We see a lot of diet-related news, obviously, but we haven’t seen anything take off with this much enthusiasm in a long time. The 17 Day Diet, released last month via appearances on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, is a new weight loss book that promises rapid results via a four-cycle plan.
The author, Dr. Mike Moreno, spoke with us about The 17 Day Diet and explained what it is, why the up-to 12 pounds in 17 days is in fact a healthy rate of weight loss, and why the 17-minute fitness recommendation is a “safe way to get started.”
He also confronts critics who say the book proposes nothing new. To that he says, “you’re right,” and argues that what The 17 Day Diet does do is present that information in a new way that helps people make changes.
Dr. Mike tells us that if you’ve followed a diet that has left you bored or at a plateau, you won’t find that in The 17 Day Diet. He calls other diets “psychologically draining” and it’s that aspect that makes it “difficult to stay on a diet.” The three brief 17-day cycles will retrain the way you eat, exercise and live so that by the time you reach the fourth and final cycle you’ll be ready to follow it as the maintenance phase. However, if you ever slip and feel like you need to refresh, like many of us often do, you can always go back and start at any of the previous three cycles.
The 17 Day Diet eating plan focuses on clean eating – that means no processed foods, no sugar, and no junk. He also says there’s no need for all those supplements that can cost hundreds of dollars. Instead, the well-rounded diet of lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruit, and healthy carbs like whole grains, will provide your body with all the nutrients and energy it needs. The book outlines meal plans for each day of the week for each phase. Soon enough, those eating behaviors will be second nature.
At first glance, the 17-minute workout seems a bit lacking, considering most experts will recommend no less than 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Dr. Mike tells us that point is “100-percent right,” but backs up his express workout by saying it’s “a safe way to get started” since “a lot of people can’t walk around the block.” This will gradually encourage you to take on longer, more strenuous workouts. A great tip: Dr. Mike encourages his patients, as he’s a family practice physician, to exercise for 10 minutes after each meal.
The book is available only from the book’s site. For those of you who’ve ordered a copy and haven’t received it yet, Dr. Mike asks that you let them know. He said as of 12/20, all orders had been shipped, and that the delay is because they just didn’t expect the sizable response that they received.
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