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Body Composition and Weight Loss! Why It’s So Important!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
We’ve specialised in weight loss processes at New Leaf for over 10 years – using several types of weight loss processes including the HCG Rapid Weight Loss programme, Shake It, Keto, Paleo… and I TRULY BELIEVE that weight loss without regular (weekly is optimal!) VLA BioImpedance Screenings is dangerous!
A few years ago I had two people in a short space of time that had both lost muscle mass and muscle quality on HCG.  This confused me until I realised that they had both decided to continue the HCG diet BEYOND the allowed 42 days maximum.  Both had done an extra 2 weeks instead of going back onto consolidation as the protocol requires.  It was really interesting to see because it highlighted that the HCG rules are really important.  Many of my clients say they could do HCG or Steak Days or Apple Days forever!
I had another client who (with another naturopath) had done 6 weeks of juice fasting and her inflammation was through the roof, her muscle mass and muscle quality was a joke.  It was scary the damage that had been done to her body.  She said ‘but I feel great’!  I said, ‘well, that’s because your body is running on sugar all day every day!’.  We had a lot of work to do to repair her body.  If juice fasting is to be done to prevent or help health problems (such as cancer) increasing inflammation during the process is not the way to go….
Another client (this was who I call my mars bar lady!) on the Shake It weight loss programme, who was continually losing about 1/2 kilo per week and had done incredibly well, turned up for her apt and said ‘I’ve been a bit naughty, I don’t expect to lose weight this week’.  We did her VLA and found:
  • weight about the same as previously
  • 2 kilos LOSS of muscle mass
  • 30% decrease in muscle quality
  • 2 kilos of combination extra fat and fluid.
  • she’d eaten 3 mars bars (on special at a service station – don’t do it!!) at a servo 2 days earlier.
  • it took 3 weeks to regain her muscle mass and muscle quality and bring her fat mass down to ‘before’ the mars bar day!
One of my ladies in yesterday had only lost 200g this week (had missed 4 doses of HCG and hadn’t had optimal diet over weekend)… but overall there had still been good changes:
  • 450g reduced normal fat
  • 500g reduced tummy fat
  • less hydrated in muscles
  • more fluid outside cells
 So  don’t allow your body to fall apart while losing weight.  Talk to us about maintaining or losing weight healthily!!
New Leaf Natural Therapies
0417 643 849
3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au
In other words, there had been a kilo shift for the better, a kilo of inflammatory fluid (which needs releasing – yes!) but she wouldn’t have known without weekly VLA BioImpedance Screenings….

HCG Challenges and Struggles – ‘side-effects’ of the detoxification process on HCG

Friday, March 24th, 2017

It doesn’t happen very often, but occasionally someone struggles with detox-side-effects of HCG…

We have a client at the moment who’s really struggling…. dizziness, tiredness, exhaustion. Why? Many people have heaps of energy on HCG due to the fact that as we’re releasing brown fat lots of minerals and vitamins are being released (it’s brown because of iron, zinc etc etc) BUT it also holds toxins.

Fat is an insulator. Our bloodstream is constantly removing toxins and either trying to remove them or storing them in our fat mass (if our organs of detoxification …are sluggish).  This is a good thing – until we detoxifiy – then we need to support our organs of detoxification so that we can move forwards safely.

Dizziness, tiredness and exhaustion are generally a side-effect due to toxins being released back out into the bloodstream from the brown fat.

– As insulin is released from the tummy fat, we can get highs and lows of blood sugar – making us feel cranky and moody, hungry and challenged.

– As heavy metals are released from brown fat, they can bind with our minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium – which can inhibit our body from relaxing our muscles and nerves, giving us cramps and muscle twitches and somtimes nerve pain.

– Fat (like cholesterol) that is known to store on capillary and artery walls doesn’t attach to the capilliaries or arteries unless it’s full of toxins – heavy metals, bacterial and viral particles, insulin… so as we get into deeper rounds of HCG and start moving this type of fat we can release old infections and feel a little sick or fluey (if the immune system isn’t coping with the levels of toxins being released).

