HCG Apple Day: Step by Step Rules on How to Get Started Today
If you experience a plateau during your HCG diet you may start to feel worried that you won’t be able to meet your weight loss goal, but many dieters plateau at some point. While there are a few HCG plateau busters out there, the most common are steak and apple days. An HCG diet apple day can be what you need to overcome the hurdle, but you do need to make sure you are mentally ready to take one on.
Your HCG diet outlines everything you are allowed to eat and drink during the diet, so if you are not following protocol, an apple day won’t help you as much as you’d like it to. Learn more about the protocol here and now let’s break down the infamous apple day to get you back on track with your diet and continuing your weight loss.
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When To Do An Apple Day
Apple day should not be used until you have hit a plateau of four to six days. A plateau is when you have not lost any weight, but have also not gained weight. If you have gained weight, you need to review your meals and the ingredients you are using. If you have taken in too many calories, or even too little, you can end up plateauing because of this, so an apple day would be unnecessary in this situation.
Too many dieters use an apple day after just one or two days, usually after panicking, but the fruits will overload your system with carbs and sugars and you can end up gaining weight. While some people notice they do gain a pound or two the day after an apple day, they lose that plus another pound or so the day after.
Why Does Apple Day Work?
Most commonly, dieters will get stalled and refer back to either the protocol written out by Dr. Simeon, or search the internet for an answer on how to break through the wall, and they come across the apple day. Often they don’t ask why it works, they’ve just heard that it can work. So why does apple day work?
Why It Works
- First, apples are used in the protocol because they contain a lot of fluid. Essentially you are filling up on fluids throughout the day, and cleansing your digestive system. Since they do contain sugars they can help you stay full, and they are also low enough in calories but with an average of 95 calories per apple, you are still able to stick to the 500 calorie limit. These fruits are rich in fiber, so they will keep you regular as well.
- Second, it works as a mental-balance exercise because a plateau can make you feel frustrated or upset by the lack of weight being lost. On an apple day HCG is still going to ensure that you are not hungry, though dieters can feel very bored during the day since they are unable to eat anything besides apples.
What Does Apple Day Look Like?
Apple day is fairly easy to do, but as we said, it can also be difficult mentally. When you are doing an apple day you’ll need to have six large fruits, not twelve small ones, or any other variation.
There are so many types of apples in grocery stores now, and the original protocol doesn’t give information or tips on what type of apple, but Red Delicious and Fuji apples are often larger than other varieties.
You can take your usual breakfast drink that morning, whether it be coffee or tea, though many dieters prefer to drink green tea the morning of an apple day. Once lunchtime hits, around noon, you must only eat one large apple each time you feel hungry, until noontime the next day.
According to the rules you can still drink water, but it is advised that you only drink water if you feel an uncomfortable thirst. Remember, the fruits have a high water content, so you are not dehydrating yourself during an HCG apple day, but you should not be drinking the same amount of water you had on previous days. This is to be sure you don’t take on any extra water weight, which can further halt your weight loss progress.
Apple days have been recommended since the protocol was first introduced in the 1950s, and men and women today still use it to overcome a plateau. Before beginning, it is important to reevaluate your own meals and thought process throughout the diet.
Too many dieters use an apple day the first time they don’t lose weight, and are unhappy with the results afterward, making them give up on the diet completely.
An apple day is supposed to work almost as a last resort, and the one thing to really kick your diet back into gear. Everyone’s body is different, and will respond to different things in a number of ways, but it may work for you. Another positive that some dieters have noticed is you won’t want to do it again in the near future, so you’ll be less likely to cheat!