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Some Possible HCG Side Effects
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Some Possible HCG Side Effects

Date Added: July 24, 2011 02:45:18 AM
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There are some possible side effects from hCG that are reportedly very rare, and even when they do occur they are generally not severe.

The following are some possible side effects which include Medium Headaches.  This tends to occur in the first few days of the protocol. The reason this may occur is most likely because of the release of toxins from the stored fat that is now being burned.

Some have reported leg cramps but this is often attributed to a potassium shortage which can be corrected with potassium supplement.

Some have reported fatigue which generally occurs in the first couple of days before the hCG has actually begun circulating your stored fat.  It is also possible to feel symptoms of hunger, especially in the first week if one did not "load" sufficiently before this low calorie diet as advised.

Others have reported dry skin which is attributed to very little fat being consumed, thus causing dry skin for some people. Since skin creams that have organic fats are NOT allowed on the HCG Diet, the only remedy from the dry skin is a mineral oil-based or other petroleum-based lotion or cream.

Some have reported that it is possible that anxiety about a drastic change in lifestyle and eating habits can cause other side effects which my appear to be severe. It is important to consider that before you decide to begin the hCG protocol, you must be sure of your complete commitment to the entire treatment. While there are many people who might consider a 500 calorie diet to be impossible to adhere to, there are those who have completed the protocol and will state that it's much easier than you would think.

Please note that hCG does not cause acne. However, the metabolism of stored fat can release toxins in various ways, and this is sometimes thru the skin. Of course, this might happen for some people but not for all.
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The dosage of hCG for Dr. Simeons' protocol has never been reported to overstimulate the ovaries. This only occurs with much higher dosages taken by women seeking fertility treatment.

Stall or Plateau - This can occur or appear to occur for a few reasons:

    * constipation (not uncommon on this diet)
    * consuming more than 500 calories per day
    * accidental application of oil containing cosmetics, moisturizers, etc.
    * water retention (often from consuming too much sodium, as by eating pickles)
    * not drinking enough water -Be sure to drink at least 2 litres of water each day.

If you stall or plateau, and experience hunger, Dr. Simeons suggests that this may be because you've attained a previous weight that you maintained for a long period of time in your life, and/or your hypothalamus perceives this to be your ideal weight, even if you think you want or need to lose more.

Dr. Simeons recommends increasing your caloric intake to 800 calories per day at this point. Alternatively, you can try to minimize your hunger with caffeinated teas and try to push beyond the plateau. If you are very near the end of the protocol you can also terminate phase II and proceed with phase III at your new weight.

After the first week or so it's not uncommon for weight loss to only register on the scale every other day or every few days. If you are using the keto strips (Ketostix) and know your body is metabolizing fat, it's certainly no cause for alarm.

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