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Posted: March 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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Saxenda might be one of the best weight loss medications that exist on the market right now.
But just because it might work doesn't mean it's necessarily right for your body.
Saxenda works because it alters many hormone systems in your body that tend to interfere with your appetite, metabolism and even other hormones.
In this post, I will walk you through how Saxenda helps with weight loss and who should consider using this new medication.
Let's jump in:
First, let's start off by establishing that Saxenda does indeed work for weight loss.
The studies are clear on this matter (1):
Many studies have shown that patients using Saxenda lose significant amounts of weight over several weeks (usually around 10% body fat).
That means that using this medication might help you lose up to 20 pounds if you weighed 200 pounds.
At first, that doesn't sound very good, but it's actually quite impressive if you consider that this weight loss is achieved generally without any other therapies added.
And that's where things get interesting.
If you have an understanding of weight loss and how hormones influence your weight, you can benefit even more from using this medication.
Because it can safely be combined with other therapies that ALSO increase your weight loss efforts and together this can result in dramatic weight loss.
We will talk about those therapies in just a minute but for now, let's discuss why Saxenda actually works...
Saxenda is a medication that falls into the GLP-1 agonist class of drugs.
GLP-1 stands for Glucagon-like peptide 1 and that's where Saxenda has its primary action.
Saxenda (or Liraglutide which is another name for this medication) sits on this receptor and causes changes to very important hormones involved in regulating body weight: insulin, leptin, and glucagon.
Liraglutide was originally developed to treat type II diabetes because it can help reduce insulin resistance but was soon found to have a dramatic effect on weight.
Because of this, the makers of Liraglutide (or Victoza as it is called if used to treat type II diabetes) came out with a new name (saxenda) which is now FDA approved for weight loss.
If you've been following my blog you know that I am a big fan of GLP-1 agonists and that I use them effectively for weight loss (to help patients lose 50+ pounds).
You can read about the case studies here and here - which include before and after pictures.
So, naturally, I am a big fan of the GLP-1 agonists, but in order to get the kind of results you see in those case studies, it has to be used CORRECTLY and combined with other therapies.
Simply taking Saxenda will help you lose some weight by itself, but it won't get you back to your ideal or normal weight by itself (you will have to add other therapies to get there).
I will talk about the downside of using Saxenda below, but for now, let's talk about HOW it works.
First, and probably most important, is that GLP-1 agonists help lower leptin resistance.
You may not even realize it, but when it comes to weight loss leptin is probably the single most important hormone for determining if you will lose weight and how much weight you will lose.
Leptin is also responsible (at least in part) for the weight gain after rapid weight loss.
What happens is something like this:
You go on a calorie restricted diet which helps you lose 20 pounds or so within a matter of 30-60 days.
Your body senses this rapid weight loss and makes changes to your hormones to INCREASE your appetite and LOWER your metabolism to compensate.
The hormone responsible for this is Leptin.
Leptin levels then spike which causes your body to regain that weight that you previously lost (2), but in the process, you have damaged your metabolism slightly (not good).
Repeating this process over and over causes worsening leptin resistance and make it so that you are unable to lose weight even if you try excessive dieting or calorie restriction.
Leptin is probably one of the more important hormones involved in weight management and it's also probably the most neglected.
Until recently we didn't really have a way to treat leptin resistance even though most Doctors recognized that it was involved in many cases of obesity in the US.
So where does Saxenda fit in?
Studies have shown that Liraglutide (Saxenda or Victoza) does two important things related to Leptin and leptin resistance (3):
These effects seem to be mediated through receptor changes by the GLP-1 agonist and on the leptin receptor.
Either way, the result is the same:
This medication helps reduce leptin resistance and can help lower leptin levels.
This changes the biochemistry in your body and helps to naturally reduce your appetite, increase your metabolism and increase fat burning capacity.
This change alone is probably why GLP-1 agonists are so effective for weight loss, but they have more benefits beyond their effects on leptin.
You can find more information in my hormone and weight loss guide to find exactly how I use GLP-1 agonists, how to manage your diet to control leptin levels and much more here:
Saxenda also helps reduce insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is the root cause of type II diabetes mellitus and insulin is responsible for the majority of the negative consequences associated with that disease.
