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What is The 17 Day Diet?


By Mary_RD on Jan 18, 2011 10:00 AM in Tips & Updates
Edited By +Rachel Berman

For those who like to know exactly what to do, there is The 17 Day Diet.  The diet has been burning through the Internet ever since the start of the New Year when its creator, Dr. Mike Moreno, was “seen on TV” on Dr. Phil and The Doctors. The book jacket claims the diet is “a simple plan that targets both belly fat and visceral fat and produces fast results that last.” 'Belly fat' and 'fast', the magic words. Dr. Mike knows the right thing to say.

The 17 Day Diet Plan

Days 1 – 17 are to “Accelerate” on a low carbohydrate diet that provides around 1200 calories.  Eat 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 a day.  Typical for any low carb diet, fat-burning and fluid loss is favored during those days.

Days 18 – 34 are to “Activate” by calorie cycling (aka calorie shifting or calorie zigzagging), which means that the daily calorie intake cycles and recycles from low to high over the course of several days.  The goal is to trick the metabolism to prevent it from slowing down.  Two servings of whole grains are added to the above to raise the average calorie intake to 1500 a day.    

Days 35 – 51 are to “Achieve” good eating habits that last a lifetime.  This phase is the same as “Activate” except that lean meat is no longer unlimited and more grains and fruit are added, along with an optional serving of alcohol and a 100-calorie snack.  In other words, the low carb diet is 'Out' and a balanced low-calorie diet is 'In' sans the processed food.

Day 52 and on are to “Arrive” at a lifelong eating plan, which is a constant cycling through phases 1, 2 and 3 - until the weekends when you can splurge.  But don’t binge, says Dr. Mike, and if you gain more than 5 pounds, return immediately to phase 2.

A Nutritional Critique

For many people, the beginning phase is too low in calories, and for everyone, it is too low in fiber.  But a low carb vs. low fat diet is simply a matter of choice because research shows they both work if the calories are low.  Dr. Mike says the diet is not for type 1 diabetics, or for teens, pregnant and lactating women, and sick people I might add.  And it is prudent to take a multivitamin-mineral supplement during the first two phases.

And since I was quoted on Shine from Yahoo, I’ll share what I said about the rest.

Regarding calorie cycling:

"There is no scientific evidence to support the efficacy of calorie cycling or its effect on metabolism,” says Mary Hartley, RD, MPH, the director of nutrition at Calorie Count. "There is no harm in calorie cycling temporarily or indefinitely and the process happens naturally for most people, who don't eat or burn the same number of calories every day. But I am not in favor of focusing on any process that takes you away from attending to the lifestyle changes that you need to make and practice for permanent weight control."

Regarding 'tricking' the metabolism:

"A few specific foods and beverages have been shown to boost metabolism in research studies.  They are hot red pepper (capsaicin), grapefruit, green tea, coffee and other caffeinated foods, and even water.  But keep in mind that the increased metabolism these foods provide is too small to really be meaningful," Hartley says in the article "How You Can Control Your Metabolism" at DietsInReview.com.

Regarding splurging on the weekends:

"Bad idea," says Hartley. "Wild weekends can reverse the progress you make during the week. Ultimately, you’ll feel like you are working hard but not getting anywhere. For example, if you created a 3500 calorie deficit by dieting and exercising Monday through Friday, you could easily undo it by eating and drinking 1750 extra calories for two days. Also, note that successful dieters change their mindsets so they want to eat healthy most of the time."

A Psychological Diversion?

Many people enjoy following a 'diet' for awhile.  Like a trip to a spa, it can feel energizing and may renew a commitment to eating clean.  And who can argue with clean eating: lots of water, no processed foods, no sugar, solid fats, or booze?  Dr. Mike has meal plans and recipes and a 17-minute exercise CD all for $29.00 - and even home delivered meals for an additional fee. 

