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LEAN_MOM Posts: 356
3/23/11 1:16 P

So, you diet for 17 days, and then what? Gain it all back?

Sounds GREAT! Sign me up!

Sorry, but I'm in this to lose 100 pounds and keep it off for the rest of my LIFE. Not to get on a restrictive diet that is IMPOSSIBLE to maintain forever, and gain all the weight back.

Sure, you might be losing now - but what about 3 months from now?

Besides, it sounds a lot like Atkins. And I bet you can get a used copy of the Atkins books for much cheaper, if that's really what you want to do.

KEL_CE Posts: 1,988
3/23/11 11:06 A

I consider any diet that can only be done for a certain amount of days or is drastically different from a well balanced diet is a fad diet and is on the market to prey on the desperate.

You will most likely lose weight using these diets but it's not because the diet is good. It's because it's extreme in one way or another.

There is a reason why you should only do it for X amount of days. Because doing it for life is dangerous or unhealthy.

NICKI98 Posts: 1
3/23/11 10:40 A

I started the 17 day diet on Monday 3/21 and I am down 4 pounds. This is not really diet but a lifestyle change in your eating habits.
The first cycle is meant to cleanse your system. No or very low carbs, no sugars or soda. Lots of water, green tea and vegetables. You can have 2 servings of fruit before 2 pm so that you are able to burn the carbs throughout the day and 2 probiotic foods per day.
I have see results from being on this "diet" plan for 4 days. I cant wait to see the results for 17 days.


KATHAKU Posts: 1,156
1/30/11 9:15 A

It sounds very suspicious. I wouldn't buy it. It's too fad diet-like.

BETS44057 Posts: 2,409
1/30/11 7:24 A

I just saw the end of it and tried to get the general gist on the internet....it gave no real information...Just buy the book...They always pose as if they are trying to help people out...but give it away when they want so much money

ONLYGIRL Posts: 2,071
1/30/11 5:51 A

I don't watch Dr. Phil. Can't stand him. Last time I saw him in a commercial, he looked kind of fat to be promoting weight loss diets.
Quick fixes don't work anyway. Need a lifestyle change. Yet another person who is supposedly helping others and an "expert" cashing in on desperate people.

You have everything you need right here on this site for free!

Edited by: ONLYGIRL at: 1/30/2011 (05:53)
HOTTICKET00 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/30/11 3:30 A

always skeptical about "diets" Many don't contribute to good health or balance. I try to remind myself that "Thinner" doesnt always mean "healthier."

LUCKYLADY777 SparkPoints: (52,030)
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1/30/11 1:40 A

don't think this diet is for me...

SUNSHINEGIRL49 Posts: 553
1/30/11 1:32 A

I wondered how things worked out for those of you who tried this diet? The guy who wrote the book was also on "The Doctors" show yesterday, which surprised me.

Edited by: SUNSHINEGIRL49 at: 1/30/2011 (01:45)
BURNINGEMBER SparkPoints: (10,999)
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1/29/11 3:24 P

I think Dr. Phil is full of it most of the time anyway, regardless of the subject matter. I certainly wouldn't try a nutrition program based on his advice lol

MISSYGEEN SparkPoints: (25,200)
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1/29/11 2:32 P

I did not know that this was featured on Dr. Phil. A friend of mine showed the book to me. I read it and it doesn't seem that bad. It starts with cutting carbs and slowly introducing them back into your diet. Along the way it teaches you about the different types of vegetables and it's benefits. I am considering it since I seem to have hit a plateau. It's a little easier for me than my friend because I've made so many of the changes already.

I think that we should research things a little bit more before we knock it or buy it. I have learned so much on Spark but I don't want to become a snob about it. There is still so much to learn.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (178,131)
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12/20/10 10:18 P

Didn't see the show. Dr.Phil wrote his own weight loss book a few years ago. Lifestyle change is what we need.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
12/20/10 10:13 P

Don't do diets, you get the healthy info on sparks for free.. There are no miracle cures or short cuts..
Dr. Phil lost face on this one..



