THE BEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST!

Oftentimes when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. But sometimes we want to see the pounds fall of the scale quickly and there is a way to get ‘er done: The HCG Diet Protocol!

How Does HCG Work for Weight Loss?

The HCG diet came about during the 1950’s by a British doctor, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons. He created a rigid protocol in combination with the HCG hormone (also known as the pregnancy hormone), which allows the body to use fat as a form of energy without cannibalizing organs or muscle.

The HCG hormone alone does not cause any weight loss. HCG is a placental peptide hormone produced and released during pregnancy (but don’t worry – it is safe for women AND men). Dr. Simeons theorized that this hormone regulates the metabolic systems of the body, making fat reserves readily available when food is not available. When placed in the right environment and timed with a low-calorie diet of specific foods, the HCG protocol allows both men and women to live off their excess fat.

What is the HCG Diet Protocol?

The HCG Diet Protocol is broken up into phases. PHASE ONE is the loading phase and for most people, this is the fun part! The loading phase lasts for three days and the patient is supposed to eat DOUBLE the amount of food they normally eat. High-fat foods are best, and despite any initial reservations, this phase is critical for success on the HCG protocol. This phase revs up the metabolism and prepares the body for the phase two, which is the low-calorie phase.

PHASE TWO lasts for 23-45 days. During this phase, the protocol is to eat only 500 calories per day, and only very specific foods which are outlined in the manual. This may sound crazy, but we’re not pulling your leg – this is the protocol! During this phase, patients lose on average between 1-2 pounds per day. Yes, per day! The weight loss is fast, but only if the strictest adherence is given to the diet.

PHASE THREE is the transition into maintenance and this phase lasts for 3 weeks. Phase three is also strict and consists of a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet in order to re-regulate the hypothalamus. During this phase, a new weight “set point” is established. After the first 3 weeks of phase three, grains can slowly be added back into the diet while maintaining the new weight and set point.

The HCG Diet Protocol requires quite a bit of self-control, and if a patient is not willing to adhere to the guidelines, weight loss may not be achieved. But when done correctly, patients can see and feel the rapid weight loss, and keep it off for good.

When it comes to weight loss and healthy weight maintenance, as always, the traditional rules of healthy living still apply. A patient can have amazing results using the HCG Diet Protocol, but if that patient doesn’t change the dietary and lifestyle habits that once caused the weight gain, any weight lost on any diet will be short-lived.

If you would like to know more about the HCG Diet Protocol, we can answer any of your questions and we offer a 100% free consultation. Schedule yours today!

The Golden Rules For Your Weight Loss Journey

Have you been watching your weight slowly climb over the years? Does the thought of making changes overwhelm or upset you? WE HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU, SO READ ON!

Beginning to take charge of your life is a monumental decision, but each step does not need to be so grand. You don’t need to work out for hours each day and never enjoy a scoop of ice cream again in your life. YAY! To get started, we have put together the two golden rules of weight loss that you need to remember:

1. Create a calorie deficit
2. See number 1 again

Just kidding! There is only one golden rule of weight loss, and that is to create a caloric deficit! You need to burn more calories than you are taking in. It truly is that simple! But then, why is it so hard? That is where things get, uh, complicated.

A simple internet search will yield millions of results regarding weight loss, weight gain, weight management, exercise plans, special diets, etc… It is very challenging to sift through all of the information and quite frankly, dogma. Should we eat carbs? What about meat? Or vegetarian? Should we eat less at night? Or skip breakfast? But isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day? It isn’t anymore? **HEAD EXPLODES**

Thankfully there is an entire army of trained health professionals trying to correct half-truths and pseudo-science. The weight loss strategy of counting calories is not very sexy and doesn’t have a catchy tagline with huge promises. But the University of Vermont conducted a study that showed counting calories to be the best predictor of weight loss success and that, even better, it only took an average of 14.6 minutes per day to do! You can read more about that study right here.

It sounds so incredibly easy but the truth is, many people don’t accurately report their caloric intake. A treat here, a handful of nuts there – those things can really add up when they’re not accounted for in food logging especially if those little incidences happen several times throughout the day. It takes a great deal of honesty and accountability in order to count calories and oftentimes, our lack of honesty with ourselves is what led to greater weight gain to begin with.

If you’re interested in counting your calories, there are so many resources available to you. There are apps like Lose It or My Fitness Pal where you can keep your food log right there on your smartphone. You can just write your calories down on post-it notes or a blank notebook if you prefer – no need to be fancy if that isn’t for you! You can find the calorie counts for fresh produce using a little bit of Google researching. If you’re counting calories and are feeling hungry, add more protein to your diet. It will help you feel fuller for longer, which will enable you to stick within your calorie budget. And of course, make sure you write everything down, including the treats! Work the treats into your daily calorie budget as part of your healthy, balanced diet, because living without treats is not living your best life.

If you’re at the beginning of your health journey, we celebrate you! It takes a lot of courage to make big or small changes in our lives. South Valley OrthoMed is here to help in any way that we can, but even if you don’t end up working with us, we want everyone to be living their best life possible. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information!

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” –Malcom Gladwell