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Dr. Mike Moreno is the Man Behind the 17 Day Diet

Diets come and diets go. And while some of them are crazy fads that disappear a lot faster than the pounds do, some new diets are rooted in sound nutrition… and the public picks up on it.

The 17 Day Diet was originally intended as a holiday diet plan, created by Dr. Mike Moreno,¬†which makes it all the more pertinent at the moment. But the plan can be done at any time. The main attraction to the 17 Day Diet is the “body confusion” approach. That means that you keep your body guessing, so to speak, by changing up what you eat. This keeps your metabolism from getting stuck in a rut.

While the name 17 Day Diet may sound like a fad diet, because your first impression is that it’s only 17 days until you get to your goal weight, that actually refers to the period of each eating cycle.

Part of the reason the 17 Day Diet is on the rise is its high-profile featuring on Dr. Phil and The Doctors. For more details on how the diet plan works, check out our 17 Day Diet review and 17 Day Diet meal plan review. In this post, I want to look into who is behind this rising star in the diet industry.

Who is Behind The 17 Day Diet?

The 17 Day Diet was created by one Dr. Mike Moreno. More commonly known as simply Dr. Mike, he graduated from the University of California at Irvine and Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel University).

Dr. Moreno looks back to an early family tragedy as the starting point of knowing what he wanted to do with his life. When he was just in the sixth grade, his brother died in a tragic motorcycle accident. This led him to the strong conviction of wanting to help people live a long and healthy life.

In 2008, Dr. Mike launched a program called “Walk with Your Doc.” Every Tuesday and Thursday morning before his workday begins, he walks with his patients. The idea began simply as an offer to walk with a patient to motivate her to exercise. It has now involved into as many as 70 patients walking with him on a weekly basis. Besides motivating his patients to exercise, this is a great opportunity for the doctor to connect with his patients in a more personal way outside of the exam room.

Other passions in Dr. Moreno’s life include music (he plays drums) and wine. He currently practices family medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California.

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December 1st, 2010