So, our favourite supplements during HCG are:

Metagenics G-Tox: supports kidney and gut detoxification, breaks down biofilm, alkalises and supports gut healing. Detoxification takes a long time – don’t think it’s an overnight thing or you’ll be disappointed.

Chromium Plus; Gluco Balance; Gymnema; Resist X; Lipoic Acid: if our insulin is out of whack on HCG we need at least 3-6 daily of one or a combination of these. Losing weight with these supplements can not only reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes but sometimes reverse it completely once your cells heal!

Adrenotone, Meta B Complex, Resist X, ThyroBalance, N Acetyl Carnitine: if our body is struggling making energy – these supplements can all help improve energy.

Bactrex; Andro NK; Andrographis; Ultra Probioplex:  boosts and supports improved immunity and sops up viral and bacteria particles that are released during the HCG process from biofilm and fat mass

NCD Zeolites; NAC; Lipoic Acid: all help support the release of heavy metals from the body: which are linked to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, joint pain, inability to have good energy

O-Clear, Meta I-3-C; T-Clear: supports the release of toxic oestrogens or testosterones which are linked to many cancers.

Obviously we also do many testing processes that help us to know exactly what’s going on in your body:

Insulin Resistance (how well your body is coping with blood sugar issues)

Blood – looking at a drop of your blood to see signs of toxins, immune deficiencies, liver stress and gut challenges.

OligoScan – heavy metal levels and mineral levels.

Give us a call and have a chat. 3348 6098

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week 13th-19th February 2017

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

We all know that being overweight is unhealthy.  But many don’t realise the complete list of health issues that can come from being over or under weight … it’s all about how out of balance we are.  We can support everything to do with weight loss or weight gain – how long it takes depends on how out of balance we are!

For example, here’s a few crucial ideas and concepts:

  • Healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) is 20-24.99
  • Overweight BMI is 25-29.99
  • Obese BMI is 30-39.99.     (This is 20% more than highest optimal weight)
  • Morbidly Obese BMI is over 40
  • And yes, footballers and weight lifters are an obvious group who we would look at the VLA carefully, as they’re huge but not obese!
  • SUCKED IN your abdomen should be less than 32.5 inches / 82.55 cm for women OR 34.5 inches / 87.6 cm for men

 

Our VLA BioImpedance Screening shows us where your body is sitting.  But there’s more to it than that (what a surprise!!)  You can be a ‘healthy overweight person’ if your fat cells aren’t toxic and if your muscles aren’t marbled with fat.  But once the body is inflamed, it eats away at the muscle mass and creates fat tissue.  We would recommend our VLA BioImpedance Screening; Insulin Resistance Testing; and OligoScan to check this out.

Sarcopoenic Obesity:

This is where we are ‘skinny fat’.  Not enough muscle, too much fat.  It adds to how ‘out of balance’ we are.  You know you see young girls these days who have pale, marbled skin (as opposed to muscley).  They often (according to VLA BioImpedance Screening) are the correct weight and BMI but coming to us for low energy, poor immunity, inability to concentrate, cranky and hormonal!!  Well, problems associated with Sarcopoenic Obesity are:

  • less muscle mass, therefore less ATP (energy molecules).  The less muscle mass, the less cellular energy being created.
  • poor hormonal balance – we need a combination of protein (muscle); fats and nutrients to make hormones:  the body can eat away muscle mass to create hormones if our diet is deficient
  • hard to diagnose or recognise (if you don’t know a practitioner with a VLA!) since these people are often healthy weight.
  • we can also be obese (more than 20% of optimal weight) and have a huge deficit of muscle mass
  • if the COMBINATION of excess fat PLUS how much muscle you need to gain, adds up to 20% of your weight – you get the same health issues as being obese.

