17 Day Diet

The 17 Day Diet was created by Dr. Mike Moreno, a family practice physician in California.

After being featured on The Doctors TV show and Dr. Phil it has rapidly become one of the hottest weight loss plans for two years running.

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The diet involves a series of 17-day cycles with adjustments in the composition of the foods you eat.

Moreno suggests that a weight loss of 10-12 pounds is possible in the first 17 days. He cites recent research showing that rapid weight loss does have long and short-term advantages over the slow weight loss approach.

17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition

Dr. Morano has enhanced his popular 17 Day Diet with some enhanced options that have proven successful for the 1000’s that have completed his program.

Besides what we have outlined below, The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition is supercharged with following:

  • 3 additional chapters covering supplements, new exercises, and many more success stories.
  • 50 additional recipes.
  • An optional “fast day” to accelerate fat loss using Mike Morano’s liquid cleanse.

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17 Day Diet in a Nutshell

In basic terms, the 17 Day Diet is a carbohydrate cycling diet whereby you adjust your intake of carbohydrates in accordance with whatever phase of the diet you are in.

At certain times, you will follow a very low carbohydrate diet while at other times you can enjoy specific foods that are higher in carbohydrates.

According to Dr. Moreno, this has the effect of confusing your metabolism and enhancing the rate at which you are able to lose weight. It also can help to reduce the frustration and boredom that is generally associated with long-term dieting.

The 17 Day Diet includes four cycles:

  1. Accelerate
    In this initial phase you dramatically reduce your intake of carbohydrates to promote fat burning, cleansing, and rapid weight loss.
  2. Activate
    This 17 Day Diet phase involves carbohydrate cycling, which has the purpose of resetting your metabolism to stimulate fat burning and prevent plateaus.
  3. Achieve
    You reintroduce some previously restricted foods and will learn how to develop healthy eating habits.
  4. Arrive
    The final phase allows you to maintain your goal weight by eating a healthy diet during the week and indulging in your favorite foods on the weekends.

During all of the four phases of the 17 Day Diet, there is an emphasis on clean eating and the avoidance of sugar and all processed foods.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to drink green tea?
Yes, Dr. Moreno believes green tea helps to speed up the metabolism and give the body a boost of antioxidants. Any brand of green tea is fine and it can be hot or cold, but sugar-free.
Can I use artificial sweeteners?
The book promotes the use of Stevia as an all-natural sweetener but doesn’t endorse artificial varieties like Sucralose and Aspartame.
I’m diabetic, is the 17 Day Diet for me?
Dr. Moreno says that his diet is perfect for Type II Diabetics, but Type I Diabetics should be cautious of using his plan. Always consult your physician before beginning any new diet.
Can vegetarians or the gluten intolerant do the diet?
Yes, the book has many alternate suggestions for vegetarians as well as those on the gluten-free diet.
Can I drink wine while completing the cycles?
There are provisions for wine in cycle 3, but Dr. Moreno says that the 17 Day Diet isn’t about depriving you. Wine in cycles 1 or 2 will just slow down your progress, but not ruin the diet.
Can I use this diet to get rid of my baby weight?
Dr. Moreno says that since the 17 Day Diet isn’t missing nutrients, it’s fine for a woman who are breastfeeding and want to lose the baby weight. He advises mothers to consult with their doctors to be sure it will fit with their particular health histories.

Recommended Foods and Food App

Eggs, turkey breast, chicken breast, seafood, yogurt, grapefruit, berries, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomato, cucumber, asparagus, green tea.

The book contains recipes that Moreno claims are quite easy to make, but also suggests taking out a delivered meal plan from Bistro MD — but this can get expensive.

The 17 Day Diet also has released a cookbook to assist dieters in preparing meals that fit with the program.

17 day diet smart phone app

17 Day Diet App

There is a helpful iPhone app available that gives dieters 100, 17 Day Diet recipes at their fingertips.

These recipes are formulated to be tasty yet easy to prepare. This is helpful because the app incorporates all of the recommended foods into the recipes while eliminating all of the restricted foods and ingredients. iTunes

Sample 1 Day Meal Plan


Scrambled eggs
1 cup green tea


2 boiled eggs
Large salad with lettuce, carrots, broccoli, onion, tomato

Afternoon Snack

Yogurt with fresh berries


Turkey breast
Steamed carrots and asparagus

Exercise Recommendations

Dr. Moreno is a strong advocate of exercise as a way to ensure fast results. The 17 Day Diet involves a 17-minute exercise routine that should be performed six days a week. An exercise DVD is available of the 17-minute workout program for $15.

