What is a 17-Day Diet?

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A lot of people go through weight-problems at some point of their life one way or another. Some after going through depression, some after break-up at relationships, some after pregnancy, some during old age etc. There is a book about a certain diet called the 17 Day Diet. According to a doctor from San Diego, you must change your food combinations and  calorie count every 17 days for four consecutive cycles. This will keep the body to predict how much food it will need to process because it will have to keeps your metabolism consistently in its fat consuming state.


The plan depends on  probiotics, lean meat and good fats. Sugar, fried foods, salty as well as processed foods are all banned from this diet. The 17 day diet focus largely on the quality of food. But when you’re eating a healthy and right food,  calories are not really needed to be counted anyway. The type of food you eat is more important than the amount of calories you consume by making sure your diet is provided with enough minerals, healthy fats and vitamins, you will also look hot and absolutely feel good. What you eat from the inside will absolutely show on the outside. The diet is built around fresh food, healthy and the evident stages of diet.

The first month of the diet is tough, but it will eventually ease up after you advance through the different stages. There are regular cheat days and you are allowed to eat certain foods but in moderation. The 17 day diet is also created to help you achieve your desired perfect weight and to maintain it as well.

The 17 Day diet is perfectly designed for people who want to put an end or simply get rid of their existing unhealthy diet, and make a nutritional start while losing their weight and show off their healthy body. Following the diet properly will take you directly into improved health state. Exercising is the key ingredient of the 17-day diet During the first two cycles, you’ll spend 17 minutes every day doing moderate exercise, like walking on the treadmill. During the third cycle, aerobic exercise of 40 to 60 minutes 5-6 days a week. On the final cycle, exercise for an hour during weekends and keep up your regular routine on weekdays. You also need to exercise for 17 minutes of weightlifting and 6 days of cardio workout a week.


Likewise, this diet could be pricey because you will be buying lots of fresh meat, like fish and protein foods. buying “organic” food substances aren’t required. You also eat less salt in your diet. You should also take moderate amount of olive oil and flaxseed oils. Besides, this plan gives you a lot of personal choice and variety. This diet will start at 1200 calories with low-fat and protein-high foods. No carbohydrates are allowed. But as dieters move through the series of the diet, additional foods can be continuously added.

Next, user of this diet can customize and pick their own recipes to suit their plan or may select among a wide choices of ingredients. Health experts claim that it raises your metabolic rate. It is about regular exercise, good habits, good healthy foods that achieve lasting weight decrease and maintenance of weight.

Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet is known as the “Accelerate” cycle. The primary cause of cycle is to accelerate the weight loss. It also helps to flush fats and sugar from your system. Cycle 1 is the cycle to clean your system from toxins in your body.

During Cycle 1, you eliminate as many carbs with the exception of low-sugar fruits and will eliminate sugar altogether. You will definitely enjoy generous amount of lean meat like chicken, turkey, fish and various low-glycemic index vegetables and probiotics to maintain a healthy digestive system.

You must also take non-starchy foods, very low-fat, and non-sugary foods like potatoes and pasta. Cycle 1 encourages dieters to enjoy low-sugar fruits like plums and berries. All your carbohydrates in cycle 1 comes from these low-glucose fruit and must be consumed by 2pm.


Next, take an 80% cup of hot lemon water every morning when you first wake up. It will stimulates your digestive juices. Drink green tea every meal to promote weight loss as well.


Below are a few recipes to follow during Cycle 1.

The Mexican Lime Chicken:

  • chili powder
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • oil
  • fresh lime juice
  • chicken breasts


  1. Combine everything for marination.
  2. Marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours in a plastic bag.
  3. Drain chicken and grill at medium-high heat for 5 minutes on each side until cooked.

Yields six servings.



Next, we have Blueberries and Cream green smoothies:


  • spinach
  • plain yogurt
  • blue barberries


  1. First, blend yogurt with spinach together.
  2. Add blueberries and blend second time.
  3. Add a little bit of water to thin it out while measuring the thickness of smoothie.
  4. Add stevia for extra-sweetening.

You can add whey protein if you like meal replacements.

