January 19, 2017
17 Day Diet Review
17 Day Diet is one of the most popular weight loss programs on the market, and comes highly recommended by doctors and consumers alike.
Written by Mike Moreno, 17 Day Diet is “a doctor’s plan” for “rapid results.” Available for purchase through various online sellers, bookstores, and local grocery markets, 17 Day Diet is supposedly the fast, safe, and effective way to lose weight and keep it off for good, whether you only have 10 pounds to lose or 100.
This book will supposedly give you the inside information you need to boost your metabolism, but will its 4 stage cycles be enough to help you lose weight?
The Cycles of 17 Day Diet
17 Day Diet breaks your weight loss goals down into more manageable pieces, or cycles, that will help you establish healthy habits for long-term weight loss. These cycles include the following:
Cycle 1: Accelerate This first cycle is designed to cut down your calorie count to a mere 1200 calories per day, so you can lose up to 10-15 pounds of water weight.
Most of this stage involves eliminating carbs and unhealthy foods from the diet while staying properly hydrated. Supposedly this stage will significantly boost fat metabolism.
Cycle 2: Activate: This stage involves a slightly higher calorie consumption for the day, and according to author Mike Moreno, the zig-zagging between cycles will keep your metabolism guessing and prevent boredom.
Cycle 3: Achieve: The third stage is designed to help stabilize your current weight loss, promoting the consumption of healthier foods, but the weight loss results will only be about 2-3 pounds.
Cycle 4: Arrive: By the end of the cycle, you will supposedly have learned how to control your splurges and maintain healthier weight loss habits.
In the first two cycles of the 17 Day Diet program, exercise is kept to a minimum because of the smaller calorie intake. Dieters are recommended to walk on a regular basis to burn more calories.
In the later cycles, dieters are encouraged to ramp up their activity levels to 150 to 300 minutes per week to maintain weight loss achieved in the first two cycles.
What Dieticians Have to Say
According to webmd, most dieticians and experts give 17 Day Diet two-thumbs up for promoting clean eating and regular exercise. However, they do not approve of the restriction of certain healthy fruits such as fruits and dairy during the cycles.
Most of 17 Day Diet is based on past weight loss theories and science, but according to Keri Gans, MS, RD “There is no evidence that you can fool your metabolism by calorie-shifting, but the low-calorie plans featuring healthy foods are a good approach to weight loss.”
What We Think
17 Day Diet may be able to help you lose a few pounds, but for the most part, it doesn’t promote any permanent weight loss results.
There is not enough evidence to substantiate Moreno’s claims to weight loss success, and though there are a few useful tips and suggestions in the book, it might not be enough to give your weight loss results the extra kick to keep going.