What you may not realize is that insulin resistance is incredibly common in the US.
It's estimated that up to 50% of the population has some degree of insulin resistance and, by lab testing, show signs of diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Insulin is also a very important hormone involved in the weight loss equation.
When insulin levels are high it's almost impossible for your body to burn fat (4).
Because insulin blocks the action of an enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase.
This hormone is responsible for turning on "fat burning mode" and in the presence of high insulin, this enzyme is always on the "off" setting.
This is obviously a big problem if you are trying to lose weight.
In addition to preventing your body from burning fat as an energy source insulin also has the added problem of promoting fat storage.
This means that if you consume calories (from any source) these calories will be stored as fat in the presence of high levels of circulating insulin.
This is true even if you are consuming a low-calorie diet.
Insulin doesn't care how many calories you are consuming, it cares about storing whatever you eat as fat.
So how does Saxenda work?
Saxenda helps sensitize the body to insulin levels and helps to lower blood glucose levels in the process.
Using Victoza (especially when combined with the right diet, exercise, and supplements) can dramatically reduce fasting insulin levels and also fasting blood glucose levels.
The positive effects of reducing insulin also significantly help to improve other hormones in the body.
Insulin resistance can cause low testosterone (in men) and high testosterone (in women).
When you treat insulin levels these hormone imbalances tend to improve which will naturally result in weight loss and a reduction in symptoms associated with THOSE imbalances.
Glucagon is another hormone which is important for weight loss, but one that is less understood than insulin or leptin.
Over the next 5-10 years we will see a lot more research done on this hormone and how it relates to weight loss, but for now, we can talk about what we already know.
Glucagon is basically the exact opposite of insulin - in terms of how it alters blood glucose levels.
Insulin lowers blood sugar levels while glucagon helps increase blood sugar levels.
How does this relate to weight loss?
It turns out that in order to help burn fat in the body, your body must naturally deplete liver glycogen stores and have low enough insulin levels to promote hormone-sensitive lipase to activate.
In states that cause insulin resistance, there is also some degree of hyperglucagonemia - and this states promotes consistently high levels of glucose.
High glucagon also seems to interfere with normal glucose control which alters how your body burns energy.
Saxenda and other GLP-1 agonists help reduce glucagon levels(5) while simultaneously reducing insulin resistance.
Both of these changes promote more normal blood glucose levels and help promote proper liver metabolism of glucose and help adipose tissue burn fat.
This is also why GLP-1 agonists are so helpful for patients with type II diabetes.
Glucagon is just as important (if not more important) in the regulation of glucose levels in the body.
Our current focus is on insulin and how it manages glucose levels and we generally completely ignore glucagon and its effects.
But if you treat both insulin AND glucagon levels, you can get a much more normal glucose level and finally promote weight loss and fat burn.
Another benefit of using Saxenda is how it alters your appetite.
You've been conditioned to believe that your weight is the product of how many calories you burn minus the number of calories you consume.
Conventional wisdom would have you believe that reducing your total calories will always result in weight loss, provided you burn more calories than you consume.
Weight loss, in general, happens to be much more complex than this seriously oversimplified and inaccurate equation, but, nonetheless, here we are.
So here's the deal with appetite and Saxenda...
One of the side effects of Saxenda is slight nausea, and this is felt to occur due to how GLP-1 agonists alter gastric motility (6).
These medications slow down the gastrointestinal motility which means that your gastric contents empty more slowly.
This can result in symptoms such as reflux, and distention of the stomach which manifests as nausea.
Pretty much anything that tells your body that your stomach is full will also promote a reduction in appetite - this is natural and normal.
But, how does appetite impact weight loss?
Well, you do need SOME degree of calorie restriction to result in weight loss (but this should NOT be constant calorie restriction) and this calorie restriction from the loss in appetite is actually welcomed in this case.
The reason this appetite suppression is GOOD, is because it's also accompanied by the attenuation of leptin levels.
What this means is that you can lose the weight by reducing your appetite, and instead of your body responding with increased leptin levels, the saxenda actually blocks that rise.
So you get the benefit of both worlds:
Appetite suppression that does NOT result in your weight being regained AND suppression of leptin levels at the same time.
THIS is why appetite suppression is good in this case.
Saxenda also seems to have an effect on increasing your basal metabolic rate.
