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Reverse Dieting: Is It Helpful for Weight Loss?

May 3rd, 2019
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Reverse dieting is often described as the diet after the diet.

Its particularly popular among bodybuilders and competitive athletes looking to increase their energy levels while maintaining weight loss and body composition.

While some claim that reverse dieting can be an effective method to ramp up weight loss and energy levels, others dismiss it as unnecessary and ineffective.

This article takes a close look at reverse dieting to determine whether its helpful for weight loss.

Reverse dieting is an eating plan that involves gradually increasing your calorie intake over a period of several weeks or months to boost metabolism and help your body burn more calories throughout the day ().

Popular among bodybuilders, its often followed after a calorie-restricted diet by those looking to return to a normal eating pattern without gaining extra weight or fat.

Some advocates of the plan also claim that it can boost energy levels, reduce hunger, and help break through weight loss plateaus.

Most diets involve decreasing calorie intake to create a calorie deficit, meaning that youre consuming fewer than youre burning.

Over time, your body starts to adapt, slowing down your metabolism in an effort to conserve energy (, ).

This can become problematic when youre ready to return to a normal diet but want to maintain your weight or when you hit a weight loss plateau and are unable to further cut calories.

Reverse dieting typically involves increasing calorie intake by 50100 calories per week above your baseline, which is the number of calories youre currently consuming to maintain your weight.

This period lasts 410 weeks, or until you reach your target, pre-diet intake.

Because protein needs are typically calculated for body weight rather than calorie consumption, your protein intake can remain the same throughout the diet.

Increasing your calorie intake may boost metabolism and help your body burn more through non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), which includes everyday actions like walking, talking, and fidgeting ().

In addition, reverse dieting may normalize levels of circulating hormones, such as leptin, which regulates appetite and body weight (, ).

Research shows that leptin, which is produced and excreted by the fat cells in your body, decreases in response to reduced calorie intake. When leptin levels fall, appetite is increased and calorie burning is reduced ().

In fact, in a 6-month study in 48 people, calorie restriction decreased leptin concentrations by 44% ().

Currently, research is limited on the effects of reverse dieting. Most of its benefits are only backed up by anecdotal evidence.

That said, increasing your calorie intake could boost calorie burning and normalize hormone levels, which could promote weight loss and maintenance.

Because calorie restriction can reduce NEAT as well as leptin levels, it stands to reason that gradually increasing your intake may slow or reverse these effects (, , ).

Reverse dieting is also claimed to reduce the risk of binge eating, a common issue among bodybuilders and those on highly restrictive diets. Theoretically, it works by easing your transition back to a normal diet (, ).

Still, more research is needed to determine whether reverse dieting is an effective way to prevent weight regain or promote weight loss.

Research is lacking on the potential health benefits of reverse dieting.

Still, proponents claim that its effects extend beyond weight loss.

One of the main reasons that people start reverse dieting is because it allows them to eat more food throughout the day.

This is especially enjoyable for those who have been dieting for weeks or months at a time because it allows for a wider range of healthy meals.

Overly restrictive diets are often accompanied by symptoms like mood disturbances, difficulty concentrating, and decreased energy levels ().

This may be caused by either inadequate calorie intake or nutritional deficiencies ().

Because reverse dieting focuses on slowly increasing your calorie intake, it could resolve several downsides related to restricted dieting.

Cutting calories can alter the levels of several hormones that influence hunger and appetite.

For instance, one study in 14 male bodybuilders showed that 10 weeks of extreme weight loss led to a 27.7% decrease in leptin and a 26.4% increase in ghrelin 3 days prior to a competition ().

While leptin promotes fullness, ghrelin stimulates feelings of hunger ().

Slowly increasing calorie intake may balance levels of these hormones and reduce hunger levels. However, no studies have yet proven this theory.

Reverse dieting may have several drawbacks.

Although many tools can estimate your prime calorie range, it can be very difficult to calculate precise needs.

It can be even more challenging to increase your intake by small increments of 50100 calories each week, as reverse dieting recommends.

In fact, one large study in 3,385 people showed that people typically underestimate the calorie content of a meal by up to 259 calories ().

Additionally, measuring your portions incorrectly or even adding an extra snack to your diet may end up hindering your progress while reverse dieting.

Whats more, this plan can be time-consuming, as it requires you to meticulously track your daily calorie intake.

One issue with reverse dieting is that it focuses solely on calorie intake without taking other factors into consideration.

