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What are hCG Diet Drops?

calorie restricted dietHGC diet drops are a created from Human Chorionic Gonadotropin — a natuarally occuring hormone produced during pregnancy in a woman to help your baby mature in the womb. Or at least the real ones are.

The reason why they are useful for dieters is that HGC can naturally suppress feelings of hunger helping the dieter to keep their eating habits maintained so they don’t end up gaining any lost weight back.

The drops are a much easier to maintain way of taking HGC than other options like injections, which are more costly due to the fact to legally get injections, a doctor must be the one to distribute them. This is both costly in time and money.

Then there are the pill forms. The problems with pills is that they are less soluble to the body, meaning the body will not absorb them as easily as liquid drops.

BUT, one of the biggest problems about buying HCG diet drops is that not many of the companies selling the supplement are reputable. Many drops simply don’t even have any real Human Chorionic Gonadotrop in in them.

So it’s very important to buy from a reputable dealer. One such dealer is HCG Canada. They guarantee you actually get what you are paying for.

So what’s the best way to use HCG diet drops?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin drops work best with the diet plan that goes with it. You may have recently heard about the HGC Diet on shows from people like Dr. Oz or similar programs or websites.

The idea is that you eat a very restricted diet of only 500 calories. Seeing most people eat anywhere between 1200 to 3500 calories a day, you can easily see why people would loose weight with such a stringent regime.

The problem isn’t loosing the weight for many people, it’s actually keeping the weight off once you’ve lost it. That’s where Human Chorionic Gonadotropin comes in.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin helps keeps your hunger pains to a minimum while also keeping the calorie burn rate of your body high so that you continue to burn calories at the same rate as before rather than slowing down as usually happens.

What I do like about this whole diet program is the fact that you can eat pretty much what you want. You just need to restrict the amount of those foods as far as servings and calories.

To give you an idea. Here are a few foods you are able to eat.

Vegetable Foods Allowed

  • Any kind of lettuce, spinach, beet greens, chard, cabbage
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Fennel
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Celery
  • Asparagus

Proteins Allowed

  • White Fish (no salmon, etc)
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Shrimp
  • Extra lean beef (96% lean ground beef including pot roast)

Fruits Allowed

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons

Breads Allowed

  • Melba Toast

Drinks & Other

  • Herbal Tea (sugar free)
  • Bottled water
  • Sugarless Gum

Sweeteners

  • Stevia

Condiments Allowed

  • Braggs Liquid Amino (healthy soy sauce variation)
  • Mustard
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Any natural herb or spice including salt, pepper, and garlic

Cooking The Low-fat Way

natural foods for dietingHang the diet, eat your food, for now you can have your cake and your figure, too.

In medical circles, there is an old adage that says, “Man digs his grave with his teeth.”. It may be an old adage, but it still rings true. Our eating habits determine how healthy we are.

And consuming too much fat is the culprit behind many avoidable diseases.

The trick, says experts: go non-fat. If you can’t, go low-fat. Following are four smart, easy moves you can make to minimize your fat intake. Culled from various sources, they make a lot of sense. And they require no more than small adjustments on your part to carry out.

In time, you could be using these strategies as a matter of habit, and your taste buds will hardly know the difference. But your heart and all the vital organs will. Chances are, your friends will also notice the slimmer, trimmer, fitter you!

Smart Move # 1:
Change your buying habits

Learn to read nutrition labels and compare available brands and options. Opt for item that’s lower in fat, especially saturated fat.

What you buy, you eat–naturally. So avoid stocking up on fattening snacks like potato chips, candies, sodas, and cream-filled cookies. Instead, choose low-fat crackers and unsalted, dry-roasted nuts and seeds. If you must have chips, look for ones that are low in salt and baked, not fried, the best snacks are fresh fruits and vegetables.

Choose meats labeled “lean,” “extra lean,” or “select.” There’s less marbled or “invisible” fat (that you can’t remove) from these cuts. For beef, lean cuts are anything with “round” or “loin” in its name, such as bottom round, top round, eye of round, top loin, sirloin, and tenderloin. For pork, center or tenderloin cuts are leanest.

For ground beef, ask for ground round, or rinse ground meat in warm water first (to cut the fat content). Avoid processed meats like sausages, bacon, and salami.

Buy more fish than meats. Plan around having more fish meals than meat dishes throughout the week.

Go for skimmed or low-fat milk which have the same calcium content as full cream milk. Always choose dairy labeled fat-free or low-fat.

Use only fat-free or low-fat salad dressings. Better yet, keep a bottle of balsamic vinegar handy. Mixed with a little brown sugar, this makes a delicious salad dressing sans the calories and fat.
Check the labels on baked goods and avoid those made with whole milk and egg yolk.
Buy margarine instead of butter.

