Tired of mundane diets which seem to last a century? Well, apparently, Dr. Mike Moreno, the not-so-average family practice physician in San Diego, California, has cooked up the perfect weight-loss diet for people looking for a thrill as they shed a few pounds. Designed to be adaptable and flexible from the very start, the 17-day diet has attracted the crowd like a swarm of bees after honey for at least two years now, with the doctor appearing on television shows such as Dr. Phil and The Doctors.
While the diet isn’t 17 days itself, it is divided into four stages or phases, each of which is 17 days long. The trick is carbohydrate cycling. According to Dr. Moreno, it keeps the metabolism high as the body does not get the required stability in diet needed to get it to a lower level. The quick weight-loss associated with the first 17 days of the diet (up to 15 pounds) are very tempting for anyone who wants to shed a few extra pounds that they gained in the holidays, or someone who wants a boost to their weight-loss regime. Unlike previous studies, recent studies confirm that rapid weight loss has more long and short-term advantages in contrast with slow weight loss, and that’s the cherry on top for anyone who has trouble keeping their weight on a leash.
Like the Atkins diet, the four stages of the 17 day diet have different goals in mind. Hence, their composition varies—however the timeline stays equal, except for the last stage. The first stage is ‘accelerate’, whereby the dieter kick-starts weight loss by eating a restrictive diet of just 1,200 calories. Any amount of lean meat and no-starch vegetables can be consumed, along with two fat-free plain yogurts and two low-sugar fruits, green tea, 64 ounces of water and some oil. It’s followed by the second stage, ‘activate’, where the principle of calorie cycling (calorie shifting or calorie zigzagging) comes into play. The calorie intake cycles and recycles daily to keep the metabolism high. The calorie intake is also increased to 1,500 by adding two servings of wholegrain. The last 17 day interval is termed as ‘achieve’, which instils good eating habits that are to last a lifetime. The diet basically switches from a low-carb diet to a low-calorie diet, and this is achieved by limiting lean meat, adding grains and fruit, an optional serving of alcohol and a 100-calorie snack. The scheme ends with ‘arrive’, where the trick is to continue the cycling from phases 1 to 3 for a lifetime, except on the weekends where it’s an open buffet, though the doctor advises never to binge and in case one gains 5 pounds, one should resume phase 2.
The diet plan is renowned for its versatility and is generally designed to please someone with weak dieting convictions. However, critics have pointed out that many of its concepts are not scientifically proven, such as those of calorie cycling. Nonetheless, it’s a great plan for anyone who needs a push into weight-loss.