Your metabolism is probably one of the most important aspects involved in weight loss.
Because your basal metabolic rate, or resting energy expenditure, is responsible for the MAJORITY of calories that you burn.
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Posted: March 1, 2019 at 7:42 am
Introduction to weight loss
Whether your weight-loss goals involve trying to lose 5 pounds or more than 50, the same principles determine how much weight you lose and how fast your weight loss will occur. Remembering the following simple healthy eating diet tips and putting them into practice can lead to weight reduction without the aid of any special diet plans, weight loss programs, fitness books, or medications.
Our body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the amount of energy we expend in the activities of our day. Energy is measured in calories. Metabolism is the sum of all chemical processes within the body that sustain life. Your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories (amount of energy) you need for your body to carry out necessary functions. If your weight remains constant, this is likely a sign that you are taking in the same amount of calories that you burn daily. If you're slowly gaining weight over time, it is likely that your caloric intake is greater than the number of calories you burn through your daily activities.
Every adult is in control of the amount of food he or she consumes each day, so our intake of calories is something we can control. To a major degree, we can also control our output of energy, or the number of calories we burn each day. The number of calories we burn each day is dependent upon the following:
For some people, due to genetic (inherited) factors or other health conditions, the resting metabolic rate (RMR) can be slightly higher or lower than average. Our weight also plays a role in determining how many calories we burn at rest -- the more calories are required to maintain your body in its present state, the greater your body weight. A 100-pound person requires less energy (food) to maintain body weight than a person who weighs 200 pounds.
Lifestyle and work habits partially determine how many calories we need to eat each day. Someone whose job involves heavy physical labor will naturally burn more calories in a day than someone who sits at a desk most of the day (a sedentary job). For people who do not have jobs that require intense physical activity, exercise or increased physical activity can increase the number of calories burned.
As a rough estimate, an average woman 31-50 years of age who leads a sedentary lifestyle needs about 1,800 calories per day to maintain a normal weight. A man of the same age requires about 2,200 calories. Participating in a moderate level of physical activity (exercising three to five days per week) requires about 200 additional calories per day. More strenuous exercise programs, such as those with cardio focus, can burn even more.
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Humans have long dreamed of a wonder drug, something to help us stay young and energetic forever simply by swallowing a pill or drinking a magic potion. Some think that injections of human growth hormone might be that secret ingredient to eternal youth. However, there are some very serious considerations that must be taken into account before using HGH injections. In this article we will discuss the science behind HGH injections, how they are made, some of the most popular brands, and concerns about their effects. In addition, we will discuss the science and effects of prescription HGH releaser injections such as Egrifta.
Why Use HGH Injections?
Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, and from there it is secreted into the bloodstream in regular cycles, most often when we are asleep. As children, our brains generate high amounts of HGH to help us grow up, and while we grow the hormone also keeps our cells, tissues and organs functioning as they should. However, the amount of HGH that our bodies produce drops dramatically when we are twenty to when we are sixty. According to one source, our HGH total can drop from 700 units per day to 400 units per day, or even lower. Scientists are finding evidence, starting from a 1990 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, that this decline in HGH can contribute to many of the problems of aging and many now theorize that increasing the amount of HGH that the body produces can reverse, or at least reduce, those problems.
Furthermore, there are individuals with medical conditions relating to a deficiency in HGH. Growth hormone deficiency is more common in children than in adults. For adults, the deficiency usually comes from tumors in the brain or radiation treatment for those tumors, as well as from growth hormone deficiency that began while they were children. This can result in male baldness, memory loss, reduced sex drive, lower energy strength, a higher amount of body fat, raised cholesterol, and even cardiac dysfunction, according to one authority.
For children, the growth hormone deficiency is also present in disorders such as Prader-Willi Syndrome and Turner Syndrome, idiopathic short stature, Noonan Syndrome, chronic kidney disease, short stature homeobox-containing gene deficiency, or in infants who are small for their gestational age as another expert explains. Adults who suffer from wasting as a result of AIDS also can benefit from HGH replacement. Many authoritative sources say that these deficiencies can lead to lack of growth, delayed puberty, weight gain, frontal recession, sparse hair, and maxillary hypoplasia, which is over-development of the jaw. Injections of artificial HGH can replace some of the hormone deficiency and lessen the effects of these disorders. Adults who suffer from wasting as a result of AIDS also can benefit from HGH replacement.
