17 Day Diet

Krista - posted on 04/29/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )

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Sorry, it's not a debate! I was just wondering if anyone has tried or knows anything about the "17 Day Diet" (Dr. Mike Moreno). Apparently it was on Dr Phil and The Doctors (neither of which I saw).

I'm not a dieter...I've never followed a diet, but I've heard good things about this one, and I'm ready to try anything to get rid of this baby weight! If you have any info for me, I'd love to hear it!

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Krista - posted on 03/28/2012

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I actually did the diet, after I posted this, and it worked great for me! I started the diet (along with a post-natal workout program) last May, and by July I had lost all of the baby weight (26 lbs) and I've continued to lose since then. I was at a size 10/12 and now I'm a 4/6 and have lost over 40 lbs. I followed the diet strictly for the first 3 cycles (17 days each) and then started the "maintain" cycle. So, it's not like other diets, in that this one teaches you how to eat properly and gives you strategies to keep up with it...it doesn't just end and you get fat again lol. It's been almost a year, and I'm still eating healthy and keeping the weight off. I sound like an infomercial, but really, I recommend the diet all the time!

Dana - posted on 04/29/2011

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I always preferred the term life style change rather than diet. I think if you are someone who struggles with weight you generally have to change how you live and what you're putting into your body overall, not just for 17 days or how many other days you diet.

Sara - posted on 04/29/2011

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Personally, I don't think any short term diet is going to work. The miinute you stop it, you'll gain the weight back. I'm afraid the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to take in less than you expend, so count calories, exercise...voila!

Lady Heather - posted on 05/18/2011

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There is a HUGE emotional component to most overeating that can't be ignored and that is a pretty solid reason why fads fail. Yes, teaching to eat healthy is important. But if someone has a problematic relationship with food it is not going to entirely solve the problem. "just eat healthy" to an overeater is like telling an anorexic to "just eat". It sadly isn't that simple.

Might be difficult to see that from the perspective of someone who has obviously never had a weight issue and doesn't have a problem with overeating. Weight gain during pregnancy hardly counts as dealing with standard weight issues, particularly if it is that easy to lose. If you can lose 43 lbs in the month after having a baby, you are genetically blessed. I eat healthy too and it took me a year to lose that much.

Mrs. - posted on 05/01/2011

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Whelp, I was a vege for two decades and ran in that circle for a long time. I can tell you that many vegetarians are fat. You can get fat eating too much of anything, if you are a compulsive overeater, like I was for much of my life.

I can understand why you don't get it because from your responses it sounds like you easily loose weight, have a fast metabolic rate and have not had issues with overeating. I may be assuming too much, Amanda, but it sounds like this is your experience, yes?

You can teach a person to eat healthy foods sure....that's what many diets have done over the years and yet people still have big weight issues in most of the developed world. I believe, in my own experience, that much of this has to do with what is in your head, not in your mouth. Otherwise, you would tell people eat carrots and not cake - this will make you healthier....and it would be so. Because, it makes sense right. Well, it might make sense intellectually, but if you have emotional issues that lead you to overeat - it will not remedy until those issues are dealt with.

You say you never met a person who got fat eating too much veggies...you just have - online.

Now, I made changes at the age of 25 that involved a great deal of therapy for my eating disorders and have stopped that cycle. I have maintained a weight very similar to yours for a decade, excluding pregnancy and my losing the weight slowly over two years, though it was not easy. I earn this weight by keeping my head in line with the tools I picked up, not using food to medicate myself, exercising my ass off and forcing myself to communicate about my struggles.