The 17 Day Diet Plan

Cycle 1: Day 1 to 17

The “Accelerate” cycle. It is a low carbohydrate diet that provides 1200 calories as previously mentioned. One should consume unlimited lean meat and non-starchy vegetables, two fat-free yogurts and the low-glucose fruits, which is typical for any low carbohydrate diet. It also causes fat burn and fluid loss during these days.


Cycle 2: Day 18-34

Activate” the cycle of calories. It means that calorie intake cycles and recycles from zero to hundred over the span of several days. The goal is to bluff the metabolism to prevent it from slowing down. Take 2 servings of whole grain. It raises the average calorie intake to 1500 calories a day.


Cycle 3: Day 35-51

Achieve” good dietary habits. This phase is the same as the ‘activate’ phase, except the meat is now limited instead of unlimited and more fruit and grains are added. It also have an alternative serving of alcohol and a 100-calorie light meal. In other words, the low carb diet is ‘off’. A balanced low-calorie is ‘in’ the processed food.


Cycle 4: Day 52-68

Stage of “Arrive”. You are to arrive a lifelong eating plan. You are constantly cruising through phases 1, 2 and 3 until the weekends when you can binge. If you gain more than 2.5 kilograms, return immediately to phase 2.


The Nutritional Criticism

For many people, the beginning phase is too low on calories and for almost everybody, it is too low on fiber. But a low carb is versus low fat diet is a matter of options because research shows that both are effective if the calories are low. Dr. Mike says that the regimen is not for type 1 diabetics. As for teens, lactating or pregnant women are not allowed to take or try this recipe. Same goes for sick people. It is also prudent to take a multivitamin mineral supplement during the first of the phases.



Critique concerning calorie cycling:

There is no accurate evidence that the effigies of calorie cycles or its outcome on metabolism. There is no harm in caloric cycles or its outcome on metabolism. There is  even no harm in temporarily calorie cycling as the process happens naturally for most people. They don’t eat or burn the same.

You must focus on any process that brings you away from changing your lifestyle that you need to make and practice for permanent weight control.


‘Tricking’ the metabolic rate critique”

Foods that spike metabolism

  • hot red pepper
  • grapefruit
  • green tea
  • coffee
  • other caffeinated foods
  • water

But unfortunately, these foods mentioned are too small to mean much to your metabolic rate.



‘Splurging’ on weekends critique:

Splurging on weekends is a bad idea. You feel like you are working hard but not getting anywhere.

If you burned four thousand calories during Monday to Friday and you eat six thousand calories on weekends, you still put on some weight, right?

Next, keep activity levels on par with eating habits. You don’t have to go for marathon training to maintain healthy weight – you do need to keep in mind that as the body ages, there will be a common drop  in metabolism that will cause weight-gain without exercising. Losing weight after fifty becomes even more difficult as activity levels tend to drop off as we age. The trick is to keep weight  on a normal level and to find a healthy balance between healthy eating habits and exercise to make sure your metabolism is regulating properly.

Further, high energy depends on unvarying blood sugar levels. You must eat frequent, small meals throughout  the day. Avoid going for more than three or four hours without a healthy tidbit. The goal here is to avoid putting your system into malnutrition stage, which turns offs metabolism and cause it go ‘burning point’ or rather, ’emergency’. The body’s then natural response is to hold on to calorie and store fat rather than burn fat.

In addition to that, try to eat in line with your body’s system and sleep cycle. Experts agree that eating a good breakfast aids in boosting metabolism and accelerates weight loss. Eating after 8pm will absolutely lead to weight gain. Life gets in the way when you have to adhere to a tight schedule and you might binge in the middle of the day

Moreover, incorporate weight-lifting exercises that build muscle to burn fat round the clock and muscle mass drops with age. It also makes it difficult to keep burning calories like it used to. The more muscles you have in your body the better the body burn calories.

Additionally, get a good night sleep to revitalize your metabolism. Lack of sleep has a downward effect on your body due to severance of hormones. Research has shown that our metabolism is the most operative when we sleep and getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night actually has a bad impact on our glucose levels – which enfeebles the body’s ability to regulate weight gain.

Lastly, maintain a healthy weight at your age and focus on realistic diet goals. You are what you eat. You can always research for more information and persevere to lose weight. All the best!


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