Best Yoga Positions to Strengthen Your Core

Best Yoga Positions to Strengthen Your Core


Posture, digestion, back safety, and so many other aspects of life require a connection to the core. Having a strong and fluid core is a key to emotional stability and overall empowerment. One of the most holistic and sustainable ways to cultivate a strong core is through a dedicated Yoga practice. Most of the Yoga Asanas (postures, positions, or “seats”) contribute to core strength in subtle ways. But there are a few that specifically strengthen the center. Remember to breathe deeply throughout each pose, and it is best to practice these within a complete sequence.




Otherwise known as Plank pose, Phalakasana firms the arms, legs, and center. It looks like a standard high push-up from the outside, and is held for 5 to 7 breaths. To build core strength, pull the navel in towards the spine while drawing the tailbone towards the heels. Keep the palms flat on the ground to protect the wrists, reach through the inner heels and inner palms while hugging the arms and thighs towards the midline.


Chaturanga Dandasana


Chaturanga Dandasana is a four-limbed staff pose that looks like a push-up, except the body is at the height of the bent elbows. To really work the core in this one, come into it from the ground. Lie on your abdomen and set the palms alongside the lower ribs (your palms must stay flat the whole time to protect the wrists). Press through the inner heels. Use the core to lift the entire body just to height of the elbows, extending through crown and heels. Be careful to keep the neck and jaw relaxed, and to draw the tailbone towards the heels to keep the lower abdomen engaged.




Dolphin builds core strength while also working shoulders and legs. From a hands-and-knees tabletop position, set the elbows on the mat. They should be directly under the shoulders and aligned with the wrists. Turn the toes under and use the core to lift the thighbones towards the sky. Walk the feet towards the hands without moving the shoulders, sliding the shoulders away from the ears while squeezing elbows towards the midline. Use the core to lift up out of the shoulders. For a dynamic version, keep the elbows and shoulders in place as you walk the feet away from the hands and then back in, transitioning between Plank pose on the elbows and dolphin.




Sometimes called Side Plank pose, Vasisthasana strengthens the obliques. From Phalakasana, roll onto one hand, turning onto the side of one foot and extending the opposite arm towards the sky. Keep the supporting palm rooted and the hips in line with the shoulders and heels. Draw the navel towards spine and lengthen the entire body.




Boat pose is the most direct core strengthener. From a seated position, lift the legs as you shift your weight forward onto the sitting bones/upper thighbones. Lengthen the spine, keep the shoulders back, and draw the navel inwards. Extend the legs for more intensity. Do not collapse the chest or let the spine round.




Strengthening the lower back is just as important as working the front of the core. Lie face down and draw the straight legs towards each other as you press down through the pelvis and shins. Use the core to lift and lengthen the torso. Extend your arms straight forward as you exhale, reach the arms out to the side and back alongside your legs as you inhale and lift the chest. Repeat 8 to 10 times.




Integrate by opening and stretching the core. Backbends such as Bhujangasana (Cobra) and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) will improve the flexibility and tone of the core and keep the back safe and supple. Twists also help detoxify the organs and balance the strengthening and stretching work.


In addition to core-specific Asanas, the entire body must be worked regularly for weight loss, muscle development, and overall strength. These poses should be practiced as part of a whole body routine. Always consult your health care provider before beginning any new fitness regimen, and practice with a qualified Yoga instructor whenever possible.

What Is the Best Type of Yoga for Me?

What Is the Best Type of Yoga for Me?


Yoga is a popular philosophy that cultivates unity between the body, mind, and spirit. Originally from India, Yoga has made its way all over the world. Traditionally a student would have studied with just one master teacher. This teacher would understand his or her students’ needs and prescribe appropriate practices. In the modern world, however, studying individually with a master teacher is not always possible – or practical. Thankfully, contemporary Yogis are blessed with a variety of styles and teachers from which to choose.


