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The Right Way to Use HCG For Weight Loss (Not the HCG Diet)

Apr 30th, 2019
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This guide is part 2 in a series I am writing about how to properly and effectively use weight loss medications (including dosing, duration of therapy and titration). Part 1 contains information and dosing on Victoza which you can read about here.

HCG is often misused and misunderstood by patients, especially when it comes to weight loss.

HCG can be used as part of a weight loss regimen to help you lose weight, but it's almost always coupled with a very low-calorie diet which can actually be harmful to your metabolism long-term.

Learn how to use HCG in this guide:

*Note: Information in this article should not be considered medical advice nor can I offer medical advice to you. This information is provided as an educational resource.

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It's important that we set the record straight on the difference between HCG the hormone and the HCG Diet.

HCG is actually just a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin.

It is naturally secreted in high amounts during pregnancy.

In fact, the amounts that pregnant women are subjected to is much higher than any dose that most people use for weight loss (including in the HCG diet).

HCG the hormone itself has some special properties (1) (which we will discuss below) that make it a valuable tool when and if you are trying to lose weight.

The problem that HCG gets a bad name because the name itself is often associated with the HCG diet.

Which is why we need to spend some time to separate these two ideas.

I'm sure you are familiar with the HCG diet, but if you aren't I would read this post which outlines in more detail why it is often harmful.

The HCG diet is a combination of a sustained very low-calorie diet which is coupled with HCG injections (or drops) throughout the weight loss phase.

The problem with the HCG diet is the duration of the calorie restriction, NOT the HCG hormone itself.

The prolonged calorie restriction in the HCG diet often causes metabolic damage and thyroid changes which almost always result in regaining any weight that was lost during the diet.

Despite this known side effect many people still decide to use the HCG diet, presumably for the temporary weight loss that results.

The problem is that each time you do the HCG diet you damage your metabolism more and more.

So the first time you use the HCG diet you may lose 20+ pounds, the second time you may only lose 5-10 and the third you may not lose any at all.

Each consecutive time you use it you will see your results diminish.

And this process occurs because of the calorie restriction.

This side effect is NOT from the HCG shots or injections!

You could couple a 500 calorie diet with any hormone (such as testosterone, progesterone or thyroid hormone) and you would end up in the same place.

But don't make the mistake of blaming HCG on the damage to your metabolism when it's the fault of the calorie restriction.

If this concept is new to you, or it doesn't make sense I would encourage you to read this article which outlines more information on how calories influence your weight and how to determine if you are eating enough.

It's important to realize that HCG is simply a hormone and because it is a hormone it has special benefits that we can utilize.

And if we combine HCG with proper dietary therapies, supplements, weight loss medications and so on we can actually gain all of the benefits from HCG without any of the downsides.

So let's talk about some of the benefits:

Like any hormone or medication, there are potential side effects and benefits you should consider when using it.

It's helpful to erase in your mind how you currently think about HCG and start over with a blank slate.

In this slate I want you to simply think about HCG as a potential weight loss hormone that, if used correctly, can be added to various different diets and therapies.

Once you've changed how you think about HCG a new world of opportunities and possibilities are available to you.

HCG can now be combined with other weight loss therapies such as Victoza, LDN and so on.

It can be combined with ANY diet including the ketogenic diet, the AIP diet and so on.

It can complement certain supplements that also augment weight loss such as fish oil, berberine, CLA, and alpha lipoic acid.

Suddenly HCG becomes a helpful tool that you can use on your journey to weight loss.

But how does HCG Work? How does it help with weight loss?

It can actually help in several ways...

Potential positive benefits of using HCG:

Because HCG is a hormone it also may have negative side effects that can pop up based on dosing or the sensitivity of the individual.

Potential side effects of using HCG:

HCG is usually very well tolerated and most people do not experience negative side effects.

But some people may experience these side effects and it may be an indication that they are using too much.

If you experience side effects they can usually be eliminated by simply reducing your dose.

The goal is to use the least amount of hormone possible for the largest amount of benefit.

Hormone therapies often suffer from a concept known as diminishing returns.

Diminishing returns is the idea that a given therapy will diminish in value with increasing dose.

So if 100 IU's works for you it doesn't mean that 200 IU's will work twice as well or that 400 IU's will work 4x as well.

HCG is often very helpful for certain women who are trying to lose weight.

Much of this benefit may stem from HCG and its ability to help regulate estrogen and progesterone levels.

The imbalance of estrogen to progesterone may be responsible, at least in part, for weight gain in certain areas of the body (think breasts, butt, thighs and so on).

This distribution of fat differs from other hormone imbalances such as insulin resistance which tends to promote weight gain in the abdominal cavity or surrounding the organs (so-called visceral fat) (5).

