HCG 2.0 - There's a Smarter HCG Diet Protoco Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:02:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cali Kicker Cocktail Offered by HCG Doctor Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:49:25 +0000 (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)]]> HCG Doctor offers cali-kicker cocktail to drink well, fit well.cali kicker Cali Kicker Cocktail Offered by HCG Doctor

1 t lemon juice
1 t apple cider vinegar
1/8 t cayenne pepper
half pack stevia (optional)

mix ingredients together add a touch of water. can be taken as a shot size followed by a warm/hot glass of water or prepare all in a full glass of warm/hot water.

this helps eliminate water retention, has been said to help with stalls. may be taken in the morning or at night.may be used daily.

There is an extended version to this cocktail drink… I will share once I figure out all the measurements. But this sure does the trick! Ask to join our Private Facebook Community here

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Is Acne a Side Effect of the HCG Diet Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:37:35 +0000 (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)]]> acne as side effect of hcg diet Is Acne a Side Effect of the HCG DietI’m sorry to admit, but this is one of the few topics I failed to address in my book, HCG 2.0 – Don’t Starve, Eat Smart and Lose. In short, the answer is yes, although I’ve rarely seen it.  In fact, I’m writing this blog because just yesterday was the first time I’ve been asked. The women that asked me said she had issues with acne during pregnancy, which is likely why she’s experiencing it now. And may I add, I hardly noticed it.

Some things to keep in mind  regarding your HCG Diet Protocol

  1. The concentration of HCG you’re consuming in the drops is just a fraction of that which is produced during pregnancy, but it could still be a contributing factor.
  2. HCG for weight loss is used on such a temporary basis (30-40 days) that it’s unlikely to have any significant impact on concentrations of other hormones. You may also want to read my blog on HCG during TOM (Time of Month).
  3. If you’re researching online, many sites are quick to add fuel to the fire by suggesting that over the counter products cannot be used to treat acne because it will have a negative impact on weight loss. I don’t agree with this at all. It’s a totally primitive way of thinking. If you’re using the HCG 2.0 protocol and keeping your carbs below 30 grams per day, even gratuitous application of acne cream is irrelevant.

It’s a Risk/Reward Analysis

On occasion, I’ll have a patient come into the office with a list of concerns about the HCG Diet. Most are very trivial, but I find myself arguing with them about these concerns before they actually materialize because the patient has yet to commit to the diet.  It’s as if they’re already assuming failure so they pre-maturely make of list of reasons why it’s not going to work for them. Don’t be afraid to fail. Any attempt you make to lose weight cannot end in failure. Even if you fall short of your goals, you’re a better and wiser person for it, particularly if you read my book. It’s not only about pound shedding, but making the necessary lifestyle changes that will allow you to find a balance between healthy eating the foods you like.

Dr. Zach Laboube Is Acne a Side Effect of the HCG Diet

Dr. Zach

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Eat With A Purpose on Super Bowl Sunday With HCG 2.0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:29:01 +0000 (Visited 69 times, 2 visits today)]]> super bowl hcg diet recipes Eat With A Purpose on Super Bowl Sunday With HCG 2.0

Butting Heads with Human Evolution – 

It’s difficult to fathom beginning a weight loss program on Super Bowl Sunday among all of the delicious tail gate delicacies such as nachos, chili and hot wings, not to mention the adult beverages, but that’s exactly what I’m suggesting. Dieting isn’t easy, and it’s not supposed to be. To use a football term, it butts heads with millions of years of human evolution. Since the dawn of man, we’ve evolved to maintain a healthy weight despite a lack of calories.  We had to sustain ourselves for long winters or famine, conditions that rarely exist today, and in doing so the human body became very efficient at storing away energy in our fat cells. Only in the last 50 to 100 years has the human species had to deal with an over-abundant amount of calories and this is why obesity is sky-rocketing.

