17 Day Diet


The 17 Day Diet was created in 2010 by Dr. Mike Moreno, a family practice physician in California, as an easy to follow weight loss plan. Initially Dr. Moreno designed the diet to prevent weight gain or to help his patients lose any extra pounds gained during the holidays, but the 17 Day Diet has proven effective for weight loss throughout the year.

After Dr. Moreno appeared on TV shows like Dr. Phil, the diet’s popularity skyrocketed. Its innovative concept is based on the idea of metabolic confusion.

Metabolic Confusion

Metabolism confusion is a technique of varying your food intake (both portion size and nutrient proportions) in ways that the body cannot easily adjust to. By eating different kinds of food and varying food portions, your metabolism is stimulated to react differently, and – according to Dr. Moreno – this enhances the rate at which you can lose weight.

The 17 Day Diet tracks carbohydrates, but it is different from other low-carb diets; it involves carbohydrate cycling, which has the purpose of stimulating fat burning and preventing the much dreaded plateaus. Dr. Moreno suggests that varying the amount of carbs eaten will confuse your metabolism, contributing to faster weight loss results.

The 17 Day Diet involves a series of phases with adjustments in the composition of your menus. In addition to boosting your metabolism, this particular strategy can help to reduce the boredom that is often associated with dieting and fixed meal plans.

The Four Cycles

The 17 Day Diet consists of four cycles or phases aimed at confusing the dieter’s metabolism:

  1. Accelerate:  your intake of carbohydrates is dramatically reduced to promote fat burning, cleansing, and quick weight loss without storing fat.
  2. Activate: the person’s metabolism is reset.
  3. Achieve: some previously restricted foods are reintroduced, so you can learn how to develop healthy eating habits and eat carbs in a sensible way.
  4. Arrive: a combination of the first three cycles; this allows you to maintain your goal weight by eating a controlled diet during the week and indulging in your favorite foods on weekends.

In addition to a specific meal plan, the 17 Day Diet involves a 17-minute exercise routine that should be performed six days a week.

Meal Plan

This diet plan promotes a healthier way of eating, for example avoiding refined sugars and processed foods. Some of the suggested guidelines are:

  • Avoid refined sugars and processed foods
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Do not skip breakfast
  • Drink more water
  • Choose natural foods

Sample 17 Day Diet Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs, grapefruit, 1 cup green tea
  • Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, large salad with lettuce, carrots, broccoli, onion, tomato
  • Afternoon Snack: yogurt with fresh berries
  • Dinner: turkey breast, steamed carrots and asparagus


The 17 Day Diet involves adjusting your intake of carbohydrates, fat, protein and calories over a series of 17 day cycles. As for all diets, dieters must be aware that permanent changes in eating patterns, lifestyle habits, attitudes and beliefs are essential if weight loss is to be maintained.

Advantages of the 17 Day Diet include:

  • Encourages you to eat unprocessed, unrefined, natural foods
  • Offers variety, which can help you stay motivated and prevent the boredom of dieting
  • The diet plan is fairly simple and straightforward; recipes and sample menus are also provided
  • The required exercise routine is short and accessible

You should pay attention to the following restrictions:



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