But The 17 Day Diet doesn’t touch the day-to-day behavioral issues tantamount to effective change.  It might be an interesting diversion for those with only 5 pounds to lose, but when more loss is needed, the diversion could keep you from figuring out a plan that works over the course of a lifetime for YOU.


Your thoughts....

What's your take on the  17 Day Diet?   

Join the discussion, Anyone try the 17 Day Diet book?, in Calorie Count's Weight Loss Forum.



Comments


I think dieting doesn't work.

People should stick to the good old watching what you eat and exercising, this sounds like a lot of work and restrictions.

Plus, you'll probably gain it right back after you stop this absurd diet. 



Calorie counting, walking and riding a bike worked for me, I lost 45 pounds! Of course caloriecount.com helped me!



See above comment...exercise and calorie counting is the only way to go.



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A diet is still a diet. Calorie counting is a diet. Listening to your body, and honoring your hunger signals, eating to satiation and not beyond, that's the only sustainable weight loss program. If you listened to your body, only ate mindfully when you were hungry and stopped when you were full, then weight wouldn't be an issue. But we eat for emotional reasons or social reasons, and thus, have weight problems. Yet can you really see yourself still keeping a food log in 5 years? Is it truly sustainable? IMHO, it's not. True change comes from the inside, not a book or a website. Yes, these are helpful tools and are great to get us back on track, but they shouldn't become guides for the rest of our lives... Just my $0.02.



This is another money-making scheme by another "doctor". Did you notice that Dr Phil devoted a whole show to this? I wonder what his cut of the profit is?  I've lost over 100 lbs. without any help or hocus-pocus and barring any health issues, everyone else can do it too. Stop throwing your money away on stupid diets. Send me money, I'll tell you what to eat!!!



I am currently ON the 17 day diet and it has been GREAT!!! I really think u guys should try reading the book before u judge!! He says that u need to make a lifestyle change and he encourges exercise and teaches how to count calories and teaches u what u need to eat!!! I wouldn't be fat if watching what i ate and counted calories and exercise was so easy...It's tough to change so to have a book that helps and encourges u until u can do it on ur own..well i think it's amazing!!! I've lost 9 pounds in a week and my energy level has been SOO much better!!! I feel wonderful and after I go through all the cycles I plan to continue to eat healthy!!! I feel like this is a great book!!!



If this guy truely wanted to help people, he would do it for free. Not everyone has the money to shell out on another scheme diet. Healthy eating is common sense. Wings,bad, veggies,good. These quacks prey on weak minded people that can't think for themselves. I wouldn't even try it for free at this point.



Original Post by: maiishax33

I think dieting doesn't work.

People should stick to the good old watching what you eat and exercising, this sounds like a lot of work and restrictions.

Plus, you'll probably gain it right back after you stop this absurd diet. 


I have tried them all and all the new ones seem to be little more than a recycling in a new form of the old ones.  Watching and weighing everything you eat and keeping a good record of everything that goes into your mouth is the only way to absolutely lose weigh for me.  Burning more calories than you take in.  Eating foods that are good for you.  Calorie Count has given me all the tools I need without paying 30 dollars for a book to tell me essentially what I already know.  And this time, at 64, I have found the determination to stick to it.  I walk 4 miles everyday at 4.5 mph, I exercise for 35 minutes, hoping to increase that, and I bike whenever I can.  I am more active now than I have been in a very, very long time.

Thank you Calorie Count!!!



In my experience it wasn't keeping a food log per se that helped me lose weight. It was the knowledge attained by keeping that log.  I don't need to log every meal now because I understand portions so much better than I did. I still measure a lot of my portions, but I'm getting pretty good at eyeballing amounts as well.

And even if you really like the diet described above, you have to take some steps on your own to measure, count, track, and record. 