The problem with fat mediated by estrogen and progesterone is that it can be very difficult to treat and typically doesn't respond to conventional exercise and diet routines.

Even if these women tend to lose weight, if they don't improve their estrogen/progesterone balance they may end up with an abnormal fat distribution such as very little fat on the abdomen but excess fat on the arms/thighs and so on.

Women who fit this category may benefit from the episodic use of HCG as a complementary therapy to other weight loss therapies.

I've included a list of potential patients who may benefit more than others from the use of HCG based on my own personal experience and based on various clinical studies.

Which women should consider using HCG?

Whenever you can individualize weight loss therapies such as weight loss medication the results tend to be much better than a blanket or one-size-fits-all regimen.

But even when following these guidelines HCG may only promote weight loss in up to 70% of individuals who use it.

HCG also has many benefits for men and may be the reason that men do so well on the conventional HCG diet when compared to women.

HCG looks similar to another hormone known as LH or luteinizing hormone (7).

Because HCG looks similar to LH (at least to cellular receptors) it may sit on and activate LH receptors and lead to a normalization or natural boost to testosterone levels in men.

Because testosterone is so important (for both men and women, but especially in men) at promoting the male physique(8) the use of HCG may stimulate weight loss in men through this mechanism alone.

HCG should also be considered an integral part of normal testosterone replacement therapy which should include bio-identical testosterone, HCG to retard testicular atrophy and an estrogen blocker.

For this reason, men tend to benefit greatly from the periodic use of HCG especially during weight loss.

It should be noted, though, that HCG should not be used in place of testosterone or for extended periods of time.

Part of realizing the weight loss benefits of HCG is ensuring that you use it correctly.

The "standard" way of using HCG is to combine it with a calorie restricted diet and to use it daily.

It may be better to use smaller doses less frequently and combined with other therapies which also aid in weight loss.

Using it in this way promotes more sustained weight loss and limits any potential negative side effects associated with the hormone.

Below I've outlined some guidelines that can be considered when using HCG.

HCG Dosing instructions:

Whenever we talk about a weight loss medication or therapy we should always discuss how potent or how efficacious that therapy actually is.

It's one thing to say that a medication or hormone is effective at weight loss, but it's more important to understand just how effective it is.

For instance:

Would you be more interested in a weight loss therapy that worked 90% of the time but only helped you lose 1-2 pounds or would you be more interested in a weight loss therapy that worked 60% of the time but helped you lose 15-20 pounds?

The truth is that not all weight loss therapies will work for all people, and even if they do work in some people the efficacy will vary from person to person.

So 10 people could use the same therapy and experience various degrees of weight loss despite using it in the exact same way.

This doesn't mean that the therapy is flawed, but it does mean that you should do your best to personalize your regimen.

HCG is more useful as a side therapy for weight loss that should be combined with more powerful weight loss medications such as Victoza and Liothyronine.

In this way, it's not the most powerful weight loss medications but it can often help boost weight loss results by 5-15 pounds (depending on the person).

HCG is a hormone which may help to promote other hormone functions in both men and women.

It gets a bad name because of its association with the HCG diet, but after reading this hopefully, you can make a distinction between HCG the hormone and the HCG diet.

HCG the hormone is beneficial when used correctly, and the HCG is almost always harmful.

If you are considering using HCG make sure that you obtain a written prescription from a physician and make sure that you personalize dosing to your body.

It should be noted that proper use of HCG (as discussed here) should NOT result in any harm or long-term damage to your metabolism.

But now I want to hear from you:

Have you used HCG successfully in the past?

Did the HCG diet harm your metabolism?

Have you used HCG in the way that I've described here?

Leave your comments below!

If you have other questions or comments about using HCG in this way please leave them below and I will do my best to answer them.

References (Click to Expand)

#1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2936313/

#2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4363154

#3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15713727

#4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1648698

#5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3473928/

#6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2585758/

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What Is HCG Diet?, How Does HCG Diet Works? and How Safe It Is!

Apr 30th, 2019
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In this article we have given in-detailed explanation on : What is HCG diet? How to start HCG diet? What are HCG diet phases? History of HCG Diet, HCG Diet phase 1 foods with recipes, HCG Diet phase 2 with recipes and HCG Diet phase 3 with recipes. Almost we have covered everything about HCG diet program and its diet plan. You need not have to browse any other website looking for information on HCG Diet. Just keep reading till the end of this page.