Weight loss is incredibly complex, with many components playing a role.

Not only do various nutrients impact metabolism, hunger, and appetite differently, but factors like sleep, stress, and hormone fluctuations also affect body weight and need to be taken into consideration (, , ).

All in all, very little research supports reverse dieting.

As case reports and anecdotal evidence are all that exists, its unclear if reverse dieting works or whether its effective for the general population or just specific groups, such as bodybuilders or competitive athletes.

Therefore, until further research is conducted, reverse dieting cannot be considered an effective tool for weight management.

Reverse dieting involves gradually increasing your calorie intake to boost metabolism and prevent weight regain after dieting. It may also increase energy levels and reduce hunger.

Still, its purported weight loss effects are unsupported by science.

Plus, it can be difficult to follow and focuses solely on counting calories.

Before considering reverse dieting for weight loss, you may want to try out other tips and make sure youre eating a balanced diet.

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Ketogenic Diet Shown Safe and Effective Option For Some …

May 3rd, 2019
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In a small phase I and II clinical trial, Johns Hopkins researchers and colleagues elsewhere found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet was a safe and effective treatment option for the majority of adults experiencing a relatively rare, often fatal and always severe form of epilepsy marked by prolonged seizures that require medically induced comas to prevent them from further damaging the body and the brain.

In a report on the trials, published online Feb. 8 in Neurology, the investigators conclude that the diet is a feasible option for people with so-called super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE), the most severe seizure classification, in which up to an estimated 60 percent of patients die once they develop this type of seizure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 5 million people in the U.S. have a seizure disorder. More than 150,000 people in the U.S. each year will develop refractory status epilepticus and, according to published studies, about half of those will develop super-refractory seizures.

From our past research, we know the ketogenic diet is effective in approximately one-third of adults with epilepsy who are resistant to traditional anti-seizure drugs, says Mackenzie C. Cervenka, M.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Adult Epilepsy Diet Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Because there isnt a standard treatment for super-refractory status epilepticus and those patients diagnosed have such a high death and disability rate, we decided we had to try something different to treat them and test its safety and value.

For the study, the research team recruited 15 patients hospitalized with super-refractory status epilepticus at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic, the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

The patients ranged in age from 18 to 82. Five were men, and six had a previous history of some form of epilepsy prior to developing super-refractory seizures. Super-refractory status epilepticus can occur in people who already have a seizure disorder or in those without such a history. Nine participants were white, four were African-American, one was Asian and one was native Hawaiian.

In general, after a patient has experienced 24 hours in a seizure and there have been multiple failed attempts to stop it with drugs, physicians will use general anesthetics to put a patient in a coma to protect the muscles, kidneys and brain from damage common side effects of prolonged seizure episodes. After 24 hours, the patient is awakened to see if the seizures return. If so, then the seizures are considered super-refractory. Then, the physician will put the patient back in a coma and continue to try other medications, but there is no standard treatment protocol at this point.

Patients in the research population had taken an average of eight anti-seizure medications before physicians introduced a commercially prepared ketogenic diet.

The diet contained a nutrient liquid composed of four parts fat to one part carbohydrates and protein combined in grams. Each patient received the diet through a feeding tube over 72 hours, with their calorie needs calculated based on weight, while in a medically induced coma.

After 72 hours on the diet, the physicians tapered off their anesthesia to see if the seizures had stopped. If the seizures did not return at this point, patients continued with the diet for several days until they could eat on their own, at which time they were switched to a modified Atkins diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates as well.

If a patients seizures continued, he or she was kept on the feeding tube ketogenic diet, but additional anti-seizure medications were given as well.

The rationale for the high-fat ketogenic diet, popularized by neurologists at Johns Hopkins over the past 30 years, is based on the fact that it accelerates the bodys metabolism of fats, similar to fasting, which appears to alter the excitability of nerve cells in the brain. When most of a persons calories or energy come from fat, the body accumulates metabolic breakdown products known as ketone bodies. Ketones are easily measured in the blood and urine.

After two days, all patients had detectible levels of ketones, showing that they were metabolizing fat rather than carbohydrates or proteins for cellular energy.

One patient among the 15 was taken off the diet when family members requested to withdraw care and died. In 11 of the remaining 14, or 79 percent, who completed the full course of the ketogenic diet, super-refractory seizures stopped, with eight recovering within a week after the episode started.

