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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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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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