The 17 Day Diet, created by Dr. Mike Moreno, relies on lean meats, fish, eggs, healthy fats, probiotic-rich foods and vegetables, while limiting or eliminating sugars, fats and processed foods. The diet consists of four 17-day cycles: Accelerate, Activate, Achieve and Arrive. Each cycle has objective-driven diet and exercise requirements.
The Accelerate cycle is the most restrictive stage of the diet. It severely limits calories by eliminating sugar, fried foods, alcohol and most carbohydrates. Instead, the diet focuses on lean protein sources, such as chicken and fish, and low-fat, reduced-sodium meal-preparation techniques. It also introduces a daily fitness requirement. Most dieters lose several pounds in the initial cycle.
The second and third cycles allow a wider variety of foods, including more fruits and whole grains. The Activate cycle alternates between low and high calorie days to boost the metabolism and encourage fat-burning. The Achieve cycle introduces more aggressive fitness elements. It also focuses on portion control and regular eating patterns to promote consistent weight loss.
Arrive is the final cycle of the diet. By this stage, dieters have a regular workout routine, balanced meals throughout the week and slightly more latitude on the weekends. Each cycle begins with a three-day meal plan, complete with recipes and grocery shopping tips. Dr. Mike also publishes some sample recipes on his website at DrMikeDiet.com.