Obesity – 20% more than highest healthy weight

  • historically our bodies gain fat to keep us alive
  • therefore, it’s linked to survival
  • therefore, it’s linked to an overactive adrenal system; a slowed down thyroid system, poor liver and digestive function, inability to store fluid in the cells.  It gets to the point where even when life is good, the stress hormones being released (all the time) make it harder and harder to feel happy and optimistic.
  • abdominal/visceral fat particularly is linked to releasing AT LEAST 32 inflammatory hormones at all times!
  • abdominal fat constantly releases fatty acids into the bloodstream which overloads the liver and small intestines
  • these fatty acids make our body more acidic; are linked to mineral deficiencies; leaky gut and poor immunity
  • obesity increases the risk of all disease including heart disease; cancer; diabetes; dementia and stress
  • obesity is linked to anxiety, chronic illness, stress and insomnia
  • losing just 5-7 kg increases fertility by 10-20%

Talk to us about weight balance and what we can do:

  • Foundations of Health Naturopathic Programme to support weight loss/gain; detoxification; improvement of chronic disease
  • Fat Loss Programme / Fat Loss Testing Bundle
  • Kinesiology and Acupuncture for stress; sabotage and motivation
  • HCG Weight Loss Programme
  • Shake It Weight Loss Programme
  • Foundations of Health Testing Bundle

Initial Special offers:

  • Ask about our VLA BioImpedance / Insulin Resistance Testing Bundles
  • Ask about our OligoScan / Consult Combination specials (heavy metals and mineral levels)
  • Ask about us looking at a drop of your blood / consult combo
  • Ask about our special offers for your initial kinesiology or acupuncture or massage sessions…

take care,

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
0417 643 849
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au
www.newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

 

 

Bowel motions on HCG

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Obviously bowel motions (yep, let’s just say it!) can and will affect your morning weights… If your bowels are a little sluggish on HCG:
* ensure you’re drinking enough water
* make sure you’re getting all your veggies in
* make sure you’re exercising (walking, swimming, yoga) – movement stimulates peristalsis in the intestines
* make sure you’re not drinking too much black coffee or black tea (these can dehydrate the bowels in some blood groups)
* make sure you’re not drinking aspartame filled soft drinks – toxic!!
* we can help you with natural non-toxic supplements such as Cascara complex; lipoplex; lipogen; probiotics to support happy poop!
*  sometimes detoxification is necessary – toxins can ‘dry up’ the bowels through inflammation – my favourites on HCG are G-Tox (Green powder with kidney, lymph and gut detox support); Fully cleansed zeolites and really high dose anti-oxidants.
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What are Steak Days on HCG and Why are they So Effective??

Monday, November 7th, 2016
NewLeafNaturalTherapies HCG WeightLossSTEAK/SALMON DAYS!

In HCG’s Phase 3 / Consolidation, we are introduced to the “Steak Day.” On any day in Phase 3 that you weigh yourself and notice that you have gone more than 900grams (approx 2 lbs.) above the weight you ended Phase 2 at, you go to Steak Day. So, what is this Steak Day and what will it do for you?

Phase 3 gives you 3 weeks to stabilize your weight. If you gain more than 900gr…ams (approx 2 lbs) during phase 3, you have probably:

? Eaten something your body reacted badly to (causing fluid retention,)
? Eaten foods outside the Phase 3 dietary guidelines (starches, alcohol or sugars)
? Need to evaluate your portion sizes.

Whichever of these is the source of the problem, a Steak Day will give you a day to reset and get back on-track again.

Always consider booking in at New Leaf for a VLA BioImpedance Screening which will let us know your levels of fat mass, muscle mass and inflammatory fluid in the body. 3348 6098

Steak Day Specifics

? Eat nothing during the day.
? Drink plenty of water / clear soups / herbal teas / black coffee
? Evening meal — eat as much as you comfortably can of a large, lean-cut of steak or salmon, with nothing else (you can use salt).
? A couple of hours later in the evening, you may eat either one medium-sized apple or one tomato.

Why nothing but water until the evening meal?

? If your weight gain is from something your body is reacting poorly to, then not eating during the day and drinking plenty of water will help give your body a way to flush your system.
? If you over-ate or ate food outside the Phase 3 guidelines, not eating will create a considerable calorie deficit. The energy source your body will turn to will largely consist of body fat.

Why eat a large steak?