What I love about Calorie Count is that it's taught me, (with no gimmicks or diet plans or books to buy) how to eat the foods that fuel my mind and body in the optimal way.   It's not a diet at all. It's a lifestyle.  A really, really great lifestyle!Laughing



You don't need a book to tell you that what most people eat now a days is bad for you. I lost 10 pounds in 10 days just taking sugar and pasta and bread out of my diet. I stopped getting headaches, I was no longer bloated and didn't feel the constant need to eat. It is all about insulin control.  Once you get use to not depending on those for eating then you can introduce it back in moderation. But trying to diet using high GI foods will keep you on the sugar rollercoaster.  Don't buy anything in a box or out of a jar for 10 days and I promise you, you will see the biggest difference in your life. You don't even have to weigh anything or count much if you don't want to. Plus it is a great confidence boost.  I did the 30 day challenge and now I'm eating the Primal Blueprint way.

Our society seems to need to put sugar or sugar substitute in everything. Take sugar out of the equation and you will no longer be starving all the time.  Eat an apple if you need something sweet.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck.  I'm down 18 pounds since Nov 15, and I feel great and I still have lots of dark chocolate in my life and the occasional cookie.



Weak minded people??? Well if ur fat ur a weak minded person.....sorry but that's the truth!!!  I'm not saying that he has all the answers just said it was nice to have help through the first part till i get used to eating better!!! Anyway just gave my feedback didn't know I was going to get downed for it!!! I personally like the book and yeah i did spend money on it but I've passed it on for free to help others!!!



I'm so glad you addressed this diet Mary. We've had lots of discussion on the forums about it. Sadly it seems that there are many many people looking for that magic combination and written or spoken words truth won't sink in no matter how much we waste our breath.



My husband bought the 17 day diet book after watching Dr. Phil.  I say anything that inspires him is wonderful.  After the first 17 days, my husband is down 25 pounds.  He is really enjoying the fruit and lean meats and gets full faster.  He has brought his blood sugar down and has a spring in his step that has been missing for years.

 We are starting the new phase in two days.  I haven't lost but 8 pounds, but I haven't been as true to the diet as he.  I do exercise and he doesn't, but he will start as he feels like it now.

 

I know that "fad diets" are just that.  But this has been a great jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle.  His confidence level is higher about his looks than is years.  It's easy to follow and makes sense. Bloating and gas are gone.  I feels great.  And it certainly isn't harmful.

Don't knock it until you've tried it.



I was on the 17 Day Diet. I figured if it was lots of veggies, what could be wrong with that? I lost 6 pounds in 9 days! But, I could not keep up my regular exercise. I just didn't have it in me. I got constipated even though I followed his advice about the 8 glasses of water plus 3 of green tea. 

Now my calorie count is back up between 1,200 and 1,400. I am not constipated and I am back to my exercise regime. I'm happy to be back to normal even if normal is still overweight. Somehow, I'll break the plateau but it won't be with something so crazy. 

I will continue to use some of his recipes. The chicken vegetable soup was very good. 



I started on January 1st with the 17 day diet. My reward for day 17 was a trip to the spa. The first 11 days went great, but by day 12 I was craving pizza really bad so I went ahead and ate it. After "falling off the wagon" I just completely gave up trying to avoid the foods I love. I have been eating my favorite foods, but I just eat them in moderation now.

 I think the 17 day diet is a great jump start for those who need to see results quickly. It is tough, but effective (I only lasted a little over 10 days, but I lost 7 pounds).

I've taken some of the things I learned from the book and combined it with the calorie count tools to develop my own style. And, yes many of you said that it isn't realistic because you can't do it the rest of your life, but if it helps some get started on the path to a healthier life, why not give it a try.

 



I started this diet last Tuesday after a friend mentioned it to me and started the day before.

So 1/11/11. I quit after this past Saturday. I was following this for not even a full week, and from that Tuesday to Saturday, I lost 9 lbs. I was so happy, I was fine with the results. I wasn't really having problems besides feeling tired a lot. Then I started having trouble going to bed. Every time I'd lay down, my heart would start pounding and I'd feel like I was on the verge of passing out. My hands and feet were tingling.... it was terrible. I thought I was having a horrible panic attack, but I've been told it may have been a result of this diet. I wasn't getting any nutrients really.

