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Lotions and shampoos can ruin your HCG diet

It hardly seems credible that a shampoo can cause you to put on weight – unless you consider that the skin is a living organ, fully susceptible to and indeed, reliant on the ability to allow nutrients and fluids to pass through its membranes via osmosis.


Should you doubt this, recall the last time you remained in the bath too long and how your skin puckered: it wouldn’t do that were it not pervious. Recall, too, the labels on toxic materials which advise against allowing their contents to come into contact with the skin – not all of which have discernibly visual or haptic effects.


Dr Simeons* noted that “This most incredible sensitivity to even such very minor increase in nutritional intake is a peculiar feature of the HCG method.” As such, he disallowed all cosmetic use, apart from lipstick, eyebrow pencil and powder, unless specific advice to the contrary was obtained from an appropriate practitioner.


While today’s mascara does not contain petroleum jelly, it is likely to contain gums, only some of which would be permitted under the HCG diet, due to their calorific value.


So sensitive does the body become while taking HCG that the tiniest amount of fat on the skin, be it a small smear of healing cream on the tip of a finger, can cause an increase in weight from the fat drawn from the cream – particularly if used regularly.


One is hard-pressed to find manufactured cosmetics which do not contain fats in the form of lanolin or oils; they are even found in “moisturising” shampoos or soaps.


During the stricter Phase 2 of the HCG diet, where sugary substances are to be avoided, even toothpaste can have an adverse effect on the success of the diet, however small it might be.


There are probably scores of products with which your skin comes into contact ever day – which, collectively, have an effect. Therefore HCG dieters would be wise to make a note of the products and substances they use every day, check their ingredients and seek out alternatives to those which contain fats and sugars.


This need not be such a daunting task; an internet search for “fat-free sunscreen”, for instance can save hours of shopping time. Indeed, there are probably natural alternatives which cost a fraction of those of their branded consumer counterparts and would therefore be free of harmful toxins such as synthetic preservatives, petrochemicals, solvents and harsh alcohols. For instance:


  • Nourishing, hair-strengthening shampoos can be made in the kitchen from rosemary, sage, nettles, lavender and a small quantity of castile soap.
  • A small dab of pure, cold-pressed coconut oil makes an ideal hair conditioner, at a fraction of the price of commercial products.


It’s not necessary to pedantically avoid all contact with fat-laden and sugary substances but it is wise to be aware of them and perhaps avoid using them on low-calorie days.





* Dr A T W Simeons MD is the author of the original 1950s HCG diet manuscript, entitled “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”


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