What is the Dr. Phil 17-Day Diet?


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The 17-Day Diet has four 17-day cycles and focuses on lean protein, produce with high levels of antioxidants, probiotics and healthy sources of fat. Although Dr. Phil recommends the diet, Dr. Mike Moreno created it.

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The diet's four cycles are called accelerate, activate, achieve and arrive. The accelerate cycle is a low-carbohydrate plan in which dieters consume about 1,200 calories per day. Dieters eat lean proteins, vegetables without starch, plain yogurt and fruit with low sugar content. This cycle gets rid of sugar and fat.

In the activate cycle, dieters add two servings of whole grains. This cycle focuses on calorie cycling, where dieters alternate between higher and lower calorie days. Average calorie intake is around 1,500 per day.

The achieve cycle is a balanced plan that adds more grains and fruits while restricting meat. It also allows a serving of alcohol and a 100-calorie snack. The final cycle, arrive, is simply cycling through the first three cycles. On weekends, dieters eat what they want.

The diet provides a meal plan and exercise program that can result in weight loss. Criticisms of the plan include its lack of fiber and that it doesn't address behavioral issues. There also isn't any evidence to support the diet's claims about calorie cycling boosting the metabolism.

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