A common HCG diet question is how cigarettes and smoking affect the HCG diet. The original HCG diet protocol developed by Dr. A. T. W. Simeons does not mention smoking as a weight loss hazard on HCG. However, the protocol does advise and urge the HCG patient to eat very cleanly and organically and avoid any artificial sweeteners except for Stevia. This message steers many individuals into believing that smoking is not compatible with HCG. As with any medication and/or hormone, smoking always has the potential to be harmful or pose more of a health risk.
Perhaps, the more probing question would be, "will smoking hinder weight loss?" In regards to this question, there are a couple of things to consider: Have you recently stopped smoking before starting the HCG diet? Do you take any supplements i.e. nicotine gum that may prevent weight loss while on the program? Starting a diet regimen after recently stopping smoking or while trying to quit can certainly be done, but for most individuals may be very difficult. Smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum can also contain sugar and carb additives that can slow weight loss.
Ultimately, the results are inconclusive as to how cigarettes may affect the HCG diet. This is primarily because the original diet protocol does not give a direct answer to this question. However, if you are making the choice to lose weight and improve your health, giving up smoking is an important health factor to consider as well.