things that contribute to weight gain and loss. Drinking only 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day will not cut it when you are on this diet. Just remember that you can overdose on water, so keep it in moderation.

Tip #4 – Drink lots of tea

Drink lots of tea when you’re not drinking water. It is water, but it is also an appetite suppressant. Oo-long tea is particularly good at ending cravings and hunger, does not taste too bad, and is allowed on the HCG diet. In fact, you can have as much of it as you want. Just make sure you drink it plain. If you add anything to it, it is no longer on the approved list. No sugar, no honey.

Tip #5 – Do something to prevent yourself from eating

Do something that you would normally do that would prevent you from eating. A great example is to brush your teeth. You don’t want to eat right after brushing your teeth. They are clean and your mouth smells pleasant. You don’t want to go ruining that, do you? You might still feel hungry, but psychologically it will be easier to put off that meal a little while longer.

Tip #6 – Think about whether or not you’re really hungry

Think about why you are hungry. Most of the time we do not eat because we are truly hungry and our bodies need food. A lot of the time we think we feel hungry because we are emotional or situational eaters. Are you bored? Think of something to do to pass the time and get your mind off of food. Are you lonely? Go out with some friends or visit a family member for the evening.

Are you stressed? Frustrated? Angry? Upset? These emotions are the ones that likely got you to the place you are today. Most people eat when they are emotional in these situations. In order to stave off cravings and stick to the phase 2 of the HCG diet you will have to make sure that you don’t eat for these reasons. Think of ways to cope that don’t involve food. Meditation is a great technique for many people. For others, something simple like reading a book or doing some crafting can be helpful.

Tip #7 – Eat something when you’re truly hungry

When you are really, truly hungry, eat. If you stay too hungry for too long you will be more likely to binge and ruin your diet. If you feel like you are starving and you really haven’t eaten much, eat something from the approved list. If you are worried about going over on your calories later in the day, make sure that whatever you eat is low calorie like the salad mentioned earlier or an apple or carrot. Even a cucumber or apple works well. Just eat something, no matter how small and make sure that it is approved for the HCG diet, before you get to the point where you just can’t take it anymore. Once you reach that point, it may be too late to avoid those cravings. It’s even better to go slightly above your daily calorie limit only with approved HCG diet foods rather than binging and eating something completely off limits or cheating.

Try these strategies to control your hunger during phase 2 of the HCG diet, but if you’re really struggling with it you can always contact a medical provider at Nu Image Medical to ask questions or get help at any time.

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HCG Diet Phase 3 Maintenance Tips

CHCG Diet Phase 3 Maintenance Tipsongratulations on making it this far in your HCG diet journey! Phase 3 is perhaps the most essential and most difficult part of the diet plan. As you come off of the HCG, you will have to follow a careful maintenance plan to maintain your weight. This will require diligence in counting calories, watching food intake, and weighing in every day. But you can do it!

What to Eat

Don’t jump right into eating all of your favorite foods or you will gain weight back quickly. You have to continue counting calories, and make sure you eat the right foods. Avoid sugar and starches as much as possible. It can be helpful to make a list of the foods that are acceptable, the foods that are cautionary, and the foods you should avoid.

When you first start out in Phase 3 make sure you stick to the acceptable foods list. As you make your way through the coming weeks you can begin adding foods from the cautionary list. Add one food at a time to see what its effect is on your weight. If you gain, stay away from that food. After you have maintained your weight for a few weeks you might try one of the foods to avoid as a treat, but make sure you measure the results. If it causes a gain, you probably want to avoid it in the future.

Counting Calories is a Pain

You’ve been counting calories relentlessly up to this point, and it may seem as though you will have to do it forever. You really don’t have to do it forever, but it is important to continue counting calories for several weeks or even months after you stop HCG. If you are not careful about how many calories you take in you will gain weight back quickly. As you get used to eating in a new way and you learn what foods are good and bad for calorie intake, you will be able to rely less on counting every calorie you eat. This takes time, and you should not rush the process.