Five patients in the study died, including the one taken off the diet when the family requested withdrawal of care. Three of those who died werent helped by the ketogenic diet, and the diet was stopped when they developed dangerous acid levels despite treatment with bicarbonate, the standard and best therapy for acidosis in this situation. The fifth patient improved with the ketogenic diet while hospitalized, but the diet was discontinued during rehabilitation in another facility. The super-refractory status epilepticus recurred and was treated anew with the ketogenic diet, but the patient succumbed to a heart attack not likely related to the diet, according to an independent panel.

Ten of the 15 patients experienced adverse effects of the diet, which included constipation, weight loss, low blood sugar, high cholesterol in the blood and low sodium levels in the blood.

Altogether, six of the 11 patients who completed the ketogenic diet course in the hospital eventually switched to a modified Atkins diet, which is easier to follow than the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet requires precise weighing and measurements of food and can be hard to maintain, says Cervenka. The modified Atkins diet limits patients to 20 grams of carbohydrates per day (not including fiber) and allows liberal amounts of fat. At the six-month follow-up for these 11 patients, four were still on the modified Atkins diet. Two patients who remained seizure-free tapered off the diet because they found it difficult to follow. Two patients reported their seizures reduced by more than 50 percent, two had ongoing seizures, one had experienced a single seizure and none experienced return of status epilepticus.

The researchers caution that much further research will be need to support the idea that the ketogenic diet should be widely used in those with this severe form of epilepsy.

We can only state that it appears to work in some patients to halt status epilepticus and reduces the frequency of their seizures, says Cervenka.

The researchers plan to carry out phase III randomized controlled clinical trials to determine the actual rate of effectiveness by comparing those treated with the ketogenic diet to a group tube-fed a normal, nonketogenic diet.

What we can say is that the ketogenic diet is promising for at least a subset of patients. Any safe means we have of getting patients off of anesthesia and out of a coma quickly will be welcome, says Cervenka.

Additional authors on the study include Bobbie Henry-Barron, Eric Kossoff, Adam Hartman, John Probasco, David Benavides, Arun Venkatesan, Batya Radzik, Marie Depew, Filissa Caserta, Paul Nyquist, Romergryko Geocadin and Peter Kaplin of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Sara Hocker of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Matthew Koenig, Eliza Hagen, Denise Dittrich and Tracy Stern of the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu; and Barak Bar of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

The study was funded by philanthropic gifts from Chris Garrod, Dawn Griffiths and the Carson Harris Foundation.

Cervenka receives grants from Nutricia and Vitaflo, and honoraria from the Neurology Center and LivaNova. Hocker consults for SAGE Therapeutics. Henry-Barron receives grants from Nutricia and Vitaflo. Kossoff received a grant from Nutricia and consults for Atkins Nutritionals Inc. Hartman receives royalties from Wiley, LWW and Taylor & Francis, and has a patent pending for a new therapeutic molecule for seizure treatment. Benavides receives funding from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. Geocadin receives a grants from KeyTech Inc.

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Weight loss: 6 strategies for success – Mayo Clinic

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Weight loss: 6 strategies for success

Follow these proven strategies to reduce your weight and boost your health.

Hundreds of fad diets, weight-loss programs and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss. However, the foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with increased physical activity. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits.

How do you make those permanent changes? Consider following these six strategies for weight-loss success.

Long-term weight loss takes time and effort and a long-term commitment. Make sure that you're ready to make permanent changes and that you do so for the right reasons.

To stay committed to your weight loss, you need to be focused. It takes a lot of mental and physical energy to change your habits.

So as you're planning new weight-loss-related lifestyle changes, make a plan to address other stresses in your life first, such as financial problems or relationship conflicts. While these stresses may never go away completely, managing them better should improve your ability to focus on achieving a healthier lifestyle. Once you're ready to launch your weight-loss plan, set a start date and then start.

No one else can make you lose weight. You must undertake diet and exercise changes to please yourself. What's going to give you the burning drive to stick to your weight-loss plan?

Make a list of what's important to you to help stay motivated and focused, whether it's an upcoming beach vacation or better overall health. Then find a way to make sure that you can call on your motivational factors during moments of temptation. Perhaps you want to post an encouraging note to yourself on the pantry door, for instance.

While you have to take responsibility for your own behavior for successful weight loss, it helps to have support of the right kind. Pick people to support you who will encourage you in positive ways, without shame, embarrassment or sabotage.