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If you have experienced weight problems now or in the past, you can bear me witness that shedding it off is no joke. Exercising only will also prove futile, which ends up demoralizing you even more. Worst case scenario, you may end up wasting your hard-earned money on weight loss supplements and plans that are created by con artists. This situation happened to me before I discovered the existence and potential of the HCG diet. Here is a look at this highly-praised but controversial diet program and its comparison to other diet programs such as the VRK, keto, and Paleo diets.

The HCG diet encompasses a low carb, high vegetable and high protein approach to healthy eating and weight loss. In his manuscript, Pounds, and Inches, Dr. A.T.W Simeons acknowledged that specially prepared low calorie and unsweetened foods were freely available in many nations. However, he explained that although some of the foods can be tentatively consumed, the total daily caloric intake ought not to exceed 500 in a bid to obtain optimal results. According to Simeons, the daily ration should consist of a small portion of starch and 20g of fat-free protein.

Veeramachaneni Ramakrishna is no doubt one of the well-famed Indian diet experts. His popularity in this field mainly stems from the creation of an efficient and healthy weight-loss diet as well as a diet program that is known for reversing diabetes. Currently, Veeramachaneni is known as Aahara Maantriku or diet magician, particularly in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Although Veeramachaneni is an accountant by profession, he spends a considerable portion of his time sharing information regarding his diet plan on TV channels as well as other platforms and events. Whats more, he appears to be an individual who is not money or profit-oriented, as he shares his diet program with the public at no cost or fee.

Veeramachaneni has numerous videos online, especially on YouTube whereby he shares or explains his diet program, known as K.E.T.O or VRK diet. Aside from reckless eating habits, he is convinced that the increasing cases of bulging belly and waistline are caused by refined products such as sugar, rice, oil, and flour. For this reason, Veeramachanenis diet program requires you to include healthy fats in your diet including olive oil, ghee, butter and most importantly coconut oil.

Although Veeramachenani claims not to know about the keto diet, his K.E.T.O diet program is often likened to it, mostly as a namesake. They are both made up of low-carb, high-fat and adequate protein foods, which cause the body to break down the stored fat to generate energy for the body instead of carbohydrates. This is the primary concept behind this program in that it causes our body functions to rely on a fat-based metabolism process as opposed to the usual carb-based metabolism.

If you are serious about following this Veeramachenani diet program, bear in mind that you should strictly keep the following foods at bay for effective results:

Veeramachanneni claims that his diet not only helps in weight reduction but also in combating various medical conditions including Psoriasis, diabetes, and Spondylitis among others. His diet program is based on four pillars including:

Veeramachanenis diet program recommends the consumption of 70g to 100g of direct fat such as olive oil, butter (Amul Butter or Vijaya Butter), cheese above curd (malai), Ghee, Clear Butter and coconut oil. Aside from taking the fat directly, you can include it in non-veg or special veg soups. You can take 500ml of warm water and add about 20-30 grams of oil (preferably coconut oil). Then, drink it till you hit the recommended 70-100 grams daily fat consumption.

During the first ten days:

When following the Veeramachaneni diet program, you are required to consume three lemons per day.

Veeramachaneni recommends a daily water intake of 4 liters. In case you do not want to take it directly, you can include majjiga.

Although this diet plan does not support the consumption of fruits, it makes up for that with multi-vitamin tablets. You can get these tablets from the nearest medical store or consult your physician. The recommended dosage should be two tablets a day, one in the morning and another before you go to bed.

Both the HCG diet plan and Veeramachineni diet program highly recommend the intake of high-fat foods for phase 1 and pillar 1 respectively. The difference comes in the period of consumption and the allowed amount. For the former, you are allowed to eat as many fatty foods as possible for the first two days whereas the latter recommends you to take 70-100 grams of fat per day.

Looking at the rules that govern the Veeramachineni diet during the first ten days, it is safe to safe that the diet plan appears to have a loophole. The rule about eating food only when you feel hungry may be counterproductive to your weight loss goals since you might fail to distinguish between your hunger and your desire to eat because the food is available. Nevertheless, this gap can be occupied by HCG drops, which are effective appetite suppressants that ensure your body had the required energy to keep you going.

The HCG diet is highly famed for its effectiveness, especially in the fitness community. It encompasses a restriction diet that requires you to eat 500 calories per day and supplement with the controversial HCG hormone, either in the form of injections or drops. The HCG diet allows the body to access the areas where fat is stored in the body rapidly. By doing so, you can start losing fat immediately without compromising your muscle mass.

