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What is the Long Term Effectiveness of the HCG Diet?

What is the Long Term Effectiveness of the HCG Diet?

Long Term Effectiveness of the HCG Diet

The HCG diet is one of the few diets that can work both in the short term and the long term, but to have lasting results with your weight loss it takes a commitment to stay healthy and to focus as much of your time and energy on staying healthy and losing weight as you can.  The HCG  diet is a great way to transition into a healthy lifestyle and it is becoming a more popular recommendation by both traditional and alternative medical practitioners.

With the HCG diet, you'll very likely get better results than you ever have with any other diet, and you'll find that it's a lot easier than you might think to lose the weight that you've always wanted to lose. One of the biggest determinants of long term success with any diet is whether or not it changes your eating habits, as your eating habits are largely what determine the amount of calories that you consume on a daily basis and the types of foods that you crave.

The HCG diet helps you transition back into healthy eating habits

Bad eating habits are one of the biggest causes of long term weight gain, and the HCG diet is one of the best diets that can actually change your eating habits and help reduce your cravings for junk food. Most participants on the diet find that they no longer crave the same foods that they used to crave after just one round of the diet. One of the most important things to do in order to change bad eating habits, according to WebMD, is to reduce your portion sizes, eat lower fat foods, and drink more water [1].

These are all requirements of the HCG diet, and although the diet is one of the strictest out there, it is highly effective at helping patients change their behavior and habits that contribute to weight gain. As mentioned on WebMD, it is also important to use condiments that are low in calories rather than sauces that are rich in fat [1]. Another one of the requirements of the HCG diet is to avoid any sauces that have excess calories, and it limits your condiment options to a select few that are very low in calories and that won't trigger your cravings. The diet is perfectly designed to help your body basically reset itself and your cravings for food, and you will almost certainly find that you won't want to eat the same foods as before.

The HCG diet limits your consumption of sugar drinks

Another important aspect of the diet is that it limits the type of drinks that you can consume during the three week very low calorie diet, and most diet protocols also limit your drink options during the three week stabilization phase (Phase 3). This is also important for helping your normalize your weight and transition into a healthier lifestyle. In order to avoid weight gain, you have to avoid consuming drinks with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, as they are a source of "€œempty calories"€ that can easily add to your weight and cause a wide range of metabolic problems. People who consume sugar drinks are much more likely to be obese and struggle with weight loss.

The Harvard School of Public Health has found that the portion sizes for soda have increased dramatically over the past 40 years and that more people are consuming soft drinks than ever before. With two out of every three adults in the United States being overweight or obese, and one out of three children, HSPH estimates that a large amount of the obesity epidemic has to do with the consumption of sugar drinks. The HCG diet requires patients to completely avoid consuming sugar drinks during its entire duration, which helps to reduce cravings for sugar drinks and helps patients avoid them once the diet has been completed.

Eating larger portions of water and fiber rich foods can help you change your eating habits

As WebMD mentions, one of the best ways to change your eating habits is to limit your consumption of calorie dense foods like pizza, pasta, and bread and eating larger quantities of fiber rich foods like broccoli, kale, fruits and non-starchy vegetables. By increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables you can control your cravings for food much more easily because the water content and fiber content of these foods will fill you up faster. You may start to crave calorie dense foods less and less.

The HCG diet requires you to mostly eat foods that are rich in both fiber and water content for a period of three to six weeks. During this period of time, many patients start to experience changes in their food cravings. Although the first week of the diet can be challenging for some, once this week has passed the rest of the diet is usually much easier, and many patients find that they are able to stick to the requirements of the diet much more easily as their cravings for food change. Although the diet is set at a relatively low amount for the allowable calories per day, it is still designed to be easy to complete for the majority of people, and the foods are carefully selected so that they are both filling but also nutritious.

The HCG diet is one of the easiest ways to transition into a healthier lifestyle

There are hundreds or perhaps thousands of diets now available and it can be confusing to make a decision on just one. However, the HCG diet has had more clinical evidence of success than the vast majority of diets that are out there, and it can definitely make it a lot easier for you to change your eating habits and appetites. The long term effectiveness of the HCG diet is proven and well known, and tens of thousands of patients have had success with it.

You will find that following the requirements of the diet is very easy once you get familiar with the protocol, and because it is limited to such a short period of time it can have dramatic effects on your eating habits but it won't require a lot of effort for you over the long term. If you have any questions at all about the HCG diet and how it can help you lose weight and change your eating habits for the better, talk to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical today for more information about it.




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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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