In dealing with this, we diet. We pick an arbitrary day and on that we drop our caloric take by a third or maybe even half. Unfortunately the human body is much smarter than we give it credit. If you suddenly cut calories as one does with dieting, it’s very alarming to the system. Your body will actually behave more efficiently with its calories as it is anticipating a decrease in food supply. As a result, your body becomes stingy with it’s fat reserves and more determined to maintain them. That’s why dieting is such an uphill battle. Not only are you attempting to adjust your eating habits, but you’re fighting your body’s natural predisposition to retain calories in the form of fat. The loading phase of the HCG diet allows you to bypass this. This is what’s know as starvation mode.

What is Starvation Mode – 

A sudden decrease in calories, as you experience when begging a diet, will alarm the body into “starvation mode.” Loading on fats, or over-eating, for two days causes liver enzymes to spike which is theorized to prevent the body from entering this starvation mode. By the time your liver enzymes return to normal levels, the HCG has already tapped into your fat reserves and is providing you with supplemental calories from your stored fat, thus bypassing starvation mode, and facilitating rapid, yet healthy weight loss.

What does all of this mean? It means you have the green light to eat all of your fatty favorites during the first two days that you begin taking your HCG supplement. In addition to jump starting the diet, it provides you with motivation to begin. Many will schedule their HCG 2.0 diet to begin on holidays or vacations. Super Bowl Sunday is a big one.

In addition to bypassing starvation mode, the loading days of the HCG 2.0 diet also alert the liver to begin attacking and oxidizing fats, rapidly removing them from the system. Also, the excess fat consumed during your two loading phase provides an immediate calorie reserve to mediate your hunger during the early stages of HCG 2.0 which makes the transition into the low calorie phase much easier.

The loading phase of HCG 2.0 is very similar to the traditional HCG diet developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in his manuscript, Pounds and Inches: A New Aproach to Obesity, although HCG 2.0 recommends an equal ratio of Omega 3 fats to Omega 6 fats.

So what then is the difference between HCG 2.0 and the traditional HCG diet?

HCG 2.0 uses a BMR calculation to determine the amount of calories on your individualized HCG diet. It encourages 15 – 20 grams of lean protein for breakfast. It suggests a lean protein, low-carb snack before bed, improving sleep and providing necessary protein for cellular regeneration. HCG 2.0 recommends exercise. It provides a wider variety of protein choices and greater portion amounts of leaner items that are higher in nutritional value, but void of empty calories that only contribute to weight gain. It also offers a wider variety of vegetables and discourages root vegetables such as onions which are significantly higher in carbs than peppers, broccoli and many other veggies that are not allowed on the traditional HCG diet.

Dr. Zach Laboube Eat With A Purpose on Super Bowl Sunday With HCG 2.0

Dr. Zach

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Positive Side Effects of the HCG Diet – My Hot Flashes Are Gone! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:33:20 +0000 (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)]]> I love getting positive feedback from my dieters regarding their experience on the HCG 2.0 diet protocol. Most of them speak only of the amount of weight that is lost or that it was easier than the original HCG diet, but the email below that I received from Melanie was of particular interest to me because it addresses positive side-effects of HCG outside of weight loss. You’ve probably heard of pregnant woman having a glow to them. Many HCG dieters often speak of a euphoria while on the HCG supplement.  Whether some, all or none can be attributed directly to the HCG hormone is difficult to say, but it’s certainly worth noting. Read the email from Melanie below. Not only does she describe this feeling, but she also suggests additional positive side-effects such as the elimination of her hot flashes and, in Malanie’s own words, “I’m not craving copious amounts of red wine.” See below…

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If  you’re unable to read the small font in the photo above, I pasted the text below. My response and answer to her questions follows.

Melanie’s Email

Good morning Dr. Zach,

First off, this is a great program, makes 100% sense (for the diet as well as lifestyle) and my daughters and I are experiencing very good results.  Day 8 for me and down 6 pounds—being 52 and menopausal, I’m pleased—9 more to go.

I have a couple of questions:  while I was not a sugar addict prior to starting, I still have been having headaches every day—I’m treating with Advil that somewhat helps, but wondered if you might know a reason. Heck, I could just have a bug for all I know.

Second, I love HCG.  My hot flashes are gone, my appetite is in check and I’m not craving copious amounts of red wine J!  Can you explain the science as to why one couldn’t stay on this long term, even after transitioning to a non-VLCD lifestyle?  I’m not interested in doing estrogen again, as regardless of what my Dr. says, one gains weight.  Which is what every other woman I know has experienced as well.

