first things first….
What is an Apple Day on the HCG diet?
An apple day was a day where from noon one day to noon the following day, a person would consume nothing else but up to 6 apples. Even liquids/water they would reduce and only drink liquids if they felt thirsty.
What is the main purpose of an Apple day according to Dr. Simeons?
The purpose wasn’t actually to produce faster weight loss or get over a stall, as some think. Dr. Simeon’s said it had a 2 fold purpose-
1. To eliminate any extra stored water weight the person’s body was holding on to, and
2. As more a mental-balance measure to make up for the frustration and discouragement a person might be feeling over the scale seeming to be stuck for a period of time.
When Are You Technically Allowed to Do an Apple Day?
According to Dr. S, the apple day was really only meant to be used when a person’s weight had been stuck for at least 4 days and was in lieu of something like a laxative.
He specifically noted that an apple day should never be done a day you skip your dose, as in when you are on your period or when you skip a dose once a week when you are doing a longer 40ish day round.
Apple Days According to Dr. Simeons
Quoted from Pounds and Inches:
The second type of interruption we call a “plateau”. A plateau lasts 4-6 days and frequently occurs during the second half of a full course, particularly in patients that have been doing well and whose overall average of nearly a pound per effective injection has been maintained. Those who are losing more than the average all have a plateau sooner or later. A plateau always corrects, itself, but many patients who have become accustomed to a regular daily loss get unnecessarily worried and begin to bet. No amount of explanation convinces them that a plateau does not mean that they are no longer responding normally to treatment.
In such cases we consider it permissible, for purely psychological reasons, to break up the plateau. This can be done in two ways. One is a so-called “apple day”.
An apple-day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. The patients are given six large apples and are told to eat one whenever they feel the desire though six apples is the maximum allowed. During an apple-day no other food or liquids except plain water are allowed and of water they may only drink just enough to quench an uncomfortable thirst if eating an apple still leaves them thirsty. Most patients feel no need for water and are quite happy with their six apples. Needless to say, an apple- day may never be given on the day on which there is no injection.
The apple-day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, chiefly due to the elimination of water. This water is not regained when the patients resume their normal 500- Calorie diet at lunch, and on the following days they continue to lose weight satisfactorily.
The other way to break up a plateau is by giving a non- mercurial diuretic for one day. This is simpler for the patient but we prefer the apple-day as we sometimes find that though the diuretic is very effective on the following day it may take two to three days before the normal daily reduction is resumed, throwing the patient into a new fit of despair. It is useless to give either an apple-day or a diuretic unless the weight has been stationary for at least 4 days without any dietary error having been committed.
In the next article we’ll talk about a much hotter topic – are apple days good for stalls and cheats? Stay tuned for next week!
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