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Ania - posted on 03/28/2012

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I don't believe in diets. It should be all about life style change. I never had issues with my weight, so maybe it is easier for me to state something like that, but if someone seriously is thinking about weight loss you should look at what you eat for few days, how big your plastes are, write it down and then look at that list with critical eye and step by step eliminate what is bad: soda - change for water and dilluted fruit juice. Eliminate white bread change it to whole wheat, pasta, bread brown rice, learn how to cook quick meals with veggies - stir fries, eat smaller portions, add some fruit as a snack and don't look for easy fixes. If you cannot commit to everything at once, do step by step. Then at the end add exercise - bacuse it will make you healthier, not necesarilly help you loose weight though. If you stick with this new lifestyle you should see major change in your life. I'm telling you this as a personal trainer with nutrition certification :)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/27/2012

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I saw both segments and it looks great to me! I would give it a try if I needed it. However, it is more than likely like any other diet. Unless you make it your new way of life, it isn't going to keep the weight off for good, unless you make it a lifestyle change. You cannnot do it and then stop.



Personally, after I had my son I lost 55lbs, went from a size 14 to a size 8. I did this by cutting out ALL junk and cutting back my portions. Intaking plenty water and walking as much as possible, including running up and down escalators at work. ;)

Brenda - posted on 03/27/2012

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No but if you hear anything about it let me know? I am trying to get back to my pre baby weight (from before having any beautiful kids).

Stifler's - posted on 05/19/2011

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That was light beer lol not heavies. That probably wouldn't work for people who don't work in aged care hahaha. I don't miss that job some days.

Nikki - posted on 05/18/2011

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I haven't read the other posts. I have tried every diet on the planet, most more than once. The only thing that actually worked for me and I maintained the 30kg I lost (until I had a baby) was weight watchers. If your serious about loosing weight and keeping it off and most importantly being healthy and active I really recommend weight watchers.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/18/2011

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Haha. I simply can't lose weight if I consume alcohol. Two drinks a week seems to screw me up. I don't know what it is about my body but it just doesn't go with alcohol (sadface). When I figured that out all I did was stop drinking and started hiking after work 5 days a week (not really strenuous) and the weight would just come off. This was before my wedding. I never had a major food issue. I just got fat because I was sick and couldn't move for three years. Kind of like pregnancy weight gain really, but even easier to be rid of. Don't drink, do walk.

6 beers a week. Lucky you.

Stifler's - posted on 05/18/2011

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I don't agree with diets, I do agree with lifestyle changes and eating shit food and drinking alcohol/other things you enjoy in moderation. I lost 15kg going on my cross trainer for 20 minutes at 5am, going to work then going for walks every day after work, eating sensible portions instead of a sumo sized plate of food, 2 serves of fish a week, lots of fibre and avocado and stuff and eating 1 fun size chocolate a day. Oh and 6 beers a week.

Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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Yeah, this diet plan clearly isn't geared towards people with weight problems such as emotional eating...he states that right in the book. I'm not overweight and I'm not an emotional eater, I'm just bigger than I'd like to be. I don't have complex emotions to work through...I just needed a kick in the ass to get me working out and eating better in order to get the weight off. I totally agree with the opinion that fad diets don't work, I just don't classify this one as a diet. It's a means to change the way you eat for the better, and for good.

Krista - posted on 05/18/2011

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Well, I just finished the first 17 day cycle of the diet and I've lost 9 pounds! I'm eating way healthier now than I ever used to, and I'm not starving myself, so I think it's been a good thing for me. I've got two more cycles where I get to keep adding new foods into the diet, and then when I reach my goal weight (14 more pounds) I move onto the "maintain cycle," where he gives tips about how to continue to eat healthy and not gain the weight back. My daughter is 2 months old this week, and I've lost all of the baby weight plus an extra couple of pounds!

Minnie - posted on 05/02/2011

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Our grocery bill is massive. But that's because most of our fridge is filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. The only thing I ever buy frozen is broccoli. And we rarely eat anything processed.



I'm hoping this balcony garden experiment gives back to us somewhat.



Anyways, I don't believe in diets. Most are extremely unhealthy and produce dangerous conditions like ketoacidosis. An active lifestyle and eating healthy foods in as close to a natural state as possible is what -I- believe to be the best way to stay at a healthy weight.