How Are HGH Injections Manufactured?
The first growth hormone injections occurred in the 1950s. The hormone was extracted from the pituitary glands of corpses, and after purification, injected into individuals suffering from growth hormone deficiencies. However, because the supply of the hormone was limited and few physicians were trained to provide it, wikipedia claims that only around 7,700 children in the US, and 27,000 children in other parts of the world were given these injections between the years of 1963 and 1985. Furthermore, scientists eventually became aware that using hormone extracted from corpses may have increased patients vulnerability to Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. (This is a fatal disorder similar to mad cow disease that causes the brain to deteriorate.) Between 1985 and 2003, twenty-six of the 7,700 American individuals who had received HGH from the pituitary glands of corpses developed Creutzfeldt-Jacob.
In 1981, a Swedish company called Kabi and Genentech, an American corporation, created recombinant human growth hormone (rHGH). Recombinant HGH is a synthetic form of the hormone made from recombinant DNA technology. Under this technology, as one authority explains, DNA sequences from different sources are cut out from their original molecules by restriction enzymes, and then brought together in forms not found in nature. DNA from an outside source is tied to host DNA sequences that cause the host DNA to be replicated. This method allows both sets of DNA to be replicated at the same time by the host. In the case of rHGH, human DNA is implanted in bacteria, and then the protein is replicated repeatedly. The process creates a form of rHGH that works in the human body, but is quick and easy to reproduce. In the years since rHGH was first produced, none of the growth hormone-deficient patients that have received injections have developed Creutzfeld-Jacob disease.
What Are the Ingredients in rHGH Injections?
Genentech created Protropin, the first brand of rHGH injection, in 1985 and stopped offering it for sale in 2004. It was made from somatrem, which is a type of synthetic growth hormone with 192 amino acids. These include the usual one 191 acids that are found in somatropin, the more common form of HGH, with the addition of methionine, which helps build proteins and provides sulfur and methyl to regulate the metabolism. According to Mayo, human DNA was tied to e-coli bacteria in order to create Protropin rHGH. Protropin was a white powder intended to be injected under the skin. It contained somatrem, mannitol, and sodium phosphates. Bacteriostatic Water with benzyl alcohol was used to purify it, and sometimes phosphoric acid was used to adjust the substances pH, according to RXlist.com.
Somatropin, Mayo explains, is a form of synthetic HGH with 191 amino acids. This is the same number of acids that natural HGH contains, but like Protropin it is generated from tying human DNA to e-coli.The most popular brands of somatropin include Genotropin, Saizen, Norditropin, Humatrope, Accretropin, Tev-Tropin and Omnitrope. These products contain substances such as mannitol, sodium chloride, Phenol (as a preservative), benzyl alcohol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, glycine, disodium hydrogen phosphate heptahydrate, Bacteriostatic Water, sucrose, phosphoric acid, dibasic sodium phospate, glycerin, sodium dihydrogen phosphate anhydrous, and disodium phosphate anhydrous. Most of the rHGH products are available in the form of a white powder that must be injected subcutaneously, but Omnitrope and Accretropin come as liquid solutions, Rxlist.com explains.
What Is Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone?
Products such as Egrifta contain growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). However, wikipedia explains that unlike Protropin and Genotropin, these injections do not replace deficient amounts of human growth hormone with rHGH. Instead, they contain artificially-created human growth hormone releasing factor, or HGHRF. GHRH is a hormone consisting of forty-four amino acids produced by the hypothalamus in the human brain. It travels to the pituitary gland in regular cycles and stimulates it to produce HGH, as well as promoting slow-wave sleep, the level of sleep in which the pituitary releases the highest amounts of HGH. Because they are not intended to insert HGH into the body, but rather to promote the secretion of the hormone by the fully-operational pituitary gland, they are not used to treat growth hormone deficiencies. Instead, they are most often prescribed for lipodystrophy, or the degenerative or abnormal condition of human fat tissue, especially in individuals with HIV.
