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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!

Is HCG Diet Phase 1 Necessary?

Is HCG Diet Phase 1 Necessary?

Is 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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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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