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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!

Why Try the HCG Diet?

Why Try the HCG Diet?

Try the HCG Diet

The HCG diet is one of the fastest ways to lose up to 45 pounds and it can be an excellent alternative to more difficult diets or other ways of losing weight that can be dangerous or ineffective. If you are thinking of trying the HCG diet you should receive a medical consultation prior to starting, as the diet is not for everyone.

There are only a few HCG providers that offer medical consultation so be careful before you pick one for your diet. If you have particular conditions you may need to try other weight loss options such as lipo shots. Just bear in mind that the quality of your diet provider will make all the difference.

If you are struggling with losing fat while keeping muscle the HCG diet is a great option. The diet results in minimal muscle loss because it is so brief, and the hormone specifically targets your abnormal fat reserves.

There are few other diets that can retain lean muscle and target your fat, and you'll find that other diets that try to limit calories are not as effective and can even lead to a less desirable body than before due to excess muscle loss and structural fat loss. Structural fat is the important fat that your body uses to stabilize your connective tissues and this fat can be burned by your body in many other diets.

The HCG Diet Protocol is simple

Although there are several requirements to the protocol, at its core it is quite simple. You have a specific list of foods that are clearly outlined to you with the diet, and you have to simply stick to that food list while counting your calories.

You can prepare your meals however you want as long as you don't go over the allowed serving amount per type of food (fruit, vegetable, or protein). For instance you are allowed 3.5 ounces of your protein each meal. You only need to really learn the food list and the other basic requirements of the diet. You can't exercise at all during the diet and you can't eat or drink anything at all outside of what is allowed.

Seasonings are limited to a specific list which will vary from one protocol to another. So you just need to keep a list of the allowable seasonings and be careful to not deviate from that list. Particular seasonings are allowed because there may be some that interact with the hormone.

The rest of the protocol is straightforward, you are not required to exercise and you actually have to pause your exercise during the duration of the diet. You also should speak to your medical professional about medications and supplements that you are taking, but your provider will be able to tell you whether or not you should continue taking particular supplements and non-medically necessary prescriptions.

The HCG diet is safe

One major benefit of the HCG diet is that it is a safe way to lose a huge amount of weight. Other diets and even extreme methods like surgery or liposuction have significant risks associated with them. Human chorionic gonadotropin is a safe hormone to use as a weight loss aid because it is natural and produced in significant amounts during pregnancy.

The diet safely limits your caloric intake to a level that is low enough to result in ketosis (a fat burning state in the body) but it is not so low that you will be malnourished because the hormone also provides you with your proper daily calorie intake. The hormone will adjust to burn more abnormal fat if you happen to have higher calorie requirements, so the 500 per day calorie limit works for every person.

There are few other diets that can tout the safety record and the results that the HCG diet can. Other diets will attempt to limit calories without any way to compensate for the calorie loss. This can be dangerous, as a low calorie intake can result in metabolic problems and other problems without the HCG hormone or some way for the body to efficiently burn fat for calories.

And of course if you are considering surgery for obesity or liposuction there are significant risks to both. Using the HCG hormone for weight loss is a far safer alternative to surgery and one that won't have side effects or complications, or leave you with lasting scars. It will also cost you far less money and you can repeat the diet several times if you need to continue to lose weight.

No exercise is required at all during HCG diet Phase 2

Another major convenience of the diet is that there is absolutely no exercise required throughout the diet, saving you tons of time if you work out regularly. The VLCD phase of the diet only lasts of 26 or 46 days, but during this period of time you can relax and not worry about any exercise aside from walking up to 20 minutes or so each day.

Several other diets ask you to exercise during the diet, and with these diets there's no way for you to know whether the diet is causing the weight loss or your exercise. Also, if you aren't getting the proper amount of calories exercise can be dangerous, and the diet may not compensate for that

So the HCG diet can save you a ton of time, and it will help you look and feel better within a very brief period of time. Most people experience a boost of energy after the first week, and after the body transitions to a ketogenic state the diet becomes quite easy.

This process takes just a few days, and it is assisted with the use of the hormone. The protocol will only take you a day or two to learn, and Nu Image Medical offers an easy to learn HCG diet protocol along with a medical consultation at the start of the diet. For more information on the HCG diet at Nu Image Medical or to ask a medical professional any questions about the diet, click here.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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