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The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Note: I started this series of food plans & diet last year when Nobody Eats Like Me was a separate blog. My intention was to do an alphabetical listing of the diets, but that went by the wayside when I realized that I had forgotten the Ayurvedic diet back with the As, so now I am just posting them as I see how they fit in the overall category. These two seemed to want to be together, so I am posting one today & The Perfect 10 Diet in a day or so.

My D.O., Dr. Lipton, told me about this diet. He has lost considerable weight and looks  and feels great!Of course, men seem to lose easier than women, especially when the woman’s post-menopausal, but there are several good points in this book that make  it worth sharing with you. (While I don’t agree with everything the author writes, ex. using fat free dressing or microwaving foods, most of the information is in line with what I believe.)

Very important to me is that the book is written in a very upbeat manner by a young doctor named Dr. Mike Moreno. He has divided the diet into three 17 day cycles & an ongoing cycle, listed below:

1. Cycle One: Accelerate for 17 days – The purpose is to promote rapid weight lost* by improving digestive health by clearing sugar from the blood, which in turn, boosts fat-burning and discourages fat storage. (More about sugar and weight gain when I post an article on diabetes later this month. es)
2. Cycle Two: Activate for 17 days – The purpose is to reset your metabolism through a strategy that involves increasing and decreasing caloric consumption to stimulate fat-burning and to help prevent plateaus.
3. Cycle Three: Achieve for 17 days -The purpose is to develop good eating habits through the re0introduction of additional foods and move closer to your goal weight.
4. Cycle Four: (Ongoing) – The purpose is to keep your goal weight by eating your favorite foods on weekends, while eating healthfully during the week.

*According the the author’s research, taken from a 2010 study from the University of Florida, published in  the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, fast weight loss is the key to losing and maintaining weight loss longer. In a Finnish study from the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, “A rapid weight loss diet followed for 6 weeks trimmed visceral abdominal fat by 25% and abdominal subcutaneous fat by 16 percent.” (p. 5)

To clarify: Visceral fat is the kind that collects around our internal organs and raises blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and increases the risk of developing such diseases as Alzheimer’s and diabetes. According to Moreno, this type of fat is actually more “sinister” than fat in other parts of the body.  The other kind of fat is called subcutaneous abdominal fat that shows up as the belly pouch difficult to remove, but with rapid weight loss, this loss is possible. (See stats above.)

The focus of this plan is to losing both pounds and inches. More importantly, the good doctor writes a short clear statement that many of us do not want to accept: “Being overweight is a symptom of being  unhealthy.” (p. 10) This statement is followed by a detailed account of the immediate effects on your body when you eat nutritious foods, starting with the first 15 minutes after you eat to 6 months later.

Like most diet plans, this book has additional information on the challenges to weight loss and basic health information.
For example, on page 17 in Chapter 2, Dr. Moreno lists 17 enlightening facts about fat, followed by the chapter summary. I have enclosed the summary from p. 18 word for word to show you his straightforward way of writing as well as a way of summarizing the book:

1. On the 17 Day Diet, you eat healthy foods: lean proteins, vegetables, low-sugar fruits, natural carbs, probiotics and friendly fats. These foods work together to improve your digestion and metabolism.
2. The 17 Day Diet supplies the nutrients you need for good health.
3. The 17 Day Diet limits carbs somewhat, because many people are carbohydrate sensitive, a condition that interferes with weight loss.
4. Drinking water is vital for weight loss; so is drinking green tea.

As you can see, Dr.Moreno talks “straight” about weight loss. His no-nonsense, upbeat approach is refreshing, because this makes the book easy to ready and user-friendly. He also has a special section on PMS that younger women might find helpful, as well as menu planning, dining out, and cultural dietary challenges.

Chapter 14 consists of sample recipes, which are quite simple. As the author, young yet wise, seems to do throughout the book, it starts with a helpful statement: “One healthy practice that will make a big difference in your weight loss is to cook your own food.” (p. 211) I could not agree more! Here is one cook-your-own-food recipe:

Low-Carb Primavera Delight

Whole Spaghetti Squash


1 spaghetti squash                              2 diced garlic cloves
2 cups chopped broccoli                     1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small diced onion                              marinara sauce

Directions (I added the photos es)

Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta. To prepare it, cut it in half (lengthwise). (See photo at left.) Scoop out the seeds and pulp as you would any squash or pumpkin. Place it in a glass baking dish with about 1/2 inch water, rind side up. Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees. You can also microwave thge squash for 8 to 10minutes per half on high. Let the squash stand for a few minutes after baking or microwaving. Separate strands by running a fork through in the “from stem to stern” directions. Place strands in a separate bowl.(See strands below.)


In medium fry pan, saute broccoli, garlic and oil until veggies are crisp tender. Add (strands of) squash and heat thoroughly.  Serve with heated marinara sauce. Makes 4 servings.

The 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno is published by Simon and Schuster. Hard cover is $25, although Amazon has it for much less and used for about 1/2 price.