The 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 portion of the plan is all about keeping your body from experiencing a plateau through alternating high and low caloric days. It’s in this cycle where you’ll start adding in other lean proteins and starchy vegetables, grains and legumes from an expanded food list.
In Cycle 2, you will alternate between Cycle 1: Accelerate Days with Cycle 2: Activate Days. In other words, you work this cycle by spending one day on the Cycle 1 and the next on the Cycle 2, switching between the two, one day at a time, as you progress toward your goal weight over the next 17 days. Another way to look at it: On odd days you stick to the Cycle 1; on even days Cycle 2.
The approach of alternating Cycle 1 days with Cycle 2 days, plus using the Transitional Day Fast at the end of each cycle, is based on the scientifically validated mechanism of alternate-day fasting.
In a nutshell, this means alternating low-calorie days with higher-calorie days in order to lose body fat.
When you begin Cycle 2 you’ll start by eating from the Cycle 2: Activate food list. The next day, you’ll eat foods from the Cycle 1: Accelerate food list. You’ll continue to alternate each day during the next 17 days.
You’ll also eat more natural, slow-digesting carbs that’ll help you feel full longer. New choices include foods like: lean ground beef, shrimp, scallops, top sirloin, oatmeal, pumpkin, squash, and more!
Exercise and movement is even more important in Cycle 2. Your goal should be to increase your movement from 17 minutes a day to 34 minutes a day.
You should aim for a mix of 17 minutes of low-impact exercise, and if you’re able, 17 minutes of higher-impact exercise.
Cycle 2 works to keep your body in a state of metabolic confusion. Switching between Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 foods ensures that your body doesn’t get accustomed to one particular way of eating day after day. Just as you need to alter your workouts to avoid plateaus, you mustn’t let your body get too comfortable with the foods you eat.
Plus, with the addition of more healthy carbs, you’ll feel full longer and your body will be primed for muscle-toning.
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After you complete Cycle 2 of The 17 Day Diet, if you have more weight to lose, start Cycle 3, the Achieve Cycle. There’s even more flexibility in Cycle 3. In fact, you can even splurge a bit!
After you’ve completed Cycle 2, if you have more weight to lose, you can either start Cycle 3 immediately, or do the Transitional Fast today, and start Cycle 3 tomorrow.
If you’ve already reached your goals, you can move straight into Cycle 4!
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