Edited by: RENA1965 at: 12/20/2010 (22:14)
ERYCA_78 Posts: 61
12/20/10 10:44 A

So its been 3 days how is it going for you?

MOUNTAINMERMAID Posts: 2,836
12/17/10 8:23 A

I bought the book.........I'm STARTING the 17 Day Diet on December 18........
WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!

I'll keep YOU Posted...............

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
12/10/10 9:02 A

losing 15 pounds in 17 days?!?!?!
not very healthy

BILL60 Posts: 368,362
12/10/10 6:35 A

I don't do diets any more. Lifestyle changes is what it is for me.

ILOVEMY2BIRDS Posts: 2,646
12/10/10 6:25 A

I didn't see it. But Dr. Phil is no lightweight so I don't think his advice on a diet would be worth much.

CHER321 SparkPoints: (76,834)
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12/10/10 5:48 A

Diets are diets, and the weight always comes back. I should know, I've been on enough of them over the years. A lifestyl change is the only thing that really works, and it is hard work to do.

TEJAS1291 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/9/10 11:47 P

This is just another fad diet that MIGHT take the weight off in 17 days but I'll bet ya that you gain 20 back in 12 days!!!!

KAYE454 Posts: 3,470
12/9/10 10:05 P

I wish the book was able to buy at a book store

BLUSTAR SparkPoints: (80,576)
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12/9/10 9:40 P

i didnt see the show

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,745
12/9/10 5:42 P

I saw it and it looked to strict for me. I don't do well with strict diets.

It has taken me a while to lose the weight, but I have kept it off. So I will stick with Spark People.

DEEDLE55 Posts: 4
12/9/10 1:47 P

I watched the show AND I bought the book. Although there is nothing really new in it, it's a slightly different approach. I personally get so bored with the same old diet over and over again so having something new to follow gives me a Spark of inspiration. It is also helpful to look at the "diet" in small chunks (17 days) vs. forever.

What it appears to me is a modified Atkins for the first 17 days, then add a few healthy carbs for alternate days during the next 17 day cycle. I'm going to try it 'cause I can do just about any (healthy) diet for 17 days.

BROADBRUSH Posts: 1,806
12/1/10 5:48 P

i was really surprised and disappointed that dr phil was endorsing this . i went on line to get more information and all i got was a commercial to buy the thing. no overview offered, nothing. just sell sell sell - if i were you i would skip this one!!!! another gimmick. rotating foods every three weeks is nothing new. as far as revving up your metabolism there are all kinds of plans that tell you the foods help to do that i still have dr. phils own book and i think it is a lot better since it makes you look at yourself, your habits, what your pay offs are to stay overweight etc. why he would have this guy on - MAYBE he's getting a cut for endorsing him on the program. shame on dr. phil - say it isn't so.

SPARKROZ SparkPoints: (97,940)
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12/1/10 5:11 P

please......................

ACCEPTMYSELF Posts: 721
12/1/10 5:07 P

I did not see the show but don't have a lot of faith in fad diets or anything that is not something that is A. Healthy (pills, powders, potions)
B. I can't continue for the rest of my life.

SLIMLILA SparkPoints: (81,638)
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12/1/10 4:48 P

I still keeping looking for the silver bullet, but i should certainly know better... how many have I tried, how many have really worked.... guess I wouldn't be around here it they had, would I?

FRAN0426 Posts: 16,077
12/1/10 4:43 P

There is no miracle diets---healthy eating and exercise is what one needs to change our ways and lose weight

JUSTMOLLY13 SparkPoints: (19,244)
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12/1/10 4:14 P

didn't sound any different from any other 'diet'fad..

ERICA071678 SparkPoints: (18,130)
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12/1/10 4:07 P

Doesn't seem like something I am intersted in.

SPARKY523 Posts: 809
12/1/10 2:53 P

I was inpressed by the diet1! I see alot of you do not agree, my book will be coming in a day or so I will start this diet when the book comes.
Let you know the outcome!