Smart Move # 2:
Modify your recipe

Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg, or three egg whites for two whole eggs. One egg yolk contains about 225 mg of cholesterol. Egg whites has no cholesterol.

Substitute one cup whipped cream with three stiffly beaten egg whites.

One cup heavy or whipping cream can be replaced with one cup skimmed milk. Always use skim or low-fat milk in place of cream in a recipe.

In meat dishes, you can replace sour cream with low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese without sacrificing taste.

In baking, if a recipe calls for butter, use canola or mild olive oil instead. And to keep breads and cakes moist, use fruit purees (like applesauce) or non-fat sour cream in place of butter.

For every ounce of chocolate required, use three tablespoons coca as substitute. Way less sugar.

If a recipe calls for cheese, opt for a sharp cheese and then reduce the amount used since you get a stronger flavor anyway. Cook with non-fat cheese when you can, but if you want a creamy texture, mix non-fat with regular cheese because the former doesn’t melt very well.

Smart Move # 3:
Alter your cooking methods

Use fats and oils sparingly for frying. Better yet, use spray oil and non-stick pans. Cook at low heat.
Sauté with broth or wine instead of cooking oil.

Steam your vegetables, boil or poach your eggs, and bake, broil, grill or microwave your fish and meats. Avoid frying foods.

If you must deep fry, see that the oil is hot. Otherwise, the food will absorb a lot of oil.

Cook soups, stews, and gravies ahead of time. Just before serving, remove congealed fat and reheat.

Smart Move #4:
Change the way you eat

Fill up on vegetables, beans, and pasta to lessen the amount of meat you consume. Or, treat beans and vegetables as your main dish and concoct delicious recipes around them.

For ideas, scour the bookstores for themed cookbooks or look up a “low-fat recipes” website on the net.

1000-calorie-challenge-review

Diet PlanAre you looking for a new diet plan? Maybe you’ve heard of the 1000 Calorie Challenge, and you are wondering if it’s right for you. Here are a few facts about the program for consideration.

Principally, you must consider what your goals are in dieting. What is your desired outcome?

If your weight loss goals are modest, only a few pounds, this is probably not the best program for you. If, however, you are looking to lose ten pounds or more, consider the 1000 calorie challenge.

This is not a muscle building program, you should be aware of that as well.

If your weight loss goal is to get rid of a lot of weight and to do it quickly, then this is your program. Of course, if you’ve dieted before you’ll know that it’s not as easy as it sounds. You will need to exercise and train hard. The 1000 calories in the title are what you are expected to burn during workouts.

If you aren’t exercising much currently, the program can still work for you because it builds gradually. You don’t need to be able to do it all right away.

The diet also gets its name from the fact that there are some days when you will be expected to limit your caloric intake to 1000 calories. Between this and the 3 times a week that you will exercise, you can lose anywhere from three to five pounds a week.

As a motivational bonus, there will be high calorie count days as well. On these days you have the freedom to choose almost any foods you want to eat. The other benefit to these high calorie count days is that it keeps your metabolism stimulated. Your body does not feel like it is starving.

Pros and Cons of 1000 Calorie Challenge

Pros:

  • The creators of this program is experienced and certified in fitness, bringing a truly tested and effective product to the market.
  • There is no limit to how much weight you can lose, it’s all up to you. If you decide you don’t want to workout today, that’s alright you can make it up tomorrow with the 1000 Calorie Challenge.
    Your metabolism will remain active even hours after you have exercise, so you are constantly burning calories while you are not exercising.
  • Probably the best thing about this program is you can fit your workouts in easily into your busy schedule.
  • Its great for both men and women. And the 1000 Calorie Challenge is suitable for all age groups who are physically able to undergo this challenging exercise.
  • Another great addition to this program is the Cheat Days. This is where the program allows you to enjoy a fat enriched meal such as pizza, cookies and cakes.
  • The 1000 Calorie Challenge program is backed by a 60 day money back guarantee.

Cons:

  • Just by the name its a really challenging,grueling, but effective fitness program. It last no more than a hour, but its an intense hour. So it may take some time for you to adapt to such a program.
  • If 1 hour is too much for you, or you can’t fit it in your schedule, then this program might not be for you.

The reason this program works is the combination of hard workout days with low caloric intake days. The timing involved in rotating these strategies is critical. Arnel Ricafranca and Joel Marion, the program creators, have used their experience and knowledge to design a program that really is a solution for serious weight issues. The 1000 Calorie Challenge could be just the program you have been waiting for.