May 21, 2011

Review: The 17 Day Diet by Mike Moreno

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor's Plan  for Rapid Results
Author: Mike Moreno
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 1451648650
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If you need to shed pounds fast and in a safe, effective, and lasting way, this is the book for you! Unlike many diet programs that starve you down to size, Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day Diet relies on proven methods to help you take weight off and keep it off for good—whether you’ve got 10 pounds to lose or 100. His revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17 day cycles:

Accelerate—the rapid weight loss portion that helps flush sugar and fat storage from your system

Activate—the metabolic restart portion with alternating low and high calorie days to help shed body fat

Achieve—this phase is about learning to control portions and introducing new fitness routines

Arrive—a combination of the first three cycles to keep good habits up for good. On weekends, enjoy your favorite foods!

Each cycle changes your calorie count and the food that you’re eating. The variation that Dr. Mike calls ‘body confusion’ keeps your metabolism guessing; this means that you can expect big changes in the first 17 days alone!

This is not a diet that relies on a tiny list of approved foods, grueling exercise routines, or unrealistic calorie counts that leave you hungry and unfulfilled. Moderation and proper portions are key factors in the 17 Day Diet—the trick is to figure out the foods and routines that work best with your real lifestyle. That’s why the book is filled with tips for how to avoid the usual food pitfalls like holidays, eating out, or even just a tempting candy jar. Along with a comprehensive explanation of how each segment works, every phase comes with an extensive list of foods, recipes, and sample meal plans to help make grocery shopping a breeze. Because of the diversity that you are allowed from the very beginning of the program, there is a way to make this diet work with almost any food allergies you might have or what cuisine you’re used to eating.

The 17 Day Diet is a simple plan that gets big, long-lasting results if you stick with it and let Dr. Mike help you along the way. Whether this is your first attempt at dieting or your fiftieth, you must believe that you can do this. What matters now is focusing on your goals, identifying what you need to get there, and taking action to begin the process. Your health and happiness are important, so stand strong, believe in yourself, and let your 17 Day Diet begin now!

This isn't my typical review, nor my typical review material. However, the concept of dieting and weight management is something of a universal issue. My stance is usually pretty simple. If you're happy with you then that's all that really matters. But, there does eventually come a time when you want to drop a few pounds and strive to better yourself. As I've kept it no secret, I am about to begin school to become an EMT, and in so doing I wanted to get rid of a few extra pounds in order to better prepare for the rigors that this profession presents and therefore, this diet sounded like an interesting way to accomplish it.

So let me begin by saying, my dieting mantra has and will always be 'moderation'. Eat what you want, when you want, but in small portions. This dieting regiment also sticks by those guidelines therefore this sounded like a good fit for me. What didn't sit so well with me was giving up bread and potatoes, two of my favorite foods. So my results weren't exactly what you would expect if I'd actually stuck completely to the plan. But, I did limit my intake versus giving up my favorite foods completely. Otherwise, this diet was pretty much an extension of the way that I eat anyway.

The result therefore weren't as monumental as what the cover promised, however, by sticking more rigorously to this plan and altering my diet minimally I did loose quite a bit and do feel better. Ultimately, though, I didn't see any great results then I did with the 'Sugar Busters' diet from some years back as this is just another variation of it.

Now something else I should be upfront about. I did not read this book cover to cover, instead skimmed the portions pertaining to the diet itself, because really, who is going to read through all of the jargon and explanations. Either you try it and it works or you try it and it doesn't. They whys and hows of it seem fairly irrelevant to me.

Ultimately, if you are serious about dieting then this book makes sense and offers up a rigid set of guidelines to optimize your weight loss. If you're like me, however, it offers up a set of idea to slowly change the way you eat to come round to a healthier lifestyle. In the end, it does work, the diet makes sense, and the book approaches it in a way that is accessible to the dieter. Definitely a good place to start.

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Scars

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