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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

Ask and Answer 17 Day Diet Questions now.

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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Peggy

I like the diet, but I think the good doctor needs to do a revised version and clarify some things. I really messed up at first because he said you could have "any kind of low fat yogurt" which ended up (I found on his website) not being true. There are several instances like that in the book where things are not clearly defined. I have lost 13 #s-mostly in the first two cycles. I platued in Cycle 3, and am going to go back on Cycle 2 and try to lose a few more pounds. I'm pretty happy though-I didn't have a lot to lose, and I've dropped a dress size. Feel great.

posted Feb 28th, 2012 7:33 pm


Bonnie Williamson

Started months ago and was so pleased, but put it aside for holidays. Starting back today. Need to lose 65 lbs or so. Your recipes are the best. Three adult men who live here were always wanting "my" food. This time I'll just use your recipes for everyone. Looking forward to a new lease on life. THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH! By the way, when Dr. Moreno appeared on the Dr. Phil show is when I became convinced this would work for me.

posted Feb 28th, 2012 3:28 pm


Jeremy

I have always been skeptical of what I would call "fad" diets, but this has proved to be very successful. After Weight Watchers their program, I was frustrated that I could not seem to take any weight off despite following the regimen very strictly. After only 2 months on the 17 day diet, I have lost 25 pounds, my partner has lost 20, and I have reworked many of my favorite recipes to work with the diet very successfully (and deliciously). The first phase is a little tough, but totally worth it. We all know it's not healthy to continuously lose a lot of a weight, but the initial large drop is a great motivator and helps keep you on track.

posted Feb 24th, 2012 9:39 pm


nat

you lost me at industry exercise standards in the con .. obv you didnt read the book or program... pretty sure 2 - 17 minute exercise periods per day is pass the 30 minute recommendation

posted Feb 24th, 2012 11:37 am


CINDY

CAN YOU DRINK DECAFFEINATED GREEN TEA INSTEAD OF REGULAR?

posted Feb 23rd, 2012 7:00 pm


gina

I have been on the diet since May 7!! I have LOST 50 POUNDS!!! I feel great and I would highly recommend this diet!!! My daughters all did it too and they love 15 pounds each!!! Have not felt BETTER!!!

posted Feb 17th, 2012 9:12 pm


antonella

what time is the snack you we con heat fruits after 2 pm i m in the 17 day diet my yogurt is greek yogurt plain nonfat 7 g.of sugar for 1 cup iis ok

posted Feb 16th, 2012 12:21 pm


Leslie

I am gluten intolerant. Can the 17 day diet be adjusted accordingly?

posted Feb 16th, 2012 3:59 am


antonella

What time can you have a snack on the 17 Day Diet? you said don't have fruit after 2:pm what time is the snack

posted Feb 16th, 2012 3:15 am


Kris

Are there alternatives to Green Tea?? I'd really like to try this plan, however I have hypothyroidism and have been told to avoid green tea. Is this true? I am also diabetic so I'm worried about the cranberry juice's sugar content. Is there yet another alternative or just water?

posted Feb 14th, 2012 9:17 pm


Christine Saunders

What can i do to make the plain yogurt taste better. Today is day 1 for me and it's completely unbearable.

posted Feb 13th, 2012 6:07 pm


Tasha

I have been on the diet for a week and I messed up and had a slice of pizza over the weekend. Do i need to start over all 17 days or just jump back on the bandwagon?

posted Feb 12th, 2012 5:11 pm


Chuck S

I started the 17 Day Diet February 7, 2011. A year later I am still at my goal weight of 180. Feb of 2011 I weighed 210. My body fat level is 7% and has been since the end of last March. Many of my friends have tried the diet and have had similar success. I recommend it to all who want to learn how to eat for life.

posted Feb 10th, 2012 1:54 pm


Lucy

I am 57 years old and have been "dieting" since the age of 10. The 17-day Diet has been the easiest and most effective plan I've ever tried. I began the plan on May 2 and lost 50 pounds by September 20. I went from a Size 14 to a Size 6. So many of my friends/acquaintances have purchased the book after seeing my success, I joke that I should be receiving a percentage of the sales!

posted Jan 31st, 2012 1:54 pm


Cindy

I have almost finished the Accelerate Cycle and am looking at Cycle 2. I saw that one of the suggested recipes is for Lean Granola. It is italicized indicating that it is a recipe in the back of the book. But I cannot find "Lean Granola" in the recipe section. Is there a specific recipe for it? Thanks!

posted Jan 31st, 2012 2:54 am


Evelyn

Would pickle relish be ok to eat on the accelerate cycle of the 17 Day Diet? pickle relish like you would eat on a hotdog. It's about the 17 day diet, accelerate cycle.

posted Jan 30th, 2012 11:30 pm


Diane

I've tried many diets in the past and this one is the easiest to follow and I lose weight fast. I'm never deprived and have changed my eating habits to healthy from unhealthy. Love this plan and I refer it to everyone!

posted Jan 29th, 2012 4:08 pm


Shawn

I lost all my weight on this diet. Gaining some back because of my own fault. Starting back today. Will lose it fast

posted Jan 27th, 2012 12:23 pm


monica

Easy to follow

posted Jan 26th, 2012 4:23 pm


Sue

I have been on the diet for 4 days and have lost 3 lbs. However I find it difficult to drink 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water a day as I feel too full so I have cut back. Even cutting back on the water I still cannot eat everything on the suggested menus. Too much food for me!!! Also I am having a hard time finding some of the foods (i.e. - sugar free yogurt and fat free parmesan cheese) which is a little frustrating. I am going to stick with it though and see where I am after the first cycle .

posted Jan 23rd, 2012 11:58 pm



 

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