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The 17 Day Diet

The most popular diet of 2011 supports healthy weight loss that lasts.

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  • Established: 2010

  • Founder: Dr. Mike Moreno

  • Headquarters: Beverly Hills, CA

  • Accessibility: Book, Meal Plan

  • Diet Type: Low-Carb, Low-Calorie

  • Gender: Male, Female

  • Celebrity Endorsements: Dr. Phil, The Doctors


The 17 Day Diet is a weight loss plan available in a book from Dr. Mike Moreno, a family medicine practitioner in San Diego, CA. His book was born of a weight loss plan he prescribed to his overweight patients, namely as a way to manage the holidays. The friendly Dr. Mike, as he is known to his patients, is proactive in helping them manage their health and weight, and even created a program called "Walk with Your Doc" back in 2008. Two days a week he and patients meet for a walk to encourage them to exercise and keep the doctor-patient relationship thriving.

In November 2010, The 17 Day Diet debuted on an episode of Dr. Phil with a raving endorsement from the doctor. That appearance was immediately followed by one on The Doctors (the two shows are jointly produced), and a weight loss challenge between viewers of each program initiated. The self-published book was an overnight success and Moreno's supply could not keep up with the overwhelming demand.

In spring 2011, Moreno fielded multiple offers from publishing houses interested in purchasing the book's rights, and he awarded those to Simon & Schuster, who immediately ran a second printing of the book. The only difference was a revised cover. This second printing helped push The 17 Day Diet to sales of more than one million copies by the end of 2011.

During 2011, Moreno and his publishers also produced the 17 Day Diet Workbook, a Spanish-language version of the book, and started work on a 17 Day Diet Cookbook that will debut in spring 2012. They also started a partnership with Bistro M.D. to manage a 17 Day Diet meal plan, with meals suited to the diet's specifications delivered to customers at home.

How the 17 Day Diet Works

The 17 Day Diet relies on a style of weight loss known as metabolic confusion, which means you're changing up what you're doing on a regular basis to keep your body from settling in to a routine.

Like many popular diet programs, 17 Day Diet is cyclical, using four phases, or cycles, to progress people from start to goal. The diet itself does not actually last a mere 17 days, instead, that is the length of time for each of the four cycles.

  • Cycle 1: Accelerate. Jump start the program and facilitate rapid weight loss, cleansing, and fat burning. Discourages fat storage.
  • Cycle 2: Activate. During this cycle you will "reset" your metabolism.
  • Cycle 3: Achieve. Develop healthy eating habits, and develop a new understanding of how to eat carbs.
  • Cycle 4: Arrive. Considered the maintenance phase and the culmination of what was learned in the first three cycles. On weekends, you have freedom to enjoy just about anything you like.

If you make it to cycle four and have not yet reached your goal, then it is encouraged and advised that you jump back to another cycle and continue your efforts, on schedule. Cycle four is considered the maintenance phase, and is reserved for those who've reached goal by following the guidance outlined in the first three cycles.

The 17 Day Diet provides direction for a healthy way of eating that is sustainable - it's clean, includes healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, and eliminates processed and fried foods.

The fitness aspect is minimal, especially at the start with only 17 minutes of exercise per day proposed. However, followers are encouraged to do more as they are physically able and comfortable to expand their fitness regimen.

  • Created by a medical doctor who specializes in weight loss
  • Promotes clean eating
  • Possible to lose weight at a steady and healthy rate
  • Includes a maintenance plan
  • The "diet" is sustainable
  • Provides a clear and organized eating plan
  • Promotes exercise
  • Book is available nationally
  • Spanish-language version available
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Diabetic-friendly for types 1 and 2
  • Diet is flexible to suit unique dietary needs or taste
  • One-time cost of the book
  • Recipes available on the Food on the Table Meal Planning App

  • Some food specifications create confusion with users
  • Recommended rate of weight loss exceeds most industry standards of 1-2 pounds per week
  • No online community support or access to experts
  • Beginner exercise recommendation is lower than industry standard of 30 minutes per day

The 17 Day Diet makes minimal recommendations for exercise; however, like many diet plans, it does not dismiss the necessity of a regular fitness regimen completely.

For beginners, the 17 Day Diet recommends a mere 17 minutes of exercise each day. This can be as simple as walking, you can follow along with the 17-minute workout DVD that is sold on the book's website.