A good way to count calories reliably is to use an app that can be accessed from your smartphone. This way you can look up calorie content and track calories eaten no matter where you are when you eat. There are many great calorie counters out there that are completely free. Most of them even allow you to look up calories for common foods at popular restaurants.

Weigh Ins are Vital!

You have to make sure that you weigh every single day. When you first start to come off the HCG you have to try to stay within one or two pounds of your weight at that time. You will need to make sure that you aren’t increasing your calorie intake too quickly, or that you are eating foods that could make you gain weight rapidly.

Everyone’s body is different. Some people can eat peanuts all day long and not gain an ounce, while others gain significantly after just a handful per day. You have to learn how different foods affect your weight, and the only way to do that is to weigh every day. If you see more than a pound of difference you need to go over what you ate for the previous day or two and try to pinpoint what you ate that made you gain the weight.

As you come to the end of Phase 3 and you are really doing well at maintaining your weight, you might find that a three or four pound window is more acceptable. But when you first start out you really want to stay within one or two pounds to make sure that it doesn’t get out of control. It can, quickly, if you don’t stay diligent.

How to Increase Your Caloric Intake

For the first few days after you stop taking the HCG you will need to remain on your strict 500-700 calorie diet. If you jump right into increasing your caloric intake you will gain weight back rapidly. You have to ease into it. If you haven’t already, make sure you put some type of exercise regimen in place. Even if it is just some light aerobics a few times per week it will help you maintain your weight.

Increase your caloric intake slowly over the next couple of weeks. On days 3 and 4 increase your calories to 900-1100 per day. Weigh yourself each day. If you gain a pound or two you need to cut back on your calories for another couple of days and build back up slowly. When you are maintaining your weight at this level, increase your calories per day to 1200-1400. Do this slowly over time, and weight yourself daily to make sure you’re not overstepping.

As you increase your calorie intake remember that you don’t have to force yourself to eat all of those calories. Eat only what you need. You should never eat until you are stuffed just to meet a calorie goal. If you are full, stop eating. It can take weeks to increase your calorie intake to a more manageable goal. The healthy adult eats around 1800 calories per day. That doesn’t mean you are average and should eat that much. If you feel full and satisfied, and you are healthy, you don’t have to eat that much if you don’t want to.

Increasing your calories and helping you eat healthy is better accomplished when you eat several smaller meals per day rather than three large ones. Eating three meals and three snacks each day is appropriate. You will be able to eat less in each sitting, making it easier to reach your calorie goals. You will find yourself eating more calories, but in a way that doesn’t make you feel bloated or full. It also helps to keep your metabolism high so that you burn the calories you take in, which is key to maintaining your goal weight.

These tips will help you maintain as you go through phase 3 of the HCG diet. You may have more weight loss to go, but it is important that you go through this “resting” phase before continuing the HCG shots. Once you reach your goal weight, these tips will help you maintain that weight long term. If you haven’t started the HCG diet yet, contact Nu Image Medical for more information.

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Dealing With HCG Diet Phase 2 Hunger

Dealing With HCG Diet Phase 2 HungerDuring Phase 2 of the HCG diet you will inevitably experience some hunger, especially during the first week of the diet, even though the diet is designed to minimize it as much as possible with the HCG hormone and with filling foods that are high in fiber and can lower your appetite. The HCG diet provides fast results but you will have to deal with the transition from your normal diet into a very low calorie diet. Most people get through the early period with few problems because of how effective the hormone is at helping you suppress your appetite, but if you find that you are struggling a little bit with the diet you can try some of these tips.

Drink more water from day one

From the very first day of the diet you will need to be drinking about 8 glasses of water per day, or about a half gallon of water at minimum.  You don’t need to drink much more than that, and as a general rule it is a good idea to keep a bottle of water with you at all times during this phase of the diet. You’ll also need to make it an effort to probably drink more water than what you’re used to drinking. Just by drinking more water you will find that the initial stage of the diet is easier, because water is proven to help with lowering your appetite.

