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Nu Image Medical no longer offers the HCG Weight Loss Program. GOOD NEWS! We have developed something better and easier: WAYT-less!

Does the HCG Diet Plan Really Work?

Does the HCG Diet Plan Really Work?

Does the HCG diet plan really work  for fat loss?

If you've heard of the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet, you may know that it is somewhat controversial and the truth is that there are a lot of misconceptions about it. So, does the HCG diet plan really work? The answer is definitely yes, as long as the right people are administering the diet.

The diet is based on solid clinical evidence and it has been used for over 50 years to treat obesity in medical settings, and more recently as a weight loss treatment. Although the diet is safe and effective, and has a mountain of evidence supporting its effectiveness, there are still some doubters that question the diet's safety and effectiveness.

There is almost no question that the HCG diet causes rapid weight loss. Virtually everyone who tries the diet even for the minimum of 23 days experiences weight loss at what seems like an incredible rate. Many report losing a pound per day, and by the time the diet is finished the change in the person's appearance and body structure can be dramatic.

How does the HCG diet plan really work?

The diet uses a calorie deficit to create a moderate ketogenic metabolic state where fat is used primarily for energy. Only 500 calories are allowed per day, but the hormone is a critical component of the diet because it suppresses the appetite and "€œunlocks"€ abnormal fat to be metabolized. Without the hormone a diet that is so low in calories is very difficult to tolerate and can even be dangerous.

The diet is safe regardless of what you may have read

At Nu Image Medical we thoroughly screen every potential HCG dieter to ensure that the diet is perfectly safe for them. Almost everyone who receives a consultation for the diet is approved, because there are simply very few risks associated with it.

There are occasionally various symptoms that people experience while on the diet such as constipation, headaches, nausea, cramps, and fatigue, and those symptoms usually resolve within the first week of the diet. The symptoms are not permanent, and they are usually the result of the body shifting into a ketogenic state, which can cause a minor "€œketo flu"€ where headaches and minor flu-like symptoms are experienced for a few days.

Also, the hormone is given in such a small amount over such a short period of time that it does not have the potential to cause any long term effects, and there is nothing to suggest that it has any harmful short term effects either. The hormone is actually used as a fertility treatment for both men and women. HCG in men causes an increase in testosterone production which has many benefits.

Dealing with HCG symptoms

As mentioned before, the diet results in a mild ketogenic state where the body begins metabolizing fat primarily for energy while relying on the basic 500 calories per day for vitamins and minerals. The symptoms that are associated with the "€œketo flu"€ often give the diet a bad name, but these symptoms are very mild in the vast majority of cases and only last for 4 days maximum.

They are the result of the body transitioning to a new nutrition source and making biochemical changes that result in fat burning. These symptoms are not the result of using the hormone, and they are not dangerous.

The temporary symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Mental fogginess
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Excess thirst
  • Leg cramps

To reduce these symptoms, dieters should drink as much water as they feasibly can - a minimum of about a half gallon to a gallon per day. This helps tremendously with the transition, and the body needs extra water to flush toxins and ketones out of the body as it begins breaking down excess fat.

Also, a good multi-vitamin should be taken every day and a non-sugar electrolyte drink may be necessary for those who have regular cramping. No matter what, these symptoms are not very common and once the first week has passed they should be gone. And these symptoms are certainly not a reason to avoid trying the human chorionic gonadotropin diet.

If you are concerned at all about the symptoms of the diet, at Nu Image Medical we have trained medical professionals on our staff who advise you during the first week and who can address any concerns you have about any symptoms. This is one of the main benefits of our service, and it is well worth the peace of mind to have real medical professionals available to guide you through the diet.

There are simply too many people who have experienced amazing weight loss results on the HCG diet who never had results with any of the diets or exercise routines that they tried in the past. With the potential to lose anywhere from 5 to 20 or more pounds within just three weeks, and more weight with the longer diet, there are a lot of reasons to try the diet and no logical reason to avoid it.

Illegitimate companies give the diet negative attention

The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of illegitimate HCG providers who sell the hormone without issuing a prescription, properly screening and advising patients, and who sell low quality and possibly tainted products that can be dangerous. These companies give the diet a bad name, as some people are turned off from the idea of trying the diet because they may have heard a bad story about a low quality HCG company.

Nu Image Medical is one of the most professional and experienced HCG diet companies in the world. We have a medical staff available to answer any of your questions, and we are one of the few companies that truly understand how the diet works.

We also only sell the diet after you have been prescribed the hormone by a medical doctor locally or from our staff, and we only use high quality licensed pharmacies to produce your hormone, to guarantee its purity and safety. Now ... does the HCG diet plan really work? The answer should be clear to you now, but  if you still have questions, contact one of the staff members at Nu Image Medical for free information.


About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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