As you progress through the program, become stronger and more able-bodied (for those with no prior history of exercise), the advice is still loose but encourages you to double or triple the amount of time you spend working out each day. Guidance is given to do activities that you love, with walking always being a go-to sport.

  • Cycle 1: 17 minutes of exercise per day

  • Cycle 2: 17 minutes of exercise per day

  • Cycle 3: 40-60 minutes of aerobic exercise most days

  • Cycle 4: Try to do an hour on the weekends, in addition to a regular regimen throughout the week


The 17 Day Diet relies on a cycled eating plan to help you lose weight. During four cycles, each lasting 17 days (or longer in cycle four), you'll change how many servings of healthy carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats that you eat each day.

Overall, The 17 Day Diet is a clean-eating plan, with guidance to eat the "right" kind of carbs, meaning white grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, not processed "white foods," like bread, crackers, and cookies. You'll eliminate processed foods, processed sugar, and fried foods; you might balk at the thought of this, but it's guidance that any healthy eating plan is going to provide.

Each of the four cycles has its own objective, whether it be jump starting your fat burn, resetting your metabolism, teaching portion control, or recognizing true hunger. Through this process, you'll actually start to crave the foods that are nourishing your body, like a meal of roasted turkey with asparagus, rather than a burger and fries.

17 Day Diet recipes are available on the Food on the Table Meal Planning App

17 Day Diet Sample Meals

It's fair to want to know exactly what you'll be eating before taking on a new diet. The 17 Day Diet book outlines detailed meal plans for each day of each cycle, so all you have to do is shop and prepare, eliminating the worry and frustration over what you can or cannot eat. The following is a snapshot of what a day of meals look like on each 17 Day Day cycle:

Cycle 1: Accelerate

Goal: Improve digestion, initiate fat burn/discourage fat storage

Rate of Weight Loss*: 5-10% of total body weight; 10-20 pounds

  • Breakfast: Plain low-fat yogurt with fresh berries, green tea
  • Lunch: Green salad with a variety of vegetables like tomato and cucumber with a homemade vinaigrette, green tea
  • Dinner: Grilled salmon, choice of raw or steamed vegetables, green tea
  • Snacks: Sugar-free fruit-flavored yogurt, choice of one fruit

Cycle 2: Activate

Goal: Rest the metabolism, stimulate fat burn

Rate of Weight Loss*: Half of cycle 1; 5-10 pounds

  • Breakfast: Scrambled egg whites, half grapefruit or in-season fruit, green tea
  • Lunch: Baby spinach salad with tomatoes and feta and homemade vinaigrette, green tea
  • Dinner: Grilled turkey patties, side salad, green tea
  • Snacks: Fresh berries, plain low-fat yogurt

Cycle 3: Achieve

Goal: Nurture healthy eating habits, reintroduce more foods, move closer to goal weight

Rate of Weight Loss*: Half of cycle 2; 2.5-5 pounds

  • Breakfast: High-fiber cereal with skim milk, fresh berries, green tea
  • Lunch: Whole-wheat pita with lettuce, tomoato, feta cheese, Italian dressing; baby carrots; green tea
  • Dinner: Barbecued boneless chicken breast, steamed vegetables like asparagus or broccoli, green tea
  • Snacks: choice of one fruit, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich

Cycle 4: Arrive

Goal: Maintain goal weight

Brunch: Blueberry waffles with syrup, turkey sausage, orange juice Dinner: Grilled chicken breast, steam broccoli, green tea Snacks: Sugar-free fruit-flavored yogurt, raw baby carrots

  • These rates of weight loss were determined during an interview with Dr. Mike Moreno in 2011. This is the amount of weight he says you could safely lose within each cycle. Pounds lost are based on a 200-pound person. The industry standard rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week.

The 17 Day Diet Meal Plan from Bistro MD

If you're short on time or not yet comfortable with your skills in the kitchen, the 17 Day Diet Meal Plan is available from Bistro MD, a leader in the meal delivery space. Each meal follows your progress through each cycle, each day to help keep you in line with the 17 Day Diet guidelines.

17 Day Diet Special Notes

  • The diet is suitable for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. In an interview with Dr. Mike Moreno in 2011, he noted some type 2 diabetics have used 17 Day Diet and reduced or eliminated their need for medications. For type 1 diabetics, he advises more diligent assessment of sugar levels.

  • The diet is flexible enough to meet the needs of vegetarians. You'll simply modify the protein suggestions, for instance, replacing fish and chicken with soy, dairy, and legumes.