Egrifta contains tesamorelin, an acetate salt that contains the identical sequence of amino acids to GHRH, and mannitol, experts say. Other sources add that tesamorelin can also contain sodium chloride and both dibasic and monobasic sodium phosphate. The acetate is available in the form of powder, intended to be injected under the skin. Older products used Sermorelin, which was another artifical form of GHRH although it only contained twenty-nine of the original forty-four amino acids. Wikipedia.org considers it the shortest fragment of GHRH that is fully functional, and it is still used to test levels of HGH secretion.
Are There Any Concerns about rHGH and rHGHRF?
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved rHGH injections for the use of patients who suffer from growth hormone deficiency-related disorders. However, experts warn that the injections are only legally available with a doctors prescription, and the FDA does prosecute those individuals who obtain them illegally.
There are concerns even for patients who are legally prescribed rHGH injections. One authority points out that for children, the injections must be taken daily, for at least as long as the child is growing. (For the more severe cases of growth hormone deficiency, the individual might have to use injections for the rest of his or her life.) The cost is usually from US$10,000 to $30,000 a year. In addition, while most children with growth hormone deficiency receive treatment, the majority of adults who suffer from those conditions do not. One common reason is that the adults do not wish to have to regularly experience the injections. Furthermore, a source argues that because the benefits of rHGH therapy are still considered uncertain by some scientists, many endocrinologists will not even prescribe the injections for adults except in the most severe cases.
Another major area of concern is the side effects that are associated with both rHGH and rHGHRF injections. According to one expert, women who are pregnant should not take Egrifta or other products that contain tesamorelin, because they can cause birth defects in the fetus. Furthermore, those with allergies to any of the ingredients, respiratory problems, recent trauma or surgery, kidney or liver disease, pressure in the head, diabetes, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, or retinopathy must consult with their doctor before beginning to take rHGHRF. Sources claim that these products can cause fluid retention, changes in blood or urine sugar levels, and may cause red, itching skin, rash, hives, swelling of the hands, feet, lips or face, and shortness of breath. Some of the common side effects include pain in joints, muscles, arms, or legs, difficulty moving, and bleeding, coldness, blistering, skin discoloration, infection, soreness, stinging, or inflammation at the injection site. Meanwhile less common effects may include blurry vision, numbness or tingling, dizziness, fast or irregular pulse, nervousness, joint swelling, unsteadiness, weakness in the limbs, headache, pounding in the ears, chest pain, belching, sour stomach, lack of appetite, discouragement and depression, heartburn, loss of pleasure or interest, muscle spasms and strain, nausea, insomnia, fatigue, vomiting, upper abdominal pain, sweating, and lack of ability to concentrate.
Furthermore, there are various side effects associated with rHGH injections as well. According to some experts, these can include swelling of the limbs and face, bleeding gums, dizziness, nosebleeds and bleeding gums, joint pain, difficulty in moving, coughing up blood, rapid weight gain, red or dark urine or stools, tingling sensations in extremities, and skin discoloration. More rare side effects can include damage to vision, change in personality, bone pain or fracture, chills, constipation, headache, dry mouth, confusion, fever, an increase in thirst, hunger and urination, curvature of the spine, rapid pulse, indigestion, joint pain, loss of consciousness, vomiting, weakness, jaundice, seizures, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, tumors and skin lesions, and swelling of the breasts in both males and females. Furthermore, it may cause pressure in the head, pancreatitis, and fluid retention. The evidence about the injections effect on unborn children and nursing mothers is, as yet, inconclusive. For more on HGH side effects and risks read more here!
Experts warn that any individual who believes that rHGH or rHGHGF might be right for them should consult with a doctor before beginning treatment. However, even though these injections may not be the magical pill to keep us eternally young and healthy, their effects are very important for those who need some extra help to grow and become strong, and that makes them wonderful enough. However If you are considering HGH to only help you lose weight and feel younger and are not suffering from serious HGH defficiency then opting first for a natural HGH releaser like GHR1000, Genf20 Plus, Sytropin or Genfx might just be enough.
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Posted: February 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm
When looking into the HCG diet as I write about over here there is a lot of information, some of it very helpful, and some of it not very well researched. If you have come across information about any of the dangers of HCG and brushed it off as someone who doesnt understand the diet, you may want to look again. The diet has amazing benefits for many men and women who had been unable to lose weight otherwise, but as with any weight loss plan, it can come with its own issues and side effects.
