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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

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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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posted Jan 22nd, 2012 7:39 pm


I think the 17-day diet is great. I'm not a diet person and have never gone for "diet plans," but when I turned 50 and my usual means of losing 10 lbs. stopped working and the 10 became 20+ and I heard about this diet, I decided to try it. I did the first two cycles with only slight modifications and lost 10 lbs. in those 34 days last summer, not 15+ as they say you can, but I was very happy to lose those 10 lbs. after several years of only gaining weight, especially when it wasn't very difficult to follow the eating plan. Since then I have made the principles of the 17 day diet a way of eating for me and, although I haven't gone back to restart phase 1, as I might, I have continued to slowly lose additional weight, without really trying. I lost an additional 6 lbs. in the fall by simply following the principles of eating lean protein, vegetables, limited good fats, fruit, yogurt and other pre and probiotics (I eat a Breakstone liveactive and a no fat plain greek yogurt every day for morning and afternoon snacks), green tea and limited good carbs. I have virtually eliminated bread (and gluten, coincidentally) and refined sugar from my diet, and I have never felt better. I do have a sweet tooth, so I sweeten the yogurt with a little all fruit jam and fresh fruit or a small bit of agave based chocolate topping now that I'm on "maintenance" and I don't really miss the frozen yogurt and other desserts and bread that I used to eat regularly. I believe the minimization of sugar and other carbs has reduced my cravings for these foods and my prior tendency to over consume, especially in the evenings. I used to think calories are calories, so all that matters is reducing calories, but the 17 day diet has convinced me that what you eat helps to determine how many calories you eat, so by eating the right things you will naturally want less to eat and will consume fewer calories (without counting them). This way of eating also provided the first effective treatment for my IBS since they took Zelnorm off the market -- I'm much happier with this vs. taking prescription drugs that weren't that effective. I occasionally fall off the wagon, but only slightly and I easily get right back to eating according to the principles of this diet and continue to slowly drop additional weight. I can't recommend this strongly enough.

posted Jan 20th, 2012 9:36 pm



I am in LOVE with this program. This morning I weighed in at 209, an 18.5 lb weight loss in my first 16 days! Tomorrow is the final weigh in for cycle 1. At 5'9 I still have a way to go, (with a goal of 145). However I now know that I can do whatever I set my mind to!

posted Jan 19th, 2012 3:40 am


I have been on the 17 day diet for 17 days and have lost 12 lbs! And I am not that far from my goal weight! It's a great diet! Thanks Dr. Moreno! ..Gracie

posted Jan 18th, 2012 6:33 pm



I have been following the diet since May 2011 and have lost 43 lbs. total. I feel really good and workout now almost every day for 30 to 120 minutes a day. Love it!

posted Jan 16th, 2012 5:18 pm



Is there anywhere I can get the first weeks of the 17 Day Diet plan for free? Just waiting for my book to arrive SO IM VERY EXCITED to start this. Im 21 years old and waight almost 160 and am 5'5. I just ordered the book and was just wondering is there anywhere i can get the first few days meal plan ? Any web sites that show the first 2 or 3 day plans for free?

posted Jan 12th, 2012 3:39 am



How does the 17 Day Diet work if you have a lot of weight to lose? The 17day diet and big weight loss -- What if you need tob lose lots of weight? I.c. 40 kilo's. Do you go from cycle 1 through 4 and back, or alternate beween one and two, or one, two three? I could not find the answer in you book. Thank you

posted Jan 9th, 2012 6:59 pm


the finest diet i have ever been on i'm losing rapidly eat enough not to be too hungry and with 17 day diet recipe club where everyone sends in their recipes and saying the cycle its for you nerver run out of good recipes to make.

posted Jan 8th, 2012 5:26 am


I started the 17 diet after a friend posted on facebook that she had lost 25 pounds. I was tired of feeling sluggish and having to buy bigger and bigger clothes. I have since met my goal and lost 25 pounds! I was able to maintain during the holidays and have never felt so in control of my eating habits. I have more confidence and have referred family, friends and co-workers. This has been the easiest diet I have ever done and now it doesn't really feel like a diet. I don't feel deprived anymore!

posted Jan 6th, 2012 5:26 pm


Love this diet, it is easy to follow. I lost 12 pounds the first 10 days then on to lose a total on 25. I kept it off thru the holidays and now ready to start over to lose 10 more.

posted Jan 6th, 2012 4:03 pm


The 17 Day Diet was the first one I have really tried. It was easy to follow, especially as the food was added to every 17 days so you don't get bored. I lost 20 pounds and have kept it off for a year. The daily exercise is very important. I heghly recommend this diet.

posted Jan 5th, 2012 12:09 am



Are snacks ok on the first cycle of the 17 Day Diet? I am on day 2 of cycle one and find myself hungry all the time.... Are there any snacks that are ok?

posted Jan 3rd, 2012 6:15 pm

Tessa Letzinger


I am 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. Everyone asks me how i lost weight and want to know more about this diet. I know several people have started this diet and are so inspired just because they see that it works!! Thank you Dr Mike!!!

posted Dec 31st, 2011 3:35 am

Lori Miller


Is 17 Day Diet good for runners? I'm a runner, 15-25 miles/week. I need a certain amount of carbs to give me the energy for long runs. Will this diet plan work for me?

posted Dec 30th, 2011 11:34 pm

Audrey Phillips


It was a good program worked very well i lost a lot of weight without exercise probably would have lost more if i exercised with it.

posted Dec 29th, 2011 8:49 pm

Lola Clark

I started on this Diet full of enthusiasim on day 5 I was so ill and could not work out why. The reason, Sulphur Dioxide in the Balsamic Vinegar, has anyon else experienced this, and if so what can I use to replace this. This has really been very dangerous as I did not even see the small Allergy warning on the Bottle to me vinegar is vinegar made out of Grapes, but it is not is is full of Sulphides

posted Dec 27th, 2011 11:29 am


please let me know if there is any special excercise to reduce my lower body size as i am so thin from upper part and so fat from lower part although my weight is 132 lb and my height is 169 cm eager to know the answer

posted Dec 16th, 2011 1:28 pm



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. I got all my friends doing it with me. The BOOK is essential to following this diet. I carry it everywhere with me!

posted Dec 13th, 2011 3:52 pm



do men and women eat the same amount of food?

posted Dec 13th, 2011 3:48 am

Nancy & Bill Fuqua

Can't eat grapefruit due to meds, what is a replacement? Thanks!

posted Dec 8th, 2011 9:14 pm


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