The diet I’m on goes in cycles. There are 17 days in one cycle, and there are four cycles to the diet. I am in the first cycle and on day 7. So far, I have lost a total of 9 pounds. Some of you may think that losing that much weight in one week is too fast. An excerpt from the book, “The 17 Day Diet” says:
“Cycle 1 is called Accelerate because its purpose is to trigger rapid weight loss in a healthy manner by mobilizing fat stores and flushing water and toxins from your system”
In cycle 1, you can eat unlimited amounts of protein in the form of poultry, fish and eggs, and many veggies. You are cutting out breads, pasta, potatoes, rice, chocolate and sugar. And if you reach your goal weight after the first 17 days, then you can go right on to cycle 4; maintenance. However, if you are at the end of cycle 3 and you still haven’t reached your goal weight, you skip cycle 4 and start over with cycle 1 again. It’s a process. It really depends on how much weight you have to lose. As for me, I need to lose about 100 pounds to reach my goal weight, but I will be happy with losing 80.
We must also not forget to exercise! Dr. Moreno, who developed the diet, wants us to exercise for 17 minutes every day during cycle 2 and slowly increase the time as we move along in the diet. I have to be honest, I haven’t done much on the exercise part except cleaning the house. I am buying a treadmill next week (love Craigslist!), and I fully plan on using it every day for at least 30 minutes a day to start out (maybe longer if I can handle it).
I almost forgot to mention how much my family is driving me crazy. Rick brought home some honey buns the other day and bought Faith a can of Pringles, then proceeded to eat them right in front of me. Bunch of meanies!! The force within me is strong, however, and I’ve been able to ignore them and stick to the diet. I’m very proud to say that I have not cheated at all! Go me! =)