I look forward to your response and I will be writing a very positive review on Amazon and FB.

My response and answers to Melanie’s HCG Diet questions

Hi Melanie. Thanks for the nice email and the questions. It’s always good to know that what you’re doing is helping people. Regarding the headaches, I’m thinking that those will subside in the next day or two. It could be a bit of detox or just the fact that some people react differetnly. I included a link below to a whole food supplement that I really love. I recommend it for everything. It’s a cure-all. It’s called Juice Plus and I’ve been taking it since it was first introduced to me when I was in chiropractic school.

You know, that’s a good question and I do get it periodically. Obviously HCG is prevalent during pregnancy in huge concentrations and pregnant women often experience a certain amount of euphoria. Whether you can attribute none or all of that to the HCG, would be hard to say. I really don’t think there would be any danger if you were to stay on the supplement. However from weight loss standpoint, the reason we take you off of it is so that you don’t acclimate to the hormone which would render it less effective. If you’re right about the red wine, maybe I should give it a try. Especially with the holidays coming up. Keep in touch and reviews are tremendously appreciated. I’m working on a second book about more generalized wellness topics. I’m hoping to have it out by the spring. I’ll let you know. Best of luck!

Dr. Zach Laboube Positive Side Effects of the HCG Diet   My Hot Flashes Are Gone!

Dr. Zach

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HCG Diet – P2 Shredded Chicken Cabbage Rolls Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:22:08 +0000 (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)]]> Today’s Lunch smile emoticon This is the single HCG diet recipe, I made 3 servings.

1 3.5 oz chicken breastChicken Cabbage Rolls1 HCG Diet   P2 Shredded Chicken Cabbage Rolls

1/4 Can Diced Tomatoes
1 oz chopped celery
1 oz chopped onion
Chopped Cilantro
Chopped Basil
Garlic powder
Onion powder
salt and pep
small handful spinach
1 cap full apple cider vinegar
couple drops lemon stevia (may omit) Not necessary.
2 Large Cabbage Leaves

Top chicken with all ingredients except cabbage and spinach, bake aprox 45 min until done. Let cool.

Add all tomato mixture, ACV and Stevia to bullet blender and pulse
In bowl Shred chicken by hand, add chopped spinach, mix

Get a large pot of boiling water and add large cabbage leaves to it about 3-4 minutes until soft enough to fold

Drain cabbage well, place in baking dish, split chicken mixture between the two. Roll cabbage around chicken and top with sauce.

Cover and bake at 350 about 30 min.
Top with fresh basil. Voila’

There is an extended version to this recipe… I will share once I figure out all the measurements. But this sure does the trick! Ask to join our Private Facebook Community here

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Why Men Prefer HCG 2.0 to the Traditional 500 Calorie HCG Diet Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:16:04 +0000 (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)]]> HCG diet for men 300x236 Why Men Prefer HCG 2.0 to the Traditional 500 Calorie HCG DietI’ve been working with HCG weight loss for over 6 years. One of the primary reasons I wrote HCG 2.0 was to design a protocol that wouldn’t frighten would-be dieters away, men particularly. When men here 500 calories, they assume that’s per meal, not per day – and rightfully so. Men can’t survive on 500 calories. We’re bigger and therefore require more protein. HCG 2.0 uses a BMR calculation to determine the amount of calories you’re allowed to consume on each individualized diet. A petite woman may be able to survive on 500 calories of protein, but for men, it’s just not enough.

What is BMR?

Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the amount or number of calories that you need on a daily basis to maintain normal, at rest body function. These are the amount of calories you need if you were to remain horizontal for an entire day, which we sometimes do. I’m no exception. Keep in mind that a calorie is a unit of energy, so these calories represent the amount of energy needed to keep your heart beating, your kidneys filtering, your liver metabolizing and your brain thinking. This is determined by a combination of factors, primarily your height, weight, gender and age. You can calculate your BMR by visiting the InsideOut Wellness Home Page.