Don’t be too reliant on water and be sure that you are also spacing your meals out. Before you eat any of your Phase 2 meals try to start your meal off with a glass of water; which can help to reduce your total calorie intake during the meal and during the day. Of course it also helps to drink water between meals and when you are snacking on anything like a piece of fruit or a Melba toast. Be sure to avoid using artificially sweetened drinks or other drinks to stay hydrated while on the HCG diet, as they are not an adequate substitute for water and can have a wide range of negative metabolic effects which can reduce the efficiency of your diet.

Eat more slightly more vegetables to curb your appetite

You are allowed about 1 cup of vegetables per meal on the HCG diet, but you can slightly increase this as long as you don’t go over your daily calorie limit. This is one of the best and most effective ways of dealing with hunger during Phase 2 of the diet. It’s much better to increase your vegetable servings rather than cheating for a meal or snacking or anything. You will have to be careful that your calories are not going above 500-550 per day maximum, and you shouldn’t try to compensate for your hunger by eating more fruit or protein as both of those can cause more weight gain. You also shouldn’t eat any other vegetables that are not allowed on the diet like corn, beets, potatoes or others.

But adding an extra cup of cabbage for example only adds 17 calories to your meal, and a cup of spinach has just 7 calories. This is a great source of fiber and nutrition during Phase 2 of the diet when you are strictly limited to 500 calories per day, and increasing your vegetable servings just a little bit will definitely not cause weight gain. Another strategy is to eat lower calorie per serving protein choices like fish while increasing your vegetable servings a little. In any case, when you’re getting the right amount of vegetable servings during Phase 2, you are far less likely to be hungry throughout the diet and you’ll most likely find that the early part of the diet is a lot more manageable.

Eat a serving of orange or grapefruit to lower your appetite

An orange or a half of a grapefruit can be used as one of your fruit servings while on the HCG diet and both of these citrus fruits are excellent for helping you control your appetite. Both oranges and grapefruits have a high amount of fiber per serving which helps to fill you up without adding calories. Several studies have associated grapefruit consumption with satiety, and it’s also a good idea to start your meals on the HCG diet with a half of a grapefruit serving, as it will prevent you from eating too much during one sitting. You should also properly measure out your servings as recommended in the HCG diet protocol anyway to avoid this.

Slow your eating pace down

It also helps to slow your eating down just as a general rule when you’re trying to lose weight, and taking your time with your meals on the HCG diet will make them more filling. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you’ve eaten something, and if you scarf down your meal before then you won’t be giving yourself the opportunity to register that you’ve eaten. Try to slow down the pace of your meals, you won’t be eating as often as you normally do so you’ll have more time to prepare your meals and to relax a little bit when you’re eating them, and it can actually go a long way in helping you stick to the diet.

Eat slightly more protein

You’ll have to get an approval from your medical provider before doing this, but you may be able to slightly adjust the amount of protein that you eat on the diet, particularly if you have an active profession that requires you to move around a lot. This is one way that you can combat some of the hunger on the diet and stay active. You have to be careful not to overdo this as it can easily cause weight gain, and you have to limit the amount that you increase so that you aren’t going over a specified calorie limit. If you are involved in an active job that requires a lot of energy you can adjust the diet with your medical provider so that you have the minimum energy that you need.

Talk to your medical provider

At Nu Image Medical we provide you with a medical consultation at the start of the diet so that you can go over any particular concerns that you may have. In most cases you can get through the diet successfully without having to make major adjustments, but you might be struggling with the diet the initially. Your medical provider at Nu Image Medical can give you specific advise for your particular situation. Everyone is different, for example some people may not be able to prepare all the proper meals for the diet and may need to purchase a meal replacement or come up with a different strategy for their meals.