Costs and Expenses

The 17 Day Diet retails for $26, the workbook is additional $16, and the cookbook is $26.

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  • Encourages the intake of a variety of unprocessed, natural foods.
  • Carbohydrate and calorie cycling may help to accelerate the rate of weight loss.
  • Variety in the 17 Day Diet structure can help to maintain motivation and prevent boredom.
  • An eating plan is simple to understand.
  • Includes meal plans and recipes.
  • An exercise program is short and effective.
  • Home delivery meals are available for an additional cost.
  • Includes tips for avoiding holiday weight gain.


  • Not suitable for Type I Diabetics.
  • Calorie intake may be too low for physically active dieters.
  • Irregular eating patterns have the potential to trigger disordered eating in susceptible individuals.
  • Does not adequately address the psychological factors required for successful weight loss over the long term.

A Healthy Lower-Carb Diet

The 17 Day Diet involves adjusting your intake of carbohydrates, fat, protein and calories over a series of 17-day cycles, which may have the effect of boosting metabolism and preventing the plateaus that are common with most diets.

Even though the plan was created to help dieters avoid holiday weight gain, The 17 Day Diet can be followed at any time when fast and effective weight loss is desired. However dieters must be aware that permanent changes in eating patterns, lifestyle habits, attitudes and beliefs are essential if weight loss is to be maintained.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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239 Comments or Reviews

  1. rojam792

    why is that? I think he has a lot of great things to say! In fact, I haven’t heard of one person who has tried the diet complain at all!!!

  2. Leah

    This is great, and this is what I have been doing! My only concern is the fruits I eat, which are the best and which aren’t so good for you? Please anyone help. I’ve lost 5 pounds since New Years but am considering purchasing the book but I would like to know more on whether it really works or not. But again, I am not looking for a miracle. I have exercised daily and ate healthy! I just need more recipes and a larger variety of healthy foods to eat and cook. Any opinions on the book or ideas to keep going would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  3. Nancy Field

    I have now been on this 17 day diet for 4 days and have not lost ANYTHING AT ALL. I have followed it to the letter. I don’t understand it.

  4. karen

    I’m with Gary. I would add that you should look at the ingredients of the foods you buy. If you don’t cook with it, don’t eat it. If you wouldn’t find it in a well stocked kitchen, don’t eat it. Try to eat foods with the fewest ingredients you can. Yes, it’s more expensive, but I think you will find yourself eating less, because you body is getting the nutrients it needs and not junnk it can’t process.

    Best of luck to all!

  5. WendyGay

    Yay Gary, that is soooo true………..

  6. Gary

    Why is it that so many comments are “I cant find the book, and I need HELP”. Here’s the help you need in a nutshell…

    STOP ALL PROCESSED FOODS… no sugary stuff, no white rice, no white bread, no regular pasta, no luncheon meats (LOADED with salt and nitrates, etc)

    START EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES… Think GREEN, GREEN, GREEN! Broccoli, Asparagus, Spinach, Lettuce, cabbage, etc… As for fruits, be smart about it, because some of them have a LOT of sugar. 1 banana a day is smart, 1 orange is good, 1 apple is good… Change it up, just dont eat loads of fruit.

    START EATING LEAN PROTEINS… Fish, skinless chicken, red meat ONCE a week, shrimp; cook using grill method, broil method and even saute, but with a spray oil.

    START EATING WHOLE GRAINS… Real oatmeal is great, but not the just add water to the sugary oatmeal crap that kids eat. NOT GOOD! Add some fresh fruit to your oatmeal, like blueberries, strawberries. As for bread, ONLY whole grains, preferably multi-grain with high fiber.

    START EXERCISING… no matter what you do, what diet you choose, you will HAVE to exercise in some way, shape or form. Even some exercise is better than none… try tennis lessons, karate lessons, join a swim club, take golf lessons (then WALK the course, not ride).

    It aint rocket science folks… STOP putting crap in and then feeling CRAPPY! Start eating right, exercising regularly (3-5 times a week) and you will lose weight! And feel better! And probably LIVE much longer!


