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HCG Diet Quick Start Guide

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

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

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

There are four phases of the diet

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

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

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

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

The foods are limited on the diet

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

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

The diet has restrictions for cosmetics

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

There are three HCG delivery systems

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

The diet should be performed with medical supervision

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

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

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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