The hCG diet plan is very clear on what an apple day should be, for stopping a plateau. It is pretty annoying to see this advice become twisted and incorrect on forums and websites. Here is exactly what Dr. Simeons said about it. Read more… »
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An HCG diet plateau is almost a certainty at sometime during the protocol. Dr. Simeons offered his now classic apple day strategy for breaking this plateau. Knowing what the causes might be is important for changing your diet. Everyone has individual responses to the protocol. Some or all of the newly discovered strategies for breaking a plateau may work for you. Read more here to learn about what they are and how to use them to get your weight loss going again. Read more… »
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An HCG diet plateau is common and has several possible causes. It is easy to figure out once you know what to watch out for. Read more to see what the main causes are.
Do not trick yourself into believing that a diet cola will not hurt your HCG Weight Loss because it does not have any calories. Diet cokes are frequently sweetened with things like aspartame or Splenda, sweeteners you will definitely …
Publish Date: 09/08/2010 6:38
Is That All?
Recall the story told by Dr. Simeons in Pounds and Inches about one patient whose progress stalled due to a lubricant that he was using for inserting his artificial eye. Who knows what other seemingly minor things like this can be so important? So – no – the article cited above does not list all possible causes for an HCG diet plateau, just the main ones. Once you figure out what the most likely culprit is, and have apple day to reset your progress, then ou should have clear sailing.
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A weight loss plateau on the HCG diet is to be expected. The HCG diet plateau may last up to a week or more if you do not take aggressive steps to stop it. Here are the best ways to do so.
The HCG Diet Plateau
This is simply the stoppage of your weight loss from one day to the next. This is why it is crucial for you to weight yourself every day. Normal progress is a weight drop of a half a pound to a pound (sometimes more) from one day to the next.
When you weigh the same from one day to the next, then you have started a plateau. Most people look at the lack of change as a fluke the first time they notice it. Depending on the individual, the trend may believed only after two days or more of no progress. Sometimes it takes four to six days before some people finally realize that they are stuck, meaning on a weight loss plateau.
1) Best Way: The Simeons Apple Day Strategy
In his book, Pounds and Inches, Dr. Simeons recommended an apple day on the very first day that you find yourself on a plateau. An apple day has two components: 1) eat nothing but six apples all day long; 2) drink as little water as possible. His explanation involves getting sludgy food moving again. It is a challenge to make sense out of this explanation in a physiological way, so just rest assured that it almost always works.
This method removes excess fluids in a hurry, so it is common for weight to drop two pounds from one day to the next. After that, your normal progress should be restored.
2) Increase Bowel Movements
Constipation and infrequent bowel movements are the main problem leading to an HCG weight loss plateau. This makes impeccable sense. You must move your bowels at least once per day during the protocol, and two or three times per day would be better.
Taking in more water is generally the easiest and most effective way to increase bowel movements. However, if this does not work as fast as you want, simply adding soluble fiber to a glass of water will accelerate the process. The easiest soluble fiber to find and use is psyllium powder. It is the main ingredient of Metamucil, although that product contains too many lousy ingredients to be recommended (e.g., sugar or aspartame, artificial color, etc.). Besides, a good nutrition store will offer pure, unadulterated psyllium powder at a much lower price than any grocery store brand.
3) Adhere More Closely to the Original Diet Protocol
Modern variations of the protocol include adding lean ground beef and mixing multiple vegetables at the same meal. The original protocol was more of a sure thing, so eliminate ground beef and have only one vegetable at a time instead of in mixed salads, etc. Also, make sure that your carbohydrate source (e.g., Melba toast) is just the right amount. You can even reduce this amount if need be.
4) Vary Your Food Sources Within the Same Day.
If you are in the habit of eating chicken breast at every meal, or otherwise the same kind of protein source, then substitute a different source for one of your meals. In other words, do not eat use the same kind of meat twice in the same day. This also goes for eating the same type of fruit or the same type of vegetable. Change them up and see how this can move you off of your plateau.
5) Eat Enough!
If you think that eating less and less will be helpful, what you will find is that a too-low caloric intake will slow down your metabolism. You must eat the minimum daily amount of 500-550 calories to keep your metabolic rate just right for burning the abnormal fat from your body. When this rate goes too low, you will hit a plateau and stop losing weight. So eat enough!
All the best in overcoming your weight loss plateau,