  7. LAILA

    I am overwieght too I AM trying my best and I am wachting the show Dr.PHIL

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  9. Edith

    The first step is to stop living in denial. I told myself that I didn’t eat that much, my system had slowed down, my medication was making me gain weight. I had always been thin enough. Then I changed jobs and gained 30 pounds. My knees started hurting so bad that I feared I had bone cancer. After a doctors visit and no bone cancer my dr told me I could help my knee pain by losing 15 pounds…what me overweight! So I filled out a lose weight calculation based on my now 161 pounds and found out exactly how many calories I had to be eating to weigh 161 pounds. I was shocked. I couldn’t possibly be eating that many calories. That was the end of my denial. I decided I could do 1200 calories and I started counting calories. When you get serious and make up your mind to eat x amount of calories you get creative and real…I would rather have a big chicken breast and vegetables than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Also after you find out how many calories is in Ranch dressing you will be finding a new fat free Ranch that you like I sure did. I lost 21 pounds and my knees quit hurting and I didn’t exercise one single time. I did this from Feb 10 to Oct 10. I went from a size 12 going up to a 14 back to a size 8. I feel good and my belly fat is gone and I am working on my back fat now. I would love to lose about 6 more pounds so I may now add in some walking or Wii to help with that. Get real and you will get real results. Good luck! You can do it.

  10. Amanda

    I havent received my book yet. Thanks for the breakdown! How long do you stay on Phase 1?

  11. Rita

    I am 65. Had total knee replacement 24 mo. ago and gained 45 lbs. My 2 grandaughters are only 24 and 22 and weigh at least190 and 280. We need help desperately but cannot afford the 17 day Diet Book. My grandaughters are so beautiful Iam worried for their health and mine. Will this diet work if you can’t do the excerises? Is there any other way to get this book? Thank you

  12. Jan B

    I am on Day 4 of the 17-day diet. The last 2 days I have had mild muscle cramps in upper back and legs. Do you think I might have lost too much potassium? Is there a connection?

  13. Mary

    I am on coumadin and I was told not to take to many green leaf vegetables or green tea. Since the 17 Day Diet has a lot of green leaf veggies and green tea, what should I do? Is the 17 Day Diet good for me?

  14. Brenda Lohr

    Dr. Phil says its so good but I am having the same problem . I cant find it and im ready to do something about my weight.And i really wont to try the 17 Day Diet.

  15. Becky

    After ordering the book (from the official site), I received it within 4 days.
    I started the plan today and I am really having to force the green tea down. I’m not sure how important it is to the overall success of the plan; I am also not sure if the bottled green tea works. I am anxious to see results….I’ll keep you posted.

  16. Anna

    I do not like to diet. I maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle and yet I could not shed the last 10 pounds after giving birth to my son a year ago. No matter what I did or how much I exercised (which I love to do) the scale would not budge. So I decided to give this a try. I have never been good at restricting my carbs and I knew this would be hard. But actually it’s not that bad and after 1 week I have lost 9 pounds!!!!! I cannot believe it and am so happy. I finally can fit into clothes that I haven’t worn in 2 years and am excited to see what comes next. Like I said, I normally don’t ‘diet’ but after giving this one a SUCCESSFUL try I felt the need to comment on it.

  17. KC

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I too saw Dr. Phil and the Doctors about the 17 day diet so I ordered the book and the DVD. I started the first 17 days, 7 days ago and I have not exercised yet however I have lost 8.1 pounds already! I have been concentrating on trying to follow the diet very closely and I have not been hungry! Over 8 pounds in 7 days is awesome for me – and I like a lot of others feel like I have tried everything. I am determined to make this work but time will tell. I’ll check in again later if anyone is interested.

  18. Terri Sinclair

    I was one of the original people on the diet from The Doctors Show and I can attest the diet works. It’s healthy food and the initial quick weight loss gives you motivation and encouragement.

    The diet is lean protein, veggies, fruit and whole grains. No gimmicks. No fads. No crazy weird combination! Just clean food to a lighter you!

  19. WendyGay

    Hi Janet: I ordered the book online on the 17 day site. They said there would be a couple of days delay in shippin as they had 14,000 hits the day Dr. Phill show aired. I have since received it, and am on day 5. So far so good.
    Also they have a 1 800 number if you prefer to call.

    Good Luck

  20. Janet

    Hello, everyone!

    I read all the comments on this 17 day diet. It sounds very healty but I am not sure about it. I join sparkspeople on line it was free and I have lost 7 pounds so far. You get what you need. Lose wieght slowly is the best thing for you. You should check it out.

  21. Elisabeth

    I struggled with weight and yo yo effect for years until I discovered floss diet -oral restrictive device. This simple tool helps me resist overeating. I lost 34 pounds in 14 months and have not gained any of it back. Still have few pound to go but, for the first time in my life I am in control and I control how much I put in my body. The device saved my life

  22. sandy

    first order on 12/2 received on 12/17. email said amount charged to my account 159.95 the bank was charged 179.99. canceled my second order still charged not even the 159 for 179 BUT THIS TIME 197.99. WHAT THE HELL THEY NEED TOBE REPORTED TO BBB ……..