More About HCG 2.0 and It’s Benefits to Men…

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Click to find your BMR

Other factors that make HCG 2.0 more sustainable for men than the traditional HCG diet is the removal of fruit and replacing it with lean protein. By adding SMART calories to the diet – high protein, low carb/fat items, and removing the Ketosis inhibiting fruits, HCG 2.0 is equally as effective, but safer and more sustainable, thus leading to more widespread success. Bear in mind that I’m not claiming that men would lose MORE weight on HCG 2.0 than you would on the traditional 500 calorie version of HCG Diet, nor was that my goal. My goal was only to provide men with a smarter, more realistic alternative to the older version. The increase in calories, all from lean protein, provides men with a more realistic opportunity to succeed resulting in greater optimism and higher completion rates.  A diet need not be the undertaking of a lifetime to yield life changing results. HCG 2.0 balances a realistic opportunity for success with healthy, rapid weight loss.

Women and HCG 2.0…

Does this mean that women can’t do the diet? No, of course not. Women make up 60-70% of my patients and have tremendous success. Again, I strongly believe the reason is because of the BMR calculation. By using the BMR calculation found on the homepage of the calories are determined by your age, gender, height and weight, creating an individualized diet to your specific protein demands.

Additionally, HCG 2.0 uses precise food chemistry, which was primitive at best when the diet was originally developed, to provide a wider selection of protein options, while also increasing portion size of items higher in nutritional value, but void of wasted calories that do nothing but contribute to weight gain. To learn more about HCG 2.0, visit our private Facebook support group. If you’d like to read some reviews of HCG 2.0 on Amazon, written by dieters just like you, click here.

Dr. Zach Laboube Why Men Prefer HCG 2.0 to the Traditional 500 Calorie HCG Diet

Dr. Zach

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How Long To Stay on the HCG Diet Protocol? Is there a Minimum? Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:43:05 +0000 (Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)]]> This is a question I get quite frequently. It pertains both to the original HCG diet protocol of Dr. Simeons as well as my HCG 2.0 protocol. See Mauri’s exact questions below…


how long on hcg diet minimum How Long To Stay on the HCG Diet Protocol? Is there a Minimum?

Is there a minimum number of days on a round of HCG?

First, the weight loss that Mauri and his wife are experiencing is fairly typical of HCG 2.0. I actually would have expected Mauri to be losing more as men generally lose faster than women. The mild hunger sounds about right as well. If there is hunger on the HCG 2.0 protocol, it will be during days 5-7. The reason being, the excess calories consumed during the loading phase will be depleted and it can take the HCG 5-7 days to realistically begin to tap into your fat reserves. Ketosis doesn’t happen over night. It takes time.

Now, to answer Mauri’s first questions, according to Dr. Simeons, he recommends a minimum round of 23 days for his HCG protocol. Where he came up with that number, I don’t know. In fact, I’ve done quite a bit of research on Dr. Simeons and there are a lot of things that were left unexplained, nor could I come up with any physiological reasoning behind some of his recommendations for the diet. Don’t get me wrong, I think his theories on obesity are still very progressive, even by today’s standards, but some of his practices I just don’t get. You also have to keep in mind that his diet was entirely anecdotal, meaning it was case by case and there was a lot of trial and error. I’m assuming that’s why he came up with the 23 day minimum.

The interesting thing here is that, from my experience, 23 days is a pretty good number. As I said, I’m not sure why Dr. Simeons settled on this number, but from my perspective it’s all about efficiency. At 23 days, you’re getting the very most out of the HCG in a single stretch. After the three week point, results may start to diminish because you begin to acclimate to the hormone rendering it less effective. As a result, I think it’s better to do multiple shorter rounds of the diet rather than fewer extended rounds of the diet. That way you get to experience the exaggerated weight loss more frequently which not only makes you happy when you get on the scale, but provides the motivation you need to keep going.

This is also a good segue into Mauri’s next question – Do I believe that your hypothalamus can be reset with HCG? In other words, what he’s asking is “will I keep the weight off?” Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog and I’ll have the answer. It’s a bit more complex than what I have time for tonight.

If you have questions about HCG 2.0 or the traditional HCG diet, a great place to post them is to our private HCG 2.0 support group. It’s a nice little community. Everyone is very forthcoming about sharing their experiences and what seems to work for them. I try to “weigh in” with my comments and suggestions at least on a weekly basis. Best of luck in reaching your weight loss goals.