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone that is commonly produced during pregnancy. It aids in nourishing the egg, particularly after fertilization has taken place. Aside from that, HCG is said to have weight loss effects. In essence, this hormone, whether in the form of injections or drops, allows appetite suppression in a bid to help you follow the low-calorie intake plan comfortably. Whats more, HCG diet is broken down into four well-planned phases whereby each phase comes with its guidelines and stipulations to help you attain the desired success. They include:

As far as following the HCG diet is concerned, phase 1 is irrefutably the easiest even though it only lasts for two days. Despite that fact, its importance should not be overlooked. This loading phase encompasses a high fat and caloric intake for two consecutive days whereby you are required to eat fatty foods such as pizza, fried chicken and high-fat desserts like doughnuts among others. The newly gained fat will be lost during the subsequent phase, so you do not need to worry.

Once you enter this phase, honeymoon time is over! Here, a strict, low-caloric intake of 500 calories per day is recommended, which can be quite challenging for most dieters. Even so, this phase is longest and can take 26 to 46 days depending on your weight loss goals. During this low caloric phase, you are required to take HCG as instructed.

Phase 2 consists of various selected foods coupled with eating guidelines, to ensure that you stay on the right track. Bear in mind that both the low-calorie diet and HCG hormone work hand in hand, mainly if you want optimal weight loss results.

I can bet you will be pleased to reach this phase. Phase 3 can be referred to as the transition or stabilization phase, which lasts about 3 weeks. Here, you are required to halt HCG hormone intake for it to be flushed from your system before you usher in a new regimen. Doing so is essential in a bid to allow your body to continue shedding weight as opposed to adapting to HCG intake. This makes this phase important, especially for those people who undergo multiple cycles of this diet plan.

During this phase, you are required to boost your calorie intake through increasing portions from the list of allowable foods under this phase. While doing so, carefully add healthy foods that were not allowed in phase 2. This process not only enables our digestive system to adjust to the new regimens but also helps you to identify hormonal imbalances and food sensitivities that could trigger weight gain. For instance, add healthy fat foods such as salmon and avocado into your diet one at a time.

Hurrah! You have successfully managed to transition from all the other phases into normal healthy living. Whats even more impressive is your new lighter and healthier weight. This stage is all about applying the healthy habits that you have learnt from the previous phases into maintaining your new weight and leading a better life. You can continue eating the allowed foods in phase 3 and some others not on the list while weighing your portions to be on the safe side. Moreover, you can adopt a physical life including going to the gym, yoga classes, engaging in a favorite sport, etc.

Despite following the basic principles of a ketogenic diet, the HCG diet differs from other diets in the market in that it includes HCG hormone intake, particularly for effective results. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the two programs:

Both the HCG diet and ketogenic diet or keto are low-carb diet programs, which have been designed to promote weight loss and boost body energy levels. A low carbohydrate intake forces the body into a natural process called ketosis whereby the body burns the fat located in the liver and produces ketones. As such, both plans lower cholesterol and blood pressure, control blood sugar, improve metal performance, cause increased weight loss and stabilize hunger.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat diet whereas the HCG diet is low fat. For the keto diet, about 70 percent of the entire diet consists of fats such as high-fat oils, vegetables, dairy, and meat. The reason solely rests on the diets dependence on ketosis to utilize that fat in helping the body to burn it rapidly. For the HCG diet, the principle rests on keeping as much fat from the diet as possible in a bid to allow the body to burn off the stored fat in the body, especially in areas such as the buttocks, mid-section, and thighs. Fatty foods only come in handy during the first phase or loading phase.

Unlike the HCG diet, which requires a daily intake of 500 calories, the ketogenic diet does not include any set caloric intake limit. Although you can eat a lot when it comes to a keto diet, metabolism stabilization helps in controlling your appetite. For the HCG diet plan, the HCG hormone allows you to stick to the low caloric intake by suppressing food cravings.

The keto diet does not require any supplementation. On the other hand, the HCG diet requires the use of HCG hormone drops or injections to achieve optimal results. The hormone not only aids in optimizing weight loss but also in controlling your appetite. Nevertheless, you can administer the hormone in the form of tablets or pellets.

Following the HCG diet is a lot easier than following the paleo diet as far as weight loss is concerned. The former is broken down into four phases as mentioned earlier, which outline what you are required to do, eat and for how long. This structure allows you to achieve your goals easily and fast. For the paleo diet, you do not need to follow it to shed off the unwanted weight. This attribute has resulted in various variations of this diet plan, which makes it hard to achieve the preferred results.

The beauty of the HCG diet is that it provides measurable and specific outcomes. In fact, aside from being specifically designed to help you lose weight, it offers a particular timeframe over which the actual weight loss will take place. Alternatively, the Paleo diet has no specific and measurable results.

HCG diet is known for limiting the amount of fat included in the diet to allow the body to burn the already stored fat. The plan only allows the consumption of high-fat foods during phase one before you enter into the caloric restriction phase. Alternatively, the Paleo diet is a high-fat diet plan whereby most of its versions allow unlimited consumption of saturated fat. Hence, you have a better chance of losing your desired weight with the former as opposed to the latter.