Hatha Yoga


Hatha means “Sun – Moon.” It is intended to help practitioners balance action with stillness, effort with ease, and the masculine and feminine polarities within the human body. Nearly all physical Yoga is actually Hatha Yoga that has been interpreted and codified by different teachers. Typically, Hatha Yoga classes focus on safe alignment, Asanas (postures or “seats”) to increase strength and mobility, deep breathing, and subtle energetic practices such as Pranayama (breath control) and Bandha (energetic seals). Because of the focus on correct alignment and working at one’s level, these classes tend to be accessible for all levels of students who want a precise, safe, and holistic approach to the practice. Beginner’s especially benefit from taking a few Hatha class before the flowing classes.


Iyengar Yoga


B. K. S. Iyengar established this form of Hatha Yoga in the 1970s. It focuses on precise alignment and specificity. Iyengar teachers often use a variety of props such as straps and blocks, and detailed instruction to ensure each pose is practiced correctly and efficiently. These classes tend to move slowly, with a great deal of verbal, demonstrative, and hands-on instruction for each pose. They are great for beginners and advanced students looking to deeply understand proper alignment. They are also helpful for elderly or injured students, as well as students with a therapeutic needs or specific ailments. They are not for people just seeking a workout or a flow. As Iyengar teachers must study for a minimum of two years, and many study for a decade or more, they usually work from a depth of knowledge that exceeds some other styles.


Astanga Yoga


Codified by Sri Pattabhi Jois, Astanga Yoga is a style exemplified by a systemic, regimented approach to the practice. There are three main sequences that are rigorously followed by practitioners. Students traditionally learn the sequences by attending early-morning “Mysore” classes, where a group of students are each practicing at their individual pace. The teacher will instruct new students as needed, and give guidance and subsequent poses to continuing students as their practices develop. Astanga Yoga is best for healthy, fit individuals who already understand how to practice many Yoga poses safely, and want a vigorous and repetitive practice.


Vinyasa Yoga


Vinyasa simply means movement that is coordinated with breath. These classes are based on Hatha Yoga, but move faster with connected sequences that are designed to build internal heat. They are also sometimes called Power Yoga. There may be some alignment instruction within the flow, depending on the instructor. Vinyasa classes are usually best for reasonably fit people with no injuries who want a mindful workout.


Restorative Yoga


Restorative Yoga balances the internal environment by pacifying the SNS (Sympathetic Nervous System – the “flight or fight” response) and awakening the PSNS (Para-Sympathetic Nervous System, the “rest and relax” response). Restorative Yoga classes consist of passive, fully supported, comfortable poses that are held from 2 to 20 minutes. These poses reduce stress levels, can help one recover from illness or injury, and reduce the likelihood of developing stress-related diseases and obesity. They are a relaxing complement to active practices that is suitable for any person of any skill level or body type.


Yin Yoga


Based on the Chinese Meridian system, Yin Yoga consists of passive poses that are held for 3 to 5 minutes. The poses are designed to activate certain lines of energy within the body that correspond to various organs and systems. Unlike Restorative Yoga, Yin poses are often mildly uncomfortable, as they are sometimes stretching connective tissue or using passive-resistance to open an area of the body. They are usually safe for most people, though sometimes modifications are needed if one has back or neck injuries. Yin Yoga is helpful for anyone who wants a more subtle class and/or needs to find stillness and inner quiet.


Bikram Yoga


Bikram Choudry established this sequence of Vinyasa Yoga. It is usually practiced in extremely heated, carpeted rooms. The same 26 poses are practiced in every class, and every Bikram teacher is required to use the same verbal script for each class. These classes are best for fit beginners who want a repetitive workout. They are often helpful for recovering addicts and other people that need simple structure.


Yogi’s Choice


There are nearly as many types of Yoga as there are Yoga teachers. There is Yoga for Bikers, Yoga for Runners, Curvy Yoga, Hip-Hop Yoga, and Yogalates, just to name a few. Most studios have class descriptions on their websites, and teachers should be able to explain their classes if asked. The best style for you will be the one taught by a teacher that inspires you. Feeling safe, seen, encouraged, and motivated by a particular teacher is far more important than the name of the class.


