Created by family medicine physician, Dr. Mike Monero, the 17 Day Diet is designed to help dieters avoid the two biggest problems associated with dieting—boredom and plateaus. Based on Dr. Mike’s 2011 best-selling book of the same name, the 17 Day Dietrelies on a process called “metabolic confusion” to help the body burn fat stores for energy.
How does the 17 Day Diet work?
The 17 Day Diet is structured around four 17 day cycles during which the consumption of carbohydrates is modified. This alternating and varying intake of carbohydrates is meant to confuse your body’s metabolism and increase the rate at which you lose weight.
Cycle 1: Accelerate—this cycle emphasizes a sharp reduction in carbohydrate intake. It’s a rapid weight loss phase that helps flush sugar and fat storage from the body. Calorie intake in the Accelerate cycle is approximately 1200, comprised of unlimited lean meat, two low sugar fruits, green tea, no starchy vegetables, and 64 ounces of water each day.
Cycle 2: Activate—this cycle features calorie cycling with alternating daily caloric intake (up to 1500 calories daily). This metabolic stimulation increases the rate of fat burning and helps the body avoid plateaus to aid in continued weight loss.
Cycle 3: Achieve—this cycle emphasizes healthy eating habits through portion control and staying active with 17-minute fitness routines six days per week.More grains and fruits are added along with a reduction of lean meat consumption. This phase is when the diet shifts from a low carbohydrate diet to a balanced diet.
Cycle 4: Arrive—once at their goal weight, dieters continue to follow the balanced diet and exercise guidelines during the week and can enjoy their favorite foods on the weekends. However, if a weight gain of more than five pounds occurs, it’s back to Cycle 1!
Because the 17 Day Diet features regular foods, grocery costs should not change substantially. The 17 Day Dietbook costs about $25 and is suggested as a resource guide for dieters. The book includes recommendations for specific food items such as branded snacks for breakfast which can add to the cost of the diet. A companion workbook is also available for $15.
A workout DVD (available for $15) helps dieters with the recommended 17 minute daily exercise routines.
*Pricing reflects available cost details as of January 2012.
Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons for every diet program and the 17 Day Diet is no exception. However, the advantages outweigh the cons here.
- Since the diet changes every 17 days, boredom and diet fatigue are avoided.
- Weight loss results are fast, especially in the first phase, where you can lose upto 15 pounds. This tends to motivatedieters to continue the plan and move onto the next cycle.
- The 17 Day Diet features a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fruits
- The plan sets dieters up with long-term solutions. It culminates in a well-balanced diet at the end of the third cycle
- To date, there is no scientific evidence for Dr. Monero’s theory that calorie cycling increases metabolic rate
- Because the first phase of the 17 Day Diet is relatively low in calories, it may lead to loss of energy and weakness
- The shifts in diet instructions and patterns during each cycle may cause confusion for dieters
Originally created to avoid holiday weight gain, the 17 Day Diet is enjoying year-round popularity since being featured on widely viewed shows like Dr. Phil and The Doctors and can be used any time by both men and women to jump start weight loss efforts and learn better eating habits for life.