What is an Apple Day?
It's a method of helping (but not guaranteeing) to keep your sanity while enduring a four- to six-day (or more) plateau. Remember, Dr. Simeons said that some plateaus may last up to two weeks! (Don't shoot us! We're only the messengers).
Dr. Simeons provided this technique for helping those who are 'unnecessarily worried' that simply remaining on the protocol won't work. (see quote below)
The good news: Apple Days work for some.
The bad news: Apple Days don't always work for some.
The best thing to do is to keep doing the protocol because it WILL change. But if your mind just can't handle it, try an Apple Day.
Apple Day Instructions:
Remember: Apple Days are ONLY for plateaus of 4 or more days. If your weight has remained constant for three or less days -- that's simply the process. Doing one sooner isn't recommended.
Eat only 6 large apples in one day. Just raw apples. Not baked or fancied up in any way. Just raw apples.
Drink very little water. Drink only enough needed to quench a thirst.
Apple Day Guidelines:
- Don't do two Apple Days in a row. Your body needs the nutrients from the normal Phase 2 food (eight items per day).
- If you don’t see a drop in weight the next day (which is extremely rare) then go back to the normal VLCD (P2) diet for at least two more days. If your weight still hasn’t budged, then perform another Apple Day if necessary.
- Don’t perform more than two Apple Days within a two-week period. Remember, plateaus are normal and to be expected.
From page 22 in Pounds & Inches Dr. Simeons says:
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. 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." (emphasis added)
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