Here are certain reasons why i am convinced that the HCG diet is better compared to the other available diets like paleo and keto as a follows:

Thanks to the use of the HCG hormone, which is taken either as pellets, drops or injections, you do not experience hunger pangs. The hormone allows you to go about your daily business on a low-calorie diet without feeling hungry. With the other diets, there are chances that you may have trouble suppressing your appetite.

The thing I like about the HCG diet plan is its diet protocol. The protocol comes in four well-elaborated phases, which allows you to keep track of what is expected of you. It also helps you to know the right food for each phase to avoid compromising your progress. Paleo and keto fail to provide such a structure with measurable results.

With the HCG diet, you do not require to exercise. You can go on with your busy schedule without having to worry about going to the gym later in the day. Other than the low caloric intake associated with the HCG diet, the HCG hormone allows the release of stored fat into the bloodstream for the body to break it down into energy.

In a nutshell, it looks like there are several diet plans out there for you if you are interested in weight loss. Nonetheless, the information above shows that the existing programs are not equal regarding effectiveness and ease to follow. In this case, the HCG diet carries the day considering that it has been there since the 1950s and is backed by numerous claims of effectiveness compared to the Veeramachineni diet program and others like paleo and keto. Additionally, HCG diet is a well-structured diet program compared to the rest and relies on the HCG hormone to suppress your appetite and help you attain optimal weight loss results.

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HCG Diet San Francisco – Scott Mosser M.D.

Apr 30th, 2019
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What is the HCG Diet?

The HCG Diet is not one of the newest diet programs that have been developed to fight the seemingly never-ending battle against weight gain and being overweight in San Francisco, but it remains a very effective plan. HCG is a hormone that is normally produced by both men and women, but is especially present in significant amounts when a woman goes through pregnancy and is mainly responsible for drastically increasing her metabolism during that period. The aim of the HCG diet is to recreate this condition in non-pregnant patients to aid in shedding the unwanted pounds faster.

For the HCG Diet protocol, in addition to HCG injections, patients will also be put under a very low calorie diet, or VLCD, to ensure that the fat cells in the body are not able to immediately replace what has been lost by taking in more fat from the food consumed by the patient in a normally unhealthy diet. It has been found that the combination of these actions helps promote rapid weight loss that has been known to average between one to three pounds a day. This remarkable achievement is made possible by the ability of the HCG hormone to essentially change the way that a patient perceives food, as well as their eating habits, to be able to sustain a long-term weight loss program. In the process, the body of the patient is able to release the calories that have previously been dormant, stored in the bodys fat deposits. These calories may either be utilized by the body for energy or expelled through the bodys natural metabolic processes.

Depending on the patients requirement, the amount of HCG administered will range between 125 to 200 IU in order to set the weight loss process in motion. It recommended that the patient must, however, do this in combination with a very low calorie diet to bring about the coveted results. The calorie intake in a VLCD could potentially dip to just up to 500 calories a day, a figure that doctors recommend to basically prevent the body to take up fat as the existing fat cells are being depleted, thus resulting to more rapid weight loss.

Each treatment program will be tailor fit for each of the patients and will last as long as it is necessary for them to achieve their goal weight. Usually, there will be at least 26 days in the program, or with HCG being administered for 23. Some HCG diet programs should last for up to 43 days consisting of 40 HCG administrations. The hormone is not normally administered to the patient during the last three days of the diet program because this is about the amount of time that it takes for it to be eliminated out of the patients body, so that it can adjust as the patient resumes his or her normal diet activities. During the course of the diet, the HCG hormone can be administered via injection or sublingual drops, and patients have been known to lose up to 1 pound of weight for each day of the program. It should be noted that the HCG diet is not recommended to go beyond the 43 day limit because it has been noticed that patients develop an immunity to the effects of the hormone after 40 days of continued administration. If patients wanted to continue on with the program, a six-week resting period will be implemented before the body becomes responsive to the effects of HCG again. Doctors can only recommend a maximum number of four treatments in between breaks before the body becomes unresponsive or completely desensitized to the effects of the HCG diet.

With the HCG diet program, patients are going to be asked to reduce their caloric intake drastically. However, this VLCD must only last as long as the stored fat deposits are being targeted for release. This is component of the HCG diet is essential for shedding the pounds completely during the course of the treatment. Once these fat deposits are gone, and the patients reach their desired weight, they must be removed from the diet and brought back to their normal eating habits because, at this point, the body will begin to reject the imposition of the VLCD since there is no longer any stored up fat that will sustain it.

