Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik
Vancouver Blogger, WriterGal Ashley Mikulik

The 17 Day Diet: Weight loss that’s working!

January 29th, 2012

It’s been a while! Since my last post I’ve been focusing on my career, moved into a new house, got a puppy, and even got engaged! The one area I haven’t focused much on is my health…so that’s what’s brought me back to blogging.

My fiance and I started the 17 Day Diet to lose weight and get in shape before our wedding. It’s been amazing and it’s been working wonderfully!

The premise of the 17 Day Diet is learning the basics like portion control, healthy eating habits, and also tricking your body. Often when you eat the same types of foods your body adjusts to how it uses the energy it these foods. By changing up your eating habits every 17 days you keep your body on its’ toes so it doesn’t have time to adjust.

The diet has four 17 day cycles:

  • Cycle 1 focuses on riding your body of excess sugar, water, and fat. It’s where you are expected to see the most rapid weight loss: The book says to expect 10-15 pounds within 17 days. This cycle focuses on high lean proteins, unlimited vegetables, a few other food rules, and 17 minutes of exercise each day.
  • Cycle 2 alternates between cycle 1 days and cycle 2 days where more lean proteins and natural starches are added to increase caloric intake slightly, to start fooling your body into burning more fat.
  • Cycle 3 adds more healthy foods, allows moderate alcohol intake and encourages you to increase your exercise.
  • Cycle 4 is a maintain cycle where you add more foods to your diet and are allowed 2 “cheat days” a week so you can enjoy your favourite foods.

I’m currently almost done cycle 2 and I lost about 8 pounds in cycle 1, and another 4 pounds so far in cycle 2. The foods and recipes we’ve made have been making have been amazing and I’m going to share some of my favourites on my blog.

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