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7 Little Known Secrets on Using HCG Diet

7 Little Known Secrets on Using HCG Diet

Losing weight can be difficult especially when you don’t know where to start. It is fundamental you understand the ins and outs of a particular diet before you settle upon it. HCG diet has been around for some time now, with thousands of people using it to shed pounds. However, not everybody can sing to the same tune when it comes to losing weight successfully with its diet program. To help you understand what you need to do, here is a break down on what the HCG diet program is all about.

Losing weight using HCG diet drops and the diet plan requires you to select between three main low calorie diet ranges of 500 calories, 800 calories and 1200 calories. This means that you should consume not more or less than the specified amount of calories per day.

The main phases of the HCG diet

The HCG diet protocol follows three main phases which are progressive as follows:

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HCG Phase 1

This is called the loading phase and takes the first two days in the diet program. The purpose of this phase is to detoxify your body and to help you overcome cravings for sugars and fats. You typically eat just about anything that you can think of including pasta and cakes. You are advised to eat as much as you can. It will also be the only time you are allowed eat whatever you want and in any amount

HCG Phase 2

This is the burning phase. Actual weight loss begins here during the low calorie diet plan. The most common calorie diet is the 500 one, which is combined with HCG drops. This phase takes about three weeks and should not extend to more than 42 days. You will begin to burn fat and lose weight including other body transformations that come along with losing weight such as reduction in waist inches. You can finally anticipate wearing your favorite fitting clothes!

HCG Phase 3

This is called the maintenance phase. It begins immediately after the second phase and involves keeping away from sugars, and starches until your body stabilizes your newly acquired weight after shedding the extra pounds. It is also during this phase that you begin to introduce normal foods as you get back to normal diets.

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Each of the three phases includes a comprehensive diet plan with meal recipes selected for each. The recipes run from breakfast, lunch and dinner with dessert suggestions provided for you. The type of food seasoning and preferable drinks are also a part of the meal plans. Basically, you just have to follow the diet plan and avoid carb-filled and sugary foods.

You can then brace yourself for a weight loss journey. Your follow up and commitment will be vital to how much of a success it’s going to be. So prepare yourself physically and psychologically. To help you along, you can make use of some useful knowledge and tweaks which are little known to many people who are not successful in their weight loss quest.

Here are seven little known secrets that can help you achieve your weight loss goal using HCG diet.

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1. Sticking to the diet

This is a pretty obvious fact that gets ignored all the time. Most people are too tempted to keep out sugars and fatty foods. HCG works by interacting with your body to lead to significant weight loss. By introducing sugars or non-permitted foods, you sabotage the weight loss process and actually create an imbalance that soaks up all your previous effort. Avoid taking a bite or two when you don’t really have to.

2. Not waiting till you starve

Having to go by a 500 calorie diet per day can be daunting at first. You are bound to feel starved just before your body gets used to the new diet. To avoid eating impulsively or even starving yourself, it is important that you keep already prepared food that will save you time for preparation.

3. Making green tea your new friend

Green tea is a highly recommended herbal tea that is loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and a host of other health benefits. Taking green tea each day has been shown to lead to effective fat loss and improve the function of the brain.

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4. Drinking lots of water

Water is one of the few limitless things on your eat list during HCG diet. Water is helpful in curbing your cravings and reducing your appetite while keeping your body energized and hydrated.

5. Using water-based cosmetics

Avoid oil-based cosmetics or any related body care or skincare. Instead, use water-based skin moisturizers which will hydrate your skin and make it more radiant. Water based skin moisturizers help keep your skin healthy and elastic especially after losing fat. This will help in restoring the natural look of your skin even after successfully shedding extra pounds.

6. Eating less food at closer intervals

Overeating can dent your weight loss efforts by accumulating more calories than you’re using. To also overcome pangs of hunger, it is advisable that your spread your meals throughout the day. This will reduce the urge to overeat, and still provide you with enough calories to power your day.

7. Meditation

Meditation has been shown to have powerful effects on your focus and motivation towards achieving your weight loss goal. Finding that quiet time can prove to be of great help especially during HCG diet program. Mediate twice daily, in the morning when you wake up and before going to sleep. This will improve your concentration, focus and determination which combined will produce tremendous results.

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Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

In 2011, the Finnish Tourist Board ran a campaign that used silence as a marketing ‘product’. They sought to entice people to visit Finland and experience the beauty of this silent land. They released a series of photographs of single figures in the nature and used the slogan “Silence, Please”. A tag line was added by Simon Anholt, an international country branding consultant, “No talking, but action.”

