Looking for a weight loss program in which you don’t have to suffer by starving and boring yourself? Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day
The Theory Behind
The program prescribes changing food combinations and calorie intakes per 17-day cycle. Just about your body begins to adapt to the eating and exercising pattern, a new change is introduced. By doing so, it confuses your rate of metabolism and maintains it at high gear. Thus, you burn lots of fat. Though not yet scientifically proven, many have already benefited from its habits.
The first phase is called Accelerate. This phase needs you to focus on improving your digestion. From it you’ll need to drastically lower your sugar intake and cut at least 1200 calories per day. Usually, this phase is the most aggressive one and weight loss can already be observed here.
You are allowed to consume lean proteins like fish and chicken breasts; non-starchy veggies like broccoli, celery, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes and onions; and two low-sugar fruits like apples, prunes, and oranges. Yogurt is also allowed as long as it is low fat. Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Try drinking green tea if still possible.
The second phase is called Activate. It is inspired by alternate-day fasting. During this period, you need to alternate your diet between low-calorie meals on the first day, and a slightly high-calorie meal on the next day. Try doing this within a period of 17 days. It is recommended eating carbs during breakfast. Always remember not to consume carbs after 2pm. Slightly high-calorie meals include fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, millets, kidney beans, cassava, and potatoes to name a few. You can cut at least six pounds within this cycle.
The third phase is Achieve. This phase is similar to Activate. But this time, it’s more tolerable and forgiving. It is still not allowed to eat carbs after 2pm. You can have a glass of alcohol per day but to maximize your efforts, it’s not encouraged at all. Since you’re now allowed to eat a wider variety of food, try to at least “compensate” for it by increasing your workout hours as well, even for just 15 minutes. Newer options you can now eat include bread, cereals, any fruits and veggies and pastas.
Lastly, the fourth phase is called Arrive. Unlike other cycles, this will go on for life. Try to always monitor your eating habits and maintain the weight you’ve achieved. Repeating from Phase 1 is optional. You can be more forgiving to carbs this time. Try observing proper diet during weekdays and allow yourself for some treats during weekends. You can have 2 glasses of alcohol, though it is still not advisable. It is recommended to at least compensate for your cheat meals by added exercise. Despite the freedom, try sticking to the Phase 1 diet from here on out. Lastly, stay away from food with high fat, carbs, and sugar contents.