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How to Do the Apple Day on the hCG Diet

author image Michelle Kerns
Michelle Kerns writes for a variety of print and online publications and specializes in literature and science topics. She has served as a book columnist since 2008 and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Kerns studied English literature and neurology at UC Davis.
How to Do the Apple Day on the hCG Diet
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You can supposedly lose 30 pounds in a month on the hCG diet. The diet requires followers to consume only about 500 calories daily; to eliminate all grains, sugars and dairy products from their meals; and to take daily injections or drops of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone, or hCG. If you stop losing weight or cheat on the plan's guidelines, you're instructed to exchange your regular meals for an apple day. Nutrition experts, including Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of Medicine Pieter Cohen, say the hCG diet is unsafe, so talk to your doctor about the possible dangers before beginning.

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Step 1

Have the recommended hCG diet breakfast of tea or black coffee at your regular time. Stir a calorie-free artificial sweetener like stevia and a small amount of milk into the beverage, if desired.

Step 2

Limit your food to six large apples and only enough water -- tap or mineral -- to avoid thirst for the next 24 hours. Choose from any variety of apple and eat them at any time of the day when you feel hungry.

Step 3

Continue to take the recommended amount of hCG injections or drops for the day.

Step 4

Resume the regular 500-calorie hCG diet at lunchtime the following day.

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