One of the most effective ways to lose weight is to exercise often. But for many people, just hearing the word 'exercise' is a big turn off. If you swap the word exercise with 'active' then perhaps more people wouldn't be so loathe to burning more calories moving their body. So let's get that out of the way first, before listing 5 easy ways to lose weight.
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So it begs the question, what does the Miracle Noodle Team think of the HCG diet? Here's our answer....
To lose weight, would you get injected with, or take a supplement that comes from the hormone that's extracted from the urine of pregnant women?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, aka HCG, has been medically administered since the 1950s, originally given to boys in India to reverse obvious traits of feminine qualities, such as enlarged breasts.
Thanks to celebrity-endorsed diets, HCG has undergone a renaissance.
The Atkins, Zone- and South Beach Diets might be more well-known, but because the FDA does not regulate the $60 billion supplement market (other than cracking down on companies who claim that their supplements can cure a disease), sales of HCG treatments and supplements have skyrocketed.
How does the diet work?
The hormone resets the body back to its natural healthy fat metabolizing capability and "tells your body" to draw all of its energy only from abnormal and excess fat.
The cherry on top is that it leaves your muscle tissues intact. In other words, it burns fat without sacrificing muscle.
The hormone also help the brain control the hunger and appetite signal.
Common HCG advertisements claim weight loss successes of one to three pounds per day!
Men also have HCG hormone, albeit on a lower level, and thus are also able to go on the HCG diet or get injections.
HCG supplements are most often sold in sublingual drops, though most dieticians actually recommend people who want to go on an HCG diet be supervised by a doctor.
Doctors most likely would prescribe injections rather than advise patients to start self-administering drops or pills.
But injections are costlier. So more people are self-administering, and this has caused some controversy around the diet.
Why the controversy?
HCG, in its unregulated, non-medically supervised forms of pills or drops is unregulated. And many purveyors of the unregulated variety are on the Internet hoping to make good money.
If taking the supplements (or the regulated injections), your diet is limited to approximately 500 calories per day.
Some nutritionists, dieticians and doctors think that limiting 500 calories a day can deprive one of critical nutrients.
What do supporters of HCG say about the the low caloric restriction?
Due to the hormone's fat metabolism, not as much energy is required from food; the hormone actively suppresses food cravings.
Despite consuming just one-fourth of the recommended FDA daily guidelines of 2000 calories, those who take the HCG hormone claim that they have energy levels as if they were consuming 2000 calories.
The breakdown of fat provides the energy required by the body to function at a normal level.
How long does the HCG diet last?
For those wanting to lose 25 pounds, it will take about 25 days to achieve the desired weight loss.
Miracle Noodle's Verdict:
The many testimonials we receive of people losing lots of weight lead us to believe that the HCG diet can work, but we recommend consulting with a clinical nutritionist or doctor to make sure the diet will not negatively affect your health. Always consult a medical professional before taking any supplement, especially one derived from hormones.
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Call it 'Atkins'. Or 'Paleo'. Call it what you will.Though these two mega popular diets do have their differences, what they have in common is that they are both low in carbs. And low carb diets have recently been clinically proven to be better for your overall health and for weight loss. We're not suggesting feasting on bacon, eggs, butter, cheese and other high fatty foods loved by Atkins dieters. But we do encourage you to check in with your current diet: Are you eating low carb? Specifically, are you restricting and limiting starchy carbs like white flour and mashed potatoes? If not, we have a solution for you. But in the meantime, let's review a little about what the study said.... 148 Obese Volunteers Tracked for One Year...Results are Shocking!
The study was conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, USA and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The group was split evenly into two groups:
Conclusion: If your doctor tells you to eat a low-fat diet, take that advice with a grain of salt!*
Physician and Miracle Noodle Founder & President, Jonathan Carp, M.D., is passionate about nutrition. He pays particularly close attention to these weight loss studies.