You get this benefit and many others when you choose the diet program at Nu Image Medical, but of course you won’t necessarily be able to ask a medical provider questions if you use another diet program. Our HCG diet is very popular because of this feature and many others, and it is also designed to be as easy as possible during the first week. With our high quality pharmaceutical grade HCG it will also help to guarantee that you get through the most challenging parts of the diet with success, as the hormone helps to suppress your appetite and provides you with as sufficient amount of energy to get through the entire diet. To learn more about the hormone diet at Nu Image Medical or to ask a real medical provider any questions you may have now, click here.


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How to Deal With HCG Diet Phase 3 Weight Gain

How to Deal With HCG Diet Phase 3 Weight GainThe HCG diet can be challenging during both Phase 2 and Phase 3, but it also has some of the fastest and most effective weight loss benefits of any diet you can find. The HCG diet is one of the best weight loss diets out there but you have to be careful when you get to Phase 3, even if you have success during Phase 2 of the diet. To have the most success on the diet, it’s best to prepare for every stage of the diet, and overlooking Phase 3 can be a big mistake, although it’s an easy mistake to fall into. Once you get off of the very low calorie diet you’ll have to be cautious not to slip back into bad habits, but with the proper planning you can have success on both phases.

You’ll need to gradually increase your caloric intake

During Phase 3 of the diet you’ll need to be careful to gradually increase your calorie intake without doing it too quickly. If you increase your calorie intake too quickly you can definitely gain some of the weight that you lost during Phase 2 back, and if you add a lot of starchy or high sugar foods back into your diet the weight gain will occur even faster. It’s essential that you mostly stick to fruits, vegetables and protein during Phase 3, and at Nu Image Medical we offer you a detailed protocol for Phase 3 that is relatively easy to follow and gives you specific guidelines on what to do

Don’t add carbohydrates back into your diet too quickly

You’ll have to be extremely careful about what type of carbohydrates that you start including your diet and the amount that you start adding back needs to be extremely limited. The fewer carbohydrates from grains, sugar and other high glycemic index sources that you add back into your diet the better, and ideally you should continue to stick to most of the Phase 2 HCG diet foods that helped you lose weight, while adding a few foods back from the list of Phase 3 approved foods that we provide you with.

Try to adopt a zero simple carb approach to Phase 3

It’s best to adopt a zero simple carbohydrate approach to Phase 3 because it’s hard to balance simple carbohydrate consumption. Simple carbs from grains and other sources cause weight gain because they aren’t satisfying and cause blood sugar spikes and rapid weight gain. You aren’t going to get the same nutritional benefits from any high carb meal, and trying to even incorporate a small amount of them in your diet can end up being a mistake. The best approach is to try to not consume any carbs at all during Phase 3, outside of what you might normally eat from vegetables and fruits. You’ll very likely be able to control your appetite a lot more easily and you’ll find that you won’t gain nearly as much weight while you are transitioning out of Phase 2, if any at all.

Monitor your weight carefully

It’s essential for you to monitor your weight carefully while you are transitioning out of Phase 2 into Phase 3. Weight monitoring is required in the protocol that Nu Image Medical provides you with, but it can be easy to overlook this requirement as it takes a lot of consistency. Skipping out on watching your weight for just a day can be a major mistake because the sooner that you catch weight fluctuations the better, as you’ll be more likely to take action. But if you wait a few days and you have a few bad meals, you might find that you’ve put on more weight than you expected.

As soon as you catch weight gain try a plateau breaker

As previously mentioned you should be in the process of monitoring your weight on a regular basis, and as soon as you start noticing weight gain you should use a plateau breaker like a Steak Day or an Apple Day. Either of those two plateau breakers are perfectly fine to use during phase 3 of the HCG diet and they can get you right back on track toward your weight loss goals. An Apple Day involves eating nothing more than 6 green apples throughout the day and drinking water, while on the Steak Day you can have one large steak for dinner as well as one tomato or one green apple at any point throughout the day. Both of these plateau breakers are an option when you start gaining weight during Phase 3.