  23. SusanKay

    Hi Mary, I also lost a breast to breast cancer…losing weight is so hard, let me know if you are going to try this diet, maybe we can me internet buddys to support each other in breast cancer survivors, and weight lost.
    Good luck and the best wishes for the New Year.

  24. Bonnie

    I am on cholesterol lowering meds and am not supposed to eat any grapefruit or its juice. Is that issue addressed in the book because that fruit seems prevalent?

  25. Susan Taraby-Huot

    I have been looking at the 17 day diet. I do not eat meat nor fish. Can I follow this diet ? In addition can I substitute, green tea[ from time to time] with coffee which I love.

  26. Deanna

    Mary, the key to eating well and losing weight is mostly mental. You have to want to lost weight more than you want to eat that “cookie” or “chips”. Once you start empowering yourself with making good decisions about the food you purchase and eat, it becomes habitual. You’ll start looking at the grocery carts of people around you and think “my gosh, I’m glad I don’t eat that stuff!”. Start out with baby steps. Portion control is key. Depending on what and how you eat – these 3 things are critical: STOP eating fast food if you do that on a regular basis, reduce or eliminate sugar in your diet (this is not just table sugar – look at the sugar content of all items purchased), and stop eating processed foods.

    A good check is: If it didn’t come from the ground or have a mother, don’t eat it. Don’t try to do everything at once. If you eat fast food frequently, eat processed foods at every meal, and eat a lot of sugary items and try to eliminate them all at once, you’ll fail. However, if you eliminate one of those items, say fast food, do not replace it with an increased intake of processed food.

    Good luck!

  27. Mary Doering

    I also watched it on Dr P show today. I need help and i wish someone would help me also. I hate looking at myself .8 years ago i lost one breast from cancer and gained 65 LB.
    And i don’t no what to do. I have tried walking and not eating as much. I really need help. Please!

  28. pru

    So what else is new?! Not this, obviously. Just check it out in comparison to almost any reasonable eating programs. Lots of veggies, reasonable amount of fruits, small portions of meats, chicken and fish…limit or omit salt and sugar etc etc etc. By the way, 2 eggs ok if you don’t have high cholesterol, not high blood pressure. To the person who doesn’t like green tea – really it has no taste but look for it with pomegranate or cranberry – much more tasty. The truth is…..consume fewer calories that you burn – you lose weight. wish there were a “magic plan” – there isn’t!

  29. kim

    on the menu it lists breakfast ,,lunch,,dinner,,snack do you only get the evening snack or can you have a morning snack and an afternoon snack too?

  30. arthur thompson

    what is the best thing to drink i do not like water art

  31. Pano Halvah

    Not healthy to loose weight quickly

  32. Irene

    I ordered the book – gave CC # etc on Nov. 30, 2010.

    Am anxious to get it. Can you help//????

  33. Debbie Price

    I don’t like green tea…..what do I drink then?

  34. Julie

    There aren’t any points. An example breakfast 2 eggs (yolks included unless you have high blood pressure) + 6 oz. probiotic yogurt

    lunch – tossed green salad with 1 tsp vinegar 1 tblsp olive oil + 1 fruit serving. Fibrous fruit such as pears, apples, peaches, apricot, grapes, etc.

    Dinner – 1 serving lean meat (size of palm of hand) and as much veggies as you want. Steamed minimally to retain nutrient value, no butter, limit salt. 2nd probiotic yogurt for dessert.
    Basically all you need to count is (2) probiotic servings and (2) fruit servings as snacks or accompanying lunch. Green tea is recommended following each meal..and works great. As much veggies as you want but without adding butter or salt. Use herbs such as crushed garlic or cayenne pepper for seasoning. 8 (8 oz) glasses of water per day. The book is great. Basically no carbs or refined sugars the first 17 days. You are getting sweet siety from the fresh fruit. Good luck!

  35. Sylvia

    I couldn’t find the recipe on the Dr’s site, could you?

  36. m. ridner

    don,t waste your time or money, what a joke, very disappointed after reading especially since i paid $28.45. i understand why he only sells it over the internet , if anyone could read only minimal info. they would put it back on the shelve.

  37. DrCarrieNelson

    “Hello, my name is Doctor Carrie Nelson. Like Dr. Mike Moreno, I am a family physician and I’ve been practicing for 20 years. Based on the frustrating experience of attempting to assist my own patients in attempting sustainable weight, I think the 17-Day Diet has some real potential. First of all, it seems to be safe – which is my highest priority in looking at a weight loss plan. Second, theories on strategies for long term success with weight loss are still in flux. It’s really quite unclear which is better for the long term — slow and steady versus an initial more rapid weight loss approach I hope you appreciate my opinion and insight – check out my more health advice at my blog: Doctorcarrieshealthyliving.com

  38. karina

    Hi Mia,

    Just thought id drop you a line to say how right I think you are. I truly believe sugar is our enemy, it causes constant hunger, and general ill health. I know it tastes good and can be totally addictive but if more people could do as you did and just try to train themselves to live without it we would be a much healthier society.


