A lot of critics of this diet have called it a fad and concluded that any weight loss where you only diet for 17 days is not going to give you the results you want. But if one don't read into it more, one will be mislead. The 17 Day Diet consists of actually FOUR 17 day cycles:
Days 1 – 17 are to “Accelerate” on a low carbohydrate diet that provides around 1200 calories. Eat unlimited lean meat and no-starch vegetables, two fat-free plain yogurts and two low-sugar fruits, a bit of oil, green tea, and 64 ounces of water a day. Typical for any low carb diet, fat-burning and fluid loss is favored during those days.
Days 18 – 34 are to “Activate” by calorie cycling (aka calorie shifting or calorie zigzagging), which means that the daily calorie intake cycles and recycles from low to high over the course of several days. The goal is to trick the metabolism to prevent it from slowing down. Two servings of whole grains are added to the above to raise the average calorie intake to 1500 a day.
Days 35 – 51 are to “Achieve” good eating habits that last a lifetime. This phase is the same as “Activate” except that lean meat is no longer unlimited and more grains and fruit are added, along with an optional serving of alcohol and a 100-calorie snack. In other words, the low carb diet is 'Out' and a balanced low-calorie diet is 'In' sans the processed food.
Day 52 and on are to “Arrive” at a lifelong eating plan, which is a constant cycling through phases 1, 2 and 3 - until the weekends when you can splurge. But don’t binge, says Dr. Mike, and if you gain more than 5 pounds, return immediately to phase 2.
The hubby and I just finished our first 17 days and much to my surprise, it was not hard at all for the first 15. The last couple of days was hard not because I was craving carbs, but because I was getting so sick of chicken breast! We're moving onto Cycle 2 tomorrow and we're super excited to be able to reintroduce other meats, carbs, and starches.
So what were the results? The hubby has lost 10 pounds and I didn't weigh myself but I know I've lost at least 5 lbs because my clothes feel different. As much as losing weight is nice, but the main reason why I'm doing this is because I want to educate myself in healthy eating. For years, I've been taught that meat was bad...that saturated fats are bad...and a low calorie diet consisting mostly of whole grains was the way to go. I've tried that for years in the journey towards healthier eating and every time I restrict myself to those rules, I get so upset because I feel...well horrible! I'm definitely not advocating an irresponsible high fat/fast food diet, but trust me when I say that saturated fats are not as evil as the public makes it seem. Our brains consist of fat, and in order to feed it, we need fats in our diet. Carefully choosing which fats to eat is more important to me at this point than a low calorie/high whole grains diet. If anyone has Netflix Instant, a great documentary to watch is Fat Head. This guy tries to debunk the Super Size Me guy...but towards the latter half of the movie, he gives some great information about saturated fats, heart disease and how carbs and sugar affects people differently, which may help you understand why carbs are the number one culprit in weight gain.
Now that I'm done ranting, you're probably wondering what I've been eating? No? Well, even if you're not wondering, I'll show you some pics anyway!
Turkey meatballs with home made tomato sauce, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and roasted brussel sprouts
Pan fried cat fish lettuce tacos with mango salsa and cilantro
Cauliflower crust pizza! Yes folks, this crust is made out of cauliflower! Find the recipe here.
Roasted chicken breast with home made tzatziki sauce and strawberry field greens salad with blue cheese and home made honey mustard
Snack: roasted organic baby beets with organic tangelloes, shallots and blue cheese
Turkey meatballs with home made tzatziki sauce and mango salad
Turkey sausage egg scramble but two yolks and four egg whites
And there are much more that I didn't take pictures of but as you can see from these pictures, I'm not starving here. In fact, I have not felt hungry on the first 17 days and it's because my blood sugar didn't rise and I didn't experience that "crash" I typically would if I ate a bowl of pasta or a sandwich and chips for lunch. I also was more alert during the afternoon "lag" hours of 2-4 pm. Needless to say, it was quite a great, but interesting cycle 1 period. Now...onto cycle 2!
More pics to come!