Sauna for Weight Loss

Can you lose weight just sitting in the sauna?  The answer is YES!

There is actually a lot more to it than you would think. Sitting in an appropriately heated sauna raises the heart rate significantly and has effects on the internal system that do in fact burn calories. I personally have used the sauna for weight loss and while I know immediate weight loss will be water weight, the long term experience has shown me that sauna use can help you lose weight.

There are a number of credible sources on the web offering research studies and additional facts. As an example, here is a quote from Livestrong referring to Mayo Clinic’s findings:

“According to the Mayo Clinic’s health education website, your body composition, sex, and age are determining factors on how many calories you burn during any given day, even when you are resting; this is known as your basal metabolic rate (BMR). A person weighing around 160 lbs. will burn burn about 300 calories during a 30-minute session in the sauna. That number changes based on your individual BMR, in addition to the temperature settings in the sauna and the amount of time you spend in the heat.”

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LA Boxing Classes – Learn How to Box and Get Fit!

LA Boxing classes are an experience I never thought I’d try, but after my first boxing lesson, I’m hooked. My usual exercise routine consists of 4 to 5 days a week going to the gym and alternating 1 hour on the elliptical machine, treadmill and stairmaster. Then for at least 30 minutes, I hit the weight machines followed by a full sauna session. I have come to lovingly refer to this workout regimen as my “rinse and repeat workout” because it has become so engrained, I perform it without thought just as I shampoo my hair. It’s effortless, predictable… and boring. Luckily, I discovered an alternative that I really love: LA Boxing classes.

For those of you who are bored with the typical gym workout, I would recommend considering LA Boxing classes and here’s why:

Last year, I put on more than a few pounds over the holidays so I immediately kicked up my workout. After several weeks of “rinse and repeat” sessions at my local 24 Hour Fitness gym, the pounds were slooooowly coming off but it was almost painful getting through my workout because it was so dull. I decided I wanted to try something different; something that would beat the bore factor, challenge me and above all, build a skill set that I can use for long term health and fitness benefits. I started by looking up nearby fitness options using yelp and groupon and the reviews for LA Boxing classes intrigued me. The next day, I went into an Orange County LA Boxing location, met with Luis who answered my 50 million questions and then arranged a free boxing lesson with pro boxer and trainer, Julian (Julez.) 30 Minutes later, I knew I wanted to take another boxing class… and then another, and another…. I have never experienced a workout like this- I was too focused on technique to even realize I was exercising and a short, 30 minutes lesson was so intense, I was seriously sore for 4 days. On Day #2, I was actually taking the stairs one by one; my grandmother could have passed me.

So what really sold me on LA Boxing’s classes? Well, reason #1, I wanted to go FAR out of my comfort zone to build up that confidence. Reason #2, I can burn 700 calories in a 30 minute boxing class- wow! Reason #3, it’s fun & doesn’t even feel like exercise. Reason #4, have you ever seen the ass on a professional female boxer? Enough said. I went in again on day #3, limping (yes, really limping) to buy a package of lessons from Luis. This is one of those rare times when you drop a chunk of money at a gym and know you won’t regret it.

For those of you that are lucky enough to have an LA Boxing location nearby and are curious about taking boxing classes, here are my observations to help you decide if this gym is right for you:

LA Boxing & Kickboxing Classes
The classes are unlike any I have seen before- there’s a set of moves the instructor establishes but everyone goes at their own pace and performs the moves at different times. You know those cardio classes where you see rows of beautiful bodies moving in perfect unison while the instructor pep talks from the front? Ya, this isn’t like that at all- LA Boxing classes are chaotic to say the least; they’re unsynchronized, high energy and more like semi-private training sessions. You do the moves as you can- punch a bag, practice your kicks, run the rope, etc- and the instructor steps in to help if/when you need. The best part of this kind of class? NO ONE has to feel like the uncoordinated oddball hiding in the back!