  • Those who don't care for seafood or fish can also alter the diet and replace with the other lean protein of their choice, like turkey, chicken or pork.

  • If green tea doesn't appeal to you, this can also be skipped by replacing with a green tea supplement and/or at least one cup of the tea each day.


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I and my husband have been on this diet since May and I have lost 45lbs, went from a size 16 to a size 8 and my husband has lost 40lbs so far. This is by far the best "diet" I have been on. It is so easy and such a great change in our eating habits. - Tessa Letzinger 12/31/11

I lost 7 lbs in the first week and I feel great. I will continue on until I reach my goal weight. I am really excited and I feel so much in control. Unlike other diets this is very realistic. - Tammy 12/13/11

I've been on this diet for 40 days now, and I've lost a total of 25 lbs! I love this diet, and feel so healthy on it. Its the diet plan I have been waiting for! - Beth 12/8/11

I have lost 60 lbs in 7 months. I feel great am doing things I haven't been able to do in years. My diabetes is under control. - Susan C. 10/9/11

This is the greatest diet there has been and it does WORK if you eat what he tells you to eat and don't cheat. Healthwise, it makes you feel so much better and it is because of what you are putting in your mouth. - Carol 8/15/11

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We interviewed Dr. Mike and he answered your most common 17 Day Diet Questions

Do you have to eat fish on the 17 day diet? - Lisa 8/10/11

Do you have to drink green tea? - Stephenie 3/10/11

Which meats can I eat on the 17 Day Diet? - MRS. ETHERITH 2/24/11

Is the 17 Day Diet right for vegetarians? - Cheryl 5/7/11

Why am I stuck at the same weight on the 17 Day Diet? - Stephanie 5/7/11

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The 17 Day Diet, by Dr. Mike Moreno, only debuted in 2010 and quickly rose to compete with some of the biggest and oldest names in dieting. The book comes with mostly sound nutritional and fitness guidance and is oulined in such a way that makes it easy, almost effortless, to follow and see results.

One of the best things about this weight loss plan is its design to not only help you lose weight, but set you up for sustainable weight maintenance, which is the true sign of a quality program.

It's availability via a book makes it widely accessible and affordable, so there are no on-going fees, unexpected charges, or recurring needs to re-subscribe. Purchase it once and you could use it for life.

On The 17 Day Diet you'll "re-learn" how to eat, focusing on a balanced diet of lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits ad vegetables; and you'll eliminate the junk and processed foods that were no doubt a culprit in your weight and health issues.

Be sure to follow the fitness guidance, as moderate as they may be. If you're comfortable with doing more, speak with a trainer, medical professional, or continue to follow your own tried-and-true regimen of daily physical activity.


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The 17 Day Diet Contact Information
  • Phone: 800-464-1384

  • Official Website: 17 Day Diet

  • Address: 17 Day Diet, Inc. 9903 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 215 Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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Today is monday and ive been on the diet since last wednesday and ive lost 6 pounds:)! I recommend this diet to anyone and everyone! Yeah your a little hungry when u go to bed at night but its totally worth it if you want to lose...and honestly i feel better since ive been eating more healthier you can really tell it gives you more energy...and the food is yummy:)! Give this diet a 100:)!!!

posted Aug 8th, 2011 12:21 pm


Is there a limit for lean protein in the 17 day diet? I have bought the book. Still worried about my protein intake? Is there a limit? 17 day Diet Book. It say plenty of lean protein. Do you just eat until full ?

posted Aug 7th, 2011 5:25 pm


I've been following the 17 Day Diet as closely as possible. I initially lost 12lbs on cycles 1 and 2, however, towards the end of cycle 2 I started gaining. 'm on the 3rd cycle and I've gained roughly 4lbs. What should I do? I'm getting frustrated.

posted Aug 7th, 2011 1:50 pm

virginia carroll

can u eat ezekial bread on the 17 day diet? can ezekial bread be eaten is made oujt of sprouts and grain low carb good for vegeterian

posted Aug 7th, 2011 12:11 pm

Shannon Melcher

My husband and I, as well as several of my friends, have decided to try this diet together based on the fantastic results my mother experienced within the first two cycles. We have both lost a great deal of weight in the first two weeks and cannot wait to lose more. I highly recommend this diet for anyone who likes food and hates to work out for hours everyday. I won't lie. You do need to exercise the minimum amount to maximize the results. However, you do not have to stick 100% to the diet. My friend insists on having one pop tart every morning but follows the rest of the diet pretty close and she has still lost 4 pounds in the first week. Overall, this diet is realist and makes sense from a biochemistry background. If you stop eating carbs after 2pm, your body has the maximum amount of time to burn them off. After 13 days, my cravings for carbs has significantly decreased and I am able to eat smaller portions while still feeling full. Good luck!