Krista - posted on 05/02/2011

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My husband and I are both trying it (he doesn't need to lose weight, just wants to eat healthier). We picked up groceries for the week yesterday...biggest grocery bill we've ever had! We have so much produce we could barely fit it in the fridge! Even if I don't lose a ton of weight, I think it will really help to change my eating habits for the better.

Rosie - posted on 05/02/2011

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oh and this "diet" really isn't a diet, it's more of a lifestyle change. you dont' stop it after 17 days, it just goes in cycles of what you should be eating.
i havn't tried it, and i havn't really looked all that hard into it, but i watched a talk show it was on for a few moments and what i gathered it wasn't one of the ones you did for a little while and then stopped.

Rosie - posted on 05/02/2011

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my best friend is a vegetarian, and she is overweight as well. you can definitely overeat even if you don't eat meat..

Amanda - posted on 05/01/2011

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I dont believe in this over eatting BS, I never met a person who got fat by eatting to much veggies. If your diet (the food you choose to eat, and how you cook them) is healthy, you will be the proper weight for you. Its taken me almost 12 months to gain 7 lbs, I actually had to add junk food to my diet, due to my diet being so good I couldnt gain anything.



I agree with everyone that fade diets dont work, but teaching a person how to eat properly will work wonders!

Mrs. - posted on 04/29/2011

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I count your lovely fast metabolism as genetics. It has little to do with what you eat. For some, breastfeeding can aid as well.

I know it happens that women loose all the baby weight in a month...I, agree with you though, it doesn't have anything to do with eating. You guys are just the lucky ones who were blessed with awesome metabolisms and rubber band tummies inherited by versatile grand--folk.

I do think it is more common to take a while to take off your baby weight and struggle a bit with it. At least it seems that way here and among the people I know.

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Rebecca.... I lost 40 pounds in less than 2 weeks after giving birth to twins.... and 20+ (no clue what I gained exactly) pounds w/in a month of giving birth to my son. My diet was NOT responsible for that at all. It was all due to an insanely high metabolism... and breastfeeding. ;)

I don't think diets are the way to go. I think it HAS to be a lifestyle change or it won't stick.... and what's the point of losing weight if it's just going to come back again?

What do I know though.... I still have a high metabolism (though not AS high) and am still breastfeeding.... lol

Mrs. - posted on 04/29/2011

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Sorry but by your own explanation it is a diet...it "literally tells you what to eat breakfast lunch dinner for 17 days."

You mean, like a diet.

The thing is if you don't deal with why you are overeating, figure out when you are actually eating because you are actually hungry or just bored/filling some gap/coping inappropriately, it is very unlikely it will work. I suppose you could do it for awhile and loose weight, but if you don't work that stuff out...it'll creep back on.

And though, I totally respect that you lost all your pregnancy weight in one month, that is not typical for even the most healthy eating mom. That is some damn good genetics and I'm sure you eat well...but that kind of recovery is most likely something you can thank great grandma for.

Amanda - posted on 04/29/2011

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I have seen the menu to this diet, it is what my family normally eats on an avg day. I was 163 lbs when I was pregnant with my last child, by the time she was a month old I was 120 lbs. My family are all in the 50% for their age/height, eatting like this book says, will help you loose weight and keep it off (as long as you keep eatting healthy). There is no secert on how to stay your right weight and healthy, hint its called "Eatting Fresh".

No I havent tried the diet, as my family already eats healthy.

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/29/2011

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i agree that you would have to change your lifestyle for it to be effective, ive heard of lots of diets that work at the time but as soon as you stop the pounds return.

Amanda - posted on 04/29/2011

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17 day diet isnt a diet, its a life style change. You dont go hungry on this, you arent counting calories. It literally tells you what to eat breakfast lunch dinner for 17 days. Its a tool to teach people how to eat better, which in turn helps people lose weight.

Mrs. - posted on 04/29/2011

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It is a fad diet. Like most of them, you'll loose weight rapidly and then stabilize. Then, you'll gain it back and a bit more. My mother has been on so many of these the last 20 years. It has gotten her nowhere but 10 pounds heavier after each go.

