17 Day Diet: Diet Review (cont.)

Despite the plan's title, you will not lose weight quickly and keep it off after being on this plan for only 17 days.

Alternating between cycle 1 and cycle 2 might prevent boredom, but it really is just a strategy to cut calories and give you staying power to stick with the plan.

Although the evidence is lacking to substantiate Moreno's weight loss theory of metabolic adjustment to burn fat, the principles of the diet are the foundation of all good diet plans: Cut calories; eat healthy foods; limit sugars, alcohol, and refined starches; and get regular exercise. That's solid advice that will lead to successful weight control.

Eat fruit whenever you want and add a once-daily multivitamin mineral to fill in nutritional gaps and the 17 Day Diet could be your answer to long-term weight control.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.


Michael Moreno, MD, author, 17 Day Diet; family physician, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego.

Keri Gans, MS, RD, dietitian in private practice in New York; spokeswoman, American Dietetic Association.

Melissa Nodvin, MS, RD, chief wellness officer, Health-Ally.

Moreno, M. The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor's Plan Designed for Rapid Weight Loss Results, 2010.

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