? It provides a large amount of slow-digesting protein than your body will need for cellular repair later at night, while you are sleeping.
? You won’t go to bed hungry. The fact that slow-digesting proteins are good appetite suppressors is supported by a lot of research.
? Meat proteins have a high thermic effect (around 30.) This means that a significant amount of calories are burned just digesting your steak…which is definitely a bonus!

Why eat an apple or tomato later in the evening?

? It ensures you eat a maximum amount of protein. If you ate an apple with your meal, you wouldn’t have as much room for your steak.
? It provides your body with fiber and enzymes to keep the large amount of protein you just consumed moving through your digestive system. If you have trouble with constipation, an apple is for you!
? Your body digests protein at a much slower rate than fruits and vegetables. Even if you chew the steak carefully, it will still sit in your stomach acid for a few hours before it is digested sufficiently to be released to your intestinal tract. Eating an apple or tomato a few hours later ensures that everything moves through your digestive tract together, instead of having your apple or tomato ferment in your stomach acids and cause uncomfortable gas.

Do I have to eat the apple or tomato at the end of the Steak Day?

No, you don’t have to eat the apple or tomato at the end of the steak day. This is optional—you only use it if you need it. You may not even want it if you eat a large enough portion of steak. However, if you struggle with constipation, eating a bit less meat and sending an apple along to escort that meat through your system is probably a wise choice…

Can I do a Steak Day if I have gained some, but still less than 2 lbs. (900g)?

It’s not recommended to do a steak day when you’ve gained less than 2 lbs (1kg), and here’s why: You are training your body to stabilize the existing weight, and training yourself to interact with food in a way that allows your body to do so. The danger of going on a steak day if you have not gained more than 2 lbs., is that you are falling back to an extremely low cal diet to maintain your weight, rather than training your body to sustain this weight with regular, healthy eating. This is particularly important in Phase 3.

Can I do more than one Steak Day in a row?

Yes, but never more than two. Without the hCG in your system, more than two Steak Days in a row is actually counterproductive in Phase 3, as you risk slowing your metabolism. One Steak Day should give you what you need. However, if it is not enough, it is usually a more effective strategy to do one Steak Day, then give your body a break before you come back the next week for another one. This approach is the best for Phase 3 as you seek to stabilize and maintain what you’ve earned. Again, if you feel the need to really reset, and want to do more than one steak day in a row, just limit it to two days, and don’t repeat it again until the following week, if needed. You want to keep your metabolism up, and without the hCG in your system, too low of calories for an extended period of time can slow your metabolism down and ultimately cause weight gain.

I missed my Steak Day timeframe. Can I do it at a later time?

Yes, although it may not be quite as effective as the day after you hit the 900g/two pound gain mark, it is still beneficial. If you watch your calories and increase your physical activity levels, it is our experience that you will often naturally drop back to your end-Phase 2 weight, as long as you don’t let things get out of hand for more than a couple of days.

Is Steak Day effective in Phase 4/Life?

Absolutely! Fasting/Steak days bring our body back into balance quickly and effectively!

eating healthy food at New Leaf Natural Therapies.  3349 6098

HCG Rapid Weight Loss Diet FAQ

Friday, July 29th, 2016

HCG Diet Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body. HCG diet drops are a relatively new product based on the classic diet protocol developed by Dr. Simeons in the 1950s. The HCG diet protocol has been used by thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people, to effectively tell the body to use stored fat as energy and help individuals lose weight.

Many people who hear of HCG diet drops and the HCG diet for the first time have questions. Following are some of the most common questions we hear.

Is HCG safe?

HCG diet drops are completely safe to take. HCG is a hormone naturally produced in women during pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience incredibly high surges of HCG with no adverse effects. Some HCG dieting products contain small amounts of HCG, with a correspondingly small risk of side effects. Other HCG dieting products do not contain any HCG, but are specially designed to mimic the HCG hormone, resulting in shedding of excess weight with no side effects from the HCG product itself.

Will HCG make men feminized?

HCG is a hormone produce by women during pregnancy. It’s also used as a medication to promote fertility in women. A less well known use of HCG is to promote sexual development in boys with underdeveloped gonads. But regardless of HCG’s uses, the amount of HCG that is used for weight loss is too small to have such effects anyway. Men will not become feminized by using HCG for weight loss.

