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Hypoglycaemia risk on the HCG diet

The entire point of the HCG diet is to deplete the body’s fat store, such that on completion of the diet, the “fat cells”, (or adipose tissue), are no longer available to store up ingested fat in the future. If there is no fat store tissue, fat has nowhere to be stored in the future, thus making it harder to put on weight.

The fat store should contain most of the fat, protein and nutrients that the body requires, to feed its organs and to supply its energy – only needing modest supplementation via the low-calorie diet. As the fat store fuels the body, so its mass is commensurately reduced. Its nutrients are leached into the blood supply and thence into the organs and muscles, where the mitochondria (the body’s mini batteries) are stored.

This leaching process only takes place when the body detects that its food intake is not sufficiently nutrient-laden (due to the low-calorie diet) to support normal body and brain function. That is precisely why the calorie count must be kept to a minimum.

So, when approaching the finish line of the BCG diet programme, the body’s major supply of energy-fuelling nutrients (the fat store) being significantly depleted by that time, it is quite common for people to experience hypoglycaemic attacks.

Such attacks can be relieved within minutes by swallowing a level dessertspoon of glucose or sugar, which often serves to prevent further attacks in the days that follow. Kevin Trudeau1 suggests that dieters keep sugar or glucose sweets handy, although glucose is healthier and more rapidly absorbed and metabolised than sugar2. Instant access to sugar is particularly warranted when driving a vehicle, or operating machinery, since a lapse in physical and mental acuity can result in accidents.

Dr Simeons noticed that while these hypoglycaemic attacks are virtually indistinguishable from those experienced by diabetics having overdosed on insulin, the HCG hypoglycaemia attack is not accompanied by a sensation of hunger.

Sometimes emotional distress is mistaken for hypoglycaemia, and in such cases, it is better to err on the side of caution and take a dose of sugar or glucose and risk putting on a little weight, because if not treated quickly, a severe case can result in death. Being aware of its symptoms can assist in keeping trouble at bay.

Its symptoms are:

  • Blurry or double vision
  • Brain fog or confused thinking
  • Cold sweats
  • Convulsions
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • General discomfort, uneasiness or malaise
  • Headache
  • Hunger (although this tends not to manifest in HCG dieters)
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability or aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle pain
  • Nervousness
  • Pale palour
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Tingling or numbness of the skin
  • Tiredness or weakness

It is possible for blood sugar to be too low, while not inducing the above symptoms, in which case the sufferer might faint, have a seizure or become comatose.

Caution is the better part of wisdom.

  1. Kevin Trudeau is the author of  The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.
  2. The liver processes glucose easily, while sugar (sucrose) tends to be deposited in the liver in some form and so accumulates over time




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