There’s a new diet phenomenon doing the rounds – the 17 Day Diet! I heard about it on TV and had to look up more details, so thought you’d like the lowdown too.
The 17 Day Diet was developed by Californian doctor, Dr Michael Moreno, and the diet plan is split it into four cycles of 17 days each. The diet is based on ‘clean eating’, which includes avoiding consuming processed foods and sugars, plus alcohol in the early stages. Each of the 17 day cycles varies the consumption of carbohydrates, proteins and fruits to help stimulate metabolism and help digestion.
The science between the 17 days is that this is right before the time when the body apparently starts to realise that the diet is a habit and metabolism starts to slow down.
The four different 17 day cycles are:
1. Accelerate – which aims to help remove sugar from the blood, discourage storage of fat, boost fat burning and provide rapid weight loss.
2. Activate – which aims to restore metabolism and increase and decrease the amount of calories you eat, to help improve fat burning and avoid plateaus occurring.
3. Achieve – this cycle re-introduces more foods and encourages you to develop good eating habits.
4. Arrive – this cycle is ongoing and is aimed at helping you maintain your weight goal through a healthy eating programme. You’re allowed to eat treats at weekends, which is said to fulfil food cravings.
In addition to the 17 Day Diet programme, Dr Moreno has also produced The 17 Minute Workout, to help with fat burning. It’s a cardio workout that can easily be done at home on a daily basis.
As with any diet, Dr Moreno says you have to be strict and adhere to the rules in order to lose weight. But fans of the diet have been reported to have lost between 10 and 12lbs in two to three weeks, so it obviously works for some people.
I’ve not tried it out, but would be interested to hear from anyone who has. Have you lost weight on the 17 Day Diet? Is it really as good as it sounds or is there a catch?