  39. Sherri

    I haven’t gotten my book yet but want to start eating phase 1 food. What is on phase one menu and what are “points”?

  40. Mia

    I saw Dr. Moreno too. He looked very familiar to me.
    I think he is selling another book of hope, nothing else.
    All you have to do is to stop eating the junk.
    No more cookies,pies,cakes,sugar and fried foods.
    Walk or swim every day and you are going to feel much better. I had a knee pain, a swollen ankles and after I stopped eating sugar, I have no pain, no swollen ankles, lost 20 lbs and feel great. Sugar is the main cause of inflammation in your body and it is also the reason for diabetis and obesity.

  41. Pauline Fischer (anonymous)

    I saw Dr. Moreno on the Doctors today. They just gave a bit about the 17 day diet, without any details. How depressing, without the book I cannot experience the details of 4 different steps to change. I am very ill with Cardiac issues. I have a Pacemaker and am on a miriad of meds. I have had Diabetes for 32 years, I cannot get this under control with 70/30 Insulin along with “R” on a sliding scale. I have tried every diet on this Planet with no sucess. I currently weigh 290 pounds. I have Anemia, when it was discovered I had a Hemaglobin of 6 and was immediatly given 3 pints of blood. I have Pulmonary Hypertention and Sleep Apnea. I have been hospitalized twice with Kidney failure. Arthritis has me “chair ridden” my knees are “bone on bone”, I can walk to the bathroom with a walker. BOTTOM LINE I could die any given day from just 1 of my diseases. My highest weight was 323. It has taken me 2 years to lose 33 pounds. I follow my diabetic diet to a tee…but Dr. I need help. Please. Thank you,

  42. virginia bussell

    where can i buy the book 17 day diet by dr. mike moreno i live in indiania.

  43. Jody Ann

    I have ordered the book on the official website and it has been shipped, haven’t received it yet though should be arriving very soon. I can’t wait to see the recipes. You can also go thru “The Doctor’s TV show” website also.
    The power cookie recipe is on the doctor’s site also.

  44. Janet C. Martino

    Why is this “so popular” new item not in bookstores. I cannot be in the audience and hope to hit it on a day when you are giving it out. Just not fair to give it this much publicity and make it so difficult to purchase. On the two progams of your show I watched, you say one can purchase the diet on a link from your show. I even went to the actual book site and do not see where to purchase a copuy.
    Please advise further. Am I missing something

  45. Connie

    I am at the point in my diet that i have just leveled out . I want to lose 15 more pounds and i am at a point were not sure what else to do to get the last 15 pounds off.

  46. sheri paul

    what about those of us who cannot tolerate the roughage in certain vegetables. this weight loss program seems healthy and easy to follow, but some people just aren’t able to handle the fiber. I would like to hear the doctor’s take on that.

  47. Melanie Thomassian R.D.

    The new research is very interesting indeed, I’d definitely like to see more studies in that area. I think if people drop a lot of weight initially, but keep going with their new changes, rather than slacking off, then it’s totally fine. It’s when the yo-yo cycle begins that it becomes “unhealthy.”

  48. jlboissonneault

    The problem is once you get to the maintenance you’re bored again. Here is a simple rule that works. Learn how many carbs are in certain foods and don’t eat above 100g of carbs a day.

  49. Jim F.

    The new research is interesting and deserves some more analysis, but typically most people frown on rapid weight loss as being an indicator of an upcoming rebound… but maybe this is not necessarily the case.

  50. Spectra

    It sounds a little bit gimmicky, but it might be kind of a good plan if you need a lot of structure. I personally did the calorie-cycling thing often when I was on Weight Watchers and had plateaus. I would eat near the top of my Points range one day and near the low end the next day. By doing that, I was able to keep my body guessing and I would break out of the plateau.

    On the issue of rapid weight loss being good/bad/whatever–if you are very overweight and change your eating habits drastically, you are going to lose a lot of weight right off the bat. Most of it will definitely be water weight, but yeah, it can be encouraging to see that big initial drop in weight. I wish they’d explain that more to people on shows like “The Biggest Loser”…most of them lose like 20 lbs right away and then they lose only about 2-3 lbs the next week despite the fact that they are still following the plan.

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