Skinny or Not So Skinny on Loading with the HCG Diet
So, you’re about to start the HCG diet with the specific goal in mind to lose weight and lose it fast. And then you find out you have to eat more and gain more weight before you lose it. That can’t be correct, right? This concept can initially be very confusing and contradicting for any HCG dieter. However, there is specific and important reason behind this first step, and there is a much more effective way to do it. Loading on the HCG diet, also referred to as gorge days, is the starting point and also a foundation to the HCG program. Many dieters skip over the loading days entirely or simply do them incorrectly. Unfortunately, these common errors can impede success on the HCG diet program.
The first step in making sure loading is done correctly is to first understand the basic loading protocol. Proper loading on the HCG diet consists of actual food “loading” or eating to capacity the first couple days of the diet. The next step in proper loading is understanding the purpose or reason for loading. Loading is not a free for all. Meaning, these designated days are not meant to help get bad habits out of the way before getting serious about losing weight. Ironically though, it is often viewed as just such. It takes 2-3 days of taking the hormone for HCG to properly get into the body and start pulling stored fat into the bloodstream for energy use and sustenance. Patients who are currently dieting or have been sticking to lower calorie regimens must eat to capacity the first few days of the diet. And generally speaking, this recommendation is for anyone wishing to start HCG. Sticking comfortably to a 500-calorie diet will not be possible during the first few days unless fat stores are well supplied. Patients that do not load on HCG, typically experience extreme fatigue and hunger and have difficulty staying on the program. Unfortunately, if loading/gorging is done without taking HCG then loading will have to be repeated until the HCG is within the body properly.
There is sometimes an underlying psychological effect for some patients while loading. Some report that loading up on an array of fatty, unhealthy foods was just enough to make them not want those foods for a long time; much like the side effects experienced with a hangover that pushes off the desire for alcohol for awhile. Others say that the loading was difficult for them because it caused them to revert back to old habits that they tried hard to stay away from. Whatever the case, loading is still an important part of success on the HCG diet. However, there is a way to tackle it in order to achieve all the benefits while minimizing the unfortunate side effects.
Know that there is a difference between loading and binging. Many patients get excited about loading, but loading incorrectly can be as disastrous as not loading at all. Remember, everything gained will eventually have to be lost before original weight goes down. Typically this loss happens quickly within the first few days of the VLCD (very low calorie diet). However, if the gain is substantial, it can take much longer, and that means your cutting into your time on the diet. The ultimate goal is to feel the best you can while on the HCG diet without spending half of your HCG round trying to get rid of what you gained while you loaded. A typical, normal weight gain is around 3-4 lbs. The types of foods chosen during loading also determines the outcome. Most patients make the mistake of focusing purely on high carb, high-refined sugar foods such as donuts, ice cream, cake, candy, etc. It is perfectly fine to incorporate some foods like ice cream that you might miss later on, but make sure that it doesn’t completely make up your loading. Appropriate loading should mostly be made up of fats. These fats do not have to be unhealthy choices such as burgers and fries. Foods such as avocados, almonds, cheese, olive oil, steak, etc. are examples of some healthy fats that will still provide adequate calories for loading. It has also been noted that patients who loaded mainly on high carb, high sugar foods experienced more hunger when decreasing to 500 calories. Focusing on high fat can better curb cravings and help avoid the symptoms associated with carb withdrawal.
Ultimately, loading is an important part of the HCG diet, and if done correctly, can be a very effective way of ensuring success and making the diet much easier to adhere to. If you wish to get started with the HCG Diet, click here.
Beware of adding extra salt! It’s easy when beginning a healthy diet to want to add extra flavor after being used to high sodium, processed foods. But adding extra salt can cause unnecessary bloating and water retention/weight gain. This increase in body mass may not only throw your weight off, but may also increase your blood pressure, because the heart has to work even harder to pump blood throughout the body. As you continue with the diet, you will notice that your taste buds will begin to adjust.
Stop Getting Sick!
Did you know that the thymus gland, which is the key factor in immune system function, decreases in size as we age? The thymus gland is responsible for T-cell lymphocyte production which helps fight off disease and harmful bacteria in the body. Scientists have now discovered that from adolescence to late adulthood the thymus gland dramatically reduces in size. This understanding has caused scientists to consider that this lack of T cell production due to a shrinking thymus gland may be the reason we become more susceptible to infections as we age. It may also explain, for example, why an elderly person can possibly die or become gravely ill from even the smallest of sicknesses or infection.
Studies now show that hGH, or Human Growth Hormone, may be effective in growing the thymus gland and thus enhancing the immune system. The more T cell lymphocytes are produced and in the bloodstream, the less susceptible one becomes to the effects of harmful microbes and infection.
A safe and easy way to obtain these immune system benefits of hGH is through the use of Sermorelin. Sermorelin is a form of Growth Hormone Releasing Factor (GRF). Sermorelin stimulates the pituitary gland to produce hGH, and helps boost the body into producing growth hormone more naturally, thus avoiding high peaks and sudden drops of hGH often seen with direct hGH replacement. Sermorelin maintains the body with a steady and safe amount of hGH. Pituitary stimulation with Sermorelin is a much more safe and cost effective way to reap the benefits of hGH therapy.