Ideally, find people who will listen to your concerns and feelings, spend time exercising with you or creating healthy menus, and who will share the priority you've placed on developing a healthier lifestyle. Your support group can also offer accountability, which can be a strong motivation to stick to your weight-loss goals.

If you prefer to keep your weight-loss plans private, be accountable to yourself by having regular weigh-ins, recording your diet and exercise progress in a journal, or tracking your progress using digital tools.

It may seem obvious to set realistic weight-loss goals. But do you really know what's realistic? Over the long term, it's best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week. Generally to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular physical activity.

Depending on your weight, 5 percent of your current weight may be a realistic goal. Even this level of weight loss can help lower your risk for chronic health problems, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. If you're 180 pounds (82 kilograms), that's 9 pounds (4 kilograms).

When you're setting goals, think about both process and outcome goals. "Walk every day for 30 minutes" is an example of a process goal. "Lose 10 pounds" is an example of an outcome goal. It isn't essential that you have an outcome goal, but you should set process goals because changing your habits is a key to weight loss.

Adopting a new eating style that promotes weight loss must include lowering your total calorie intake. But decreasing calories need not mean giving up taste, satisfaction or even ease of meal preparation.

One way you can lower your calorie intake is by eating more plant-based foods fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without giving up taste or nutrition.

Get your weight loss started with these tips:

While you can lose weight without exercise, regular physical activity plus calorie restriction can help give you the weight-loss edge. Exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can't cut through diet alone.

Exercise also offers numerous health benefits, including boosting your mood, strengthening your cardiovascular system and reducing your blood pressure. Exercise can also help in maintaining weight loss. Studies show that people who maintain their weight loss over the long term get regular physical activity.

How many calories you burn depends on the frequency, duration and intensity of your activities. One of the best ways to lose body fat is through steady aerobic exercise such as brisk walking for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Some people may require more physical activity than this to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.

Any extra movement helps burn calories. Think about ways you can increase your physical activity throughout the day if you can't fit in formal exercise on a given day. For example, make several trips up and down stairs instead of using the elevator, or park at the far end of the lot when shopping.

It's not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks or even months if you want long-term, successful weight loss. These habits must become a way of life. Lifestyle changes start with taking an honest look at your eating patterns and daily routine.

After assessing your personal challenges to weight loss, try working out a strategy to gradually change habits and attitudes that have sabotaged your past efforts. And you have to move beyond simply recognizing your challenges you have to plan for how you'll deal with them if you're going to succeed in losing weight once and for all.

You likely will have an occasional setback. But instead of giving up entirely after a setback, simply start fresh the next day. Remember that you're planning to change your life. It won't happen all at once. Stick to your healthy lifestyle and the results will be worth it.

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How Much Water to Drink on the HCG Diet? | HCGBestDiet

Apr 30th, 2019
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There are lots of food rules to be aware of on the HCG diet, but you also shouldnt neglect your water intake. Just like youll keep careful track of what you eat, you should pay attention to how much fluid you consume. One of the most common questions people on the HCG protocol have is how much water to drink.

The exact amount of fluid you should drink varies depending on your size and activity level. In his original protocol, Dr. Simeons recommends drinking at least 2 liters, or half a gallon, of fluids per day. Many experts recommend consuming between 0.5 and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. If you exercise regularly or live in a hot climate and lose fluids through sweat, you should consume closer to 1 ounce per pound.

Its better to drink slowly throughout the day than to consume all of your fluids at once. Your body processes fluids better when you supply them gradually, and youll feel better when you stay consistently hydrated all day. You should be careful not to chug down too much water at once, or you may put yourself at risk for hyponatremia. This is a dangerous medical condition caused by low blood sodium that can cause vomiting, confusion, fatigue, and even seizures or death in severe cases. Instead of having an entire gallon of water with dinner, drink a cup every hour or two.

You can tell if youre getting enough fluids by checking your urine in the morning. You should urinate a lot when you use the bathroom after waking up, and your urine should be pale or clear. If its a darker yellow, you need to be getting more fluids.

Your weight can tell you if youre getting enough fluids, too. If youre properly hydrated, your weight should remain stable or be on a downward trend. If it fluctuates every day, its a sign that youre not getting enough fluids. High sodium meals can cause your body to retain fluid, and your body wont be able to flush out the sodium and get rid of the water weight if you dont drink enough. Therefore, your weight will fluctuate every time you eat a high sodium meal.