Get plenty of rest

It’s essential that you get plenty of rest during Phase 3 of the HCG diet. Your body will be recovering from the very low calorie diet and your energy levels throughout the day depend on you getting enough sleep. If you are sleep deprived it will only make your transition out of Phase 2 that much more difficult, because you’ll be more tempted to eat in order to keep your energy levels up. Several studies have associated a lack of sleep weight excess eating and weight gain, so be sure that you are getting enough sleep so that you are not feeling fatigued during the day.

Plan your meals out carefully

Just as you planned your meals out during Phase 2 of the diet, you should also adopt a similar approach during Phase 3 of the diet. By planning your meals out, you can determine the number of calories that you are consuming at every meal, and it can make a significant difference in how much weight that you gain and how quickly you gain it. If you plan your meals out, and stay within a specific calorie range, say within 800-1000 calories per day depending on your specific metabolic requirements and the recommendations of your medical doctor, you’ll be a lot less likely to gain weight. You should also avoid any high calorie meals, as the quality of the calories that are you are getting during Phase 3 needs to be just as high as they were during Phase 2.

Remember that during Phase 3 you are doing your best to stabilize your weight so you will need to be extremely careful about how you introduce foods back into your diet, and at Nu Image Medical we provide you with a detailed protocol on how to do this and have success during Phase 3 of the diet. To learn more about our HCG diet protocol or to ask a medical provider any questions that you may have about the diet, click here.

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What is the Vegetarian HCG Diet?

What is the Vegetarian HCG DietThere is a vegetarian protocol for the HCG diet that doesn’t require meat consumption, and you can modify the original diet protocol with the advice of your medical provider at Nu Image Medical in order to create a customized vegetarian protocol for your specific diet preferences. There isn’t a ton of modification needed, as most of the calories that you are consuming on the HCG diet are coming from non-meat sources anyway; the main modification that you will have to make is to substitute an HCG friendly source of protein for meat. There are a few options available to you as we will discuss in this blog, but if you are looking for an option outside of what is mentioned here, you should consult with your medical provider.

On the vegetarian HCG diet you can substitute protein shakes for meat

Nu Image Medical offers protein meal replacements which are exactly 110 calories and have 26 grams of protein per serving. They are the best option for vegetarians and drinking one or two of these protein shakes every day will give you all the protein that you need during Phase 2 of the HCG diet. They are a good option for vegetarian dieters and really the best alternative to meat on the HCG diet because they are formulated by Nu Image Medical and designed to have no additives or other ingredients that could possibly interfere with the diet. You’ll get the best weight loss benefits with these protein shakes and they are available in 110 calorie packages so that you know exactly how many calories that you are eating for a particular meal.

Whey protein is the highest quality substitute that you can use for meat on the HCG diet as long as it is sweetened with stevia, but there are very few protein supplements that are flavored with stevia and safe for the HCG diet. It’s best to either use the supplements that Nu Image Medical provides or to speak with your medical provider about what other options might work best for you. It’s also essential that you get it clarified before you start Phase 2 of the HCG diet so that you aren’t confused during the diet and make mistakes with the protocol.

You can use HCG diet recipes without the meat

There are plenty of HCG diet recipes that don’t have meat included and you can focus on those recipes, and we have published several of them on our blog. For your protein you can use the meal replacement packs and you’ll get the rest of your calories from vegetables and fruit. Make sure that you are getting the minimum 2 fruit and 2 vegetable servings with your diet no matter what modifications that you make, and most importantly be careful about the maximum amount of calories that you’re eating every day. You don’t want to exceed 500-550 calories whether you are eating meat or not. You can use an online recipe analyzer to estimate the calories of a particular recipe easily if you aren’t sure.

The vegetarian HCG diet may be easier than a regular HCG diet

It may even be easier for you to do a vegetarian version of the HCG diet because fruit and vegetables are very filling compared to protein. You’ll need to take whey protein to ensure that you’re getting the minimum amount of recommended protein which is about 40-50 grams per day. Talk to your medical provider about the minimum amount of protein that you need for Phase 2 of the HCG in terms of grams per day, but you’ll very likely need to stick to that range at the very least. Be sure that you are using whey protein meal replacements or any other HCG diet approved protein option while you are on the HCG diet, as the diet will be more difficult without it.