Although the idea of losing one pound of weight a day may sound ideal to most dieters, it can also pose some risks to the patients health. The HCG diet must be administered with caution since it could potentially cause some side effects such as headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, restlessness, and even hair loss. Also, since this is a hormone normally produced in larger amounts during pregnancy, its use could precipitate some pregnancy-like symptoms including water retention, breast tenderness for women or breast enlargement for men, or depression.

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Yo-yo effect – Wikipedia

Apr 29th, 2019
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Yo-yo dieting or yo-yo effect, also known as weight cycling, is a term coined by Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University, in reference to the cyclical loss and gain of weight, resembling the up-down motion of a yo-yo. In this process, the dieter is initially successful in the pursuit of weight loss but is unsuccessful in maintaining the loss long-term and begins to gain the weight back. The dieter then seeks to lose the regained weight, and the cycle begins again.

The reasons for yo-yo dieting are varied but often include embarking upon a hypocaloric diet that was initially too extreme. At first the dieter may experience elation at the thought of weight loss and pride in their rejection of food. Over time, however, the limits imposed by such extreme diets cause effects such as depression or fatigue that make the diet impossible to sustain. Ultimately, the dieter reverts to their old eating habits, now with the added emotional effects of failing to lose weight by restrictive diet. Such an emotional state leads many people to eating more than they would have before dieting, causing them to rapidly regain weight.[1]The process of regaining weight and especially body fat is further promoted by the high metabolic plasticity of skeletal muscle. The "Summermatter Cycle"[2] explains how skeletal muscle persistently reduces energy expenditure during dieting. In addition, food restriction increases physical activity which further supports body weight loss initially. When food becomes available again, the thrifty program promotes the refilling of energy stores which preferentially occurs as catch-up fat.[2]

This kind of diet is associated with extreme food deprivation as a substitute for good diet[when defined as?] and exercise techniques. As a result, the dieter may experience loss of both muscle and body fat during the initial weight-loss phase (weight-bearing exercise is required to maintain muscle). After completing the diet, the dieter is likely to experience the body's starvation response, leading to rapid weight gain of only fat. This is a cycle that changes the body's fat-to-muscle ratio, one of the more important factors in health. A report by the American Psychological Association reviewed thirty-one diet studies and found that after two years of dieting up to a third of dieters weighed more than they did before they began the diet.[3] One study in rats showed those made to yo-yo diet were more efficient at gaining weight.[4] However the research compiled by Atkinson et al. (1994)[5] showed that there are no adverse effects of weight cycling on body composition, resting metabolic rate, body fat distribution, or future successful weight loss, and that there is not enough evidence to show risk factors for cardiovascular disease being directly dependent on cyclical dieting patterns.A more recent review concluded "...evidence for an adverse effect of weight cycling appears sparse, if it exists at all".[6]

Since there is "no single definition of weight cycling [that] can be endorsed", it is almost impossible for research to draw specific conclusions about the actual effects of cyclical dieting, until it becomes more definitely defined.[5]

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The HCG Diet Food List – Your MUST Follow Guide (Jan 2019)

Apr 28th, 2019
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If youve recently stepped on the scale and were unhappy with the number you saw, or have known for a while that you have weight you need to lose, but regular diets werent helping, you may be interested in the HCG diet. There are a lot of questions about the diet, after all, youre mostly on your own unless you see a medical office each week.

The HCG diet has been the same since the 1950s, when Dr. Simeons manuscript, Pounds and Inches was released, prompting thousands to take action against their unwanted weight gain. The diet is very specific in what you can, and cannot eat, and even steers clear of vigorous exercise, making it very different from most other diet protocols. While the HCG diet itself can seem fairly extreme, those who have done it can count on the diet to help them lose weight quickly, and get started on a healthier lifestyle.

The HCG diet is a very specifically laid out diet plan with a few phases to ensure you lose the large amount of weight in a very short time period. The diet is laid out into four different phases, each with its own rules and foods that can be eaten. The most important part of the diet is taking your daily amount of HCG. This amount can be different based on a few different factors, including your weight and BMI, but it must be taken daily during the first two phases.

The HCG can be taken in a few different ways, but injections and drops are the most popular. Injections are by prescription only, while drops can be found in prescription and homeopathic varieties. There are quite a few reviews on different companies you can order from, so be sure you do your research.

Phase 1: Eat whatever you like for a couple of days in order to refill your fat reserves. It may seem counter-intuitive, but dieters should not do the diet without this phase.

Phase 2: The very low calorie portion of the diet, in which you have to follow the specific 500 calorie diet plan.

Phase 3: During the stabilization phaseyou can slowly add new foods into your diet but need to avoid starchand sugar.