Since I quit and joined this site, I feel so much better. I'm actually able to EAT. I'd maybe reccomend this if you have only a few pounds to lose. My friend who introduced me to the diet didn't stick with it very well over the weekend and gained back two pounds that she had previously lost. That seemed to say "Hey, you don't stick with me it'll come back even faster.". And after two days of me eating like a normal person, I've gained a 1/2 pound back. 



Another fad diet!  Getting fit requires a well balanced diet, and regular exercise.  A lifestyle change is the key to reach your goals.  Period.



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I like reading diet books.  I consider it a hobby.  I rarely do the diets, but I find reading the books keeps me in a healthy eating state of mind and almost every book has a few nuggets of helpful information.  I would read this one, though I will wait to buy it till it ends up in the clearance bin.   I have also found with similar diets to do the book backwards.  Start with the maintenance faze and then move to the next.  This way it doesn't shock your body too much.  I usually skip the harshest parts of the diet, but then you might not get that weight loss kick.  



What works is eating three meals, plus two snacks daily (100 calories) so you are never hungry; being mindful of what you are eating; and avoidig processed and prepared food.  Start cooking and preparing your own  meals, so you know what you are eating.  Exercise every day.  A well lived life is a well thought out life, including your food.  I lost 35 pounds two years ago; and my craving for sweets, potato chips and junk food in general.



I, too, think people should read the book before they judge.  What both Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil said about this man's "plan" made sense.  It incorporates several techniques that have been proven to work...including making long-term lifestyle changes to achieve healthy eating.

I went on the original Low Carb Diet in the early 70's and it worked.  I DID lose about 40 lbs.but I've always had a problem with constipation so on that level, it DIDN'T work.  In recent years, I've had a balanced eating plan that includes lots of fiber.  And I lost 82 lbs.  Unfortunately, I've put about 15 lbs. back on (mostly because of indulging at Fall birthday parties and then the holidays).  I've had difficulty "dialing back down" to what I KNOW works for me.  And, because this diet seems to incorporate several techniques that have worked for me personally, I plan to give it a go.  My reasoning is that doing something structured and completely different from what I've been doing lately is just what I NEED.  And by the way...I've also utilized calorie shifting to break out of a plateau.  And it worked like a CHARM!

I agree with dschnakenburg...Don't knock it 'til you've TRIED it!



This is a great diet! I am so happy with it! I think the people that had trouble with it as Americans are used to eating anything and everything they wanted before and their bodies went through a shock of health... These portions are great and its all heathly food we should eat every single day... I'd tell anyone to use this diet. It's changed my life. Lost 8 lbs in the first week and kept that going...



I decided I didn't have anything to loose by trying it. I have been on it for 3 days and so far I feel really good. I agree that most of my cravings came in form of carbs and sugar. The first phase helps with that. I also haven't been much of a fish eater but I am forcing myself to do exactly what the books says for 17 days. So far I have even enjoyed eating the fish. So far it has been a positive experience but I have only been diligently doing it for 3 days. I keep you updated. Not that I don't love caloriecount.com I do love it. I think it is another great and wonderful too. I actually use both in tandem. 

 

I really don't understand the past comments on "not getting any nutrients" If you are eating the loads of vegetables, fruit, yogurt, lean protein, water you are getting lot of nutrients a huge amount more then what most people sustain themselves on with the processed fatty foods. 



and I do exercise.

I tried eating healthy & calorie counting and exercise for a year with very little results. Not sure why. I think maybe I pieced to much in between. I don't know.

But please don't been mean just because I am adding another tool (the book) to try. 



First of all, I'm sick of these 'miracle' diets being splashed through the media. I have a fifteen year old sister who is trying to lose weight and these types of things are being planted in minds of young people who don't have the life skills to be critical of such things. This may work, but like Mary said, it takes a life changing habit to make it work and most people cannot do it. The hardest thing for a person to do is change themselves, so something drastic like this plan is scary to put in the hands of certain people. Although it says it isn't for teenagers, I worry that some teenagers will try it.

