You'll hit the occasional bump in the road with the HCG diet. These usually come in the form of a "plateau," where you don't lose any weight for a few days. Luckily, there's a solution for these hiccups - plateau busters.
One of the most common plateau busters is an "apple day." An HCG diet apple day can be done properly and effectively in order to reset your diet and get your weight loss back on track.
Apple Day on the HCG Diet
First thing's first, what is an apple day? An apple day, for the most part, is just what it sounds like. It's a plateau-busting day where you just eat apples. There are some specific intricacies, but it's mostly quite simple.
An HCG apple day is effective because it ensures that you stick to the 500-calorie limit prescribed by most HCG diet plans. It greatly simplifies your plan. And of course, apples are healthy! They're packed full of fluids, fibers, and sugars to keep you full and cleanse your system.
An apple day is a great way for an HCG dieter to get back on track. It's a "reset" for your body, but also a reset for your commitment and dedication to the HCG diet. No counting calories, measuring portions, and all the complications that might have led to your plateau. Just get yourself back in the game with an apple day.
That being said, there are a few rules associated with an effective apple day that you should be sure to follow:
4 Crucial Rules to An Effective Apple Day on the HCG Diet
When to do an Apple Day
It’s important to continuously monitor your goals in order to identify when an apple day is necessary. If you’re losing weight, stick to the HCG-approved diet plan and do not do an apple day. It's only meant to be used when you haven't lost weight for a few days while on the HCG diet.
However, if you're experiencing a weight loss plateau while tracking your daily progress, an apple day might be just what you need to get your body and mind back on track. But an apple day doesn't mean you can eat as much as you want. You still need to adhere to the overall rules of the HCG program.
Stick to the Caloric Intake
Remember, an apple day isn't just a free-for-all. It must be done in accordance with the caloric limit - typically 500 calories - you have set for your HCG diet. You need to stick to your calorie limit - no matter what it is - on an apple day.
For the most part, six large apples will equal roughly 500 calories. This is why the original HCG manuscript called for six large apples. Don't mix it up and have a larger amount of small- or medium-sized apples.
However, the original manuscript didn't contain any guidelines as to the types of apples you can eat in a day. One of the best parts of apple day is that you don't have to be specific. Some apples that are often quite large include Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Fuji, and Jonagold.
Apple day is quite simple compared to many other HCG diet days. There's no need to carefully measure out proportions, divide out your nutrients, and so on. Just six large apples and you're good. This is a large part of why it's considered a good "reset" day in your HCG diet plan.
How to Structure Your Apple Day
Many dieters have questions as to how to structure their apple day.
Firstly, it is important to note that an apple day should be done on a "skip" day for your HCG injection or ingestion. Be sure that you schedule it for this day so that you don't interfere with other aspects of your HCG diet.
Additionally, apple days generally begin at lunchtime and go until lunch the following day. During this period, you can consume the apples whenever you desire.
This flexibility is one of the main appeals of apple day. You can consume an apple whenever you want, which allows you to focus on your overall goals instead of worrying about measuring portions and eating at exact times.
No Other Liquids Except Water
Finally, there is one other rule associated with apple day. Apple day involves the consumption of one food - apples. But some people don't realize that this also means your fluid intake should only include one liquid on apple day - plain water.
You should only drink enough water to quench your thirst. This way, your body will "reset" its water weight when you resume your normal HCG diet the following day.
Tips for An Effective Apple Day
Let's face it, only eating apples for an entire day can be hard. You might get bored or uncomfortably hungry. And while the HCG can help monitor that to an extent, you still may find this departure an uncomfortable experience.
Here are some tips for getting through apple day the right way:
Keep It Simple
Remember, apple day is about getting back on track. This means that you need to take this as an opportunity to appreciate the "simplicity" of the day itself. Lunchtime to lunchtime, six large apples. That's all it is.
Buy the apples, and then take the day to kick back and not think about the other stresses of the HCG diet. Don't think about calories or measuring portions. Just take the day for yourself and eat the apples when you desire. We can't tell you it will be an easy day, but it will be easier if you don't bog yourself down with unnecessary stresses.
Mix it Up
As we mentioned above, it is important that you stick to your caloric intake on apple day. But the original HCG manuscript only spoke to the consumption of six "large" apples. So, why not have some fun with your choices? There are so many types of delicious apples available in most grocery stores!
Try to buy some varieties that you enjoy. Apples range significantly in their taste profiles. You can even mix it up and buy different varieties, including ones you haven't tried before. Have fun with it!
Use it to Re-evaluate Your Priorities
Finally, don't lose focus on the fact that apple day is as much a mental reset day as it is a physical one. Use this day to re-evaluate why you are doing the HCG diet in the first place. Refocus on your goals and remind yourself of the immense benefits associated with losing this weight and changing your lifestyle.
Apple days are a great opportunity to take a lot of the "noise" out of the HCG diet and refocus on making a positive change in your life. Use our tips and tricks to make it as simple an experience as possible.