How to Start the 17 Day Diet


On the 17 Day Diet, you change what you are eating every 17 days. If you need to shed pounds quickly, the 17 Day Diet can help you lose the weight and keep it off. The author of "The 17 Day Diet", Dr. Mike Moreno, says you can expect to lose up to 12 pounds in the first 17 days. The 17 Day Diet consists of four cycles named Accelerate, Activate, Achieve and Arrive.

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Step 1

Read "The 17 Day Diet" book in its entirety before beginning this diet. This will help you understand the different cycles of the diet and what to expect. While reading the book, take notes or bookmark the foods you can eat and different recipes to try.

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Step 2

Make a date to start losing weight. "The 17 Day Diet" encourages a lifestyle change that begins with the decision to lose weight. Choose a date that gives you enough time to make a list and grocery shop.

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Step 3

Create a grocery list of the allowed foods on Cycle 1 of the diet. You should purchase enough food to last for a week if you have enough storage room. Buying healthy foods can be more expensive than unhealthy food. Look for coupons on foods you will use daily. For instance, you could get a coupon for yogurt and go to a grocery store that already has it on sale to save additional money.

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Step 4

Write out a daily meal plan for The 17 Day Diet for easier preparation. When you know what you are going to eat, you can cook what you need on one or two days and have it ready for the rest of the week. This helps on days when you may not feel like cooking. It also keeps you from grabbing the first thing you see to eat and falling off the diet.

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Step 5

Start an exercise program 17 minutes at a time. "The 17 Day Diet" recommends starting off with walking 17 minutes a day. There is no need to try to start off exercising for longer periods. As you lose weight and progress, you may add more minutes or use The 17 Minute Workout DVD that goes along with the diet.

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Step 6

Keep on going. If you go off the diet during the day or for a day, get back on. Do not accept this as a reason to not continue losing weight. If you do, you may continue to make unhealthy decisions and the weight will start adding up again.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not like to cook, Dr. Moreno recommends BistroMD to have your food delivered.
  • If you have completed all the cycles and still have weight to lose, start over with the first cycle.
  • If you have any health conditions or are unsure about how this diet will affect you, consult your physician.


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