The HCG diet is an all new type of diet that can really help you to shed the excess pounds. For most patients, this diet is perfectly safe to follow. However, there may be some exceptions to this. Here, we will talk about some patients that may want to consider other diet options, as the HCG diet may not be right for them. Please read this article before beginning the HCG diet, and do not continue if you fit into any of these categories.
Anyone Under 18
The HCG diet, just like any other diet, is not recommended for patients who have not yet reached the age of 18. Up until the age of 18, the body is still actively growing. The low calorie diet that the HCG diet calls for may not provide all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that an actively growing teenager needs in order to continue growing at a healthy rate. Most doctors do not recommend dieting until a patient has reached the age of 18, no matter what the diet may be. Ask your doctor for guidance if you are under 18 and want to lose weight.
People with Certain Health Issues
People with certain health issues, like women who are pregnant, nursing, or patients of both sexes who are diabetic, or with vitamins and mineral deficiencies may not do the best on the HCG diet. To find out if you fall into any of these categories, you may want to consider a pregnancy test and a blood test before you start this diet. A blood test can let you know if you are low in any sort of vitamins or minerals, and also let you know if you might be pregnant.
Vegans, or Those Who Are Gluten Free
There are lots of options for diets for those that might be gluten free, or might have chosen to consumer no animal products. However, the HCG diet is not really for these people. The diet regularly calls for the consumption of grains, as they are low in both fat and sugars, as well as lean proteins through servings of fish, poultry, and other lean meats. Even without consuming meats, you may have to consumer animal products to get a safe amount of protein, daily, when on the HCG diet. Vegans cannot, of course, eat meat or dairy, so this diet is not for them.