What is the Plan?
The 17 Day Diet was devised by Dr. Mike Moreno, a family practice physician in California. With the help of daytime TV, it has become the hot new diet of the day.
More than 17 Days
Days 1 – 17: The Accelerate Phase
Eat a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet–about 200 calories. Consume unlimited lean meat and no-starch vegetables, two fat-free plain yogurts and two low-sugar fruits, a bit of oil, green tea, and 64 ounces of water each day.
Days 18 – 34: The Activate Phase
Calorie cycle by rotating low to high calories over several days. The idea is to trick your metabolism so it does not store fat for an oncoming famine. Enjoy two extra portions of whole grains for about 1500 calories a day.
Days 35 – 51: The Achieve Phase
Learn good eating habits that last a lifetime. This is similar to the Activate Phase except that lean meat is no longer unlimited, you’ll eat more grains and fruit, along with the option of one alcoholic beverage and a 100-calorie snack.
Day 52: The Arrive Phase
This lands you on a lifelong eating plan, where you cycle endlessly between the first 3 phases, along with a weekend splurge. The only rules here are no binging, plus returning to the Activate phase if you gain more than 5 pounds .
The first phase is lacking in calories and fiber. Those with type 1 diabetics, or teens, pregnant or lactating women, and sick people–need not apply. And you’ll need to supplement with a multivitamin-mineral during the first 2 phases.
Is calorie cycling valid?
Science does not backup calorie cycling. In addition, there is no focus on learning lifestyle changes for a lifetime of weight control. If you want to stay lean, you’ll need to find another way to change your not-so-healthy eating ways.
So can you trick you metabolism?
Well, foods that can boost metabolism such as hot red peppers (capsaicin), grapefruit, green tea, coffee and other caffeinated foods, or water offer minimal results. As a placebo effect it may work, for a while–so heads up on that trick.
What about weekend splurging?
Moderation baby! Splurging like a starving animal with unbridled abandon is not a healthy way to go. Eating one portion-sized item you crave is as far as one should go, that is if health and longevity is the goal. The idea of any healthy diet is to desire to eat healthy, rather than denying yourself bad food. This takes time–more than 17-days.
Novelty of a new diet
It’s always fun to try something new, lose some weight and feel the promise of losing pounds forever. When reality sinks in so will your appetite for the same fatty, salty food, sugar-filled treats you may have consumed that got you fat in the first place.
No math invovled!
Learn to eat healthy foods in moderate portions such as the size of the palm of your hand, and get your butt and other body parts moving–consistently. There is not much math involved with that!
Healthy portioned food + regular activity = a long lasting fit body
And know that you never need to spend a ton of money on strange diet concoctions or pills to lose weight!
So Yes or No?
As with all diets, restricting your food intake will naturally slim you down. So if following this low cal, calorie-cycling, body-confusing diet sound like a thrill for you, then go for it. But if you’ve been on upteen diets without long lasting success, then consider asking yourself why!
Of course, what you cram into your mouth and how you treat your body is up to you! And that is the beauty of being human!