These side effects may occur during the weight loss phase and for approximately 12 to 16 weeks after weight loss has stopped.

MUSCLE CRAMPS

  1. Report to The Hernried Center physician. You may need extra magnesium.
  2. Flex feet, keep feet warm, walk.
  3. DO NOT massage cramps if you have a history of phlebitis.
  4. DO NOT sit with crossed legs for extended periods of time near the end of the weight loss cycle. Nerve damage can result.

ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION (lightheadedness)

  1. Change positions slowly, get out of bed slowly. Stand up slowly.
  2. AVOID hot baths, steam baths, whirlpool, sauna, diving, horseback riding, motorcycling, swimming alone, weight-lifting or piloting an airplane until you are stabilized (approximately 2-3 weeks). Then proceed with caution.
  3. Immediately prior to entering a steam bath, you must have 1-2 quarts of pure water and one bouillon. DO NOT GO ALONE.
  4. DO NOT wear tight girdles or restricting garments.

HALITOSIS (bad breath)

  1. If necessary, you may chew up to 5 sticks of sugar-free gum per day.
  2. Consistent brushing and flossing is helpful.

COLD INTOLERANCE

  1. Dress warmly.
  2. Increase heart rate with exercise to counteract cold.

GALL BLADDER PROBLEMS/GALLSTONES

  1. All weight loss diets increase the risk of gallstones. Careful adherence to the prescribed meal plan is necessary. Notify The Hernried Center immediately of any potential problems.

CONSTIPATION

  1. If very uncomfortable and if the condition persists beyond three days, notify the clinic (see Keeping You Regular).
  2. NO enemas.

INCREASED FERTILITY

  1. Birth control pills may be continued during weight loss.
  2. Diaphragms must be refitted after every 15-20 pounds of weight loss.