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Can You Quit the HCG Diet Early?

Can You Quit the HCG Diet Early?
Quitting the HCG diet early is not recommended unless you absolutely have to, and you should definitely talk to your medical provider before you make a final decision to quit the diet. In many cases you can quit the diet and repeat a round later on, but you may need to purchase a new vial of HCG if you wait too long, as it does have an expiration date. However, you may be able to resume the diet if you start it back up again within a few weeks to a month after you quit early. Every situation is different, so you will always need a medical consultation regarding your specific circumstance, but most people can safely quit the diet and resume it. You should try to avoid quitting it if at all possible and stick it out for the full 23 or 46 day diet if at all possible for the best results.

Quitting the diet early will result in less weight loss of course, but the HCG diet is so effective that you can start it right back up and start seeing results as soon as you begin. Some people need to quit the diet early because of traveling requirements or other circumstances that might occur in their lives, or women usually temporarily pause the injections when they are menstruating and then resume them, while continuing the diet requirements. These circumstances will be discussed in the article as well as some general recommendations on what to do in each situation and some advice on how to transition back to your regular diet. As always, confirm everything with your medical provider before you make a decision, and Nu Image Medical has an experienced medical staff that can help you transition back to your normal diet if you need to quit it early, and also give you advice on what to do in your specific situation.

You might need to quit the HCG diet early in several situations

There can be many situations that require a patient to quit the HCG diet, such as an illnesses, injury, unexpected travel, emergency, increased calorie requirements due to a more active job or a new job, and other situations. The diet is best attempted when a patient is healthy, not traveling, and not under any external stress or other obligations that would prevent them from being able to follow the requirements of the diet. Some of these situations can be short term and temporary, and in most of these cases the diet can just be resumed without having to do much of anything. In other cases when the diet is quit for a longer period of time, the whole protocol may need to be repeated.

Try to plan the diet around the times that you are not going to be very busy so that you don't have to take a break from it. Remember that the diet requires a lot of cooking and that you won't be able to find the food that you need at restaurants or with most store purchased foods. You should schedule the diet to be ahead of major events like weddings, travel or other events. Remember that the 23 to 46 day very low calorie diet is followed up with an additional three weeks of Phase 3 where you are transitioning back to a normal diet, and you should take the time requirement into account. During Phase 3 you will also need to have time available to yourself because you will need to weigh yourself every day and the best option is to continue to cook during this phase.

Women should pause the HCG injections during menstruation

Women should be careful to pause the HCG injections during menstruation but continue to follow the HCG diet. It is a mistake to quit the diet altogether, and it can make it more difficult to lose weight once the diet is resumed. The reason why hormone injections are stopped during this period of time are many. Women produce higher amounts of progesterone during their period, and progesterone can impact the effectiveness of HCG. Also, side effects from HCG can be more pronounced during menstruation. In general, it is never a good idea to continue the injections, but by sticking with the very low calorie diet weight loss may continue to some extent. The amount of weight loss, if it does occur, will vary from one person to another, and in some cases weight loss may not occur.

Water retention is one side effect that many women experience during the HCG diet, and when the diet is paused it can cause hormone fluctuations that increase or decrease water retention. One way to deal with these fluctuations is with a steak or an apple day plateau breaker, especially if weight loss starts to stall. The most important thing to do is to continue with the very low calorie diet and ensure that just 500 calories per day are being eaten until the menstrual cycle is over. If this proves to be challenging for any reason, the patient should consult with her medical provider to find out if the calorie intake needs to be adjusted. Be sure to resume the injections as quickly as possible and you shouldn't be concerned if the weight loss doesn't start happening again right away, just try a plateau breaker at least one time if you find you are having weight loss stalls and it should take care of the problem.

Do everything you can to avoid stopping the diet

As mentioned above, you should try everything that you can to avoid stopping the diet for any period of time. Even if you stop the diet for just a few days, it can really affect your weight loss and cause everything to stall fairly dramatically. You should only stop the diet if you have no other option, and you should talk to your medical provider to find out if there are other options available such as increasing your calorie intake slightly. Your medical provider will also tell you how you should transition back to your regular diet, and if there are any unique considerations that you need to take into account before you transition back into it.

If you do have to stop the diet, don't just go right back into eating all the stuff that you used to eat. What you should do is try to stick to most of the same foods that you ate during the HCG diet, and gradually start incorporating other foods back into your diet. The best thing to do is to mostly eat fruits and vegetables even when you have to stop the diet, and then you won't gain much weight if any once you resume your regular diet. You can also ask your medical provider for advice on how you should transition back to a normal diet, and try not to bump up your calorie intake too quickly. Always remember that there are several other options outside of stopping the HCG diet, but if you have to stop it temporarily don't be discouraged because as soon as you resume it you will start losing weight just as quickly as before, and even if you need to repeat the diet altogether you will still get great results as long as you stick to the protocol. For any questions that you may have about starting and stopping the HCG diet, and how to do it properly, talk to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical today.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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