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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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Nancy & Bill Fuqua

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

posted Dec 8th, 2011 9:14 pm


Beth

I've been on this diet for 40 days now, and Ive 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! Something I can stick to, to help with my weight loss goals, and also something to help me maintain that goal once I reach it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

posted Dec 8th, 2011 5:25 pm


Anna

I stayed on the diet in the spring / summer, and lost 17lb which was pretty awesome. With 15lb more to lose, I took a break, and stopped following the diet, but I still ate mostly low carb, low sugar.

12 days ago I went back on the diet and already lost 8lb on phase one! It is simply amazing. I'm so happy. Not much more to lose, and this diet doesn't even feel like a diet.

This time I am not even following it that closely. No more lemon water in the mornings for me. Still lots of green tea.
I am also not able to exercise, because I hurt my back two weeks ago.

I'm enjoying the slimmer me, and I finally achieved my weight before I had my third baby. 10lb more, and I will be the same weight as I was at 25, before kids.

Oh, I also take Tonalin CLA, and I find it seriously reduces my appetite. I eat very littel in the evening now--1/3 cup of plain yougurt, for example--and feel full and pleasantly light.

posted Dec 8th, 2011 2:22 am


Kathy Kennedy

I haven't started yet. Need to afford book first to see if it will go along with my health problems. Book first then i will try diet!

posted Nov 30th, 2011 8:47 pm


Helena

thank you in advance!!!

posted Nov 30th, 2011 7:42 pm


Rebecca E. Reist

After turning 40 I didn't think there was a diet out there to help me lose weight. Thank God my sister told me about the 17 Day Diet book. This lifestyle change has made a complete believer out of me. In the first cycle I lost 17 lbs! I am now on cycle 3 and have lost a total of 22 lbs. I have lost one pant size and my goal is to lose one more. I can not thank Dr. Mike Moreno enough for assisting me in obtaining my goals. I feel like a new woman!!!

posted Nov 30th, 2011 4:23 pm


Ellen Sheehy

My teeth are darkening from all of the green tea. Feel good otherwise.

posted Nov 30th, 2011 3:40 pm


TANYA VOLBERT

Are there grapefruit alternatives for The 17 Day Diet? I CANNOT HAVE GRAPEFRUIT DUE TO A MEDICATION I AM ON. WHAT CAN I SUB.

posted Nov 30th, 2011 2:24 pm


Laura

Lost 40 lbs. without exercising because I have a severe back injury and now I continue to lose weight by folloing the principles. I feel great and can wear all my old clothes and I'm cutting down all the others.

posted Nov 26th, 2011 11:55 pm


Mary Ann

What can I substitute for grapefruit on The 17 Day Diet? I can not eat grapefruit, not allowed with my zocor, for cholestero , what can I substitute?

posted Nov 24th, 2011 4:51 pm



Dixiejet

I've gone from 190 to 147 since starting the diet on the 16th of May. It is the best diet I've EVER been on & I've been on EVERYTHING ! It changed my mind set & I will be doing this for the rest of my life & LOVING it !

posted Nov 19th, 2011 5:47 am


Sophie

I'm currently on Day 3 of Cycle 1, I lost 1.2 lbs the first day and 1 lb the next. My start weight was 172.2 and I'm currently 170.0. It's pretty motivating to see the weight loss already. I'm also keeping track of my fat % so I'll recheck it at the end of the 17 day to see how much fat I'm actually losing. Yesterday (day 2) was a hunger day. I was hungry a lot. Day 1 wasn't as bad. I'm hoping Day 3 is like day 1. I'm exercising along with this diet (2 - 17 mins cardio on day 1 and 17 mins on day 2) I make sure to do AT LEAST 17 mins per day. If more, even better for me :) I'm loving this diet so far. There are many recipes I want to try so it's kinda fun! I love this diet!!

posted Nov 17th, 2011 2:42 pm


Margaret Lockhart

I am referring to the 17 day diet. Can egg beaters, be used instead of egg whites scrambled for breakfast? Do I have to eat cucumbers in salads? Thank you. My Dr. recommended the diet for me, but I am starting it after Thanksgiving. Reading the book now.

posted Nov 16th, 2011 3:48 pm


Linda

Best diet I have ever tried. You stay motivated because the weight comes off so fast.

posted Nov 14th, 2011 5:22 pm


kz

Suzan, talk to your doctor about it. It is said that this isn't for diabetics, but then i've also read comments about people lowering their blood sugar dramatically. So there are diabetics doing it, but read the book and talk to your doctor about it.

posted Nov 7th, 2011 2:52 pm


Susan Schroeder

IS THE 17 DAY DIET PLAN GOOD FOR DIABETICS? I HAVE READ SOME COMMENTS THAT IT IS NOT. PLEASE EXPLAIN. THANKS. SIGNED, UNHEALTHY IN ILLINOIS.

posted Nov 6th, 2011 3:17 pm


GAYLE MONTIEL

This diet is the only one in a short period of time to reduce my belly fat and break the 150 pound barrier. I am 66 and look and feel better. This diet is the first that worked quickly but paced me onto eating normal. Thanks so much, I've told everyone

posted Nov 1st, 2011 1:36 pm


margie tucker

I just started a week ago and have lost 5 lbs. I feel great and it is not hard to do, just requires prep time and committment, as do any diet.

posted Oct 30th, 2011 4:32 pm


Lisa

I'm halfway throughout the second phase and already down 20lbs while my husband is down 30lbs! Greatest diet ever! Who would of thought eating clean healthy food would taste so good!!

posted Oct 27th, 2011 10:39 pm


Edith

If you do not achieve your weight loss goal, do you need to take a break before you start up again?

posted Oct 22nd, 2011 2:41 pm



 

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