My advice is always to eat when you are actually hungry and stop when your full. Don't limit anything and you will begin to crave the healthy foods you need the majority of the time. Exercise, cardio or weights, 3 to 4 times a week and that's it. It's what has seen me through since the age of 25. Yeah, it took me over a year to loose my baby weight slowly, but it is gone now and my lifestyle/diet has been exactly the same.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/29/2011

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I had to lose about the same amount of weight after my son was born.....I did the same "diet" life change then....lost everything I needed plus some. My daughter just had her first birthday in April, and I am almost at my goal again!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/29/2011

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Keli, I pretty much cut everything bad out of my diet. I have created a weight loss support group...for ALL! If you have 5lbs to lose or 200lbs to lose....it is for everyone. My diet plan is written out in there somewhere. It is bland, but effective. It makes my body not crave all the bad stuff. Here is the link for anyone they wants to join!

http://www.circleofmoms.com/love-your-bo...

Krista - posted on 04/29/2011

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I think the title's a little misleading. From what I've read so far (I'm on chapter 2!) it's a 17 day cycle - it doesn't just end at day 17 and you gain all the weight back. There are 3 cycles where you cut out sugars, processed foods, etc and focus on eating healthy and clearing out your system (supposedly it resets your metabolism), and the last phase is maintaining healthy eating.

I also bought some workout DVDs...another thing I've never done...that are geared for moms who've just given birth. I'm still waiting to find time to get started! I was so good about going to the gym daily on my first mat leave, but I'm finding it way more difficult to find the time, or the energy, now that I have two, and especially with a newborn. I figure that squeezing in a half hour here and there with the DVDs will be way more doable (and cheaper!) than going to the gym every day. And my two year old can join in on the exercises this way!

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When i say i went off junk food.It was the pregnancy that me not want it.So after 40weeks 4days of no junk.It was easy to keep it up.I could not believe the results i got.I didn't hit the gym like others thought or i did not stop eating.My health is my main concern and looking after my new baby was the only thing i cared about.I hope you take up some of the advice and don't set yourself up for 17days.It takes time.Best of look.:-)

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I was 9st 4lbs fully due second time around.I went off all junk foods and i kept it going after i gave birth to her.I walked more to help my pelvis get stronger.I drank lots of water and used my twist stepper.I have been told i look like i have NEVER had two children.I got no stretch marks and my tummy is flatter now than before i ever got pregnant.The baby of the house is two, i have been 7st 10lbs since a week after her birth.I am now just 7stone and fit/toned& most importantly healthy.You can do it without a diet like this.It takes time to get results ladies.

Its the junk food girls i feel.Do more exercise.If you love bread, potatoes and pasta/rice etc cut down on it too.Eat more veg and fruit instead.Fish is great.

Krista - posted on 04/29/2011

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One of my friends is doing it and has lost 14 pounds in the past month. She's actually getting pretty annoying because she keeps talking about how skinny she's getting and showing me how big her jeans are on her now lol! I told her I didn't buy into the fad diet thing and that I wouldn't be trying it, but it sounds healthy and less gimmicky than other diets. My aunt is on a meal plan from a nutritionist that follows the same principles. Anyway, I just downloaded the ibook, so I'm gonna give it a try, and my husband's going to join me. I'll let you know if I have any success!

Tinker1987 - posted on 04/29/2011

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@marina what are you doing to lose weight? just cut out bad foods? i want to lose about 10 pounds with summer coming but im not the type to just do a total 360 i have to like gradually cut out foods or something lol.

Cassie - posted on 04/29/2011

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I have friends that have done this diet and rave about the results. I've never personally tried it though.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/29/2011

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I would never follow a "fad" diet. I am currently in the process of losing baby weight, by making healthier options. Since December 27th, I have lost 36.6 lbs. No fad dieting for me. I have exactly 30lbs left to lose to get back to my pre baby weight.

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