How much does LA Boxing Cost? LA Boxing Price ranges:
Since I’m also a full time traveler blogger and rarely know where I’ll be from week to week, I signed up for the $89 monthly gym option and then also bought a package of personal training sessions. LA Boxing initial costs came to about $480+ which included gym access, unlimited boxing and kickboxing classes, 3 personal training sessions and boxing gloves & wraps. Additional personal training was more- Luis (at LA Boxing in Orange County) offered me a promotion package of 10 private boxing lessons for about $370 (About 50% off.) They also have a promotion for those who choose to prepay their boxing membership in advance which costs about $40 a month (approx half the price of month to month membership.) Freezing membership is an option for us heavy travelers or if you should ever need to take a break from your boxing classes. If you want to try it for a month or two before committing to full pre-payment, LA Boxing will put all initial costs toward a long term option when you are ready- can’t beat that!

After talking to a few of my hCG Diet Info readers, there were two common concerns when considering LA Boxing classes:
1st, a lot of people felt the $89 monthly costs were steep for a gym membership. Hey- you wouldn’t compare the expense of piano lessons to your monthly gym fees right? Come on now, that’s just silly. Well, same differences apply here; at a gym like 24 Hour Fitness, you’re basically paying for equipment rental. At a gym like LA Boxing, you’re paying for equipment rental AND to learn an entirely new skill set. It’s next level gym-ing people- of course it’s going to cost more! I say, your workout is what you pay for: plain n’ mundane may be cheaper but learning the skills that build the ass of a boxer are priceless… and well, that’s just worth every penny.

2nd; there was concern about feeling out of place physically and for other reasons. Hey, I’ve been there- I was once that seriously overweight girl that couldn’t bare the thought of attending a yoga class surrounded by a bunch of supermodels- ugh, few things can be harder on the ego than feeling like everyone in the room knows you’re the heaviest person in the class & you can’t even touch your own toes. (I’m over that now by the way- I will squeeze my post-holiday ass into my too-tight yoga pants and get right in the front row of class knowing I’m there for a reason and that’s to feel good!) For those of you who are worried about “not fitting in” for your first LA boxing class, I can confidently tell you, this is where everyone fits in. In fact, if you asked me which gym feels more “comfortable” and “accepting” between 24 Hour Fitness and LA Boxing, I’d definitely say LA Boxing. This is a smaller gym where everyone is talkative and the staff know your name and are very supportive. Members are both men and women, all age ranges and fitness levels. In one beginners class, I’ve seen a 300 lb man in his 60’s and a fit girl in her early 20’s. There are a lot of very heavy people here, and I’ve met several who are 100 lb losers and still going. If I was 240 lbs overweight (again), moved like an uncoordinated cheerleader (which I sometimes do) and was wearing bright red clown shoes (add to the birthday wishlist), I’d still feel comfortable walking in here and having a boxing lesson, no problem!

I recommend LA Boxing for anyone tired of feeling like a mouse running on a wheel, day after day at the gym. Even if you’re just curious, I say, go in and ask for Luis- if he doesn’t work at your particular LA Boxing location, tell them you want their version of Luis and then rename him. Ask him 50 million questions about the gym, arrange a free signature LA Boxing class, learn how to throw a jab and an undercut in your first boxing lesson… then you’ll know you will never have another boring workout again!

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil in Chocolate Delight

One of the most popular hCG diet approved for P3 (not the diet phase) is a homemade chocolate bar – Chocolate Delight (aka Cocoa Crack). This chocolate treat is not only delicious but very healthy thanks to its primary ingredient: coconut oil. Often promoted as a “superfood” coconut oil offers amazing health benefits.

Supports the immune system – Studies have show that coconut oil can help our bodies build resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Coconut oil is both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It can also can help to fight off yeast, fungus, and candida.

Supports Insulin and Thyroid Function – Coconut oil can help improve insulin use within the body and boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It also improves digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

Reduces Cholesterol – Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, a type of medium chain triglyceride (MCT). It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.

Supports Weight Loss – Coconut oil contains special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Studies have shown that breaking down these types of healthy fats in the liver leads to efficient burning of energy. One 2009 study found that women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 3 months not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is not only difficult to lose, but also contributes to health risks including heart problems.