Eva Kiviranta the manager of the social media for VisitFinland.com said: “We decided, instead of saying that it’s really empty and really quiet and nobody is talking about anything here, let’s embrace it and make it a good thing”.

Finland may be on to something very big. You could be seeing the very beginnings of using silence as a selling point as silence may be becoming more and more attractive. As the world around becomes increasingly loud and cluttered you may find yourself seeking out the reprieve that silent places and silence have to offer. This may be a wise move as studies are showing that silence is much more important to your brains than you might think.

Regenerated brain cells may be just a matter of silence.

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     A 2013 study on mice published in the journal Brain, Structure and Function used differed types of noise and silence and monitored the effect the sound and silence had on the brains of the mice.[1] The silence was intended to be the control in the study but what they found was surprising. The scientists discovered that when the mice were exposed to two hours of silence per day they developed new cells in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a region of the brain associated with memory, emotion and learning.

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    The growth of new cells in the brain does not necessarily translate to tangible health benefits. However, in this instance, researcher Imke Kirste says that the cells appeared to become functioning neurons.

    “We saw that silence is really helping the new generated cells to differentiate into neurons, and integrate into the system.”

    In this sense silence can quite literally grow your brain.

    The brain is actively internalizing and evaluating information during silence

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      A 2001 study defined a “default mode” of brain function that showed that even when the brain was “resting” it was perpetually active internalizing and evaluating information.

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      Follow-up research found that the default mode is also used during the process of self-reflection. In 2013, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Joseph Moran et al. wrote, the brain’s default mode network “is observed most closely during the psychological task of reflecting on one’s personalities and characteristics (self-reflection), rather than during self-recognition, thinking of the self-concept, or thinking about self-esteem, for example.

      “When the brain rests it is able to integrate internal and external information into “a conscious workspace,” said Moran and colleagues.

      When you are not distracted by noise or goal-orientated tasks, there appears to be a quiet time that allows your conscious workspace to process things. During these periods of silence, your brain has the freedom it needs to discover its place in your internal and external world.

      The default mode helps you think about profound things in an imaginative way.

      As Herman Melville once wrote,[2]

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      “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

      Silence relieves stress and tension.

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        It has been found that noise can have a pronounced physical effect on our brains resulting in elevated levels of stress hormones. The sound waves reach the brain as electrical signals via the ear. The body reacts to these signals even if it is sleeping. It is thought that the amygdalae (located in the temporal lobes of the brain) which is associated with memory formation and emotion is activated and this causes a release of stress hormones. If you live in a consistently noisy environment that you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones.

        A study that was published in 2002 in Psychological Science (Vol. 13, No. 9) examined the effects that the relocation of Munich’s airport had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, a professor of human ecology at Cornell University notes that children who are exposed to noise develop a stress response that causes them to ignore the noise. What is of interest is that these children not only ignored harmful stimuli they also ignored stimuli that they should be paying attention to such as speech. 

        “This study is among the strongest, probably the most definitive proof that noise – even at levels that do not produce any hearing damage – causes stress and is harmful to humans,” Evans says.[3]

        Silence seems to have the opposite effect of the brain to noise. While noise may cause stress and tension silence releases tension in the brain and body. A study published in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of silence can prove to be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music. They based these findings of changes they noticed in blood pressure and blood circulation in the brain.[4]

        Silence replenishes our cognitive resources.

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          The effect that noise pollution can have on cognitive task performance has been extensively studied. It has been found that noise harms task performance at work and school. It can also be the cause of decreased motivation and an increase in error making.  The cognitive functions most strongly affected by noise are reading attention, memory and problem solving.

          Studies have also concluded that children exposed to households or classrooms near airplane flight paths, railways or highways have lower reading scores and are slower in their development of cognitive and language skills.

          But it is not all bad news. It is possible for the brain to restore its finite cognitive resources. According to the attention restoration theory when you are in an environment with lower levels of sensory input the brain can ‘recover’ some of its cognitive abilities. In silence the brain is able to let down its sensory guard and restore some of what has been ‘lost’ through excess noise.[5]

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          Summation

          Traveling to Finland may just well be on your list of things to do. There you may find the silence you need to help your brain. Or, if Finland is a bit out of reach for now, you could simply take a quiet walk in a peaceful place in your neighborhood. This might prove to do you and your brain a world of good.

          Featured photo credit: Angelina Litvin via unsplash.com

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