Phase 4: The maintenance phase where you reintroduce carbs and sugar back into your diet. A return to the real world of food!

The diet can be done a few times if you have a lot of weight to lose, but it should be noted that if you go back to your usual eating habits once the diet is over, youll gain the weight back, so the diet should be used as a way to reevaluate your diet and move forward in a healthy way.

The types of foods you can eat on an HCG meal plan are chosen for their fat, sugar, and carbohydrate amounts. You may only eat 200 grams of protein a day, twice a day, and you only eat two meals a day, lunch and dinner. During the 500 calorie diet phase you can drink coffee, water, and tea as much as you like, given you do not add sugar to your drinks, only stevia.

The food list is short, but its necessary, and many dieters recommend buying organic, or all-natural versions of the foods, which are easy to find these days in your regular grocery store. Only melba toast or grissini is allowed, very sparingly, but you can continue to use seasonings as long as they do not have oil or butter.

200 grams of protein a day, twice a day:

Crab

Extra lean, grass-fed Beef

Buffalo

Egg Whites (3)

Chicken

Scallops

Two cups per day, one cup per meal:

Onions

Green Salads

Asparagus

Celery

Broccoli

Spinach

Fennel

Cauliflower

Chard

Shallots

Tomatoes

Red Radish

Cabbage

Cucumbers

Beet Greens

Mixed Greens

Grapefruit

Apples

Strawberries

The food list for the diet is limited, but that doesnt mean you have to eat bland foods for weeks. The HCG diet is meant to give you a new perspective on what you eat, and to help you let go of bad eating habits, such as drinking excessive amounts of soda. Weve compiled a couple of great recipes in order to help you through your diet, and give you new options on your meal plans.

HCG 500 Calorie Diet Recipes

Chicken Stir Fry with Garlic Broccoli

3.5 oz Chicken Breast10 cloves of garlic1 cup of broccoli

2 Tbsp Water

1 Tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Since you are not using oil, you will need to use water and amino acids. Steam the broccoli for about 2 minutes, and stir it in with your cooked chicken into a pan. Add garlic, and liquid amino acid to taste.

Taco Wraps

100 grams of lean ground beef

2 tbsp diced onion

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp green onion

Cilantro

1 tsp chicken bouillon (check for sugar content)

1-2 tsp chili powder

Lettuce Leaves

In a pan, combine hamburger and onion and cook until beef is browned. Add in your spices, and serve in lettuce leaves, topping with cilantro.

Strawberry Slush Dessert

3 large strawberries

1 cup of ice

cup of cold water

10 drops of vanilla creme flavored stevia

Use a blender or food processor and crush the ice until it becomes powdery. Add in your other ingredients and puree until smooth.

The HCG diet can seem intimidating at first, with all of the rules, limited calorie intake and even daily injections. With new foods and even ways to get your daily HCG without an injection, the HCG diet has come a long way from the 1950s.

With careful planning, and determination, the HCG diet can be done successfully by just about anyone who sets their mind to it!

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FDA STATEMENT: HCG has no known effects on fat mobilization, appetite or sense of hunger, or body fat distribution. HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie restricted diets.

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Dieting

Dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated fashion to decrease, maintain, or increase body weight. Dieting is often used in combination with physical exercise to lose weight in those who are overweight or obese. Some athletes, however, follow a diet to gain weight. Diets can also be used to maintain a stable body weight.Diets to promote weight loss are generally divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, and very low calorie. A meta-analysis of six randomized controlled trials found no difference between the main diet types, with a 24 kilogram weight loss in all studies. At two years, all calorie-reduced diet types cause equal weight loss irrespective of the macronutrients emphasized.Long-term studies of dieting however indicate that the majority of individuals who dieted, regain virtually all of the weight that was lost after dieting, regardless of whether they maintain their diet or exercise program. After two years of dieting up to two thirds of dieters are even heavier than they are prior to beginning their regimen, and therefore APA judges that diets 'do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.' Weight loss by dieting, while of benefit to those classified as unhealthy, may also slightly increase the mortality rate for individuals who are otherwise healthy.

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Medshape Weight Loss Clinic is proud to concentrate on Diets that Work and to be a national leader in Medical Weight Loss.Our Medical Weight Loss Team ensures your success with the innovative diets we present.Because weonly offer our customers and weight loss patients the very best in specializeddiets that work.In addition,we are one of the first, best and largestweight loss clinicsin Phoenix Arizona and Weight Loss Clinics in Minnesota to harness the benefits in preserving the endocrine system. Furthermore, waking up your desire to lose weight fast and boosting your metabolic functions at the same time to get your weight off quickly is vital.