Prevents Aging – Coconut oil has an antioxidant effect in the body, which can prevent signs of aging in the skin. After taking 2 Tbs of coconut oil per day for several weeks most dieters notice that their skin becomes much softer. Some even report that they no longer need to apply body lotion to their previously dry skin as their skin has become moisturized from the inside out.

To get your daily dose of 2 Tbs of coconut oil check out the hCG P3 approved recipe for Chocolate Delight, or if you prefer Cocoa Crack.

hCG Chocolate Delight Recipe (aka Cocoa Crack)

For us chocoholics one of the biggest concerns with the hCG diet can be – How will I get my chocolate fix? The answer to your chocolate dreams is hCG Chocolate Delight, commonly known as Cocoa Crack. Once you have completed Phase 2 (the 500 calorie diet) and have graduated to Phase 3 then you can start introducing fats back into your diet at which point you can begin to enjoy Chocolate Delight, also known as Cocoa Crack.

You’ll find many posts on discussion boards and blogs advising the Chocolate Delight or Cocoa Crack is approved for P2. Please note that according to Dr. Simeons Pounds and Inches protocol fats must be avoided in P2 – this includes the avoidance of Chocolate Delight.

Many people suggest using Chocolate Delight as a stall breaker in P2; however, this is not recommended if you are doing your first round of hCG. Many dieters who have completed several rounds of hCG have become comfortable with the program and experiment with breaking protocol. These veteran hCG dieters have had plenty of time during previous rounds of hCG to learn which foods cause gains for them and as such are more comfortable breaking protocol and going a bit rogue on the diet. If you are in your first round of hCG be strongly advised to wait until the successful completion of P2 before rewarding yourself with a well deserved chocolate fix. Chocolate Delight is not only a delicious reward it also offers great health benefits as one of the primary ingredients is coconut oil.

hCG Chocolate Delight Recipe

Ingredients (Serves 1):

  • 2 Tbs melted coconut oil (in a liquid consistency)
  • 2 Tbs Cocoa Powder (such as Hersheys).
  • Sweetener to taste – liquid or powdered stevia. Plain stevia can be used; however certain flavors of Sweet Leaf brand liquid stevia are very popular including English Toffee, Peppermint and Vanilla Crème.

Fluff the cocoa powder with a fork to break up any clumps. Add the melted coconut oil. Stir until there is a smooth consistency. Add liquid or powdered stevia in varying amounts depending on your preference for bitter or sweet chocolate. Simply taste the mixture and decide if you would like to add more sweetener. Beware that too much stevia can cause a bitter taste.

Pour the liquid mixture into paper baking cups or a small container lined with foil. Place the container in the fridge or freezer. After 20 minutes (less in the freezer) taste your chocolate. If it needs more sweetener simply re-melt the mixture and add additional sweetener if desired.

Single Serving – If you’re worried about keeping your willpower in check, its best to make your Chocolate Delight daily. If you opt to use paper baking cups, the 2 Tbs of coconut oil + 2 Tbs of cocoa powder can be used to make 2 Reese’s Peanut Butter sized chocolate cups by using 2 full size cupcake baking cups (each filled half way). If you prefer bite size chocolate use 4 mini paper baker’s cups.

Large Batch – If you prefer to make a large batch of Chocolate Delight then use 1 cup coconut oil + 1 cup cocoa powder. The mixture can then be poured into several baking cups or into a flexible ice tray (such as a rubber ice tray). After the mixture has frozen solid the bite size chocolate bars can be popped out of the ice tray. However, the chocolate bars need to be kept in the fridge or freezer to prevent the coconut oil from melting at room temperature.

Variations / Substitutions:

Carob Powder – Cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder, which creates a more alkaline dessert. The pH balance in the body should always be slightly alkaline (more basic, and less acidic). Healthier food choices, such as carob powder, have an alkalizing effect on the body. While less healthy food choices such as cocao powder, have an acidic effect on the body which can have harmful effects on overall health.