posted Aug 6th, 2011 8:32 pm


Can I have fresh rhubarb on the 17 day diet? Just started this week. My question is where is rhubarb in this diet. Can I have it in which cycle? I do not eat at breakfast in the morning. I've been eating the breakfast food at lunch. And basically skipping a meal. Anyone know is this ok or am i not getting enough calories? Thanks for the input.

posted Aug 6th, 2011 1:48 pm


I've been on this diet since May 1st. I lost 20 lb.

But now I'm stalling. Haven't lost a pound in the last 2 weeks. I lose a lb, gain a lb, but am basically on the same weight.

I have only 10 lb to lose now! I'm not able to motivate myself as much anymore. Eat more fruits than recommended, and sometimes in the evening. I am also hungry more often.

Any tips on how to lose the last 10lb? Anyone else is in the same boat?

posted Aug 5th, 2011 4:44 pm


Love this diet, its easy to follow...healthy and fast results..down 7lbs in 3 days :)

posted Aug 5th, 2011 6:45 am


So PROUD for you Kathie, Michelle & Sam !!! I've been on it since May 16 & have lost 24 lbs. !! I love eating like this and can DEFINITILEY see myself doing this for the rest of my life....

posted Aug 4th, 2011 10:48 am

Michelle Souders

I am only on Day 3 and have already lost 4 lbs. THe plan is very easy to follow and I love that there are no special foods to buy.

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posted Aug 2nd, 2011 8:01 pm

frances johnson


posted Aug 2nd, 2011 5:28 pm

Dianne Carter

Dr. Mike mentions in the book that sardines are a good thing, but I do not see them listed on the food lists for any of the Cycles. Can anyone help me with this issue? Also, what is the serving size for grapes, berries, prunes? I could not find this information in the book either.

posted Aug 2nd, 2011 2:11 pm


Today I will purchase the book and read to become more informed.Looking forward to getting started with the deit in the next day or two. Will keep u posted.

posted Aug 2nd, 2011 6:46 am


My friend is a type 1 diabetic who lost 20 pounds on this diet in about 8 weeks & her husband has lost about 30 pounds. I was so impressed by her appearance that I downloaded the book onto my Kindle and today is Day 1 of cycle 1. As someone else commented, this is the kind of stuff that we should be eating anyway. I only want to lose about 15 pounds which I have put on slowly over 10 years. I like the idea of fairly rapid, yet healthy weight loss. I work out a ton to accommodate my very large appetite, so I like the idea of taking a break from 90 minute workouts to two 17 minute workouts per day - at least during cycle 1.

posted Aug 1st, 2011 5:42 pm


I have been on the 17DD since Jan. 12th and have lost 62 pounds. I went from a size 22-24 to a 12. I am 8 pound of reaching my goal. This is a lifestyle change and it is not hard. I have not been hungry and have actually found food that I like. I recommend the 17DD to anyone who wishes to make a healthy change!

posted Jul 31st, 2011 2:18 pm


I cannot have caffiene due to heart palpations. Can I still do this diet?

posted Jul 30th, 2011 9:47 pm


I started at 283.5 lbs and am now at 205. I started at the end of January.

posted Jul 29th, 2011 11:26 pm


hi guys
today was my last day on cycle 1. i lost totally 6.61 pounds and 3 inches on waist + 1 inch on hip. due to being vegetarian, i couldn't eat lean meat proteins so i changed it too vegetarian options. i think due to that my progress was so slow. there were some days when my weight didn't move at all. some days it increases too. i m doing 30 min exercise morng n eveng. doing brestfeeding too to my 5 month old baby. so i was expecting better results. but i think everybody is different. i started on 78.4 kg and now it is 75.4 kg. i am going to start next cycle today. let's see what happens. i want to give full chance to this diet. wish me luck. best of luck to you all.

posted Jul 29th, 2011 1:49 pm


My doctor put me on this diet today; he's on it too. Book is at Target today for $17.51.

posted Jul 28th, 2011 2:39 pm


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