You may encounter a plateau on the HCG diet; a lot of dieters experience amazing fat loss for the first few weeks and hit a speed bump along the way and the weight loss isn't as fast as it was before. There can be several reasons why this occurs, and the HCG diet protocol that we provide you with includes a few options to break plateaus include the Steak Day and Apple Day which will both be discussed in this article. Most plateaus are just 4 to 6 days or shorter and many HCG dieters hit a plateau in the second half of the diet.
You shouldn't worry about a plateau because there are several ways to break one and you shouldn't be discouraged at all. You should eliminate some of the common reasons for a plateau. The first thing you should do is make sure that you are strictly following all of the requirements of the diet and protocol and not deviating at all. Something as minor as using lotion or cosmetics with oil can greatly interfere with the diet and cause a stall. If you have been following the diet as perfectly as you can there are a few things you should try that will get you back to the results you previously had.
Try an Apple Day on the 4th day of a plateau
Once you get to the fourth day of a plateau you should try an Apple Day, which involves eating only 6 green apples throughout the entire day and reducing your fluid intake by half. So if you were drinking a half gallon of water each day you should reduce it to a fourth gallon of water. The thought behind this is that you are probably retaining water and need to reduce your fluid intake to eliminate excess water. An Apple Day will usually work to break your plateau but you can also try a Steak Day instead.
Also try a Steak Day as an alternative plateau breaker
Another plateau breaker you can try on the 4th day or later is a Steak Day where you fast for the entire day, only drinking water, and then eating a steak for dinner along with an apple or tomato. This can also reduce water retention and help you break a plateau. Both the Apple Day and the Steak Day should only be used occasionally.
Make sure you are not eating too many calories
It's easy to forget to count calories when you have a busy day, so you might guess your calorie amounts for some meals, but you should always know exactly how many calories you are eating every meal. Even if you go just 30-40 calories above the 500 calorie per day limit it can cause problems with the ability for HCG to target abnormal fat. Use our calorie counter app and you will know exactly how many calories you have in each meal, and try to plan your meals out all at once on the weekend if it saves you time.
If you are constipated use a mild laxative
You may be experiencing a plateau due to constipation and if you haven't had a bowel movement in 5 to 7 days you should use a mild laxative such as Smooth Move tea. Be sure that you are drinking plenty of water as well which will help you with the dietary changes of the VLCD, but do not use laxatives as a solution for cheating on the diet, and only use them if they are absolutely necessary.
Try to eat only organic foods
A key part to the HCG diet is consuming foods that are organic. Processed foods or foods that have hormones and antibiotics can interfere with HCG and possibly contribute to plateaus. To eliminate your food source as a cause of your plateau, make sure that you purchase organic foods or at the very least stay away from processed and pre-packaged foods. Pre-packaged foods can have high sodium levels that result in water retention as well as ingredients that interfere with HCG.
Add light exercise to your routine
You should never exercise more than 20 to 30 minutes per day with a light intensity during Phase 2 of the diet, but if you haven't been performing light exercise you should start with 20-30 minutes of walking each day. Don't exercise more than 30 minutes and do not exert yourself. Light exercise can help reduce fluid retention and improve circulation, making HCG more effective at targeting abnormal fat.
Don't consume artificial sweeteners
The only approved sweetener that you should be using on the diet is Stevia. Sweeteners like Spenda or Nutrasweet are not only unhealthy; they can definitely interfere with your weight loss and contribute to a plateau. Don't underestimate how detrimental artificial sweeteners can be on this diet, in spite of their availability nearly everywhere, and stick to Stevia exclusively. You should also avoid any carbonated beverages including those with Stevia as they can cause nutritional deficiencies.
Try apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar such as Bragg's Apple Cider Raw Unfiltered Vinegar can be very effective at breaking plateaus and is a great seasoning to include with your salads or you can simply add two tablespoons to filtered water. Apple cider vinegar has been known to break plateaus and it improves fat metabolism in the body. It is a great addition to your diet even when you are not on a plateau and highly recommended as one of your main seasonings. You can also add grapefruit to the diet which has been proven to release fat.
Double check the protocol
If neither a Steak Day nor Apple Day helps you break the plateau you should make sure that you are following all aspects of the diet correctly. The diet and lifestyle protocol is certainly strict but the reason it is so strict is because a small change can affect HCG's fat metabolism capabilities. You should go through the entire protocol and make sure that you aren't skipping out on any of the requirements such as avoiding oil based cosmetics, removing visible fat from your protein sources, avoiding seasonings that are not on the approved list, and only sticking to the foods that are allowed.