Who can use the HCG diet?

Almost all individuals, male, female, old and young are able to use the HCG diet, with some exceptions. People who should not use the HCG diet include: those with a BMI less than 20, pregnant or nursing women, children under the age of 18, and anyone with serious health problems (for example, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, liver problems, or type one diabetes). You should always check with a naturopath at New Leaf before starting any diet or exercise program.

Can I just get on a low calorie diet without HCG?

On the HCG diet, you will be eating just 450-500 calories a day while taking HCG diet drops. HCG diet drops are intended to decrease hunger and prevent common symptoms of very low calorie diets, all while recalibrating your hypothalamus and your metabolism. You can eat just 500 calories a day without taking HCG diet drops, but you will simply be starving yourself—it’s miserable. If you go on a diet that has you eating more calories, you most likely will not lose as much weight. For best results, HCG and the 500 calorie diet are both required.

What about hunger on the 500-calorie diet?

Many experience no hunger at all on the HCG diet. Hunger can occur in the first week or two of the HCG diet; however, after about the second week, even very small portions will likely start to make you feel full. This is due to the huge amounts of calories your body is getting from its stored fat reserves. Hunger during the first week can often be eliminated by following the two initial loading days properly. Occasional hunger during the rest of the diet can occur, but there are strategies to deal with it effectively.

Why is there so much controversy over the HCG diet?

There are a few reasons for controversy. First, HCG has never been approved for weight loss. However, Dr. Simeons’ diet has many thousands of success stories, leading doctors prescribe it to their patients off-label and encouraging dieters to seek out alternative products like homeopathic HCG. The bottom line is that the diet really works for many people.

Secondly, the fact that the HCG diet is a very low calorie diet causes some heartburn among conservative nutritionists and doctors. But the truth is that very low calorie diets that provide high-quality protein and proper nutrition (like the HCG diet) have been shown to be perfectly safe for healthy individuals. The best HCG suppliers will provide multivitamin supplements along with the diet, as well as higher-calorie plans for those who need or desire them.

Finally, many individuals have known of weight loss scams and are skeptical of anything that might just be a fad. But fad or not, you can’t argue with results. As with most things in life, there is no one size fits all diet. HCG works for a lot of people. Maybe it will work for you, too.

HCG Diet and Exercise: recommendations and guidelines

Friday, July 29th, 2016

HCG Diet and Exercise: Guidelines, Warnings and Recommendations

Weight gain during HCG is frustrating – this is why we recommend VLA BioImpedance Screenings every week or two so that you KNOW what is going on in your body….  This article explains WHY we can have a temporary weight gain with exercise.  Knowledge is power.  Know what is going on in your body – and then the motivation will continue!

As with most things, there are multiple views on whether exercise should be incorporated as part of the HCG diet. Even among those who do recommend exercise, there is no consensus on the intensity, duration, frequency, and types of exercise that should be included.

On the HCG diet it is completely possible to lose a significant amount of weight with very little exercise, or even without exercising at all. In fact, some clinics and practitioners recommend absolutely no exercise. For many dieters, especially those who detest physical activity, this is one of their favorite features of the HCG diet. Many dieters have been told that told repeatedly that their weight problems are mostly caused by laziness or lack of exercise. It can certainly feel relieving to be “allowed” or advised to avoid exercise.

The extra fat deposits you are trying to rid yourself of through the HCG diet are great deposits of energy. While on the HCG diet, your body will be breaking down these deposits. The presence of HCG allows this breakdown to occur more easily. Vigorous exercise demands quickly available energy. Even though your body will have a lot of potential energy from fat deposits more readily available, the energy from it cannot be metabolized quickly enough to supply heavily utilized muscles.

Most HCG dieters will track their weight closely. Weighing in daily, or sometimes multiple times per day. Increases in weight during phase 2 of the HCG diet can be alarming. How can you gain weight when only consuming 500 calories in a day?! The breakdown of muscles that occurs from intense workouts can and usually will cause inflammation in the affected muscles. Your body will absorb additional water to aid in the repair of these muscles and this extra water can easily show up in increased weight from one day to the next. The weight will almost always level out over time, but the psychological effect of the temporary weight increase can be difficult for dieters.

