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Get Insider Tips for Success on The 17 Day Diet

73 Comments 12 May 2011

womanOnScale_300Are you on the 17 Day Diet or thinking about giving it a try? Here are my personal answers to your questions (and concerns) about achieving your weight-loss goals on the plan.

What helpful advice can you offer to those on Cycle 1 of The 17 Day Diet who are losing slowly, or not at all? What are some things that may be working against them?
Everyone’s progress will vary. My best advice is to stay moving, increase cardio, stay hydrated and remain strict with the no-carbs-after-2PM rule. It will come off! Stay focused on the big picture, and your progress so far. Also, cardio is usually better than weights if your weight loss is slow.

What are some healthy eating tips for summer grilling season? Picnics can be a landmine for dieters. What are some good BBQ-friendly foods approved for The 17 Day Diet?
Load up on protein-based foods like lean meats, fill up on veggies, avoid the carbs, and don’t loiter around the picnic snacks. It’s OK to take in the protein; grilling is great, actually. Watch the fat content of those barbecue-friendly foods. Meats and veggies can be filling and go a long way, but beware the sauces, which are heavy in sugar–stick to other spices instead. Also be mindful of sugary drinks like sodas and juice; opt for water or soda water with lemon.

17 Day Diet is getting great reviews and has very active online communities. Why do you think this diet has spawned so many supporters?
I think it’s very relatable; so many of us can find success on this diet. I think there are a lot of similar stories and stressors/obstacles in our lives. The Internet has connected a lot of people and made us all realize that we are alike in many ways, especially in our obstacles as they apply to dieting. I think it’s beautiful.

I can’t eat eggs for breakfast. Is it OK to make a protein shake or smoothie instead? Or can I have protein powder with my probiotic and fruit and in the morning?
That’s fine, just watch the carbs from fruits or any additives. The book gives good options here: We don’t all like eggs, and I think one thing that the 17 Day Diet gives is a lot of options so you can get creative with each day’s plan.

What do I do if I get lightheaded during Cycle 1?
This is likely due to low calories and maybe you’re doing a bit too much cardio on the lower-calorie days. Have a healthy snack close by at all times, and maybe slow down the aggressiveness of the cardio the first few days until your body adjusts. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Can you do the 17 Day Diet if you are nursing?
I would wait–milk production and let down could affect it, so take care of that baby and consult with your lactation nurse about caloric intake. It may be OK to use Cycle 2 as a jump-off point, but if milk production is affected, I would hold off until you are done nursing.

When should I weigh myself and how often? Is there a certain kind of scale I should use?
No certain scale is needed, just keep it consistent and don’t compare weights from scale to scale. Stay consistent and weigh yourself in the nude. Once you arrive at Cycle 4, weigh in on weekends to keep yourself in line–so you don’t go too crazy with the new-found freedom. In general, weighing yourself every two to three days is fine, but if you want to weigh daily, that’s OK, too. Just know there’s a lot of variation, and don’t be discouraged if day to day doesn’t result in consistent weight loss. Remember to look at the big picture!

The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition

The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition

Dr. Mike Moreno

Dr. Mike Moreno is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and Hahnemann Medical School. Following his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, Dr. Mike moved to San Diego, where he now practices family medicine and serves on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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  1. Good instruction and hints. Looking forward to eliminate a handful of pounds. I’ll provide you with some feedback right after i consider this. With thanks!

  2. Nancy says:

    I really don’t want to go to cycle 3. I lost 13 pounds and wish to continue with the loss. Why is it necessary to go to cycle 3 vs going back to 1 or staying on 2? I know the goal is to eat properly but I liked the weight loss and need to lose more.

  3. Nancy says:

    I just finished cycle 2 and lost a total of 13 pounds. I am going to go back to cycle 1 and then 2 as I need to lose more weight. I know the idea is to learn to eat healthy and control portions but I don’t understand why you can’t cycle 1 and 2 until you reach the desired weight.

  4. Nancy says:

    I have tried to post two comments but neither have shown up. Why?

  5. kojala says:

    Hi Nancy, we’re seeing your posts but there is a slight delay in the time it takes them to go live. The 17 Day Diet is set up in cycles to continually trick your body, so the way they are laid out in 17-day periods is meant to do that. Don’t worry, it works! Please follow it as it is listed and you can also refer to the official website to chat with other people on the plan:

  6. Lynn says:

    I have followed this diet for 5 days religiously and haven’t lost a pound. Why? I’ve exercised as well.

  7. Esther says:

    Where can I find fat free parmasen cheese?

  8. siree says:

    I am a vegetarian and on day 9. I know we are not counting calories but I am approximately at 800 a protein includes yogurt, egg whites and occasionally fake meat products. I am drinking 2 cups of green tea. and following the rest of the diet ( water intake and fruit). I haven’t even lost 1/2 lb yet Wanda getting discouraged. What can I do. I am 5’3 small frame & at 120 lbs.have to loose 22

  9. kojala says:

    Thanks for your question. It sounds like you are eating too few calories, and according to Dr. Mike Moreno, the diet has you alternating between low-calorie days and higher-calorie ones. You don’t mention veggies; please be sure to read pg. 43 to maximize fresh produce. For more tips on breaking a weight-loss plateau, please see Dr. Mike’s advice here:
    Good luck!

  10. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

  11. Dr fomsky says:

    I just finished cycle 1 of this diet and although I cheated a little bit, I still lost about 9 pounds!

  12. Kristy says:

    Congratulations! We’re so happy to hear about your success.

  13. Joyce says:

    hello i am on Day 3 of the 17 day diet and was wondering since I cant have fish can I have Chicken Instead.? Aso can you alternate Lunches for Dinner?

  14. Em says:

    If you lost 22 pounds you’d weigh 98lb. That’s half a stone below the minimum healthy weight for your height via BMI. At 120lb, your BMI is only 21.2 – from a health perspective you already don’t need to lose any weight! :)

  15. Viraj A says:

    The book says following pattern to be followed for the diet : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks.
    But it also says not to have fruits after 2 pm, whereas snacks contains fruit.

    So what time is snacks exactly??

  16. Misty M says:

    I like to know more about the results. Can anybody share more about their experience with the 17 day diet?


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