Its important to get enough fluids on any diet. Water gives you energy, boosts your immune system, and keeps your body functioning properly. Most people dont consume enough fluids and are in a chronic state of dehydration. This can make it difficult to stay energized and make it through all the phases of the HCG plan.

If youre dehydrated, you may mistake your thirst for hunger, which will cause you to overeat. With the limited calories allowed on the plan, you cant afford to eat when youre not hungry. Being hydrated reduces your risk of overeating. Fluids also help you feel full between meals, which is especially important for the 500-calorie phase.

The diet doesnt restrict salt, so many dieters over-season their foods to add more satisfaction. Because the food options are limited, salt is one of the best ways to make your meals more enjoyable. However, sodium causes fluid retention, which will make you feel bloated and will increase the number on the scale. Water weight isnt the same as fat, but it can still be discouraging to see your weight increase. Staying hydrated will allow your body to flush out the sodium without retaining fluid.

If youre not used to drinking 2 liters of fluids per day, it may seem difficult to consume that much. Plain water might get boring after a few days, but beverages are a great way to add variety to the HCG diet. Drinks are still limited, and Dr. Simeons original protocol only allows the following:

Although this is a short list, you can get creative with your beverages. Black tea and green tea both contain plenty of water, so they can count for a few cups of your daily fluid intake. The protocol also allows the following sweeteners and flavorings:

You can add more flavor to tea with stevia and lemon juice, or you could add stevia and lemon juice to water to make an HCG-friendly lemonade. There are plenty of stevia extracts you can use to flavor your water, too. If youre a fan of sparkling water, you can add flavored stevia extracts to help curb a soda craving.

Most people only focus on their food during the HCG diet, but water is important, too. To stay healthy and energized, you should drink at least 2 liters of fluids throughout the day. Once you get used to feeling so hydrated, youll never want to drink less than that again.

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Minneapolis HCG Diet and HCG Weight Loss – Lisa Ohman Erhard M.D.

Apr 30th, 2019
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Minneapolis HCG Diet Doctors Lisa Ohman Erhard, M.D. and Mark Erhard, M.D. at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa specialize in anti-aging medicine with a focus on the HCG Diet to help their clients lose drastic amounts of weight in Minneapolis. The HCG Diet has been around for over 60 years helping clients to shed unwanted pounds. This protocol has had dramatic success helping people lose dramatic amounts of weight for over the last several decades. Thousands of people that failed with other diets have been able to lose weight with the HCG Diet protocol.

Minneapolis HCG Doctors Lisa Ohman Erhard M.D. and Mark Erhard M.D. have helped hundreds of patients on the HCG diet for many years. They believe in a comprehensive approach to weight loss and look at all the factors that could be causing weight gain. Dr. Lisa Ohman Erhard and Dr. Mark Erhard have been practicing medicine for over 20 years. Their mission at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa is to enhance your personal appearance and support your emotional and physical health.

Losing weight is more than just about looking good; being overweight is a significant health risk factor for diabetes, cancer, dementia, and heart disease among others. It is estimated that 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese in the United States, which makes obesity a national epidemic. Therefore, an effective weight loss program is critical for the prevention of most chronic diseases, along with feeling and looking good.

Most low-calorie diets are neither healthy nor effective at losing and keeping weight off. Lisa Ohman Erhard M.D. and Mark Erhard M.D.s HCG program is a medically supervised diet resulting in safe, healthy, and rapid weight loss ranging between 20-25 lbs. in 40 days.

Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 39.8% of U.S. adults are considered obese, which can lead to a magnitude of serious health conditions.

At Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, Lisa Ohman Erhard, MDand her staff are committed to helping patients lose excess weight and become healthier and happier.

Our medically supervised HCG Weight Loss Program includes the use of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), which is a natural hormone our body produces, along with a low-calorie diet to assist in the reduction of excess body fat. Our patients typically lose 20-30 lbs in 6 weeks. Daily doses of HCG are given either with simple injections or easy to use sublingual tablets.

During your initial comprehensive consultation, you will be evaluated by a Physician or Certified Nurse Practitioner who will determine if you are a candidate for our HCG Weight Loss Program based on your health history and medical exam. In addition, you will meet with our trained support staff and be given a detailed description of our HCG Weight Loss Program. You will also be provided a complimentary InBody Assessment.

What makes our HCG Weight Loss Program unique? At Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, we offer weekly coaching sessions with our trained medical staff to provide support and accountability, which we find leads to greater weight loss success for our patients.