If youve spoken to your doctor or other health professional and made sure youre healthy enough to try to diet, its possible that you will still experience some negative side effects of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. There are a great deal of resources on how to overcome side effects, but some may be more severe than others, so being aware of the dangers the HCG diet can pose is important before you begin.
Common HCG Diet Side Effects
The complaints that come up most often from dieters are heard most often at the beginning of the diet, and are usually fatigue or headaches. Often this is because most people dont get enough water throughout the day, and instead make up for it by drinking sugary drinks and consuming coffee or other caffeinated beverages when they do feel sluggish.
When your body experiences changes from your daily routines, you will notice changes and sometimes they wont always be positive, but headaches and fatigue are easily remedied and often go away after just a few days.
Another side effect is one that only affects females, in that they will sometimes show a faint positive on a pregnancy test. Before you begin the diet you should either be on birth control, or make your partner aware that another contraceptive will need to be used during this time so you dont have any surprises along the way.
HCG side effects can happen to anyone using HCG drops under tongue, injections or pills, so its important to be aware of any medical issues you have before starting the diet.
HCG Injections Side Effects
Injections of HCG hormone are one of the most widely used methods of taking human chorionic gonadotropin, and the dieters who use it say they get used to giving themselves injections fairly quickly, even if they normally do not like getting a shot. The HCG shots side effects are unique to this method, since no other method uses syringes. For the most part people will feel some pain around the injection method, and slight bruising may occur if the needle was injected at an odd angle.
Most doctor offices will suggest that you switch which side you inject into each day, so the site is able to heal itself over the course of the day. In some cases, patients experience abdominal pain or even swelling at the injection site. If you are taking injections for the first time, you should try to do this at your doctors office so any reactions can happen while medical professionals are present. Otherwise, the side effects of HCG diet injections are the same as the common side effects you may experience.
Dangers of HCG Drops
HCG drops side effects will depend on if you are taking homeopathic drops, or prescription oral HCG from your doctor.
If you are using a prescription you may experience headaches, constipation, cramping, and even thinning of your hair. If you have concerns about any of these, let your doctor know before you begin the diet so they can give you advice tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle.
Headaches are fairly common, as is constipation, and often this is because you are not drinking enough water. Cramps can happen due to a low level of potassium, therefore you may want to look into taking a supplement while you are on your diet. As for hairloss, this is seen by only a handful of users and normally over a long term, so again make sure you are taking vitamins and supplements to offset this.
When researching homeopathic HCG drops check the other ingredients that are in the bottle to see if you would react poorly to them. Since the human chorionic gonadotropin in the homeopathic versions is not the same as in a prescription, you might experience more hunger pangs, dizziness, and headaches.
If youve seen some worrisome reviews, more likely you may have come across customers of Omni drops. The omni drops side effects are the same as other homeopathic liquid drops, but some customers have experienced a higher heart rate as well as high blood pressure. Omni only sells through distributors, so finding information on their ingredients and prices is a bit harder than other websites.
Are There Serious Dangers?
Just like for any diet plan, there are always risks that something could cause serious issues. The HCG diet is no different, which is why it is advised that you seek out a doctor or medical office that will schedule you for weekly visits and monitor your health throughout the diet. In general, the side effects of the HCG diet arent harmful in the long run, though your current health issues may be aggravated by the constraints of the diet.
If you do have a history of heart problems, then the diet may not be in your best interest. Understanding your current health will give you much better insight into whether or not the mentioned HCG diet dangers are worth considering. With that said, there are no serious dangers associated with the HCG diet, just small side effects like the headaches and fatigue mentioned previously.
Human chorionic gonadotropin diet side effects arent something to be taken lightly neither for male nor for female, and you should bring up your concerns to your doctor before you begin the diet. While there are some patients who experience side effects that affect them negatively, its often due to underlying medical issues or the patient not sticking to the diet as written.
If you are considering the HCG diet contraindications are concerned how safe it is, schedule a consultation with a trusted medical professional that prescribes HCG, that way they can answer any of your questions.
Make sure you understand all aspects of the diet, so you canfeel positive and secure in your choice!