Second of all, good to know about the weekend splurge idea. I have been trying to avoid sugar until the weekends, and I have noticed that I'm slowing down in my weight loss (trying to lose baby weight gained from pregnancy). I'm glad to have calorie counter and other programs like this so I can see a balance in my nutrients along with the calories, this should help in keeping me on track with eating the good calories and limiting bad calories such as sweets.



to Sweetpink 98... your sister may see all the diets being splashed through the media but it IS your parents responsibility to teach her the healthy life she needs.. and what she should eat on a daily basis. If your parents aren't teaching her these life skills then that is probably why she is looking at losing weight. Its not ALL the medias fault. Maybe you should talk to your parents about her dieting so it doesnt get into soemthing a lot more serious.



Portion control, exercise, reduction of all processed foods and empty calories, reduced salt, sugar, adding grains and exotic spices and a healthy lifestyle can all be practiced and sustained and work well and do not require any time line, stress or strain.

If this or that diet works for someone and inspires them, then  it is great for whatever their motivation. But for the long term I support portion control, eating good healthy foods, lots of fresh grains, unprocessed foods, vegetables, and above all portion control and exercise- it works day in and day out year after year.



I feel like the people who are bashing on this diet didn't even read what it was about. It all makes sense. Keep carbs in moderation, watch sugar intake, eat fruits/veggies/lean meats/water. Sounds like what a lot of people do anyway when they are dieting. And yeah, not everyone has dieted before, so they might not already know this information. So I think the people who are saying "why even get this book" might want to reconsider their attitudes.



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Original Post by: philfan1

If this guy truely wanted to help people, he would do it for free. Not everyone has the money to shell out on another scheme diet. Healthy eating is common sense. Wings,bad, veggies,good. These quacks prey on weak minded people that can't think for themselves. I wouldn't even try it for free at this point.


Good for you!  Be proud of your accomplishments, always!  What is a huge accomplishment for me may be something small for you, but that doesn't matter, it's YOU that matters.  I like learning, reading, and applying science to my dieting, and books written by doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and other specialists have really helped me.  I was valedictorian of my HS and went to an Ivy League college, and now am a teacher with a Masters Degree, so I am definitely NOT weak-minded, I just like to read and learn from as many sources as I can.  What works for each of us is always different, and the only way to find out what works is to try several approaches.  If this 17 Day approach works for you, then use it!  I recently lost 26 pounds using Calorie Count, and now am trying to stay on a healthy eating and lifestyle plan.  What I like about this site is that you can create a total plan that works for YOU, and then keep with it.  I love all of the articles and support, too.  I have recommended this site to so many of my friends, and hearing about so many other success stories has been a great inspiration to me.  Good luck to everyone out there who is trying to live a more healthy and happy life.  :^)  If you WANT to do it, YOU WILL!



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I agree with the critique. My success came when I found a plan that worked for me. It had to be healthy, allow me to feel satisfied and be a plan I could live with the rest of my life. Trial and error as I went along made a big difference. I used to give up as soon as I ate a food that I felt was "bad". This time I forgave myself and continued on. I did a lot of hard work, which I never did before. I stopped saying I have no time and made time. I needed to cut salads and prepare food for myself in a new way. I wrote things down and counted calories. We put hard work into all the things in our lives, our jobs, education, relationships, etc. Why then, when it comes to our health and happiness (because how we feel and look, our weight, is directly connected to our happiness) do we say things like I don't have time for exercise (20 minutes a day can do wonders) or I don't have time to prepare the right meals. Then there is the excuse that it costs too much to eat healthy which is so not true. Bottom line is read a lot to see what really works and incorporate it into your life and put in the hard work. You will then be a winner at weight loss. 