Many of his patients have had lots of success going on a low-carb diet. But the biggest challenge facing his patients isn't contradictory advice by other doctors or health experts. Nope, it's always having enough low-carb choices to eat. And let's face it: low-starch veggies are great and should be consumed daily in copious amounts.
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In order for you to accomplish your weight loss goals, it’s easier to digest nutrition information in smaller pieces (excuse the pun). Here is a continuation of the first tips on learning how to prevent energy crashes after eating.
3 Macronutrients 3 Times a Day
This first tip is actually a refresher from the previous tips, but it begs review:
Combine all three macronutrients at each meal. Don’t know what a macronutrient is? It’s a fancy word that nutritionists use when referring to protein, carbohydrates and fat. When eaten in the correct proportions and at regular times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the three macronutrients provide you with rock-steady energy throughout the day.
Here’s why eating breakfast is important. Most busy Westerners who don’t have time for breakfast eat perhaps only a slice of toast and drink a cup or two of coffee. The toast, most likely comprised of wheat, will burn up quickly, not providing long-lasting energy.
And though the coffee might make you feel alive for a couple hours, you’ll probably need more otherwise you’ll crash. Excess caffeine can lead to a host of health problems including hormonal imbalance.
A simple solution to making this breakfast complete would be to add a whole egg to the toast. One whole egg supplies about 6 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of healthy dietary fat. Don’t be afraid to eat the yolk (more on this at the end).
Don’t go five hours without eating during the day but try fasting on occasion
Although the research is mixed on whether or not meal frequency is important, it’s probably best to not go more than five hours between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner. This is especially true during the week when your brain needs a steady supply of the three macronutrients to function properly at work.
Some research suggests that obese individuals do better when sticking to three meals a day, with all three meals containing roughly the same calories.
Occasional fasting can be just the metabolic reboot your system needs to start anew. (See our blog on fasting.) This is especially true if you have not been eating healthy (too much sugars or fried food, for example). Fasting can give your liver and detoxification system a breather.
You don’t need to fast for days on end. One easy way to lose weight is fasting for at least 12-14 hours each day. Finish eating your last meal or healthy snack (half an apple with a tbsp. of almond butter, for example) by 8 p.m. and then eating breakfast at 10 a.m. is a 14-hour fast.
Though fasting is healthy, if you’re a busy worker bee, and even if you eat a balanced breakfast at 7 a.m., if you wait until 2 p.m. you may succumb to an energy crash or cravings either before or after lunch. So try, if you eat at 7 a.m., to eat lunch at noon.
Eat more to lose weight?
Most people typically do not eat enough at breakfast and lunch. By dinner time, the earlier caloric deficit results in overcompensation by going for seconds or third rounds of spaghetti or mashed potatoes, or other high-starch carbs.
That’s why Miracle Noodle is great for dinner. You can literally have seconds, thirds, or even fourths and fifths. If you’re combining Miracle Noodle with low-starch veggies like broccoli, asparagus, grilled onions, wild mushrooms, green beans (basically most veggies other than white potatoes and corn) and a small portion of lean protein, you can eat until you are full.
Which brings us to another tip….
Eat until you’re almost full
In the preceding tip, we just told you that when you eat Miracle Noodle with healthy veggies and a little lean protein, you can literally eat until you are full. That’s true. But don’t eat until you are absolutely stuffed. Eat until you are about three-quarters full and then you should feel content.
If you eat until you are stuffed, you will probably feel lethargic. Remember, the name of the game is to eat as much nutrient-dense foods as possible while eating the least amount of calories.
Miracle Noodle’s pasta substitutes are either zero calories or just a handful at most. Vegetables are usually very low in calories as well, per serving. A three- or four-ounce serving of lean protein contains only approximately 250 calories, so you can see how easy it is to get full on veggies, protein and Miracle Noodle while eating a low-calorie diet, yet feel content and not deprived.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of learning how to prevent energy crashes!
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