Dr. Zach Laboube How Long To Stay on the HCG Diet Protocol? Is there a Minimum?

Dr. Zach

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HCG Weight Loss Recipe – Blackened Ahi Fusion Salad Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:21:41 +0000 (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)]]> HCG Diet Recipe – Blackened Ahi Fusion Saladimages16 HCG Weight Loss Recipe   Blackened Ahi Fusion Salad

6 Oz Ahi Filet
1 C Romain
1/2 C Zucchini
1 Slice Red Onion
Coconut Oil

Cabbage Salsa:
Canned Jalapeño + Juice

Chop Romain
Saute Zucchini and Onion in coconut oil with a touch of salt
Rub blackening seasoning on Ahi and sear in hot pan with coconut oil
Top with Cabbage Salsa

Serve with a side of wasabi and coconut aminos, Enjoy! To add your recipe  join our Private Facebook Community here!

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MCT Oil Mayonnaise for Your HCG 2.0 Diet Protocol Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:26:28 +0000 (Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)]]> MCT oil mayonnaise for the HCG diet 225x300 MCT Oil Mayonnaise for Your HCG 2.0 Diet ProtocolBelow is a creative recipe for mayonnaise made from MCT oil that was added by Jo to our HCG 2.0 Recipe and Support page on Facebook. This is a favorite of mine because who doesn’t like mayo, right?

If you’re unfamiliar with MCT oil, read the passage below taken from my book, HCG 2.0 – Don’t Starve, Eat Smart and Lose; A Modern Adaptation of the Traditional HCG Diet.

MCT Oil – MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. It’s tasteless oil that is more readily absorbed by the GI than traditional oils. It’s also been linked to promoting weight loss. Clinical studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggest that small changes in the quality of fat intake can be useful to enhance weight loss. MCT oil is best used to combine with Balsamic or Apple Cider Vinegar for a low calorie salad dressing. This is a better alternative to Olive Oil or store bought salad dressings. Better yet, just use vinegar alone with some additional salad seasoning.

Although I don’t retail MCT oil in our online store, I do recommend it for your HCG 2.0 protocol. It’s hard to find in the grocery stores, so you’re only option may be to order it online. I usually order from Life Enhancement Products. It’s pretty reasonable.

Jo’s MCT Oil Mayo Recipe

      • 1 egg,
      • 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
      • 1tsp dijon mustard
      • tsp salt
      • 1 cup mct oil.

Place 1st four ingredients in blender. With blender on high, slowly drizzle in the oil should take at least 60 secs to drizzle all in. You can blend in garlic for aoili or Sriracha for spicy. A tablespoon of mayo helps the tuna fish go down. Tbsp of mayo equal to 1 Tbsp mct oil.

Thanks for the great recipe Jo. I love the Sriracha twist. I could add Sriracha to everything… and often do.


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HCG DIET P2 Meatloaf – Weight Loss Recipe Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:16:50 +0000 (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)]]> P2 Jhen’s Meatloaf – So Tasty!!! IMAGES15 HCG DIET P2 Meatloaf   Weight Loss Recipe
HCG Weight Loss Recipe. Very happy with how it turned out!

Makes 2 servings:
You can eat with 2-3 oz veggies of choice as your side for 1 P2 meal.

Preheat oven to 350

For the Loaf:
8oz leanest ground beef I use 96/4
2 oz onion
2 cloves garlic
1 WASA cracker
1 T dehydrated onion
Salt & Pepper

Put ground beef into mixing bowl
Put onion into a bullet blender and blend until juicy
Chop garlic in slices, keep kind of big chunks
Crush Wasa
Add spices and dehydrated onion
Add all to beef and mix well with hands, form two long patties

For the Sauce:
To same bullet blender you processed onion add
2 T Tomato Paste
1 T Braggs Aminos
1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Packet Stevia

Divide sauce to cover loaves. Sprinkle with a little dried basil.
Bake at 350 for about 30 min or until internal temp reaches 165. To share your experience with us join our Private Facebook Community here!

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