Ask about increasing your vegetable servings

In most cases you will be able to increase your vegetable servings a little to compensate for the lack of protein on the diet, and it’s recommended to consume more high protein vegetables like spinach and asparagus. These vegetables are going to be a major source of protein while on the HCG diet and you can slightly increase your intake of them to compensate for the lack of meat on the diet. You can also drink skim milk, which is recommended by Dr. Simeons for vegetarians on the HCG diet, but the whey protein meal replacements are far better because of the higher protein content and lower carbohydrate content.

Don’t use any protein powders that aren’t sweetened with Stevia

You have to be extremely careful to avoid any protein powders that aren’t sweetened with stevia. This is crucial to sticking to the requirements of the diet and so that you don’t deviate from the diet. Be careful about this because there are several protein powders that aren’t flavored with stevia and use ingredients like sucralose and aspartame that will cause metabolic issues, hormone imbalances and other problems that can affect your weight loss. The best bet is to use the meal replacements offered by Nu Image Medical but if you can’t use them then be very careful about whatever protein replacement that you use, and check with your medical provider to make sure that it won’t cause any issues with your weight loss on the diet.

Vegan dieters should meet with their medical provider

Vegan dieters have fewer options available for their protein intake, but some options may include tofu, spinach or some lower carbohydrate legumes. The main problem with tofu and legumes is that they may interact with the HCG hormone and cause other metabolic issues, however it is essential that you also get the protein intake that you need. You will still lose a significant amount of weight on a modified vegan HCG diet protocol, it just may be slightly lower than what you would lose if your followed the protocol perfectly. You can still get great results with the HCG diet and it definitely can be modified if you are vegan.

To ask a medical provider any questions about the vegetarian or vegan HCG diet, click here to talk to Nu Image Medical today.

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Are There Any HCG Diet Friendly Restaurants?

Are There Any HCG Diet Friendly RestaurantsSticking to the requirements of the HCG diet can be a bit of a challenge, and you’ll find that you probably have to cook for several of your meals. Eating at restaurants is somewhat possible when you’re on the diet, and it’s easier to do this during Phase 3 rather than Phase 2, but there are a lot of requirements that you need to be aware of before you order anything. In general, the more control that you have over what you’re ordering, the greater the chance that you’ll be able to eat at a particular restaurant without ruining your diet. You’re going to have to be careful when eating out but if you plan it out properly and learn the diet protocol it’s definitely possible.

First learn the requirements of the diet

Before you decide to go out to eat during Phase 2 of the HCG diet, you should take the time to learn the requirements of the diet. It’s essential that you know what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed on the diet, and the chances are that you are going to encounter several menu items that you won’t be able to touch at least during Phase 2 of the diet. Most foods are prohibited during Phase 2, and you’re limited to just 500 calories per day, so there really isn’t much that you’ll be able to eat. But if you’re careful you might be able to get away with ordering a small salad or another menu item.

Keep the protocol and allowable list of foods with you when you go out to eat; this way you’ll have some kind of reference available and it will be easier to refer to the list when you aren’t sure rather than trying to remember what is allowed while on the diet. Most of the prepared menu options are not likely to work unfortunately, at least for Phase 2 of the diet, because of how strict it is. If you are able to communicate the fact that you can’t eat any fat outside of the natural fat found in the small portions of meat that are allowed on the diet, and you can control the ingredients used to cook your entrée, you may be able to eat at a particular restaurant, but it can be difficult to find a place that will accommodate you.

No fat is allowed so that rules out most menu options

Remember that no fat is allowed at all while on the diet, so that is going to rule out most entrees. The other problem is that you’re limited to 500 calories per day, so if you aren’t sure what the calorie total is for your meal you aren’t going to be able to eat it without possibly affecting your daily limit. Most of the protein or meat options that you’ll find at restaurants will be cooked in some sort of fat, so even if it’s an allowed meat like chicken breast or a beef cut or fish, you still most likely won’t be able to order it during Phase 2 of the diet.

