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BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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5/1/11 10:17 A

Personally, I'm glad to see a healthy dose of skepticism here. In a nutshell, the 17 day "diet" is just like any other diet, really, it's a "plan" with rules that make it look like the little rules and tricks are working but it's simply masking the underlying piece that *IS* working which is calorie restriction. Calorie restriction in healthy individuals WORKS. The author makes you think his little tricks are what's working, which is disingenuous.

With that said, if this plan gets you motivated to eat better and eat less, it's a success. But there is nothing magical about this plan or any other for that matter. The minute you fall back to your old ways, it's over. So whatever plan can help you make healthy choices moving forward is a successful plan. There is no magic diet.

SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
5/1/11 7:08 A

I agree with the one that started this message board ! WE SHOULD NEVER PUT ANYONE OR ANYTHING DOWN BECAUSE WE DON'T AGREE . THIS SITE IS ABOUT SUPPORT AND YOU CAN'T HELP SOMEONE BY PUTTING WHAT THEY DO DOWN !Even tho something doesn't work for us it might for someone else and we all have the right to explore ! I really feel an appollogy is in order here but thats up to you . I AM SORRY FOR THE REMARKS THAT WERE MADE HERE. I hope the diet works for you ! emoticon

4/30/11 10:24 P

Hi Everyone,
I'm on the 17 day diet and doing well! I did the HCG for a while and loss about 20 lbs put back on 15 lbs due to bad eating habits (fast food). I love the 17 day due I can eat lots of chicken and fish, not cap at 500 cal, unlimited veggies. On C1 I loss 15 lbs and C2 2 lbs so far. I don't do lemon hot water makes me ill but, I do eat 2 greek yogurt, and green tea.

PRINCIPESSA2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/30/11 9:33 P

I agree with the majority of the posters here. This is a diet, and diets don't work. Period.

HALFPINTS30 Posts: 108
4/25/11 4:14 P

It's unfortunate that your understanding is so wrong. The maintenance plan(cycle 4) is life long not a 17day cycle but somebody who doesn't research things wouldn't know that..
I've lost over 20lbs in 3 months with this lifestyle change. That's without forking out extra money to anyone(WW/JC/etc) or even walking into a gym!!

Edited by: HALFPINTS30 at: 4/25/2011 (16:30)
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4/3/11 5:57 P

No, I haven't read the book (nor do I plan to...) but from what I understand you go in 17 day segments, right?

So 5 years from now, how the f are you going to know if today is day 1 or day 12? Are you REALLY going to keep doing 17 day cycles until you are 92?

And if the answer is no, then IT IS NOT A LIFESTYLE CHANGE!!!! So quit lying to yourself by saying that it is.

If you have to know what day it is in order to plan your meals, then it is not a lifestyle change.

HALFPINTS30 Posts: 108
4/2/11 7:41 P

WOW!! I can't believe how quick everyone is to diss something they haven't even looked into! Yes it's new, the "17 Day Diet" book came out just before Christmas but in all honesty it's not a diet like any other, it's a lifestyle change!! I can say this because I have done all 3 of the 17 day cycles and have lost 17lbs in 2 months the healthy way. I never would have thought I could eat healthy, lose weight and never be hungry. I'm currently back to the 1st 17 day cycle and I'm still losing weight. Look into this lifestyle change before knocking it down cause you will all learn alot...

MRSJERRYBUSH Posts: 10,490
4/2/11 10:21 A

I've decided to pursue my healthy lifestyle learned on sparkpeople with maybe occasional ideas for plateau breaking.

REMAREIS1 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/2/11 7:41 A

They have had the "17 day diet" on The Doctors but I don't know anything about the details.

CHARMIAN2 Posts: 997
4/2/11 5:46 A

everyone calm down...if you eat healthy and move more-your moving in a positive direction

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
4/1/11 10:30 P

Come on, people. Take it down a notch. Yes, the name makes it sound sketchy, but maybe it's just a dumb name. It's one thing to respectfully point out the problems with a program you know is bad, but it's just rude to ridicule someone for mentioning a concept that if you haven't researched at least a little. You're judging a book by its cover, literally, and then making fun of someone else for reading it.

That said, I'd be careful about trying something as summarized in Woman's World (or any popular magazine.) You're not getting the whole story, and that magazine, Women's Health, Men's Health, and Prevention are NOTORIOUS for emphasizing all the wrong parts. Think of it as advertising-- if you see something there that looks interesting, look into it some more, but don't try to follow the little fragments that make it into the magazine.

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4/1/11 6:50 P

If there was a "diet" on this planet that actually WORKED then trust me, we would all know about it.

Are you people really so desperate that you will try these crazy plans that are NOT healthy and NOT sustainable for the REST OF YOUR LIFE?

I plan to live until I'm 90-something. Not just 17 days.

When you find any diet plan - no matter what they call it - ask yourself this question: can I eat/exercise like this EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

If the answer is no, then it is not a successful diet plan.

MANDYKAY123 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/1/11 3:19 P

sign me up :)

MAXIE56 Posts: 1,020
3/28/11 2:32 P

I better start reading the book

BUFFETTGIRL2004 Posts: 55
3/28/11 12:08 P

Wow guys. Great way to tear someone down! Especially when you don't know about the diet. I bought the book and it espouses the same ideas as which I've been a member since 2006. I started the 17 day diet three days ago and I've already lost 6 pounds. It's nutritionally sound. Don't knock something before you know anything about, please!

MAXIE56 Posts: 1,020
3/20/11 10:07 P

I bought the book, but have not read it yet

RACHELLE52 Posts: 297
3/20/11 6:12 P

I agree. The old fashioned way is best to me.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/11 1:35 P

Agree with Mrs_4EVER and pookie on this one..

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3/20/11 1:24 P

So day 18 you get to eat deep fried doughnuts wrapped in bacon in a whitebread and butter sandwich and the weight will stay off yes? yes?

Hmm interesting, but I think I'm happier with learning lifetime healthy eating skills that doesn't have a day 18.

AFAYE86 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/11 1:11 P

Diets don't work and they aren't healthy. Stick to making lifestyle changes and you'll be much better off!

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
3/20/11 12:18 P

Doesn't sound too trustworthy!!

MRS_4EVER_AFTER SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/11 11:22 A

Ah yes! This magazine is known for hyped up diets that never last!


RACHELLE52 Posts: 297
3/20/11 10:03 A

I buy each issue of Woman's World Mag at my local grocery store (at the checkout stand) and in the March 21st issue the 17 Day Diet is featured. They typically feature some good weight loss plans in every issue. If you are interested in trying the 17 Day Diet BEFORE buying the book that is sold only on the diets website at this point, grab this magazine for $1.79. I LOVE this magazine, great articles. I read it on the treadmill at home or at the gym!

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