Chocolate Amazing Greens – The Amazing Greens brand of supplements help you to achieve your daily dose of alkalizing green vegetables such as wheatgrass.  This chocolate flavored wheatgrass blend is pre-sweetened with stevia. This delicious chocolate powder is so tasty you’d never know its actually healthy!

Chocolate Flavored Protein Powder – You can also add a protein boost to your Chocolate Delight but using your favorite protein powder. Whey protein, pea protein and hemp protein each offer their own health benefits.

Additions – You can get creative with additions to your chocolate delight. For a crunchy consistency add your favorite nuts such as almonds or macadamia nuts. For a fruit chewy consistency add dried Goji Berries, a superfood with amazing health benefits. Nuts or dried berries can be added into the mixture before freezing. You can also add toppings to the chocolate after it has solidified. For the flavor of a homemade peanut butter cup you can add just a small dollop of almond butter or cashew nut butter to the top of the chocolate cup.

Have fun experimenting with your Chocolate Delight. And as always, Happy Losing!

Top 5 Benefits of The Life Plan

Are You Missing Out On The Benefits of Embracing The Life Plan Diet by Dr. Life?

Dr. Jeffry S. Life’s age management program, also popularly known as The Life Plan Diet in health circles, is nothing short of a boon for those who choose to embrace it. If you haven’t decided in favor of this plan as yet, you must certainly read through these top benefits of the life plan to find out about all that you are missing out on!

1. Metabolic Tests

If you have always wanted to know your specific metabolic rate for your body and needs, and whether it falls short of what is ideal for you, you shall be relieved from all such concerns as soon as you join the Life Plan Diet. Those who join the Life Plan Diet do get a metabolic test for the purpose of understanding your body needs.

2. Advice on Health and Nutrition

Dr. Life’s Plan also educates you on aspects of your health and nutrition. You get to enjoy detailed information that most doctors and nutritionist ignore. With the help of a power point presentations, 24 hour live helpline and other services you have access to.

3. Power of Confidence and Smartness

The Life Plan does not end at helping you stay fit and counter the ill-impacts of aging and disease alone. Dr. Life invests you with the much needed confidence through boosting your physical and mental state of being. Additionally, you will learn some tips for eating out that most diets and eating plans ignore.

4. Supplement Guide

Dr. Life’s age management program followers also get to enjoy access to the latest insider news on supplements and food labels. This enables you to make an informative move towards your goals.

5. Youthful Aging

Last but not the least, Dr. Life’s age management program enables you to age with grace and dignity without the the symptoms and shortcomings of advancing age the majority of the population accepts as common place.

How To Switch To Real hCG From Homeopathic

Switching to real hCG, drops or pellets isn’t hard. IF you have discovered your hCG is homeopathic and want to change to real pharmaceutical hCG are the quick and easy steps to take you from starvation mode and muscle loss to your body releasing fat.

So how does one switch to real pharmaceutical hCG drops or pellets?

If you have just started and discovered you are not on pharmaceutical hCG drops any days from 1-10:

1. Stop the homeopathic drops or pellets NOW. You cannot afford to lose any muscle.

2. Buy real hCG, it will arrive in a few days.

3. Increase calories to to 800 using lean meats from the hCG food list.

4. When your real hCG drops or pellets arrive, immediately take your new pharmaceutical hCG. This will be your new Day 1.

5. Day 2 you will take your pharmaceutical hCG as you normally would and continue with the increase protein. This will allow for the real hCG to get into your system without causing your hunger and allow the real hCG to start releasing fat stores.

6. Day 3 starts you back to the 500 calories along with your hCG drops or pellets.

7. Now you can finish your hCG diet Phase 2.

Past the 10th day and just realized you are not on pharmaceutical hCG?

1. Stop NOW.

2. Increase your calories and follow the hCG Diet Phase 3 food list

3. Allow 2 weeks for your body to recover from starvation mode caused by homeopathic hCG and allow your body to replenish the muscle and bone loss you may have experienced.