WELL SAID!  Laughing



Original Post by: dschnakenburg

Weak minded people??? Well if ur fat ur a weak minded person.....sorry but that's the truth!!!  I'm not saying that he has all the answers just said it was nice to have help through the first part till i get used to eating better!!! Anyway just gave my feedback didn't know I was going to get downed for it!!! I personally like the book and yeah i did spend money on it but I've passed it on for free to help others!!!


Good for you!  Be proud of your accomplishments, always!  What is a huge accomplishment for me may be something small for you, but that doesn't matter, it's YOU that matters.  I like learning, reading, and applying science to my dieting, and books written by doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and other specialists have really helped me.  I was valedictorian of my HS and went to an Ivy League college, and now am a teacher with a Masters Degree, so I am definitely NOT weak-minded, I just like to read and learn from as many sources as I can.  What works for each of us is always different, and the only way to find out what works is to try several approaches.  If this 17 Day approach works for you, then use it!  I recently lost 26 pounds using Calorie Count, and now am trying to stay on a healthy eating and lifestyle plan.  What I like about this site is that you can create a total plan that works for YOU, and then keep with it.  I love all of the articles and support, too.  I have recommended this site to so many of my friends, and hearing about so many other success stories has been a great inspiration to me.  Good luck to everyone out there who is trying to live a more healthy and happy life.  :^)  If you WANT to do it, YOU WILL!



I've been on the 17-Day Diet for 18 days... here are my thoughts.

The Pro’s and Cons of the 17-Day-Diet

After reading posts on three separate forums and listening to the comments of my fellow dieters, I found the 17-Day-Diet isn’t necessarily what it’s cracked up to be (for everyone). Yes! Some people do lose up to 15 pounds the first cycle. In reading I’m finding for the most part that the people who lose the most are those that had very unhealthy eating habits prior to starting this plan with little or no exercise in their daily routine. If you fit that category… you’ll probably see the greatest results. If on the other hand you were a “somewhat healthy” eater with a moderate amount of exercise prior to starting this journey… you can probably expect to lose a similar amount of weight as you would with other plans (i.e. Weight Watchers, Simply for Life, LA Weightloss, etc). Lets face it… we were not eating totally healthy and doing an adequate amount of exercise or we wouldn’t be here right? You will still lose weight with this plan, just maybe not as much as the books media blitz suggests. I’m finding (on average) most people are losing between 5-8 pounds on the first cycle. Which when you sit back and look at it, the first 17 day cycle is 2.5 weeks, so if you lose say 6 pounds that’s over 2 pounds loss a week – a very healthy and sustainable weight loss. If you think five pounds is nothing… walk around all day carrying a five pound dumbbell and you will know differently.

The Pros

There are several pros that I can see with this plan:

1. The foods on this plan are readily available in most supermarkets
2. There is no counting calories or points
3. You get to “eat” your meals rather than drink a supplement
4. The foods your are eating you can continue with for the rest of your life
5. You train your body away from its carbohydrates/sugar/fat dependence.
6. You will lose weight on this plan

The Cons

1. The plan does not deliver on its promises of “rapid weight loss” for all. This sets some dieters up for disappointment. They then become frustrated and disillusioned and end up throwing in the towel and returning to old eating behaviors.
2. There is no input from the creator of the plan when you have questions or concerns. Unlike some diet books that offer websites/email addresses where you can get answers to your concerns… there is no such support system with this plan.
3. No one-on-one support with a coach or trainer. If you embark on a plan such as weight watchers you have someone guiding you through the process. When you have questions, or reach road blocks, there is someone available to assist you with your journey.
4. You WILL plateau. Everyone does. Despite what the book claims, many of you will reach a plateau either early on in the plan, or somewhere during your journey. You’ll need to be prepared and find ways to work through the plateau and get past them.


