photo credit: prdamrcn Even though most people lose an average of .5 to 1.2 pounds per day on the weight loss diet, that is an average and not what occurs every day. This is normal and to be expected. Normally you will lose the most weight the first week, which is great, because that is when you need the most encouragement. We normally would be happy to lose that in several weeks but we get spoiled very quickly. Hopefully this post will help you understand what is normal and that you are still losing inches when you go through these stalls and plateaus on this protocol. Dr. Simeons explains that after fat has been extracted from your fat cells and they are empty, as the body is breaking down the cell it tends to replace the fat with water. Since water is heavier than fat the scales may show no loss of weight although sufficient fat has been lost to make up the deficit in the 500 calorie diet. As the cell breaks down, the water will be released and you will find yourself going to the bathroom a lot and down in weight the next day. This is what occurs when you do not cheat and stay the same for one to two days. A normal plateau lasts 4-6 days and usually happens in the 2nd half of a round. Everyone hits a stall or plateau at some point. A plateau always corrects itself if you do not give up. But because you are expecting to lose like you did the first week the stall causes many unnecessary worry. Dr. Simeons explains that even though the plateau will correct itself most people find it helpful to do an apple day. Pg 34 Pounds and Inches Protocol. An apple day begins at noon and goes for 24 hours. Instead of the normal 500 calorie diet for the day, you eat 6 large apples whenever you feel hungry. I usually eat some fresh, bake some apples, or make applesauce. The only other liquid you should have that day is water. The apple day usually promotes a loss of weight the next day, primarily due to the elimination of water. The water is not normally regained when the 500 calorie diet is resumed the next day. Pg 34 Pounds and Inches Protocol. TIP: For those who have done several rounds. If you find that you are hitting stalls more often, try something different than an apple day. Instead, increase your calories to 1,000 for 3-4 days by eating the same food but more of it. You shouldn’t lose or gain but stay about the same. Once you go back to 500 calories you should start losing weight again. A plateau can also occur when you reach a former level of weight you were at for some time. This one can last even longer but will always correct itself. Go by how you feel. I have never gone beyond a 7 day plateau without doing an apple day or above protocol which always seems to get the scale going in the right direction. (Pg 35 Pounds and Inches) For woman they will also usually see a plateau or even an increase a few days before and during their period. This is still due to water weight and it will correct itself. Stay on course. If the above reasons do not correct a plateau it is almost always a dietary error or possibly oil your body is getting somewhere. Time to do some detective work. I have a list of questions to ask yourself under Success Tips for Phase 2 to review. If you are good on all of them, be patient it will correct itself. Just remember to pay attention to how you feel, how long you have been on the protocol and how much you have already lost this round. I personally feel it is better to do multiple rounds than to stay on 1 round to long. It also seems to increase success on the critical maintenance phases.