If there is a restaurant that boils protein menu options, grills them or otherwise prepares it without fat, then that is a possibility while you are on the diet. You’ll have to communicate the fact that no fat or fat substitutes are allowed while cooking the item, and if they’re open to it you should give them the list of allowable ingredients so that they know what to use. You’ll also have to let them know that only 100 gram servings are allowed so they should have a food scale available to measure out the servings.

It may be easier to order a salad or something simple

Rather than trying to order a full meal while you’re on the HCG diet at a restaurant, it’s simpler to just order a salad. This way it’s easier for the restaurant to accommodate you, and you get a lot more control over what ingredients are included. Making a simple salad with something like cabbage, poached chicken and a few seasonings can work for the HCG diet, as long as you are careful with the portion sizes for the chicken and don’t mix vegetables or add other ingredients that aren’t allowed. Another option is to order a smoothie with one of the HCG diet fruits and just ice or unsweetened tea, which can be easy for a restaurant to make.

It’s easier just to cook at home during Phase 2

With the time it’s going to take for you to communicate what you want, wait for your meal to arrive, possibly have to send it back, and then having to spend money, you’re much better off cooking during Phase 2 of the diet. With our protocol we provide you with dozens of recipes, as well as many more on our blog. These recipes are easy even for people with minimal cooking experience, and most of them can be prepared and made in under 30 to 45 minutes. With the time it will take you to drive to and from a restaurant and wait for your meal, it’s a lot easier just to cook something at home.

Once you get to Phase 3 of the diet you have a lot more flexibility, although you will still be limited in your calorie intake for a while if you want to continue to maintain your weight loss. At this point for example you’ll be able to increase your meat portion sizes and you have many more options to work with in terms of vegetables, fruit, protein and fat. You’ll at least be able to order items that are cooked in coconut or olive oil or small amounts of organic butter, but you’ll still need to avoid starch and sugar. Phase 2 of the diet is only three or six weeks long and most people find that it goes by very quickly, so you’re far better off just going cold turkey on restaurants during this period of time so that you don’t mess up and lose as much weight as possible during this rapid weight loss stage. If you have any questions about the HCG diet or the protocol, contact a medical provider at Nu Image Medical now.

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HCG Diet Lemonade

HCG Diet LemonadeThis is a simple recipe for HCG diet safe lemonade but it is a good option for a refreshing and satisfying drink that you can use during Phase 2 of the diet. Like any other drink recipe you need to be careful to avoid adding any extra sugar or other compounds that can lead to weight gain. This lemonade recipe is easy to make and can substitute for soda or other sugar drinks that you might be craving while you are on the HCG diet.

You can switch up lemons for oranges or grapefruit in this recipe as all three of those fruits are allowed on the HCG diet. Again be sure not to use any sugar or artificial sweetener, but there are several stevia products that can work. Some stevia products have additives and other ingredients that can cause weight gain, so you need to be careful when picking your sweetener as well. This recipe is for 4 servings and you can scale it up or down as needed.

This recipe is very low in calories and it offers you a low calorie beverage other than water that is safe for the diet and goes great with several meals.


  • 32 ounces of filtered or spring water
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 6-8 packets of HCG diet safe stevia
  • Ice


  1. Cut the lemons in half and juice them into a large bowl. Remove any seeds.
  2. Add the lemon juice to a large pitcher of water.
  3. Add the stevia and ice and mix well.
  4. Serve or refrigerate.

Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 4

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Why The HCG Diet is Perfect For Your Weight Loss Resolutions

Why The HCG Diet is Perfect For Your Weight Loss ResolutionsThe HCG diet is the perfect choice for your weight loss resolutions because no matter what it can help you accomplish your goals. Because of the fact that it works so quickly, you will see results soon after you start the diet, and there are few others that can match the speed of weight loss that you will see on the HCG diet. Most importantly, the diet is designed by medical doctors and safe for those who are approved for it, so you don’t have to worry about harmful side effects, dangerous chemicals in your supplements, or other potential problems that often pop up with other diets.

