HCG diet is considered as the “miracle weight loss cure” for many dieters who want to lose a significant amount of weight. Studies show most dieters lose an average of 0.5 to 1 pound a day while on the HCG diet. However, some dieters especially those who have been losing around 1 pound per day, may experience fluctuations in their daily weight loss progress later. They may lose no weight at all for several days, which was referred as “plateau” by Dr. A.T.W Simeons in his renowned manuscript “Pounds and Inches.”
“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.”
Basically, dieters are allowed to eat up to six large apples and nothing more besides plain water. Eat one apple whenever you feel the desire with a maximum of 6 apples within 24 hours. Dieters are not recommended drinking too much water than necessary (just enough to quench the thirst).
Dr. Simeons stated the “Apple Day” technique is used primarily for psychological reasons, because the weight loss after Apple Day is primarily from water loss. A plateau will be corrected on its own sooner or later without using the “Apple Day.” However, since many dieters get used to see an average of daily weight loss at 1 pound, they tend to get worried unnecessarily when reaching a plateau. That’s why Dr. Simeons introduced “Apple Day” to his patients to break the stall. Apple Day, on the other hand, does help dieters clean their stomachs and digestive systems during the HCG weight loss process.