To maximize your weight loss results, we offer complimentary Body Contouring Consultations by one our experienced Certified Estheticians.

Minneapolis HCG Diet Doctors, Lisa Ohman Erhard M.D. and Mark Erhard M.D. can use the HCG Diet to help patients learn healthier eating habits, shed significant amounts of weight, and quickly reach their weight loss goals. Countless men and women have been able to achieve weight loss and feel and look healthier with Lisa Ohman Erhard M.D. and Mark Erhard M.D.s HCG Diet Program in Minneapolis.

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Excerpt From HCG 2.0 Understanding Ketosis

Apr 30th, 2019
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Understanding KetosisAn excerpt from HCG 2.0 Dont Starve, Eat Smart and Lose

Its unclear how much was known about Ketosis when Dr. Simeons was practicing. There is no mention of it in his manuscript.

Ketosisis a state that exists when your body is deprived of carbohydratesand must resort to its fat stores for energy. Of the foods we eat,carbs are most easily converted into energy. Complexcarbohydrates, mostly starches, are broken down to simplercarbohydrates, ultimately glucose, and then converted to ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) in the citric acid cycle. ATP is the energy exchange used in every cellular process in the human body. Its kind of like the gasoline we put in our cars. Gasoline is refined from more complex hydrocarbons as glucose is from more complex carbohydrates. If we eat excessive calories fromcarbs, our body stores them away in our fat cells. If we deprive ourselves ofcarbs, we tap into our fat stores for energy. Think of our fat stores as a bank account. If were depositing more money than were spending, or eating more calories than were burning off, our bank account gets bigger like our bellies. If we spend more than we deposit, as in the state oflow carb dieting and Ketosis, our bank account gets smaller resulting in weight loss.

AKetoneis an energy source derived from fat andKetosisis the physiological state in which this takes place. So why isKetosissuch a trendy word in dieting? The first and probably most popularKetosisDiet was theAtkins diet. In summary, Atkins only stipulation was that you were to consume a minimal amount of carbs. There were relatively few restrictions on fat and protein consumption and it was generally effective in promoting weight loss. It gained popularity in the mid 90s, but has since lost steam because of its in-sustainability, due the fact that it allowed way too much dairy, which is highly inflammatory and it didnt distinguish between healthy Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats. OtherKetosis Dietsyou may have heard of, or even tried, are theSouth Beach Diet, Dukan Diet, Paleo Diet, 5/1 protein shake diet and many others. All of thesedietsare variations of alow carb diet. When you eliminatecarbs, your body must tap into fat stores for energy, thus resulting inKetosisandweight loss.

Carbohydrates are a questionable part of the omnivorous diet of humans, especially highly processed carbs, which have no place whatsoever. There is an abundant amount of research on Inuit cultures and other indigenous tribes throughout the world that eat little to no carbs. These cultures, specifically Inuit, have a high-protein, high-fat diet and during long stretches of time throughout the year go completely without carbs. They experience no teeth decay or heart disease, diabetes is nearly non-existent and there is ZERO obesity. According to Dr. Eric Dewailly, MD, Ph.D, researcher, and Professor of Social and Preventative Medicine at Laval University, The traditional Inuit diet is fats and proteins, no sugar at all. It is probably one of the healthiest diets you can have. The human body is built for that. (2007).

If this high-protein, high-fat diet is so healthy, why dont we hear more about its positive effects? Probably for a lot of reasons, some relating to our for-profit health care system, others relating to the simple fact that the word fat carries such a negative connotation that doctors are reluctant to recommend it. But dont be fooled, a high-protein, high-fat diet, balanced with a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s is what were built for, as Dr. Dewailly says.

Thetraditional HCG diet, as practiced by Dr. Simeons,is a mildly Ketogenic Dietwith the addition of theHCG hormone. Thetraditional dietconsists of adequate protein, low fats and adequate carbs combined with theHCG hormone supplement. There is a slight discrepancy in the research regarding the amount of carbs one can consume and still maintain Ketosis. Keep in mind that Ketosis isnt all-or-nothing. There are depths and stages; less carbs equal greater Ketosis which in turn results in more rapid weight loss. Some research suggests that Ketosis can be achieved at .5 grams of carbs per pound. So for example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you can consume 90 grams of carbs and achieve Ketosis. Others research says you must consume less than 50 grams per day to achieve Ketosis. The Atkins diet, as we discussed earlier, allows for only 20 grams of carbs. The traditional HCG diet allowed between 60 and 80, which, by any standard, is at the high end of Ketosis. Limiting carbs is the absolute most important thing you can do to accelerate/maintain your weight loss. And, if youre like most, this will be the most difficult part. Not simply because we crave carbs, but because starches are such a staple in our diet that we almost cannot imagine a meal without them.

