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Hair Loss on the HCG Diet

Hair Loss on the HCG Diet

Hair Loss on the HCG Diet

We're taking some time today to discuss the topic of hair loss on the HCG diet.

  • Does the HCG diet cause you to lose hair?
  • And what can you do to keep it from happening to you?

Starvation and fad diets can cause hair loss, brittle nails and teeth, etc. the main reason for this is is simply a lack of nutrients in the body. The HCG diet is different. Yes, it is still a very low calorie diet, but it can't and shouldn't be lumped into the "really-bad-for-you" diet category. The HCG diet is a physician  researched and developed weight loss program. By sticking to the low calorie regimen and giving yourself daily doses of prescription HCG, your body begins to essentially "live" on your fat stores. This does not happen with other diets. Only with HCG, will the body turn to fat breakdown as a fuel source so quickly and protect the body from muscle breakdown and metabolism downturn. Simply put, the HCG diet allows dieters to use stored fat for calories and thus results in dramatic weight loss. The dieter does not feel hunger pangs or energy loss because they are already being supplied by thousands of calories of their own stored fat!

If you do happen to notice some hair loss while on the HCG diet, it's important to make sure you are implementing these two things correctly first:

Make sure you are FOLLOWING the diet.

The #1 reason individuals may possibly see some hair loss on HCG is simply because they are not completing the HCG diet correctly. Any type of cheating on the protocol (yes, even a small bite here and there) brings your body out of ketosis, or  the "fat-burning" stage. Your body then loses the protection of the HCG , and without the fat being pulled for energy, the body will consider itself in starvation. Even eating 800 calories, for example, would be too many calories for the HCG diet and too low a calorie amount for normal eating. Not following the diet correctly can not only put your health at risk, but your hair, skin, and nails will suffer as well.

Take a Biotin and/or multivitamin supplement.

If you are considering ordering the HCG injections from Nu Image Medical, a Methionine, Inositol, & Choline vitamin solution (MIC) can be added to your daily injection to give you a boost of vitamins without the hassle of having to take a pill.  It's also known as a "lipo-injection" because it helps release and breakdown fat cells. This injection is not required to see weight loss success with the HCG diet, but the vitamin additives provide a great supplementation boost to the program and just may improve your energy levels as well. Another solution would be taking an over the counter daily supplement of Biotin and possibly even a multivitamin. These supplements should not interfere with the HCG diet provided they do not contain carbs and/or sugar such as a gummy vitamin, for example.

Now, we've said all that, to better help you understand how to prevent hair loss on the HCG diet, but there can be some rare cases where some men and women still struggle with some mild hair loss while on HCG, despite implementing the treatment measures above. The cause of this may be unknown but could be related to hormonal changes, other medications, stress,  and/or genetics that may or may not have anything at all to do with the diet itself. Again, this is rare, but our hope with this post is that if you do happen to notice some hair loss, that you will understand some possible reasoning behind it as well as know a few tricks to stop it from getting worse.

For those that may struggle with hair loss on the HCG diet, make sure to stay in touch with your physician. Nu Image Medical has a medical help line 24/7 should you have any concerns or need help of any kind. Don't let the anxiety or fear of hair loss keep you from seeing all the amazing results that the HCG diet has to offer!


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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