Our goal is that you achieve a rapid and safe weight loss. Doing so by using our weight loss system and real diets that work. Also with the support, education, and knowledge from our Health Counselors, your weight will come off in no time. Most of all, your body will transform in a fast manner which is a huge motivator when it comes to losing weight. All of our medical weight loss programs have been designed around this very factor. Therefore, make sure to research for the best and easy diets.

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Dieting is the number one risk factor in the development of an eating disorder.

Both the rate of obesity and the number of people with an eating disorder are increasing in Australia. Interestingly, the number of people with both obesity and an eating disorder has increased at a faster rate than the number of people with either obesity or an eating disorder alone. It has been suggested that these increasing numbers may be related to the proliferation of messages about the dangers of obesity, and behavioural responses to those messages that include people going on fad diets and engaging in both unhealthy and ineffective weight loss behaviours. The weight-loss industry in Australia is worth over $635m, but it is clear that the methods used are rarely successful.

Research shows that women who diet severely are eighteen times more likely to develop an eating disorder. Women who diet moderately are five times more likely to develop an eating disorder.

The strict, restrictive and often unsustainable nature of many diets can leave dieters feeling constantly hungry and deprived. Dieters often ignore this hunger for a short time but such deprivation can eventually lead to powerful food cravings and over-compensatory behaviour such as bingeing. This can in turn lead to feelings of shame and failure, which contribute to negative emotional associations with food and eating.

Fluctuating weight is common for people who diet frequently (yo-yo dieting), as most people regain all the weight they have lost after a diet within a few years.

Diets disconnect people from their natural bodily responses through imposed food related rules and restrictions which may overlook hunger, physical activity and a persons individual nutritional requirements.

Dieting can:

Dieting can lead to feelings of guilt over lack of self control, low self esteem, a poor body image and obsessive thoughts and behaviours surrounding food. In addition, people who diet frequently are more likely to experience depression.

Competitive dieting is a dangerous phenomenon which can lead to an obsession with food and weight obsession, as well as disordered eating behaviours. Television shows such as The Biggest Loser have seen a marked trend in competitive dieting programs across many workplaces and gyms, whereby people are encouraged to participate individually or as teams to lose the most amount of weight in a specified time period, often for a prize or some form of reward.

Another example of competitive dieting can occur amongst secondary school students. In these instances, somebody may start a diet with friends and become obsessed with losing the most weight, leading to unhealthy and dangerous behaviours regarding food intake and/or physical activity levels. Competitive dieting may also occur in the context of physical activity, e.g. in sports. This can be equally as dangerous for the development of disordered eating or eating disorders, particularly amongst men.

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Apr 22nd, 2019
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What is the role of testosterone in mens health?

Testosterone is the most important sex hormone that men have. It is responsible for the typical male characteristics, such as facial, pubic, and body hair as well as muscle. This hormone also helps maintain sex drive, sperm production, and bone health. The brain and pituitary gland (a small gland at the base of the brain) control the production of testosterone by the testes.

In the short term, low testosterone (also called hypogonadism) can cause:

Over time, low testosterone may cause a man to lose body hair, muscle bulk, and strength and to gain body fat. Chronic (long-term) low testosterone may also cause weak bones (osteoporosis), mood changes, less energy, and smaller testes. Signs and symptoms (what you see and feel) vary from person to person.

Low testosterone can result from:

Low testosterone is common in older men. An accurate blood test needs to be done in the morning between 7am-10am.

During a physical exam, your doctor will examine your body hair, breasts, penis, and the size and consistency of the testes and scrotum. Your doctor may check for loss of side (peripheral)vision, which could indicate a pituitary tumor, a rare cause of low testosterone.

Your doctor will also use blood tests to see if your total testosterone level is low. The normal range is generally 300 to 1,000 ng/dL, but this depends on the lab that conducts the test. To get a diagnosis of low testosterone, you may need more than one early morning (710 AM) blood test and, sometimes, tests of pituitary gland hormones.

If you have symptoms of low testosterone, your doctor may suggest that you talk with an endocrinologist. This expert in hormones can help find the cause. Be open with your doctor about your medical history, all prescription and nonprescription drugs you are now taking, sexual problems, and any major changes in your life.

Testosterone replacement therapy can improve sexual interest, erections, mood and energy, body hair growth, bone density, and muscle mass. There are several ways to replace testosterone:

The best method will depend on your preference and tolerance, and the cost.

There are potentialrisks with long-term use of testosterone. You should discuss with your physicianhow to monitor for prostate cancerand other risks to your prostate.Men with known or suspected prostate cancer, or with breast cancer, should not receive testosterone treatment.

Other possible risks of testosterone treatment include:

Edited: May 2018

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