To learn more and get started on Sermorelin therapy, give us a call at (888) 520-3838 or visit our page at http://nuimagemedical.com/sermorelin/.
Why B Vitamin-Complex Supplements?
B vitamin complex supplements contain a large variety of different B vitamins. These vitamins are essential to the body to help maintain energy levels and help process other nutrients. They also boost mood and fight bad cholesterol and arthritis.
B vitamins are primarily obtained through food. Low calorie diets of any kind can cause severe depletion of these important nutrients. Long periods of time without these B vitamins can increase your risks of certain cancers and osteoporosis. For dieters who consume a lot of red meat or consume a lot of protein, B12 and folic acid help to break down homocysteine, a byproduct of excess protein consumption.
Homocysteine build up can cause free radical damage, which can lead to cholesterol problems, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Chromium and Methionine are added to some B complex supplements. These additives help regulate blood sugar, enhance digestion, and prevent fat from accumulating in the liver. The best way to maintain high B vitamin levels in your system, when on a low calorie diet, is outside supplementation. B complex vitamins can be taken orally or via injection. Many diets recommend added supplements. To find out more, or order, visit our page on Ultra Burn.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Is The HCG Diet A Cure?
Sleep apnea refers to an absence or loss of oxygen during sleep. The word apnea broken down translates “a” meaning absent or without and “pnea” simply meaning air. Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed as a sleep disorder in which breathing is halted or stopped for a period of around 10 seconds or more. Millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. However, many do not realize or recognize the signs or symptoms, nor do they understand what danger they may be unknowingly succumbing their body to even during sleep.
During sleep, the muscles in the mouth and throat relax and the soft tissues surrounding can begin to block the airway. Excess fat in and around the neck may compress the airway making it narrower. This narrowing and compression of the airway not only causes loud snoring, but more importantly, inhibits the proper flow of oxygen to vital tissues and organs within the body. Loud and excessive snoring is the most noticeable sign associated with sleep apnea. This is simply a result of rattling airflow in an airway that has narrowed. Air moving at a high speed through a restricted airway causes snoring to become louder and creates a negative pressure vacuum. This vacuum causes the airway to collapse and breathing to cease (apnea). When oxygen is restricted, carbon dioxide levels rise. This can oftentimes result in the patient awaking spontaneously during the night for needed air. The more restricted and compressed the airway becomes, the more chance these periods of apnea will occur. In severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea, it is possible for a person to experience hundreds of apneic episodes throughout the night.
Although there can be different causes of sleep apnea, studies have shown that in adults, weight gain is the number one risk factor and most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. An astounding 30-60% of people, who chronically suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, are overweight or obese. BMI can be a great indicator in determining risk for sleep apnea. A BMI of 25-29.9 or 30 and above can tremendously increase your chances of developing the disorder.
Obstructive sleep apnea can often be overlooked. However, it is not something to be taken lightly and is a very dangerous disorder that can result in several life threatening complications. Episodes of apnea cause hypoxemia, or low amounts of oxygen in the blood. This lack of oxygen and increased level of carbon dioxide forces the heart to work harder, thus increasing blood pressure. Therefore, many people who struggle with sleep apnea also have problems with hypertension. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of stroke and numerous heart related conditions such as atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and even vascular problems. Sleep apnea places a huge strain on the heart and the complete cardiovascular system. Unfortunately, this strain can sometimes even result in cardiac arrest and sudden death.
As mentioned earlier, people with sleep apnea often experience episodes of awakening after periods of apnea during sleep. This constant cycle prevents the person from entering deep, restful sleep. Oftentimes daytime drowsiness, extreme fatigue, and irritability are a result. Low oxygen saturation levels in the blood also contribute to fatigue and tiredness.
Obstructive sleep apnea can also make having surgery very risky. People with sleep apnea may have difficulty and complications when given certain medications or when under general anesthesia because of breathing difficulties when lying supine, or on their back. Always inform your doctor and anesthesiologist if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
Along with medical complications, sleep apnea can also have a detrimental emotional affects. Not only can it cause mood swings and possibly feelings of depression, it can also affect families and relationships. Loud snoring and anxiety caused when a partner stops breathing during the night can oftentimes lead to difficulties on the home front.
If you or a loved one suffers from any of these side effects or sleep complications, the first step in treatment is to seek medical help and a proper evaluation; possibly a sleep study if recommended. If the disorder is more progressed, the first solution may be to place you on a nightly CPAP machine. This machine, also known as continuous positive airway pressure, will keep your oxygen blood levels high and prevent periods of apnea. Thus, allowing you to achieve a restful night’s sleep.
However, knowing that weight gain is the number one risk factor in the development and severity of sleep apnea should invoke a sense of urgency to lose weight. People who chronically suffer from such a disorder should making losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle a priority. Oftentimes, sleep apnea sufferers are so fatigued; they may be started on nightly CPAP, and after energy levels are restored, begin a weight loss regimen. According to the National Sleep Foundation, studies have shown that “even as little as a 10% decrease in weight can lead to significant improvement in the severity of sleep apnea.” If you realize that you may be placing yourself at risk for obstructive sleep apnea and you want to get started on a medically advised weight loss plan, give our office a call at (888) 520-3438. Or visit our homepage at www.nuimagemedical.com. The staff at Nu Image Medical would love to help you get started on a weight reduction program that may ultimately save your health and your life.