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The 17 Day Diet – Day 1

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The war on carbs has been declared!

Let me just say that I am not the dieting type! I don’t believe in diets. Diet should be a swear word as far as I’m concerned! But, just like swear words, there is a time and a place where they come in handy – and that time is now! My goal is to lose 40 kilos and I could really do with a kick start!

So what’s it all about? Well the 17 day diet was formulated by Dr Moreno, a GP in the States. You may have seen it on Dr Phil or The Doctors. Basically there are 4 – 17 day cycles: Accelerate, Activate, Achieve and Arrive.

The first one, Accelerate, is where I’m starting. It seems quite radical, but you are required to cut out all carbs (save 2 fruit a day) for the entire 17 day period. Drastic? Well maybe, but Dr Moreno promises a good kick start to your weight loss (+/- 12 Pounds over 17 days) and then you may return (albeit gradually) to most of those carbs you have grown to love – in moderation of course.

You may be thinking: “Without carbs, what is there??” The answer – quite a lot actually. Everyday you are allowed unlimited “free” veggies and lean proteins (see lists below). On top of that, you should have 8 glasses of water and 2 probiotic servings (like fat free yoghurt) a day, as well as 2 fruit servings before 2 PM. The reason for this is that it gives your body time to metabolize the sugar in the fruit instead of storing it as fat while you sleep.

Lean proteins include:


Salmon (canned or fresh), Flounder, Catfish, Sole, Tilapia, Tinned tuna


Chicken breasts, Turkey breasts, Ground turkey, lean, Eggs (although you may have unlimited egg whites, you should limit yourself to 2 egg yolks a week for cholesterol reasons).

Cleansing vegetables include:

Artichoke, Artichoke hearts, Asparagus, Bell peppers, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Egg plant, Garlic, Green beans, Green leafy vegetables, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Scallions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Watercress

Low sugar fruit:

Apples, Berries, Grapefruit, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prickly pears, Prunes, Red grapes

This seems possible! I’ll let you know how it goes.

If you’re trying this too, please let me know how you’re finding it and if you have any ideas you’d like to share!

For more information on the 17 Day Diet, you can check out Dr Moreno’s book, which is available on Kindle at Amazon here.


About jenroo

I am a self confessed food lover! For me good food = happiness! This is probably why I've never stuck to a healthy eating plan for very long, I can't handle the boring food! In this blog, I'll be covering ways to make healthy food tasty food, as well as my own weight loss journey.

18 responses »

  1. Great blog Jenna look forward to future posts!!!!

  2. the space inbeteen the story

    I wish you well and more power to you, love always liz

  3. Well Done Jensie – this sounds awesome! Think I will do it with you 🙂

  4. Fantastic, I can’t wait to see the results, we know you can do it. I am looking forward to some great recipes that I can use as well in my pursuit to a slimmer me! Would it not be nice if the “slimmer” can be in both languages, but that I suppose is reserved for you!!!
    lol (lots of love) the old man & Lyn

  5. Jens – this is going to be exciting – no boring food – lots of new recipes!
    Is there a place where we can add recipes?

  6. You go girl! Best of luck Jenna – it sounds fantastic and you of all people will be able to make it interesting and fun too!

  7. Frankie Smith

    Really wonderful Jenna, will you pass on any wonderful recipe’s you create? Most of us run out of steam, when we don’t take the time to make food a delight to the eye and nourishment for the soul.
    You look really beautiful, just love the pic.

  8. Well done Jenna. You are going to inspire lots and lots of people, I am sure! Keep those posts coming – have fun with it! Best wishes, Louise

  9. You go, girl! I like this….. Looking forward to more of it. Best of everything.

  10. Jens I’m so excited for you. I’m also working on the waistline right now. I’m not good with diets but my eating patterns have been developed over time. Some of my tips are
    1. no butter on bread – I use low fat cream cheese ot low fat mayo.
    2. I eat my starches at lunch time and it’s usually low GI.
    3. I’m finally O K with skim milk but the long life is nicest.
    4. Compared to others my plate needs to have less on it.
    5. Sometimes we eat when actually we’re thirsty – so always drink first.
    6. The exercise definitely makes a difference – so make it regular.

  11. I’m inspired.
    I’m starting tomorrow.
    Good luck to you!
    Let’s do this thing!

  12. Hi Jenna,

    How is everything going…..? Thinking of you….. You are quite an inspiration, you know!


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