If you are fed up with diets that do not deliver the weight loss they propose or cannot seem to shift those pesky pounds without feeling hungry all the time, or if you simply want a diet that works within a short amount of time, then welcome to the 17 Day Diet by Dr Mike Moreno. This diet has a unique approach that promises to confuse your metabolic rate and thus your body will lose the weight. The 17 Day Diet is a weight-loss programme structured around four 17-day cycles which are broken down into four A’s – Accelerate, Activate, Achieve and Arrive. There are strict lists of what you can and cannot eat during each phase, but as you are only required to stick to them for 17 days, they are achievable. The main premise is that by causing a ‘metabolic confusion’ in your body it will not know what you are eating from one day to the next and will naturally raise metabolism and fat burning to adapt . This will lead to a very fast weight loss in a small amount of time.
Dr Moreno, who runs a family practice in San Diego, insists that unlike many fad diets, the results are sustainable. He chose 17-day periods as a means of keeping the body’s metabolism as high as possible. This is because before the time when the body starts to recognise the diet as a habit it changes and the metabolic rate also changes in response to the food eaten. His diet plan promotes what he calls ‘clean’ eating, which includes avoiding sugars and processed foods. It also instructs dieters to eliminate alcoholic beverages during the initial stages. Instead, the focus is on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating breakfast each morning, drinking more water and increasing intake of ‘natural’, or unprocessed, foods. He believes that if you never allow the body to adjust to new eating and exercise regimes, dieters can avoid stubborn plateaus.
The four cycles of the 17 day diet are 17 days long and are designed to trigger metabolic confusion. Dieters begin with the first cycle and eat 1 given meal plan for 17 days, then switch to a different meal plan after each 17 day cycle. The cycles are as follows:
Cycle 1 – Accelerate: You begin the diet by following the outlined meal plan in the book. This promotes rapid weight loss by improving digestive health. It helps clear sugar from the blood to boost fat-burning and discourage fat storage.
Cycle 2 – Activate: After 17 days of following your first meal plan, you switch to a different one. This is where metabolic confusion occurs. For the first 17 days, your body adapts to a certain meal plan and regulates metabolism according to how you’re eating. This helps to reset your metabolism through a strategy that involves increasing and decreasing your caloric consumption to stimulate fat-burning and to help prevent plateaus.
Cycle 3 Achieve: After following your 2nd meal plan for 17 days, you switch again to a new meal plan. This time around however, the 3rd meal plan adds in healthy foods to your diet, so you develop good eating habits through the re-introduction of additional foods and move you closer to your goal weight.
Cycle 4 – Arrive: (ongoing): This is a repeat of all 3 previous cycles. Once a week, you are allowed to cheat the diet and eat what you want. You are kept at your goal weight through a program of eating that lets you enjoy your favourite foods on weekends, while eating healthfully during the week.
Dr Moreno does warn that “You do have to accept that this won’t be a pleasure diet. You’ve got to stop eating unhealthy crap. You’ve got to eat vegetables, fruit and lean meat.” The 17 Day Diet is available from www.thebookpeople.co.uk from only £4.99 which is a saving of £8.00 and a delivery charge of £1.95