Dr. Simeons recommended only light exercise such as walking and light biking. This exercise should only be done at low intensity and for fairly short periods of time. He noted the weight gain caused by vigorous exercise in this way:

“…the weight can temporarily increase — paradoxical though this may sound — after an exceptional physical exertion of long duration leading to a feeling of exhaustion. A game of tennis, a vigorous swim, a run, a ride on horseback or a round of golf do not have this effect; but a long trek, a day of skiing, rowing or cycling or dancing into the small hours usually result in a gain of weight on the following day, unless the patient is in perfect training. In patients coming from abroad, where they always use their cars, we often see this effect after a strenuous day of shopping on foot, sightseeing and visits to galleries and museums. Though the extra muscular effort involved does consume some additional calories, this appears to be offset by the retention of water which the tired circulation cannot at once eliminate.”

Dr. Simeons also noted that patients who insisted on exercising vigorously while on the program often overate because of exercise-induced hunger, stalling weight loss or even leading to weight gain. Many practitioners and dieters take this statement to mean that all exercise is forbidden during phase 2.

Exercise is not forbidden but must be undertaken with great care during the strict diet (Core Phase or Phase 2). Deliberate workouts during the HCG diet should be tailored to each individual’s capabilities. Each person will have a different level of fitness, different strengths, different preferences, and different abilities.

A dieter with a body that is already accustomed to intense exercise will be able to handle exercise much more easily than one who is very out of shape. A fit body will not sustain as much intramuscular damage and its associated inflammatory effects from exercise that a non-fit body would.

In general it is good to take a very cautious approach to exercise while on the HCG diet. You will be taking in very little food, very little fuel for your body to use to power your muscles during exercise. Fat will be released and metabolized for energy, but carbohydrates are a much more easily and quickly metabolized fuel. They are the body’s main source of energy especially during very intense and very long duration exercise. Without them, exhaustion and fatigue occur much more quickly, often along with dizziness and shortness of breath. Another side effect of lack of carbohydrates during vigorous exercise is an extremely strong feeling of hunger, usually with cravings for carbohydrate-laden foods. All of this can work together synergistically against the dieter. An exhausted, light-headed person has a much harder time resisting the body’s increased demands for carbohydrate rich foods!

If you are used to intense exercise already, you can try to continue with what your are doing, but most likely you will lack the necessary energy and/or will not recover as quickly as usual while you are on phase 2 of the HCG diet. If you are not used to intense exercise, do not attempt it during the HCG diet!

If you are used to light or moderate exercise, you may continue as before, possibly shortening the duration or intensity of your workouts as necessary. As with intense exercisers, watch for overtraining and energy levels. Dial down your training if you see any signs of it.

If you are not used to exercise, now is probably not the best time to start.

Some Sample Exercises During Phase 2

Low Intensity (OK for everyone, but always monitor for signs of overtraining)

  • Walking
  • Bicycling
  • Yoga
  • Gentle swimming
  • Lawn mowing

    Medium Intensity (Only for those already accustomed to medium intensity workouts monitor for overtraining)

  • Jogging
  • Snow shoveling
  • Lap swimming
  • Moving furniture

    High intensity (Not Generally Recommended for Phase 2 of HCG Diet)

  • Heavy weight training
  • Running
  • Crossfit
  • Triathlons
  • Sprinting

Can you Increase Calories and Still Succeed on HCG Diet

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Can You Increase Calories and Still Succeed on the HCG Diet?

We’ve generally found when people have more calories they’re hitting much lower weight loss – less detoxification and less fat loss.  I found this great picture about medical fasting (used lots in maintenance for many clients for resetting size of fat cells too!)

The original HCG diet by Dr. Simeons is a very rigid diet of 500 calories per day, but many people have wondered if they can still succeed at the diet while increasing the calorie intake. The vast majority of people don’t have serious problems with hunger, but some people are on the diet now and are struggling, while some haven’t started yet but feel increasing calories may help them be more successful. Despite Dr. Simeons’ strict attitude about calorie intake, it is possible for some people to succeed on the HCG diet by increasing calories.