It can help you transition to a healthier lifestyle

At least some of your weight loss resolutions are probably centered around making permanent lifestyle changes in order to lose weight, such as getting rid of sodas, stopping your junk food consumption, etc. The HCG diet can help you with all of those permanent lifestyle changes by helping you transition to a healthier lifestyle. It can be difficult to break bad habits, but the HCG diet essentially forces you to go cold turkey with the help of the HCG hormone. This can actually make it easier for you to drop bad eating habits, because once the diet is over your appetites won’t be the same as they were before.

Many people don’t crave the same foods once they finish the HCG diet

As previously mentioned, you very likely won’t crave the same foods as you did prior to starting the HCG diet. Many people no longer crave starch or sugar once they complete a cycle of the HCG diet. That can make a huge difference in the number of calories that you eat on a regular basis, and it can help you avoid many of the problem foods that can trigger weight gain. You’ll find that the appetite altering effect of the HCG diet is very powerful and it can go a long way in helping you transition toward a healthier lifestyle in 2016. It will also make it easier for you to completely get rid of problem foods that you’ve been struggling with for a long time.

The HCG diet is easy to get started with

One of the top reasons why you should try the HCG diet today is the fact that it’s one of the easiest diets to get started with. You don’t have to wait for any period of time before starting it unless you’ve just completed a round, and the protocol is easy to get acquainted with. It’s not as complicated as many other diets and when you order the diet from clinics like Nu Image Medical you get the benefit of being able to ask our medical staff any questions that you may have about the diet. It’s by far one of the easiest diets to learn even if you have no background at all in dieting or even if you don’t know a thing about the HCG diet

The HCG diet doesn’t require you to exercise

Some of your weight loss resolutions might be centered around exercise, but the HCG diet doesn’t require it at all. This can make the diet significantly easier for those who don’t regularly exercise. Not having to exercise can save you a lot of time and it allows you to focus on the diet and your other obligations while losing weight the entire time. Although you should continue exercising once the HCG diet is over, during the brief period of time while you are on the diet you won’t have to worry about it at all, and it can be a nice break to allow your body to recover if you are always exercising.

The HCG diet is proven

It can be difficult to pick a weight loss diet when there are so many different options available, but when you pick the HCG diet you have the benefit of knowing that you are choosing a medically proven diet that has been proven to work tens of thousands of times. The diet has the clinical evidence that proves its effectiveness, while other diets often don’t have any evidence at all that they’ll actually work. With the HCG diet you won’t be wasting precious time on a diet that promises results but doesn’t actually deliver, and you will lose weight without a doubt as long as you follow the diet protocol properly.

The HCG diet doesn’t take much time

Losing weight can be a battle of patience with most diets because they take so long, but you don’t have to be patient on the HCG diet. Within a period of three to six weeks you can lose up to 40 pounds, and the results happen very quickly. This is very encouraging and motivating for people who haven’t seen fast results or any results at all with their prior diet efforts. With a fast diet like the HCG diet, you can quickly get close to your target weight or achieve it, and you will actually see your body change in a very short period of time. It’s one of the fastest medically supervised diets that you can safely try, and it’s guaranteed to work.

You’ll get the results that you want

Most importantly, you’ll get the results that you want when you try the human chorionic gonadotropin diet. Even if you have to repeat the diet a few times, it will help you lose weight every round as long as you follow the protocol. You can realistically achieve weight loss results of up to 5 to 15 pounds for one three week (Phase 2) round of the diet and 40 pounds for one six week round of the diet. It’s highly effective no matter what you weight loss goals are, and if you have weight to lose you’ll surely benefit from using a fast, safe, and medically proven diet like the HCG diet. To learn more about how the HCG diet can help you accomplish your weight loss goals, or to ask any questions at all, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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