Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is an old diet created by Dr. Simeon that has been gaining popularity as a successful option for a medically supervised weight loss program. HCG is a naturally occurring anti-aging hormone created in the human body that plays a critical role in protecting and controlling the metabolic functions of the body. In fact, women produce massive amounts of HCG during their pregnancy because it pulls non-essential fat storage from mom to nourish the growing fetus. When used as a diet adjunct, HCG specifically targets unhealthy visceral fat that negatively impacts our health. After a consultation with a health professional, a qualified candidate will receive a supply of injectable HCG doses, which will be self-administered on a daily basis for a period of 23 or 40 days, depending. The HCG in conjunction with a very low calorie diet (VLCD) consisting of real, whole foods allows the body to pull non-essential fat from its stores and utilize it as energy. As a result, the average person can expect to lose anywhere between 0.5-2.0 lbs. of fat per day, with no adverse side effects, hunger or cravings. Interestingly, patients undergoing HCG consistently lose circumference– typically in hips or abdomen–at a constant rate of close to 1 cm. per kilogram of weight lost. Following a strict maintenance phase, an individual can consume as many calories as necessary and re-introduce new foods back into their diet, while establishing a healthy “set-point” long-term. In general, 60-70% of those patients who follow the recommended guidelines and adopt healthy lifestyle habits can maintain their weight permanently.
The best exercise is the one that you will stick to. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is not a new concept, although it is getting a lot of hype recently as people are attracted to the idea of more efficient ways to burn fat and build muscle tone in as little as 15 minutes per day. HIIT offers a fast, effective way to get people on board with exercising and can be easily modified to accommodate special conditions or individual fitness levels. HIIT workouts can burn more calories than conventional workouts and research shows that an additional 6-15% more calories are burned post-workout over a two-hour period. To be effective, HIIT should include periods of sub-max (or >80% of predicted maximal heart rate) where the exercise feels “hard” to “very hard” followed by a brief period of rest (or 40-50% of predicted maximal heart rate) where the individual feels “comfortable” to prepare for the next bout of interval training. Examples of workout modes that can incorporate HIIT include: walking, sprinting, cycling, aqua training, elliptical cross- training and group exercise classes. Benefits of HIIT can be achieved by doing as little as 15 minute sessions per day, 2-3 times per week. It is important to work with a personal trainer and consult with a physician when starting any exercise regimen, for health and safety concerns.
Benefits of HIIT include:
Aerobic & anaerobic fitness
Improved blood pressure
Insulin sensitivity (helps the muscles utilize glucose for fuel to make energy)
Improved cholesterol profiles
Reduction in visceral fat and body weight
Increased muscular tone and hypertrophy
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