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Wouldnt it be great if life came with a magic remote control that made the bad parts speed up and the good parts slow down? You could hit FF at the beginning of every workday, and RWD at the end of awesome date. All the vacations, holidays and parties could move at the pace of a Kenny G song, and all the endless conference calls could spin by faster than Nicki Minajs hairstyles.
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Its time to focus on your lentil health. In one four-week Spanish study, researchers found that eating a calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of legumes aids weight loss more effectively than an equivalent diet that doesnt include beans. Those who consumed the legume-rich diet also saw improvements in their bad LDL cholesterol levels and systolic blood-pressure. To reap the benefits at home, work lentils, chickpeas, peas and beans into your diet throughout the week.
How would you like to take all the great weight-loss results youve just read aboutand double them? Thats what happens when you supplement your diet with a combination of vitamin D and calcium, according to a Nutrition Journal study. Just four weeks into the 12-week experiment, subjects who had taken these two nutrientsfound in abundance in some yogurtslost two times more fat than the other group! To get similar results at home, start your day with one of these Best Brand-Name Yogurts for Weight Loss.
Like a marathoner stretching before the big run, eating half a grapefruit before a meal can enhance your bodys fat-burning performance. A study published in the journal Metabolism found that this warm-up tactic can help whittle your middleby up to an inchin just six weeks! The scientists attribute the powerful effects to the grapefruits fat-zapping phytochemicals. The fruit can interact negatively with certain medications, so as long as you get the green-light from your M.D, plan to have half of a grapefruit before your morning meal and add a few segments your starter salads to reap the benefits.
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Posted: February 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm
Here are six simple tips that will have you losing weight in a balanced and healthy way and lose weight:
1. Lose weight with water. Water is essential for everybody - it is also the key to losing weight. If you haven't been drinking enough water, your body has developed a pattern of storing water. This water retention equals extra unwanted weight.
By drinking more water, you are not only flushing out toxins, you are also teaching your body that it no longer needs to store water. Drink at least 60 ounces of water (about 8 glasses) a day. Boil water and sliced lemons, and drink this throughout the day to help with fluid retention. If you are still not sold on the merits of water, try this on for size: water is a natural appetite suppressant.
2. Soup up your weight loss program. A simple dietary change will have you shedding pounds: eat a bowl of soup at least once a day. Nutritious, low-salt soups will nourish you as they flush waste from your body. People who eat a serving of soup daily lose more weight than those who eat the same amount of calories but don't eat soup. Go for homemade soup whenever possible, as canned soups are loaded with salt and chemicals.
3. Eat early to keep weight off. The human body follows a circadian rhythm, which means that the same foods eaten at breakfast and lunch are processed differently than when eaten at dinner. Studies show that when you eat your daily protein and fat at breakfast you tend to lose weight and have more energy; however, eating the same things at dinner tend to increase tendencies toward weight gain. I suggest that you eat your last meal of the day by 7 p.m.
4. Eat smaller meals, more frequently. Follow an eating schedule with five little meals every day. Eating steadily through the day keeps you from becoming famished and overeating at your next meal. Make a low-fat trail mix from raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried plum, and apples and have it available at all times to avoid the tempting lure of high-calorie snacks.
5. Adopt a balanced approach to your diet. Most of the fad diet programs out there nowadays are extreme in a few recommended foods, or else deprive the body of food altogether. This works in opposition to our metabolism and the results usually don't last, producing a yoyo effect that depresses your metabolic function - not to mention your self-esteem. We are natural beings that need a balance of nutrition from all sources.
Your diet should consist of a balance of organic sources of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Instead of white rice and pasta, opt for brown rice, bulgur, millet, or buckwheat.
Eat more green, chlorophyll-rich foods such as broccoli, kale, spinach, and asparagus. Eliminate candy, sugar, soda, and all simple sugars from your diet. Excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which results in weight gain. Also, keep dairy to a minimum because most dairy products are high in saturated fat. Avoid fatty foods, processed or fried foods.
6. Walk off the weight. The No. 1 cause of weight gain is inactivity. Physical activity is the key to speeding up your metabolism and burning excess calories. The best way to be physically active is to use your legs! Walk as often and as long as you can. Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Step outside during your break at work and take a walk around your building. Consider joining a local hiking club. Try taking a walk 30 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes in the early evening.
I hope this article helps you shed some pounds and add on the years! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.
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