Would I recommend this plan to others? Yes… BUT I would make sure they were aware that the book may not deliver on some of its promises, they will lose weight, but it will take time. The eating plan is something that can be adopted for life and I honestly believe that the foods we are encouraged to eat on this plan are “good fuels” for our bodies. This is not a miraculous spell or potion that is going to suck the pounds of your body… It’s a lot of hard work, some ups and downs of sugar and carb withdrawal, many will experience trouble with their eliminations, and there will be some moments of frustration when the scales don’t move. But as with every lifestyle change it will happen, in may not happen over night, but if you stick with it you will eventually reach your goals.

“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu



Yep, another guy probably endorsed by the Oprah/Oz/Dr. Phil set. This gent has helped me out tremedously. Please watch his video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufMKbOaYWok&feature=relat ed

 

 



They knew exactly what they were doing with this misleading title. They spend so much time trying to fool us into buying the book but no thought was put into the actual contents. And yet, because its a DIET, it gets way more attention than it should.

False hope and empty promises; that's all these stupid diet books really have to offer. 



I couldn't even follow the summary of this book it looked so confusing.

 

I have lost over 30 pounds and have been at size 4 or 6 and maintenance for a year now. I did it the good old fashion way......eat less, move more. That's it, it is that simple, people are looking for a quick fix and it is not going to work.

I am sure it works for some people, I would not be one of them, I would be confused as to what day and what to eat and NO THANK YOU.

I have been on my new healthy plan of eat less, move more for almost 2 years now. I bet most people don't do this 17 day cycle for more than a cycle or 2 before they are bored or too deprived or back to their old ways. I would think most people buy this book because they think ohhhhhh 17 days and I will skinney. I think it is better to lose the weight slowly and over a longer course then very quickly.

Prove me wrong if you are on the 17 day diet but I don't buy it Tongue out

 



Eating fewer calories and burning more through exercise is all you need to do to lose weight, and that's free.  That isn't the answer that many people want to hear, though. They're looking for a miracle when all it takes is taking responsibility for, and good care of, your own body.  But that's boring.  I get it. 



I saw the programs and ordered the book.  I am going to try it.  The switch every 17 days in the the first 3 parts until "goal" is reached seems doable.  The change in food may eliminate the boredom of other diets and the "wild" weekends would only be a problem if excessive.  Why sabotage the progress?  And when I add up all the other diet costs from the past, this book is a drop in the bucket!  If dieting and weight loss and ideal weight maintenance were easy, this site wouldn't exist!  I get a lot of good info here, but no losses, so a more designed program may help.

 



I am just finishing Cycle one with my daughter and she has lost 12lbs, and i have lost 17lbs. To those that say just eat the right things and exercise is the way to go...I would not be overweight. Doing this diet with my daughter has given us motivation and also has made us discuss why we tend to overeat, which is good. If I spent $30 and am finally succeeding at losing some weight. I would have spent that at McDonal'd in two days, so in my mind, it was worth it. I like having something concreete to follow till it becomes a habit. Just my opinion



I made a vow to myself early last year that I would never "diet" again.  Of course when I read a title like this one I have that little inkling in the back of my brain, "what could it hurt to try it?".  It really is one of those titles that gets to you.  In just 17 days!  I can do anything for just 17 days.  I hate the fact that this kind of thing tempts me to give it a try in spite of my decision not to "diet".  I'm sure if I were losing weight a little faster than I have been I would not be so tempted. 



"I like having something concrete to follow till it becomes a habit. Just my opinion"

I totally agree.

Yesterday, I ate at a restaurant and had a nice salad with water. I felt full and great. Later I snacked on an apple.

But without the book I would have had the salad, ate the roll my grandmother passed to me and the half and chicken tender my daughter waved in my face. The book gives me something to stick to and review. I think in my head no I am doing this and sticking to it. 



Congratulations!  You give my quest hope.  I've made my shopping list and will go to the sore later today.  New beginnings (again!).



Calories in and calories out.... that is the key to success. Simple as that

Since I joined caloriecount.com I have lost 10 pounds. Logging what I eat has helped me  and since I stated to weigh my food I have a better understanding of proper portions.

I joined the "Y" and do water excercise classes twice a week and use the treadmill twice a week.

Fad diets are not for me... a total lifestyle change is what has helped me.

 

At 61 years old I feel better than I have in years and only have another 15 pounds to reach my goal

 

 

 

 

 



Original Post by: dschnakenburg

I am currently ON the 17 day diet and it has been GREAT!!! I really think u guys should try reading the book before u judge!! He says that u need to make a lifestyle change and he encourges exercise and teaches how to count calories and teaches u what u need to eat!!! I wouldn't be fat if watching what i ate and counted calories and exercise was so easy...It's tough to change so to have a book that helps and encourges u until u can do it on ur own..well i think it's amazing!!! I've lost 9 pounds in a week and my energy level has been SOO much better!!! I feel wonderful and after I go through all the cycles I plan to continue to eat healthy!!! I feel like this is a great book!!!


I am definitely not a fan of ketogenic dieting, as this one begins, but at least this diet morphs into a well balanced diet in the end.  One may say that just skipping the fad diets, of ketogenics and zig zag, and just bearing down on a well balanced eating and exercise routine from the beginning is a better idea, but maybe this diet will rescue a lot of people from the never ending cycle of fad dieting and keep them on a well balanced diet in the end.  Kudos to it's creator and I hope he does make a little money.  To the above posting: Don't binge on weekends, bad idea, stick to low GI, unprocessed carbs, as I'm pretty sure the book recommends, and just remember weight loss, or weight gain, which is my goal, takes time.  Borrow things from books like these and create a healthy lifestyle, don't depend on others, your the only one who can, ultimately, make any difference in your life.



Original Post by: dschnakenburg

Weak minded people??? Well if ur fat ur a weak minded person.....sorry but that's the truth!!!  I'm not saying that he has all the answers just said it was nice to have help through the first part till i get used to eating better!!! Anyway just gave my feedback didn't know I was going to get downed for it!!! I personally like the book and yeah i did spend money on it but I've passed it on for free to help others!!!


It's not that overweight people are weak minded: it's that most people have never learned how to eat the proper portions for their meals.  Even so-called healthy meals will pack on weight if you eat too much of them.  Any strategy that gets you thinking about the food you eat and helps get you motivated can be helpful, but the bottom line is we have to learn to fuel our bodies, not overindulge. 



I found the comment about a diet is a diet and people should just listen to their body to tell them when they are hungry and full, very interesting. Don't know if this person has ever had a weight problem, but for people who have struggled with their weight all their lives and they have been yo yo dieters, their bodies have lost that ability and it takes time to regain those senses. Plus having the accountablity really helps along with a healthy meal plan and believe it or not some people may have to keep food journal the rest of their lives so they don't go back to they're old habits. For some of us it's like a alcoholic; it can be really easy to slip back into using food to make us feel good and not to feel at all, if that makes sense.



I have been on the 17 day diet for 9 days now and I love it. I lost 11 lbs. the first week and my husband lost 15 lbs. We aren't looking at it like a diet though. For us, this is a lifestyle change. The book only cost $20 to order. It wasn't a big deal for us to spend the money on it. We spend more than that eating out for dinner. It's only been 9 days, but we are very excited about this! We both have a ton more energy and feel a million times better!



You tell him... That was totally uncalled for.  This person must have a weight problem like the rest of us or wouldn't belong to Calorie Count.



A woman that attends that same gym as I do told me she ordered the book. All I could think is here is another one. I have done them all - or some version of them ALL.

This time I decided that I am not going to diet. I even stopped counting calories and logging after reading an article here about Intuitive Eating. I have lost 71 pounds since May 8th. I have more to go, but I am happy weight my progress. The best thing is I believe I can maintain this forever. I am exercising 4-5 days a week - water aerobics because I have bad knees.

I am not interested in anymore dieting. The weight loss is slower than my last attempt to lose weight via a lc program, but low carb/high protein  is not something I can do forever. Neither can I eat shakes forever. Nor am I interested in any diet plan.



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