Starches, which are complex carbohydrates,make for cheap filler. I grew up in a family of five and while we were very middle class, we lived on a pretty strict budget. This probably wont be much of a surprise to many readers as you will relate, but my mother could make a single pound of hamburger last two meals. She did so with starches; potatoes, noodles, bread, etc. This is how many of us were raised and this habitual component of our diet, or how we ate as children, is a powerful motivator as to how we eat as adults. The starch habit is a perfect example of this. The problem with starches, and more so with simple carbohydrates like those in fruit, is that they are so rapidly digested that the rush of incoming fuel cannot be fully metabolized and these calories ultimately end up stored as fat. This is fine as children because were more active, but if we continue to consume the same percentage of carbs as adults well gain weight because our activity level and metabolic rate decrease significantly.

Additionally, Ketosis has a significant effect on the amount of hunger youll experience on the diet. When your body is comfortably in a state of Ketosis, as it is when limiting carbs to 30 grams per day, youll be supplied with ample amounts of ketone calories from stored fat; this will not only provide you with sufficient energy, but will mediate hunger. When youre fluctuating in and out of Ketosis, as you often will on the traditional diet, you wont be consistently supplied with ketone calories and youll experience both lethargy and intermittent hunger.

By eliminating the high-sugar fruits and bread sticks that were allowed on the traditional diet, and replacing those calories with lean protein, youve already brought your carb intake to below 30 grams per day, which will comfortably maintain Ketosis by any research standard. This is the key to HCG 2.0. TheHCGthen expedites and targetsKetosisby unlocking our abnormal fat stores. Its important to note that the HCG is NOT what causes your weight loss. The weight loss is derived from your low calorie, Ketosis diet. Then why add HCG? Look at it this way, if Ketosis is the door that houses our abnormal fat, HCG is the key. Before I elaborate, we need to discuss fat, its role in the human body, both good and bad, and why it accumulates in some of us more than others.

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800 Calorie hCG Food List Menu – How to Follow This diet Protocol

Apr 30th, 2019
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Every human being is an individual with different needs, preferences, abilities and inner resources. Whats good for ones can be awful for others. People come up with all kinds of variations to literally everything in the world in order to adjust it to their liking or comfort.

Although the original hCG weight loss protocol proposed by Dr Simeons was very strict in terms of calorie intake (just 500 calories per day allowed during phases 2 and 3) and foods allowed to eat, a couple of variations of this diet have been created throughout the years. Sample 800 calorie hcg diet menu mentioned aboveis one such option.

As the name of the diet implies, the difference between it and the original amounts to 300 calories. In fact, thats roughly the amount of one main meal (lunch or dinner) recommended during the hCG very low calorie diet. (Detailed article on HCG diet protocol)

Many wonder if theyll still lose weight on this diet, and the answer is a solid yes, you will. The minimum recommended calorie intake is 2500 calories for an adult man and around 2000 calories for an adult woman. Therefore, any amount of calories less than that will eventually cause weight loss, especially with the help of hCG.

The only difference, perhaps, is the speed at which youll see your extra pounds vanishing. During the original 500 calorie hCG diet, the rates of weight loss usually vary from 0.5 and 0.75 pounds (0.22 0.34 kg). Therefore, you should expect a rate slightly lower than that. Still, some people see this variant as preferable for them.

Remember that the general rules of the original hCG protocol for weight loss still applies to the 800 calorie hCG diet. Youll still be eating from a strictly limited amount of products and in specific combinations. In fact, the only difference between the 500 and the HCG 800 calorie diet plan is the amount of meals one more eating session for those dieters that stick to the increased calorie hCG diet. All the rest stays the same no sugar or starches allowed, no junk food or fatty ingredients, no eating all of your proteins /hcg 800 calorie diet recipes/vegetables/fruits at once.

Another important aspect of the 800 calorie hCG diet is that you must choose the amount of calories youll be sitting on and follow up to this choice. If you prefer taking 800 calories per day during your diet thats fine, just stay on this number. You shouldnt eat 800 calories today, 500 tomorrow and 900 the day after. During the hCG diet, your body is being softly tuned into having a fat-burning active metabolism, and that requires some time to adapt. Leading your body through an unstable calorie regimen equals to riding a car on a bumpy road not affective and absolutely not pleasant.

