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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

BACKGROUND

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.

PRO
  • 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

CON
  • 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
EXERCISE

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

DIET and NUTRITION

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.

17 DAY DIET VIDEOS

Having trouble viewing? Watch the 17 Day Diet Interview video here.

17 Day Diet YouTube Channel

The 17 Day Diet, report on CBS

The 17 Day Diet Challenge on Dr. Phil

The 17 Day Diet Video Review - Our product spotlight explains the diet and its pros and cons.

17 DAY DIET USER REVIEWS

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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17 DAY DIET FAQ

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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CONCLUSION

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.

17 DAY DIET SLIDESHOWS

View What is the 17 Day Diet? Slideshow

Must Read Diet Books of 2011

17 DAY DIET RESOURCES

17 Day Diet Club on The Doctors

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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colleen

Hi everyone! Today is day 17 for me~I'm down 19.6 pounds! Love love love this diet!

posted May 4th, 2011 8:20 am


neeters

this diet cannot be used by hypoglycemic or in control diabetics because there is not enough carbs and you will go low blood sugar and this is very dangerous! do not use if you are hypo or diabetic!

posted May 3rd, 2011 10:05 am


Cheryl

I have been on the 17 day diet for 34 days and I have lost 16 pounds. I have followed the plan pretty close and also have exercised. I only weighed 150 when I started and I am down to 134. For being kind of small to start with I think this is an awesome weight lose. It is easy to follow and you get plenty to eat. Good luck.

posted May 2nd, 2011 8:39 pm


Kate

I'm not a big fan of eggs. Can I do a protein shake for breakfast instead?

posted May 2nd, 2011 4:35 pm


Deb Fayta

I have lost almost 7 pounds in the first week and that was with a few minor hiccups. I know I am eating much healthier and I already feel better and have more energy.

posted May 2nd, 2011 12:47 pm


Sher

I purchased the book from Amazon for $14.00.

posted May 2nd, 2011 1:25 am


DJ

Lightheadedness: eat more food!! You can have large quantities of protein and unlimited veggies. Be sure to not exercise too much. If you feel off, steam up some veggies or have a boiled egg snack. This is not a starve type of diet.

posted Apr 30th, 2011 8:35 pm


Tessa

I have been on this diet for 18 days now, just started my 2nd cycle today. I have lost 19 lbs so far! Sometimes i am bored of the foods i'm eating but it's easy to follow. Recommend completely!

posted Apr 29th, 2011 4:04 pm


Diane

I have tried every diet known to man in the last 20 years of my life. I only need to lose 30 lbs., but haven't been able to successfully keep it off. I tried the 17-day Diet and it worked as it states. I lost 13 lbs. in the first cycle, moved to the second cycle, stopped the diet and have still kept off the weight. I'm planning to revisit it and start again. It's easy, healthy, a no-brainer for us life-time dieters!

posted Apr 29th, 2011 1:47 pm


meg

I lost 7.5 lbs in the first 15 days of cycle 1 which was very good for me. I only wanted to lose about 12 lbs. I felt much better/ less tired without out all the carbs. On about day 15 I started slowly adding back in the carbs, because my weight loss had slowed down. Once I started eatting a small amount of carbs the weight loss started again.

posted Apr 29th, 2011 7:53 am


APRIL

I JUST FINISHED MY FIRST 17 DAYS AND I HAVE LOST 10LBS! I LOVE IT! IT WAS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW, IT DID NOT LEAVE YOU CRAVING ANY SUGARS OR FRIED FOODS.. THE EXCITEMENT OF THE QUICK RESULTS IS THE REASON TO KEEP GOING!! NOW I JUST NEED TO MAKE THE COOKIE...

posted Apr 29th, 2011 6:54 am


Kris

I'm on day 11 and yesterday started experiencing lightheadedness and vertigo. Has anyone else experienced this? I've lost 12 lbs so far and love this diet!

posted Apr 28th, 2011 1:47 pm


jm

I have been on this diet for 34 days and I've lost 27 lbs so far. This is not a difficult diet at all, I honestly don't miss the bread, pasta or sweets. I work out every day before work and for 20 minutes before I go to bed. Eating out is not difficult either, most restaurants offer healthier menus these days so you can pick and choose what you want.

posted Apr 28th, 2011 11:32 am


cricket

Greek yogurt is the creamiest best with one cup of chopped strawberries and one packet of sweetener. Loved it1

posted Apr 28th, 2011 9:38 am


cricket

My last post was April 15 when I started the 17 day diet. Today is the 28th of April. I have lost 6 lbs. I really expected to have lost more but I am quite satisfied that my 3 year plateau is busted. I also had a few slip-ups because of invites to friends homes where most of the foods were starchy. On the first stage of the 17-day diet there are no starches at all. That's ok! I STILL LOST WEIGHT!!!!!!

posted Apr 28th, 2011 9:35 am


Dianne DuCett

Where can I find these Lean and Mean Meals you were talking about on TV on 4/27/2011

posted Apr 27th, 2011 5:55 pm


Reese_N-MS

Amanda F, My husband and I have been eating out with no problem. I get either grilled fish or chicken, plain baked potato(if you're in the right cycle to have potato), or steamed veg and a salad. If the restaurant makes the salad for you, just ask them to leave off the cheese, bacon, crutons and put the dressing on the side. Ask for a light dressing or fat free. If they dont have one, just use regular dressing, but instead of pouring it onto the salad, just dip your fork into the dressing before you take a bite of salad. You eat much less dressing this way. That's an old WW trick.

We've found several local restuarants to eat at and a couple of chains. O'Charlies has grilled fish, steamed veg and salad. Lenny's Sub has a Chicken Philly Salad. Just hold the cheese. Some places dont have steamed veg, but they have green beans or greens. A good idea for chains is to look up their menu online before you go. That way you can kind of prepare ahead what you're going to order.

posted Apr 27th, 2011 11:59 am


Amanda F

Eating out? I am on my second day of the diet. I got asked to go to dinner with a friend and said I would go figuring I would just order steamed veggies with no seasoning and grilled chicken or salmon with no seasoning. My question is, would that be ok? Can restaurants do that for you? I want to be on the diet, but I don't want to stop my life because of it.

posted Apr 26th, 2011 11:07 pm


marykay mendoza

we were on this diet for 5 days......I had massive headaches from the detox and my partner's sugar spiked up to 190.....we had followed this diet to the letter and quit.......I'm very disappointed.....

posted Apr 26th, 2011 12:15 pm


karen

I buy the Yoplait Source yogurt. It's 0% fat and sweetened with Spenda. Each 100ml (3 oz) serving has 35 calories. It comes in many different fruit/desert/coffee flavours. It's available in all the grocery stores around here. igor alv

posted Apr 26th, 2011 11:48 am



 

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