The 17 Day Diet is a four cycle diet plan that uses calorie restriction and shifting to help people reach and maintain their goal weights.  We are going to take you through the different cycles so you will understand how this diet works.

Accelerate Cycle – Days 1-17

For the first seventeen days of the diet, you will follow the Accelerate cycle.  This stage was designed to eliminate weight as quickly as possible.  People can lose up to 15 pounds during this phase.

You will have to follow a low carbohydrate, low calorie diet during the Accelerate cycle. This diet will include lean proteins, cleansing vegetables and green tea.  Additionally, it is recommended that you drink hot lemon water every morning. This will help your digestive system wake up and get to work.

Along with the suggested foods, The 17 Day Diet book comes with a 17 minute exercise plan that you can do five to seven days a week.  Be sure to incorporate the routine into your diet in order to achieve the maximum results.

Activate Cycle – Days 18-34

On regular diets, the metabolism typically slows down after 17 days.  The 17 Day Diet avoids this problem by having dieters enter into a new cycle on Day 18.  This is the Activate Cycle, and its purpose is to reset the metabolism.

The Activate Cycle includes all of the foods that are in the Accelerate Cycle, plus natural starch foods and additional proteins.  Make sure you don’t eat any of the foods that contain carbohydrates after 2 PM.

When you are in the Activate Cycle, you will switch between Cycle 1 and 2 foods.  For instance, you will eat the foods that were added into Cycle 2 on Day 18.  On Day 19, you will only eat foods that are a part of Cycle 1.  You will alternate between Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 foods every other day. This will keep your metabolism guessing, so it will be able to burn fat faster.  Additionally, this will help you avoid hitting a plateau.

You need to make sure to include exercise in this cycle as well.

Achieve Cycle – Days 35-51

More foods are introduced during this cycle, including pasta.  Additionally, you will be able to consume one alcoholic drink a day.

Like the other phases of the diet, you won’t consume carbs after 2 PM.  You will also need to increase the amount of time you spend exercising. While you only had to exercise for 17 minutes in the past, you will now need to exercise for 45 to 60 minutes five to seven days a week. This will be easier now, since you will be taking in more calories each day.

You should learn how to develop healthy eating habits during this cycle. You will have more choices than you’ve had in the past with the diet.  It’s important that you make smart decisions so you can keep the weight off for the long term.

Arrive Cycle – Days 52-On

You will follow the Arrive phase for the rest of your life. This phase was created to help you maintain your weight.

On Monday through Friday, you will eat foods from Cycles 1-3.  On the weekend, you can eat any foods you want.  These are considered to be celebratory meals and they will help you stick with the diet by providing you with the variety that you crave.

It’s important that you use some restraint during your celebratory meals.  Don’t overindulge, or you might gain some weight back. If you gain five pounds or more, go back to Cycle 2 and complete the diet once again.

Now that you know how the 17 Day Diet works, you are ready to get started.  Pick up some groceries and get ready to lose weight.