The 17 Day Diet is a doctor-devised wieght loss plan
introduced by Dr. Mike Monroe in the early part of 2011.
The diet consists of four 17 day cycles, so although in theory
you will need to wait 68 days before completing the diet, you can expect to see visable results much sooner. Dr.
Monroe claims most dieters lose around 10 to 12 pounds during the first 17 day cycle, which is of course what we
all want when we start a diet - fast weight loss!
Why a 17 Days Diet?
According to Dr. Mike, because the foods you eat during each 17
Day Diet phase vary, you keep your body guessing, which helps to raise your metabolism. It
also prevents a weight loss plateau which is often experienced on other diets. In addition, you are less
likely to feel deprived, as you know you only have to follow each cycle for the relaively short period of 17
17 Days Diet Foods
You will most likely be thrilled to discover that the 17 Day Diet
does not mandate that you eat only salad and low calorie vegetables.
The following provides an idea of which foods are permitted on
each stage of the diet.
17 Day Diet Phase 1 -Days 1 to 17 - "Accelerate"
The first phase of the diet is named "Accelerate" and focuses
on high protein foods. This may sound like the Atkins diet, but rather than eating piles of greasy bacon and fried eggs, the 17 day weight loss plan
recommends lean proteins such as skinless chicken breast and boiled eggs. According to Dr. Mike, lean
proteins will encourage your body to enter "fat burning mode."
Phase one also includes eating plenty of low-calorie
vegetables, probiotic yogurt and healthy monounsarated and polyunsaturated fats that are found in fish, olives and
flax oil. Unlike the Atkins diet, you are also permitted two pieces of low-sugar fruit a day. Low-sugar fruits
include blackberries, grapefruit and apples. Like the Atkin's diet, starchy foods like rice and potatoes should be
avoided during this stage.
During the first phase of the 17 day diet alcohol is to be
completely avoided, and you are encouraged to drink large amounts of green tea.
17 Day Diet Phase 2 - Days 18 to 34 - "Activate"
The second 17 day diet phase is "Activate." During
the activate phase every other day you are only permitted to eat the foods described in phase 1, but on the
alternate days you may also eat shellfish and lean red meat. On these alternate days you can also eat some starchy
foods such as brown rice, barley and oat bran. Legumes like lentils, garbanzos and kidney beans, can be eaten on
the alternate days, plus a serving of potato.
On the nine activate days, you care still limited to two
servings of fruit and must eat two probiotic foods or suplements each day. Alcoholic beverages are still forbidden
on phase 2 of the diet, but plenty of water and green tea is encouraged.
17 Day Diet Phase 3 - Days 35 to 51 -"Achieve"
The third 17 day phase of the diet is named "Achieve" and
focuses less on protein. During phase 3, you can add more protein
foods to the allowed list such as turkey sausage and
Cornish hen, but you should reduce your serving size.
You can also eat some natural starches during this phase such as
rye, pumperknickel or multigrain bread. You can additionally have a high-fiber cereal for breakfast such as
All Bran, and whole wheat or gluten-free pasta for lunch or dinner.
Furthermore, some fats can be added here, although serving sizes
One alcoholic beverage can also be taken each day on the third
phase; Dr. Monroe recommends red wine over other alcoholic drinks.
17 Day Diet Phase 4 -Day 52 Onwards - "Arrive"
The final phase of the diet is named "Arrive" and is basically
a maintenance phase. Technically, this is not a 17 day phase, but rather something you should stick with for
the rest of your life if you want to keep the weight you have lost off.
During this phase you should eat
foods from any of the other phases from Monday to Friday and eat some of your favorite foods at
the weekend, within reason. There should be no binges, and your favorite (fattening) foods should only be
added to three of the weekend's meals, maximum.
17 Day Diet Exercise
It's no secret that most of us don't really like exercising,
and even less when we are overweight. Dr. Monroe recommends that during the diet you do some physical exercise but
you need only do it for 17 minutes twice a day. He suggests taking a 17 minute walk round the neighborhood or
another 17 minute exercise that won't make you feel over-stressed. Options include cycling, swimming or playing
volleyball or another game with the kids.
During the third phase of the 17 day diet, after you have lost
some weight, Dr. Monroe recommends upping your exercise routine to include at least 2.5 hours of aerobic exercise a