4. Buy pharmaceutical hCG in any of the 3 forms you like, Injections, Pellets or Drops.

5. When your real hCG arrives and you have waited for 2 weeks, start at hCG Diet Phase 1, 2 day load, and follow the diet as Dr. Simeons intended in the hCG diet guide Pounds and Inches.

When you make the switch from homeopathic to real pharmaceutical hCG, you will discover:

  • You are not hungry since your body is now releasing the fat into your system
  • Your weight loss is faster since your body isn’t in starvation mode
  • You are not tired since you have the fat being released your energy levels are up
  • You won’t stall out after a few days as your body isn’t in feast or famine mode.
  • And most importantly, your weight loss will have a visible difference! Because they are now losing real FAT!

hCG Diet Pills or Pellets

The HCG diet pills are an alternative to shots or drops for the hCG diet. However don’t be fooled by the many cheap hCG pellets on the market, most are homeopathic and contain 0 hCG. For real hCG pellets you have to have them compounded by a pharmacy which means you need a prescription.

You can obtain your hCG pills from an online hCG doctor, that way you know you have real hCG in your pellets and are losing fat not muscle while on Phase 2 of the diet.

Taking the hCG pellets is easy and the most convenient of the 3 froms of hCG delivery. hCG pellets or pills, as they are sometimes called, are compounded by a compounding pharmacy in a gel form. You simply place a hCG pill under your tongue and it melts. The hCG is absorbed by the large vein under the tongue like the drops would be. You still eat or drink nothing 30 minutes before or after to ensure maximum absorption, but unlike the hCG drops you only take 1 pellet a day and unlike the hCG injections or hCG drops, no need for refrigeration!

No refrigeration? NOPE! Since the hCG isn’t being reconstituted or mixed with a liquid, the hCG isn’t broken down which extends the shelf life as well!

hCG pellets are affordable, highly convenient and pleasant tasting!  Just follow the hCG diet plan but instead of hCG injections or hCG drops, you will take the hCG pills.

Happy Losing!

hCG Diet Phase 1

What is Phase 1 of the hCG Diet?

When you read Dr. Simeons Manscript, Pounds and Inches a New Approach to Obesity, he describes phase 1 as your loading days or gorge days, where you eat to capacity. That is great but what do you gorge on for 2 days?  And why do you have 2 loading days of eating anything you want?

Dr. Simeons doesn’t really give details or go into the whys but as since has progressed we can easily understand why, the benefits and the rational behind his idea of loading with food for 2 days before beging Phase 2 of the hCG diet.

Society today is a carb heavy, processed food nation, unlike Dr. Simeons time when food was cooked vs. opened out of a box.  The benefits to loading helps your body ease from carb burning to fat burning, lessens your hCG diet headache and prepares you to eat a diet of 500 calories and limited foods as Phase 2 has is very strict on food choices.

What has been discovered is hCG dieters that choose to eat Phase 1 foods that are rich in fats and low in sugar carbs have an easier time turning on their fat burning switch and experience the least hunger during the first few days of Phase 2.

Another discovery amongst hCG dieters is choosing fatty foods lessens the hCG diet headaches. The brain and your body can run on carbs, protein or fat but because carb are a simple, quick form of energy, the preference for fuel is carbs. Fat and protein take longer to break down into a simple carb chain thus the body reacts by giving some a pounding headache. Depending on how carb heavy your diet was and if you did any hCG diet cleanses prior to the diet, the worst the hCG diet headache can be.

A few quick things you can do to help yourself while on your hCG diet loading days and after you start Phase 2.

L-Glutamine, a supplement recommend by Kevin Trudeau, can help to curb carbohydrate cravings.

If have sore muscles as the sugar leaves your system Potassium and vitamin E can help ease your muscles

Increasing water intake will help abate hunger and headaches

Asprin or your usual headache solution may work

Increasing protein for a few days during Phase 2 by 200 grams per meal will help as well

But loading with as much fat as possible as suggested in Phase 1 food list is best