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The 17 Day Diet

17 day diet

The 17 Day Diet

The 17 Day diet is a program where you cycle through 3 stages of eating (17 days each) , finally ending up at Cycle four or the ‘Arrive’ Cycle.  The Arrive cycle is where you stay for the long term.

Except for the Cycle 1 the ‘Accelerate’ stage, this diet falls under the ‘Family Friendly’ category in that there is no reason the entire family would not be able to eat the same as what you are eating while on this diet.

Cycle 1 ‘Accelerate’

You are eating fish and poultry, low sugar vegetables and low sugar fruits

Cycle 2 ‘Activate’

You will alternate Cycle 2 and Cycle 2 days. On the Cycle 2 days you can have natural starches such as yams.  You can also have more variety of protein such as pork.

Cycle 3 ‘Achieve’

This brings an expanded food list, as well as the occasional alcoholic drink

Cycle 4 ‘Arrive’

You will follow Cycle 3 during the week and eat a wider variety of foods on the weekend, foods not normally eaten by dieters! This is to shock your system by using caloric cycling.

Pros and Cons of 17 day Diet

Pros

Well balanced and healthy food plan, the whole family can eat the same foods!

Plenty of recipes and support online

Cons

All the cycling and one day this and one day that can seem a bit confusing!

 

I did stumble across a blog that seems to contain every resource you could possible need to follow this diet.  If you are ready to get started now, it’s called The 17 Day diet Blog of course!  Here you will find what you need to get started.


 

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

 

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss

 

The 17 Day Diet Workbook: Your Guide to Healthy Weight Loss with Rapid Results


 

 

Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix, Vanilla, 9.7 Ounce Complete Dukan Cookbook

The Virgin Diet

The Virgin DietThe Virgin Diet

Designed by J.J. Virgin, the basic premise of the Virgin diet is that there are 7 foods that are the biggest triggers for all that ails us, including obesity.  These 7 foods are responsible for allergies and other health problems and by eliminating them, we will solve many issues including weight issues.  These 7 foods are:

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Gluten
  4. Dairy
  5. Sugar and Artificial sweeteners
  6. Eggs
  7. Peanuts

The Virgin Diet program does lay out a very natural and healthy way of eating that could benefit the whole family. It could also be a long term way of eating if one was committed not only to weight loss, but also to eating only the highest quality food.

Week one promises 7 pounds in 7 days, so a nice start to a new way of life!

 

Pros and Cons of The Virgin Diet

Pros

Extremely healthy foods, lots of fruit and veggies

No weighing and measuring of foods

Online support groups

Cons

Hard to maintain long term unless you are committed to eliminating these 7 items from your diet

They are promoting a product called  ‘The Virgin Diet Shake’

 

I actually want to try this diet, more as a long term way of eating after I have used some of these other diets to get all my weight off!  If I was to have a ‘perfect diet’ this would be it!  I would love to hear from people who have used this program.



The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days


My Virgin Diet CookBook:: The Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Corn-Free and Sugar-Free Cookbook


Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms

The DASH Diet

DASH DietThe DASH Diet

The DASH Diet was originally a plan of eating used to address high blood pressure.  DASH is an acronym standing for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  And while DASH is still a great plan to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, it has gained an incredible following as a weight loss tool.

There are DASH books, support forums, Pinterest boards with recipes, you name it!

This diet was voted by health experts to be the best overall diet three years in a row!

Pros and Cons of The DASH DIET

Pros

Health Experts on your side!

Well balanced meals, no weird foods or starving so the whole family can follow it

Can be used as a long term, even permanent food plan

Cons

Due to slower (but steady!) weight loss,  it is important to find a support group

You really need the book to figure out exactly what you are doing

There is weighing and measuring of food involved


The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy (A DASH Diet Book)

The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook: Over 150 Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Speed Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Prevent Diabetes (A DASH Diet Book)

The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Keep It Off–the Healthy Way–with America’s Most Respected Diet


 

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