Anyone who wishes to lose weight can benefit from an hCG-based weight loss program, but Dr. Simeons' research was geared primarily toward the obese--those with a Body-Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater. In practice, we have found that dieters who wish to lose 15 or more pounds will find great success with an hCG-based weight loss program, while those who wish to lose less may benefit from a less rigorous approach like DesBio's new 1000 calorie diet protocol.
More importantly, the hCG Diet is not recommended for those whose health may be compromised by the stress of the very low calorie diet. Symptoms experienced by hCG dieters may include:
Reduced Immune Response
Lower Blood Pressure
Persons who desire to lose weight through an hCG-based weight loss plan must be monitored by a competent health care practitioner so that these potential issues can be addressed if they arise.
Some patients should not attempt the hCG Diet at all.
Other patients will need to be monitored very closely for adverse reactions.
Individuals with weak or compromised immune systems
Patients with "brittle" or hard to control diabetes
Patients with untreated Graves Disease
People with high blood pressure requiring two or more medications to control
Individuals with low blood pressure
Patients with cancer that has not been in complete remission for at least five years, particularly those undergoing chemotherapy
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
Patients with tuberculosis
Patients with gall bladder colic
Individuals with unstable gout or unstable angina
Anxiety or Depression
Alcoholism or Other Addictions
A History of Drug Abuse
Electrolyte Imbalances or Dehydration Issues
Current or Historical Cardiac Arrhythmia
Finally, due to the extreme restrictions on caloric intake, patients who regularly participate in rigorous or strenuous physical activity (for work or play) should reduce their level of exertion while they are on the hCG Diet or consider the 1000 calorie diet.