I have been asked about this diet and decided to do some research. At first review, I’m sure you will lose weight with this plan, as you will with any plan that you restrict carbohydrates and calories. I wouldn’t find this plan easy to follow though, and would highly advise avoiding it if you are ill, pregnant or a teenager. Like any diet, you should really consider it to be a lifestyle change. This diet does discuss how to eat after you have reached your goal, which is good. But is it reasonable? I don’t really think so. People often fail in this type of diet, and tend to gain the weight back, causing them to become ”yo-yo” dieters. In my opinion, the best “diet” is the one that you can stick with day in and day out.
This diet is hailed as a quick way to lose weight, and was developed by Dr. Mike Moreno. It became a popular diet plan after he appeared on the Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors, where he presented it as an effective way to lose fat fast. According to Dr. Moreno, fat around the belly and visceral fat are the locations where the fat is eliminated. Visceral fat is the hidden fat that’s between organs.
Days one through seventeen of the plan you adhere to 1,200 calories, consuming only low carbohydrate foods. Dr. Moreno calls this the Acceleration phase. Each day, you eat lean meats and vegetables that are low in starch. You also have two fat-free plain yogurts, two low-sugar fruits, a little oil, green tea, and an eight glasses of water daily. As is common with a low-carb diet plan, loss of fat and fluid are achieved from this low carbohydrate intake for the first 17 days.
On days 18 through 34, you have the Activation phase. This is simply when the daily calories consumed are cycled from low to high in five-day cycles. According to Dr. Moreno, this constant calorie intake changing daily keeps the body metabolism high. He suggests adding two helpings of whole grains added will bring the daily intake average to 1,500 per day.
On days 35 through 51, or the Achievement phase, nutritious eating habits are built for the long term. It’s the same as the Activation phase, except that more grains and fruits are in the daily meals. Lean meats are now limited, also. This phase allows for a choice of an alcoholic drink and a snack of about a hundred calories. This is known as the balanced low-cal diet phase. Processed food is not to be eaten.
Days 52 through the lifetime are known as the Arrive phase, in which for the rest of your life you constantly cycle the above three phases except on the weekends. On the weekends, Dr. Moreno’s 17-Day Diet Plan permits eating whatever you like, but no binging. He says that if you gain over five pounds over a weekend, go back to phase two, or the Activation phase.
This is a very low calorie diet that is low in fiber. Doctors say this diet is acceptable, so it may be fine for your situation. Dr. Mike Moreno does say that this is not the plan for teenagers, pregnant or lactating women, type one diabetes, or those who are ill. It’s recommended to take multivitamins during the first two phases, the Acceleration and Activation phases.
Info found from: http://caloriecount.about.com/17-day-diet-b487463