As the HCG diet increased in popularity, more and more people began experimenting with calorie intake, including many doctors working in their own clinics. Several ebooks have been published outlining increased calorie plans. Even Dr. Oz appeared on Good Morning America and suggested that increasing the diet to 800 calories is a feasible way to do the diet.

Increasing your calorie intake will most definitely result in slower weight loss than you would have by following the original plan. Average weight loss on the original HCG diet plan ranges between 0.5 and 0.75 pounds per day (claims of more than that are exaggerated), so plan on less than that if you increase your calorie intake. If your weight loss isn’t what you want, you’ll want to go back to the original 500 calorie plan.

So, how should you go about increasing calories on the HCG diet?

The first key is that you still have to follow all of the other diet rules, including the same dosage of HCG diet drops, the same list of allowed foods, and all the rest. You eat the same types of allowed protein, fruits, and vegetables while eating no sugar and only a small amount of carbohydrates from your daily fruit and grissini or Melba toast. The only difference is that you eat a little more of those foods.

The second key is that you have to pick a plan and stick with it. You can’t eat 500 calories one day, 800 calories the next, and 1100 the next. While taking HCG diet drops, your body is busy readjusting its metabolism, and even your brain is adjusting anything that was out of balance before. For this to succeed, you have to be consistent with your calorie intake. If you really feel the need to change, wait at least a week

How much can you increase calories? Many experts suggest that you can increase calories to 800. To do this, you can simply eat one extra meal per day, making sure it’s the same as your other HCG diet meals (3.5 oz of protein, one vegetable, one fruit, and one starch from the list of allowed foods). It’s also possible to increase calories up to 1100 and still lose some weight. This can be done by adding an extra meal just as described above but also allowing an unlimited amount of vegetables and adding two low-carb protein drinks per day. If the idea of unlimited vegetables worries you—don’t. Nobody ever ruined their diet by eating too much fiber.

So if you feel the original 500-calorie version of the HCG diet may not be for you, it is possible to increase calories and still lose weight.

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Fasting Benefits at New Leaf

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Another HCG Tip…

One of Dr Simeon’s proven techniques for maintaining our weight during and after consolidation is intermittent fasting. During a fasting day we drink plenty of herbal teas, drink lots of lemon water, utilise powdered supplements (greens, magnesiums, n acetyl-carnitine) and then eat a normal protein & veg meal at night time.

This is like a fat-cell-resizing process! Any time we’ve weighed more than 900g more than our end-weight (end of HCG – on the first day of regular eating – after your 2 days off HCG drops still on 500 cals per day) we do a fasting day to reset our fat cells!

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500 calorie HCG diet – how does it work?!

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Obviously the 500 calorie part of HCG scares people half to death initially… Here’s what SHOULD happen:
1. The HCG drops (10 drops 3 x daily – 4 if you’re starving) should be stimulating the hypothalamus in the brain to release brown fat from your body.
2. The brown fat is around 1000-1500 calories daily – therefore your body is REALLY running on 500 calories of food PLUS the brown fat calories: so we’re really running on 1500-2000 calories daily.
3. The drops need to be taken evenly throughout the day – by doing this we are consistently releasing brown fat into the bloodstream, which is keeping hunger at bay. Some people hardly ever feel ‘hungry’ on HCG.
4. If we’re hungry on HCG there are several factors that may be taken into account: blood sugar levels; stress levels; not taking HCG evenly throughout the day; too much exercise.
5. Doing the Very Low Calorie Diet VLCD not only SHRINKS your fat cells, but done correctly also ELIMINATES many fat cells – unlike any other weight loss process (besides liposuction!)
Call us on 3348 6098 for an appointment with our naturopaths to help your HCG process run more easily.  Annette and Lynn can answer many questions on the phone – but often the questions require a naturopathic consultation where there are complicated health issues involved.
Madonna Guy
New Leaf Natural Therapies
07 3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au