BILL60 Posts: 368,362
11/30/10 6:36 A

Another "miracle diet".

CHER321 SparkPoints: (76,834)
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11/30/10 6:31 A

I don't think we need another "diet". We need to remember it's a lifestyle change that will work.

JONNYJETPROP Posts: 836
11/30/10 6:30 A

Read his bio. It's not his first time around the weight loss wagon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_McGraw

REGILIEH SparkPoints: (222,690)
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11/30/10 6:01 A

no, but I do respect him

BETS44057 Posts: 2,409
11/30/10 5:57 A

I heard a snipet and did't believe it

MEANCARLEEN SparkPoints: (43,601)
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11/30/10 5:28 A

I saw the promo for the episode but wasn't interested- I prefer lifestyle changes via SPARKPEOPLE than some diet....

SVELTEWARRIOR Posts: 12,934
11/30/10 4:40 A

I didn't see the show. I no longer respect Dr. Phil.

SEXY12SEXY SparkPoints: (0)
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11/30/10 2:12 A

I saw the show, I didn't feel like Dr. Phil was endorsing the diet more like he just had the guy on the show to fill air time. And probably was being paid to add the diet book to his show link, who knows Dr. Phil didn't really seem that into the diet or the man who was talking about it. More less seems like the people behind the scenes with Dr. Phil who help get guess, helped bring this guy on bad ideal. Any diet bad or good will work when there is a reduction in calories in fat, doesn't mean it's a good plan if your not eating healthy.

But the way the diet book guy talks, it sounds like he has a potential healthy plan which is not that much different from many others. The only thing that seems odd to me is from what I read online it's about eating certain foods at certain times, food shifting/rotating which I don't think is necessary for weight loss. All and all he's not introducing any new or exciting that's going to help us on the way to weight loss and that was the reason for him seeming so secretive. Even when I went to his website it seemed so blah, probably jus like his book.

Stick with sparkpeople it's tried and true to health and weight loss. emoticon

ROSEMARDORF Posts: 2,647
11/30/10 1:13 A

I misses it.

HSHEAJ5 Posts: 3,130
11/30/10 12:45 A

Isn't he a psychologist? Why would you take diet advice from him?

VIUDANEGRA Posts: 1,056
11/29/10 11:48 P

what is that we did not need Dr phil we have spark

KAYE454 Posts: 3,470
11/29/10 10:50 P

no I didn't see

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
11/29/10 10:15 P

Drop diets and switch on sparkspeople menus and mimic them.. Don't like something change it for another item in the same family..

A safe weight loss is 1-2lbs a week.. Dr Phil just lost face with me, have seen the man and I actually don't like reality show doctors at all anymore..

A decent doctor never recommends such diets..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 11/29/2010 (22:15)
THE_GOPHER Posts: 328
11/29/10 9:15 P

Honestly, slow and steady wins the race here. If there were a magic pill or magic diet that could shed the weight off quickly, we'd all be doing it with our doctors blessings! Anything that tells me I can lose more than 2 lbs per week doesn't seem right, safe or a permanent lifestyle change to me.

ALECIA0823 Posts: 446
11/29/10 7:55 P

I didn't watch it, but I'd be pretty careful about anything that claims you can lose 15 lbs in 17 days. That is not a healthy rate of loss. If it does seem like a good diet, then best of luck!

LOISINOLA Posts: 388
11/29/10 7:50 P

I meant to watch it, but was doing something else and forgot.

KATWOMAN12839 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/29/10 7:45 P

NOT TODAY WAS @ WORK....

PUTTYNGODSHAND Posts: 827
11/29/10 7:35 P

Anyone watch Dr Phil today he was endorsing this diet some doctor wrote called the 17day diet, and supposedly lose 15lbs. The only way you can purchase the book is on the website. 17daydiet.com or go to a link on Dr Phil's website. I have no idea what it all involves, he didn't go into a whole lot of detail.

Anyone else see the show?

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