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Permanent Link: The 17 Day Diet

Posted Aug 24 2011 12:00am
August 24, 2011 | Filed in:

*Alternately titled: My 16 Days on the 17 Day Diet*

If you don’t already know this about me – I’ll go ahead and say it.  I’m a sucker for a challenge.

(Example 1: Vegan Challenge , Example 2: 21 Days with Candy Challenge , Example 3: Cut the Crap Challenge , Example 4: Clean Life Challenge )

You get the point. Winking smile  Call it a “challenge” and I’m in.

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And really if you think about it – “diet” is basically synonymous with “challenge”.  So just like every other challenge I’ve done – I wanted to fill you in on my 17 Day Challenge Diet.

I had a few friends try the diet, and have great success with it.  So when I was looking to drop a few extra pounds this summer, and saw their success – I thought I should give it a go.

It’s based on this book, by Dr. Mike Moreno:

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There are four separate 17-day-cycles on the diet.  I only did the first cycle, so I will only speak to that.  But basically, with each successive cycle you are allowed to add back in more and more foods.  For example, cycle one prohibits shellfish, but once you move on to cycle two, shellfish is allowed.

For now – I’m sticking with what I actually did – which was Cycle 1.  The diet looks like this:

Cycle 1: Accelerate

  • Approved foods for Cycle 1
  • For all of Cycle 1 – you have to:
  • If I didn’t list it above – you can’t eat or drink it.

Looking at the list now – I’m thinking to myself: Really?  That doesn’t seem so hard. Smile

But let me tell you how I felt while ON the diet:

  • THIS. IS. SO. MUCH. MEAT.
  • Seriously – I shouldn’t be eating this much meat.
  • I can’t eat any more meat.  What did you say was for dinner?  Meat?!

All joking aside – I was doing really well on the day – and then Day 16 I cheated and had…

*drumroll please*

…a alcoholic Arnold Palmer and a scoop of pasta salad! Winking smile  I was up at the islands with my family and I just couldn’t resist. 

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Life’s too short to not eat Mom’s Pasta Salad and have an adult beverage when you are at Catawba! Hot smile

So here are my thoughts on the diet overall:

  • Great for those that don’t already eat lots of veggies
  • Great for those that love to eat lots of lean protein
  • Good to get you drinking lots of water
  • Extremely vague on adaptations for vegetarians
  • Not eating fruit after 2pm  is weird
  • Two probiotics a day = you better like yogurt!

Overall I lost 8 pounds in the 16 days, so ultimately for me – it was a positive experience. I’d also consider doing another cycle, or even two.

Have you heard of the 17 Day Diet? Have you tried it? What do you think about it?

P.S. – I just finished another doozie of a challenge – that post will be going up soon, and I’m pretty sure it’s the zaniest one I’ve tried yet! :Winking smile Stay tuned!



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