HCG diet: Can I have coffee on “apple day”?
Dr Simeons* identifies five types of weight loss interruptions that can occur when on the HCG diet:
- weight remains stationary, towards the end of the HCG course
- weight plateaus for 4 to 6 days in the second half of the course
- weight returns to a former level
- ovulation interruption
- weight loss faulters due to dietary errors
Almost all HCG dieters experience a plateau of some kind, particularly if they have been losing more than a pound of weight per HCG dose, over time.
Dr Simeons recommends that such weight loss interruptions of more than 4 days’ duration be countered by an “apple day” – but only on days on which an HCG dose is taken (Phase 1), so this wouldn’t apply to those who have already taken their last dose of the course. He asserts that “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”, which means that it should not be employed where weight loss interruption is caused by dietary errors.
The goal of the apple day is to lose excessive water that the body retains and apples, rich in electrolytes, has a mild but natural diuretic action for the simple reason that a body which is short of electrolytes , holds onto more water than it needs, just in case it should encounter a dearth of it, later on.
An “apple day” requires the dieter to eat a maximum of 6 apples – no other foodstuffs – in a 24-hour period, starting just prior to lunch and ending just prior to lunch the following day. Dieters are permitted to eat these apples whenever they feel the need, although they need not eat all six.
On apple days, Dr Simeons recommends that any thirst should be quenched with plain or mineral water, although many report that they experienced no thirst at such times.
On the day after apple day, the dieter is rewarded with a loss of weight, chiefly due to a reduction in water retention – and the water that’s lost doesn’t tend to return later on.
Since the goal is to lose excessive water, many dieters ask whether they can supplement their 6 apples with cups of coffee as well as, or instead of, water.
There shouldn’t be any need for coffee, because the apples provide all the diuretic action they should require. Indeed, coffee offers only temporary diuresis, in that water lost is quickly replaced on the intake of further fluids, such as water, so defeating the object of the exercise.
In any case, why deviate from a tried and trusted method, such as Dr Simeons’ apple day, when there is no need to do so and when the result of doing so is at best uncertain?
* Dr A T W Simeons MD is the author of the original 1950s HCG diet manuscript, entitled “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”