Occasionally while on phase 2 of the hCG diet, some dieters may reach a plateau for a few days. A plateau is 4 consecutive days without inch or weight loss. While the body will normally work itself through this stage, it can cause unnecessary worry and stress during an hCG diet stall. In those cases there is an alternative that you can use for one day called the “Apple Day”. You will follow this for 24 hours, eating only 6 apples and a minimal amount of water – no other fluids are allowed.
All dieters will have a plateau sooner or later. A hCG diet plateau always corrects itself, but many dieters who have become accustomed to a regular daily loss get unnecessarily worried and begin to fret. Nothing will convince them that a plateau does not mean that they are no longer responding normally to treatment. Often, even though the weight loss is not showing on the scales, they are still losing inches. Your body is being restructured, though you may think the scales are telling you otherwise.
It is permissable, to break up the plateau by having an “apple day”. An apple-day begins at lunch and continues until just before lunch of the following day. Dieters can have six large apples and may 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 feel no need for water and are quite happy with their six apples. Needless to say, on apple day you will still do your hCG drops or injections. The apple day produces a gratifying loss of weight on the following day, mainly due to the elimination of water. This water is not regained when they then resume their normal 500 calorie diet at lunch, and on the following days you should continue to lose weight satisfactorily.