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The following information is for educational purposes only. Due to new FDA Compounding Guidelines and Telehealth Certifications,
Nu Image Medical no longer offers the HCG Weight Loss Program. GOOD NEWS! We have developed something better and easier: WAYT-less!

What Are the Real HCG Diet Health Risks?

What Are the Real HCG Diet Health Risks?
The HCG diet is one of the few diets that have minimal to no health risks, and many of the supposed risks of the diet have been exaggerated. The diet is actually one of the safest if not the safest very low calorie diets out there because it was developed by a medical doctor based on clinical research, and it has been used by hundreds of thousands of people since it was first discovered. There are very few diets that have had as much clinical research backing them up, which makes the HCG diet a great choice for the majority of people. The risks of the HCG diet don't actually have to do with the diet itself, but from picking the wrong providers that don't perform a proper medical consultation or get their hormones from low quality sources.

The diet has been tested in medical settings

One aspect of the diet that makes it far safer than most diets is the fact that it has been extensively tested in clinical settings. This includes the first clinical trials that started the diet as well as follow up trials with the diet or with the hormone. Pure HCG is known to be a safe for supplementation purposes and there are very few if any side effects at the low dosages that are used for the HCG diet. The hormone is also safe for both men and women to use for weight loss purposes. The HCG diet is one of the few diets that have had this amount of clinical testing; most other diets are created by people who have no medical background and their diets often have aspects that are dangerous or ineffective. The HCG diet is known to work based on real clinical evidence, and the original protocol has not been changed very much if at all by most legitimate providers of the diet.

Each patient is properly screened before starting the diet

Another important thing to note is that every patient must be properly screened and evaluated to ensure that the diet is safe for them before starting. This is a necessary step that every patient must undergo, and it ensures that the diet is safe for that particular patient. The majority of those who are screened for the diet are approved because there are very few conditions that would prevent someone from being able to try the diet out. It is so essential to get the diet from a licensed medical clinic to ensure the safety of the patient, because other providers will often approve every patient that wants to buy the diet, and this business practice is particularly dangerous for the patient, not to mention the often low quality of the hormones that they are provided with.

A very low calorie diet is not dangerous under medical supervision

Some people claim that the HCG diet is dangerous because it is a low calorie diet, but that is far from the truth. Very low calorie diets are regularly prescribed to patients in medical settings as a way to quickly treat obesity. They can be very effective for treating obesity, and they can result in rapid weight loss. The hormone diet at Nu Image Medical is carefully structured so that it is not dangerous for the patients. If there are patients that are very active or who have higher daily calorie needs, the diet is sometimes adjusted, but the majority of people can safely stick to the 500 calorie per day diet without any issues.

The 500 calorie per day limit is for a limited time

Many people think that the 500 calorie per day diet is extreme, but because it is limited to a short period of time, just three to six weeks, it is really not dangerous at all and it leads to real results every time. The 500 calorie per day limit is sufficient for the basic vitamins and minerals that a person needs, combined with the calories that are burned from abnormal fat. HCG helps the body metabolize abnormal fat to ensure that you have a sufficient amount of energy throughout the diet. The limited amount of time on the very low calorie diet also ensures that it is safe for you to try, even if you need to repeat it multiple times, and you will find that it really is safe and effective once you get into the diet and start seeing real weight loss results.

Real weight loss results take effort

The HCG diet works because it takes real effort, and although the hormone makes the diet easier by reducing appetite and helping the body metabolize fat, the diet works because it focuses on restricting food intake only to natural high quality whole foods. The truth is that real weight loss with a diet usually only occurs when you restrict calorie intake, and 500 calories is the limit where there is a sufficient amount of calories but where the deficit is large enough that fat is burned every day. The HCG diet may seem like it is unsafe, but it actually has never been shown to cause any short or long term side effects, and in general it has proven to be one of the best and most natural ways to lose weight without the side effects and consequences that other methods can result in.

Be wary of low quality hormone products

The main concern with the safety of the HCG diet doesn't have anything to do with the protocol; it is the large number of online providers that have started selling the hormone without any medical license or by purchasing the hormone from overseas pharmacies. Many of these companies were shut down by the FDA a few years ago when they made homeopathic HCG illegal, but many of them continued to operate in spite of the ruling and some still continue to sell homeopathic HCG. Most of these products are not safe to use and have not been tested by any independent labs or organizations, and their products may cause serious symptoms or contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other reactions. With any hormone diet you should be sure to work with a company that has licensed medical providers on staff and that sells legitimate high quality hormones.

Nu Image Medical has experienced medical staff

Nu Image Medical has provided the HCG diet for over a decade and has the experienced medical staff who are world-leaders in their understanding of the diet and the safety considerations that should be taken into account before starting the diet. Nu Image Medical is one of the safest clinics for the HCG diet because of our experience and we evaluate every patient to ensure that the diet will be perfectly safe for them before approving it. The patient's medical history will be checked and if there are any particular unique concerns about any conditions that they have, those concerns are addressed upfront. The diet works for most people, but if it is not advisable there are other options available for weight loss at Nu Image Medical such as the Ultra Burn program and other weight loss protocols that may be suitable.

You don't ever want to work with a clinic that doesn't have the understanding of the diet or that gets their hormone products from overseas pharmacies. Those are really the only risks of the HCG diet; other than that it is by far one of the best and safest ways to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time. There are few other diets if any that can match the safety and effectiveness of the HCG diet. For more information about the diet, to ask questions about its safety, or to talk to one of the medical providers at Nu Image Medical now, click here.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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