first things first….
What is an Apple Day on the HCG diet?
An apple day is when from noon one day to noon the following day, you consume nothing else but up to 6 apples. Even liquids/water they would reduce and only drink liquids if they felt thirsty.
Common Questions that Come Up with Apple Days
Does It Matter What Size of Apple I Eat?
Dr. Simeons said it didn’t matter. Now in truth, I think we can all logically know that the amount of calories and carbs in a large vs small apple is going to be quite different. Most of us are like, if I can have 6 apples and it doesn’t matter what size, I’m getting 6 of the BIGGEST possible! I have TOTALLY thought that way before.
But as you’ll notice in the clip below of my interview with Alexandra, we do have a choice to think maturely and rationally about it and think, “what is the purpose of this apple day here? And does 6 HUGE apples serve that purpose?” ;)-
There’s about 10 more carbs per apple in a large vs. small. Times 6. That’s about 60 more carbs. Is this the end of the world? No. You can certainly eat 6 large apples if you want. But you may not actually NEED to. And it might be worth eating apples more based on what you need vs. what you want.
Am I Supposed to Eat The Full 6 Apples? Can I Eat Just 3?
Why you prudent little hCGer. Being all responsible and stuff. #IwanttobelikeyouwhenIgrowup #doyousellyourselfcontrol? Yes of COURSE you can eat 3 apples. Dr. S said up to 6. So you can gauge your hunger and needs and eat just what seems appropriate that day. If you’re starving and intent on doing your apple day, you may want to eat more though.
If My Apple Day Ends At Noon, Do I Eat Apples All Morning and Eat Regular VLCD the Rest of the Day? HELP.
Oh you mean “Apple Morning”? You didn’t know that was a term? Gotcha! It’s not. I just made that up, literally like this second. Let’s refer to “Apple Morning” as the portion of the Apple “Day” that occurs the following morning until noon.
A common question is since the apple day is supposed to begin at noon and end at noon the following day- what do you do on that following day? The day when the apple day is technically “still happening” until noon?
Like, do you eat 3 apples in the morning on that next day as part of your apple day still and then start your VLCD day AS WELL at noon and have your lunch of 100 grams of protein and veggie and one P2 fruit serving?
I don’t think there’s any straight and narrow rule, Dr. Simeons didn’t clarify this to my knowledge, but I’ll just share what seems reasonable and what most hCGers do. It seems like most people when doing an apple day, eat their apples all in one day by itself, meaning by the following morning, they aren’t eating any more apples, but rather just having a regular ‘ol vlcd day with their coffee and stevia for breakfast.
Alternately, if you ate 4 or 5 apples on your main day that’s your “Apple Day” and then the next morning eat 1 apple for breakfast and then begin your regular VLCD at lunch, I don’t see this as being totally unreasonable either do you? So that’s another option.
But how about this?
Day after main apple day (apple morning): Eat 3 HUMONGO apples for breakfast, then VLCD for lunch and diner (which involves 2 more apples ;0)- while you COULD do this, this option just doesn’t seem as “in line” with the whole thing we’re going for on the protocol to me so if it were me, this is probably what I wouldn’t do. But again, there’s no actual RULE here.
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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