Each cycle lasts for 17 days and has a specific purpose. The cycles work together to maximize your body’s potential — first to reach your ideal weight, then to maintain that weight.
At the core, the program is a carefully balanced food and exercise plan that is specifically designed to optimize your metabolism to produce rapid weight loss and permanent results for complete body and life transformation.
Weight loss and exercise are proven ways to help prevent and treat heart disease and diabetes. They also help keep blood pressure under control and help raise good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol. Throw in the plan’s emphasis on low-fat and low-salt foods, and you can lower your risk even more.
If you have kidney disease, this plan might include too much protein for you. Check with your dietitian or doctor about your particular protein needs.
The exercise portion of the program starts slowly with just 17 minutes a day of a moderate activity like walking. It quickly increases to 40 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity on most days. If you have heart disease or any other medical conditions, you should check with your doctor before starting this program.
The plan relies on lean protein, antioxidant-rich produce, probiotics, and good fats. It bans sugar, processed foods, salty foods, and fried foods.
Early on, you minimize starchy vegetables and high-sugar fruits, and cheats like alcohol are off the table entirely. As the diet progresses, though, it gradually eases up. By the end, you can have the occasional drink, 100-calorie snack, or cheat meal.
Because of how our metabolism changes throughout the day, you should only eat fruit before 2 p.m., Moreno says.
Note: Are you a vegetarian or vegan and want to go on The 17 Day Diet? It’s still possible! The 17 Day Diet plan is based on eating clean, healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Plus, you can substitute any meat protein for any vegetarian or vegan protein like: tofu, seitan, beans and more too!
Getting started is simple: just dive in! It’s always good to spend some time cleaning out your kitchen pantry and adding in new staples. When you start the diet, you’ll receive a complete food list so you’ll know exactly what to eat and when to eat it too.
The combinations of foods you can eat on the 17 Day Diet really are endless, and there’s plenty of room to get creative in the kitchen! The Diet includes dozens of delicious, healthy recipes. Whether you’re looking for easy-to-follow instructions, or for inspiration for your own delicious creations, most people agree that the 17 Day Diet recipes are one of their favorite parts of the Diet!
One of the most effective tools for weight loss is accountability, and one of the best ways to hold yourself accountable is by journaling. That’s why the 17 Day Diet includes organized, online and fillable food journals that you’ll fill in to keep track of what you eat and when. Many dieters don’t realize just how helpful this tool is until they start using it — the journals not only keep you on track, but also offer inspiration because they let you to look back on the progress you’ve made!
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