So you’re chugging along with your hCG and VLCD part of your protocol when, out of nowhere, you hit a plateau! This can be extremely frustrating and confusing, but be encouraged!
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 fret. 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 four days without any dietary error having been committed.
Following is a list of considerations and ways to get off that weight loss plateau, and get back to losing those pounds!
- Make certain you’re drinking enough water ever day. Increase water intake to 2-3 quarts per day.
- Try adding 2-3 cups of green tea to your day.
- Don’t eat 2 apples for the two fruits or cut down on the size of the apples.
- Cut American beef down or out.
- Check all condiments for any form of sugar. “Garlic Salt” may list sugar as an ingredient. Any seasoning salt or seasoning product must be carefully checked.
- If mixing vegetables, stop. For example, do not eat lettuce and tomato at the same meal. Choose one or the other, but not both.
- Try leaving out one or both breadsticks/melba toast.
- Make sure there are no additives in chicken or other protein sources. Many times these are injected with some form of of sugar even in the grocery store. Buy organic meat and chicken that are not injected with bovine growth hormone.
- Consider if immunity could be setting in based on how long you have been taking shots (longer than 30 days), consider dosage (between 125 and 250), and whether a day per week has been skipped.
- Consider if you are potentially at your ideal weight. Are you in the suggested weight range for your height and build? Are you also hungry and not feeling good? It may be time to stop losing. See Dr Simeon’s hCG diet protocol on reaching your goal during a round. Basically, you increase food intake to level off losing until the minimum number of days for the round is reached, then follow the hCG protocol through the 6 week stabilizing period.
- For women, your cycle may be coming into play. Review Dr Simeon’s hCG diet protocol.
- Have you changed or started one or more medications? The change may just cause a few days delay as your body adjusts, but you may want to consult with your physician to possibly change again or go back to the previous medication if the plateau continues and all other plateau breaking methods fail.
- Review hCG diet protocol for serious plateaus (5 days or longer). While the hCG protocol reports “apple days” as purely psychological, many participants report a loss of 2 pounds the day after an apple day.
- Do a “mini-steak day” every so often. If you are familiar with the HCG protocol a “steak day” refers to a routine you follow after you have completed the HCG injection phase and are weighing daily. During this time, if your morning weight is 2 pounds over your previous day’s weight, you must complete a “steak day”. A “steak day” means you drink water, tea, and coffee when you want and in whatever quantity you want, but you do not eat anything until dinner. For dinner you eat a large steak and either a tomato or an apple. So for a “mini-steak day”, the client drinks allowable drinks but has a 100 gram (3.5 oz) steak serving with an apple for dinner.
- Consider adding a brisk walk, some yoga, or any type of exercise for 15 minutes a day, a few times a week – anything that elevates your heart rate throughout the day. Any type of activity increases your metabolism and may increase your rate of weight loss.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep.