The 17 Day Diet, developed by Dr. Mike Moreno, is a weight loss plan designed to help participants lose weight and keep it off. Featured today on The Doctors, the diet uses 17 day increments so that participants are able to see early results and then are eased into a simple to maintain eating plan. Dr. Moreno says that the two biggest challenges with today's diet plans are boredom and plateau, this plan eliminates both of those hurdles.
During the first 17 days, dieters cleanse their bodies to remove unneeded sugars in the foods they eat. The acceleration process boosts weight loss because fat is being burned rather than stored, and some dieters can lose up to 15 pounds in this first cycle. Foods include Greek yogurt, eggs, fish, chicken, green tea, fresh vegetables and fruit.
For the next 17 day cycle, dieters retrain and activate their metabolism by changing their caloric consumption and stimulating fat burn so that weight loss is maintained. Dieters add in lean meats, natural starches and starchy vegetables, shellfish and legumes during this cycle.
In this last 17 day stretch, dieters develop healthy eating habits and every food group is represented. The plan emphasizes non-starchy vegetables and lean proteins, and the amount of exercise is increased. Foods like poultry and high fiber pastas are added, and one alcoholic drink per day is allowed.
- Arrive This last cycle is an ongoing eating plan for life. Participants eat healthy throughout the week, but from Friday night until Sunday night, dieters can enjoy their favorite foods and meals in moderation.
Participants have had real success with this program and many report that they didn't feel hungry while on the diet. They also report feeling more energetic and just generally good, which is the best way to stay motivated.