But youre the one to chose, ultimately. Both the traditional hCG diet and the 800 calorie hCG diet work in an effective and long-lasting manner if you follow the instructions and recommendations provided by the manufacturer of your hCG product and specialists in the field of nutrition and weight loss.

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Diet Phase 2: Lose – My HCG Diet

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THE DIET - Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Diet lasts for 23 days or 43 days depending on how much weight you want to lose and how long you prefer to diet.

20 days using injections, pellets or drops. The last three days of Diet is without any injections, pellets or drops.

40 days using injections, pellets or drops. The last three days of Diet is without any injections, pellets or drops.

For Day 21 thru 23 or 41 thur 43 you will stop taking the active ingredients and continue to eat the foods specified below. This gives the active ingredients time to leave your system before you move on to Phase 3.

A word about the foods that are allowed during your diet. As the diet has evolved and become popular, others have added other foods to this list or increased the caloric intake. Please keep in mind that Dr. Simeions' diet food list is very specific, very limited and very low in calories (500 per day). The allowed food list for the Diet is, NO fat, VERY low carb and HIGH protein which allows for optimal fat loss in the shortest amount of time. Eating only the foods listed below guarantees that your Diet will be successful. Introducing foods that are not on this list reduces the success and adds a level of frustration.

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

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HCG Diet Food List Phase 1 – HCG Weight Loss

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People tend to fail at dieting for a number of reasons, including long-term deprivation of their favorite foods, not enough variety of items to eat, poor planning, not following dietary guidelines, and poor results. The HCG diet food list Phase 1 helps to conquer all of those concerns by laying the groundwork for a program that is easy to follow with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The HCG diet lets you start out by consuming all of your favorite foods especially the not so healthy ones before bringing rapid weight loss of up to 30 pounds in 30 days into your life.

The four distinct phases of the HCG diet will lead to success. Omit one and you probably wont see the desired results. Each phase has its purpose. Phase 1 of the HCG diet plan may be the shortest lasting only two days but it is by far the most important. You see, HCG targets the fat stored in the body. We want to make it easy to find, so we start by loading your bloodstream up with fat that can be readily accessed to get the process rolling.

The HCG Diet food list for Phase 1 will show you how to maximize this process by making the right choices for what to eat during these first two days.

Get ready to eat. That is the advice given to people embarking on the HCG Diet. Day one is when you begin HCG injections, but this is not the time to think about losing weight. That will start on day three. The first two days we get HCG and fat into your bloodstream. To accomplish that goal, you must set your target food consumption at a minimum of 2,000 calories. What you choose to eat makes a difference, so take a look at the HCG Diet Phase 1 approved food list for guidance.

These options on the HCG Diet plan food list Phase 1 will help you increase weight loss success:

Think about all of those times when you knew you were eating something bad for your diet, and go ahead and eat them again now. This is also an excellent time to go to a buffet.

What you eat during these first two days of HCG injections will make a big difference in your results. This is not the time to think about dieting. You must saturate your body with high-fat foods. If you do not, the HCG will not have ready to use fat on day three. That is why the HCG Diet menu Phase 1 is filled with your favorite food choices.

One key point to make is that these two days are about consuming foods with high-fat content. That does not mean lots of added sugar. We do not want you to waste your calories on jelly beans and sugary candies. This will not help the process. These items do not have fat only sugar. When your sweet tooth hits, reach for cheesecake, eclairs, donuts, full-fat ice cream, and other desserts that feature both sugar and fat.

When looking at the HCG Diet foods list Phase 1, you will also notice that this is not the time to skimp, so heap on those creamy salad dressings, load up the nachos, fries, and baked potatoes, and put lots of toppings on your ice cream sundae. Choose fattier cuts of meat that you would normally avoid. The more fat you consume, the quicker you will lose weight starting on day three.

For additional information about weight loss with the HCG Diet, contact Weight Loss Medical Center for a free consultation with a weight loss specialist.

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Legitimate Weight Loss Clinics will not administer HCG Drops or useless homeopathic substitutes. Recent Studies have shown that the HCG hormone cannot pass from the oral mucosa into the bloodstream just like insulin cannot be swallowed. HCG injections deliver effective and safe dosages to trigger weight loss.

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