Sometimes, being overweight or obese can signal an underlying condition that no diet, no matter how safe or effective, can help with. Others, there might be a family history of physical or mental conditions that precludes you from dieting properly. Like any other regimen, following Dr. Simeons’ protocol should be done after consulting with a physician, as there do exist some general hCG Diet warnings and contraindications.
Since hCG is a pregnancy hormone, men and women with endocrine conditions should consult a urologist or gynecologist before use. Though the levels of the hormone in virtually any injection or oral drops form are many, many times lower than the blood levels found in pregnant women, those with excesses or deficiencies of other reproductive hormones may experience an increased risk of side effects when taking additional amounts of the hormone. Other hCG Diet warnings include the fact that, as a pregnancy hormone, supplemental amounts of the hormone has a risk of side effects similar to those experienced in pregnancy- however, for many people, the instance and severity of these side effects is still lower than that experienced during actual pregnancy. This hormone has also been placed on the “banned substance” list for athletes playing Major League Baseball as a performance enhancing drug. While this will not be a concern for most people, those taking steroids or playing other professional sports should make themselves aware of the hCG Diet warnings.
If you have been dieting immediately previously to trying Dr. Simeons’ protocol, you may experience an increased instance of hunger or cravings during the reduction phase. The hCG Diet warnings for previous dieters also include ensuring that you’ve eaten appropriately during the two-day gorging or loading phase, and that, while this method is effective at encouraging the burning of non-structural fat deposits, if you or a family member have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, do not attempt this protocol. A lack of sufficient structural fats, like those cushioning organs and blood vessels, is associated with an increase risk of health problems, including those not related to the protocol or other hCG Diet warnings. Seek the advice of a physician or mental health professional familiar with obesity treatments and eating disorders before pursuing Dr. Simeons protocol.
One of the lifestyle-specific hCG Diet warnings is that, if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, the “Steak Days” sometimes involved in the maintenance phase require eating a large steak. While a Steak Day may not necessarily be required for you during your maintenance phase, depending on your success at maintaining your weight, you should be aware that another protein source should not be substituted for the steak.
Though Dr. Simeons’ diet is designed to work with your body chemistry, and has a high degree of safety, like any new diet or exercise routine, you should talk to your doctor before beginning. Being prepared in advance with the hCG Diet warnings and contraindications will help you to get the most out of your experience with the protocol, as well as protect yourself from any unintended side-effects.