Side effects are very uncommon to people on the HCG diet. Most often, minor symptoms can be felt at the beginning of the treatment and would immediately subside in a week. Today we will discuss what these symptoms are, and determine whether these reactions can be harmful to us.
Like any diet treatment, HCG can cause certain side effects that we should be aware of. Consulting a medical practitioner who understands the effects of HCG would be helpful to determine if your body is capable of going into the diet. And since HCG requires you to follow a 500 calorie diet per day, it is important to learn of any conditions that you might have prior to the diet to avoid any complications.
The use of HCG has long been recognized as a safe method of losing weight. However, in rare occasions certain reactions can develop from the use HCG. But always, such reactions are generally not severe and insignificant.
One particular side effect is mild headaches. During the first few days, toxins are released from stored fat being burned by HCG. These toxins cause mild headaches that could immediately subside in a couple of days.
In a more positive note, other people claim that while on the diet, their migraines tend to subside. This was also observed by Dr. Simeons, the man responsible for the HCG diet breakthrough, during his years of research for a solution to stop obesity. He noticed that despite a low calorie diet combined with HCG his patients did not experience any headaches.
This can be explained by the relationship of HCG to the hypothalamus, from which HCG is believed to respond well. Since such reactions are produced by the hypothalamus, the HCG present in the system suppresses the symptom, not allowing it to occur.
Other side effects some people complain about are fatigue and hunger. The former is usually experienced during the first few days of the diet, where HCG begins to circulate stored fat. Eventually, in a matter of days, it would also be due to HCG that person under treatment would have increased energy. As stored fat moves into the blood stream, HCG will immediately provide the extra calories per day that you could need for additional sustenance despite the low calorie diet.
The feeling of hunger, however, can be experienced when you did not “load” up during the first 2 days that you are instructed to before going into the diet. The loading days is important to sustain your body for the duration of the treatment because by then, HCG would work to make you feel full, stopping your cravings and controlling you’re eating patterns.