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Dr. Mike Moreno founded the 17-Day Diet in 2010, and the company’s headquarters are located in Beverly Hills, California. The overall framework of this specific diet is based around healthy eating habits and exercise. With the philosophy that you need to change your calorie count and food combinations every 17 days for a total of four cycles, it is said to keep your metabolism in a constant fat-burning stage.*
The Four Cycles:
- The Acceleration Cycle: This is the cycle where you take fats, processed foods, and sugars out of your diet and replace them with nutritious foods that have a background of trimming down fat.*
- The Activation Cycle: This is called the “metabolic boost” cycle, and you will switch off between lower and higher calorie days to confuse your system. When your body’s system is confused, it doesn’t know how much food it will need to process that day, keeping it in the fat-burning cycle.*
- The Achieve Cycle: This cycle educates on portion control, and incorporates exercise into a daily routine.*
- The Arrive Cycle: This is a point in the program where you are used to the 17-day diet changes, you can effectively portion control your food, and exercise is a daily practice. During this cycle, you should be on your way to a healthier you.*
Right away, foods such as sugars, starches, processed, and fried foods are banned from your diet, but some starches and sugary fruits are allowed in moderation. Overall, this is an elimination diet of the bad food and drinks, substituted with wholesome food, and a change up in eating habits every 17 days. They offer a hard copy book and a Digital Diet Program called the “Body Breakthrough” that costs $47.00 to start. Within the digital app, you are provided daily diet lessons, interactive action guides, meal planners, food journals, recipes, and exercise sessions on the go. I called into their support line and was routed to their answering machine two different times, which was not helpful.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The 17 Day Diet?
Almost all diet programs share the notions that you will lose weight quickly, easily, and their program holds the secret to success. This diet program is simply a guide, not a cure when it is all said and done.* Dieters are left to make the healthy choices in the grocery stores and in their kitchens. If you adhere to their advice, and tweak it to fit your lifestyle, then it may work for you. It will come with hard work and sacrifice, and the folks who have left reviews hint that it was a lot of work to change their eating habits. The general consensus from the customers has been that the book came with nutritious advice, but it was merely advice that can be either taken or ignored.
Kimberly Cleven* said, “I got this book for my Dad as he said his doctor recommended it to him for his diabetes. I just noticed it now 3 years later and I have to say that while for a short while my Dad did loose the weight, like so many programs, the weight came back. One could say this is user error but is there not a program with a high success rate I have to wonder? Why do they not take into account long term results?” To this day her father is still on his diabetic medicine, and the diet did not do much to change his lifestyle or his weight long term. His doctor is moving him toward a diet geared for diabetics only, and she said overall she is not impressed with what the book and what it has to offer.
MB* said, “I only had about 5lbs to lose, so I thought this would be a fast way to do it. I didn’t find the book very motivating but I tried it out and within 3 days I had lost 3lbs. But then I strayed from the diet for one day, and I had gained the 3lbs back which tells me the weight was probably water weight, which the author admits much of the initial weight lost is water weight.” The book will kickstart healthier eating habits, but the first phase of the program has been said to be extremely difficult to work with especially if you have children and a family to take care of too. MB found herself making 4-5 different meals for everyone in the family and aside from all of the cooking she was doing she ended up just being hungry! There is only so much chicken and veggies one can consume in a day, but she didn’t find this a realistic diet program.
- Created by a medical doctor who specializes in weight loss, Promotes exercise and clean eating, The diet aims to produce lifelong results rather than a quick fix.*
- The exercise standards are only 17 minutes, which is well under the industry standard of a basic 30 minutes, There are no online support groups or communities to rely on during your journey. They make huge claims on the website about the amount of weight you could lose (10-12 pounds in 17 days) which may not be realistic, and could be tougher to implement with an on-the-go traveling lifestyle, due to grocery store restrictions.
Is The 17 Day Diet Easy To Follow?
The trick with this diet program is understanding what to buy at the grocery store and which probiotics to purchase at a health food store. The cost from the program comes from the digital app fee of $47.00, along with the cost of probiotics and food each month. If you are to purchase the actual book, it will cost around $15.00 (not including shipping). Overall, there are restrictions to what you can and cannot eat, but the shopping is left in your hands to make the right choices. If you travel a lot or are always on the go, this program may be harder to follow, as your healthy eating options may be limited. The high cost of probiotics may be hard to purchase, as some people do not notice a change in their health when taking a probiotic. With the digital app, you are given many different outlets of advice and guidance on your smartphone. This app is rather expensive (compared to the $1.99-$5.00 apps on iTunes). Overall, it is a repeating 17-day diet that is meant to implement lifelong changes to your diet. Side effects noted from people going through this program were hunger and irritability during the first phase.
Overall, the digital program is expensive when you take a broader look into the advice that is being given to you. The advice is all relatively accurate, as it promotes healthy foods and exercise (who can argue with that?).* For those people who travel and are on the go, this program is going to be harder to comply with, as many foods are going to be eliminated right away. The book is available in most bookstores, on Dr. Mike’s website, and on Amazon. The application is only available on Dr. Mike’s website, and you will have to go through a checkout process to purchase it. To wrap it all up, there are many good things about this program, as well as some over priced options regarding the application offered.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.
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*Individual results will vary.
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