It is an eating plan that you’re supposed to follow for 17 day stints. The first 17 days consist of an eating plan similar to Atkins. The next 17 days is a complicated maze of eating called calorie zig-zagging. The next 17 days is some kind of mirror to the previous days, just with more grains and fruit allowed.
Doesn’t all that sound like fun?
It sounds like a giant headache to me! It’s not surprising many 17 day diet reviews out there talk about how complicated and convoluted this diet plan is. If you are a retired person or some other kind of person who doesn’t have a busy normal life, you can probably figure this diet out and possibly even stick with it. Unfortunately, according to the 17 day diet reviews online, most people who try diets like this end up falling back into their old dietary ways.
1. “This is another money-making scheme by another “doctor”. Did you notice that Dr Phil devoted a whole show to this? I wonder what his cut of the profit is? I’ve lost over 100 lbs. without any help or hocus-pocus and barring any health issues, everyone else can do it too. Stop throwing your money away on stupid diets. Send me money, I’ll tell you what to eat!!!”
1. Obviously this person is fed up with all the fad diets. I am so on the same page!
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2. “I am currently ON the 17 day diet and it has been GREAT!!! I really think u guys should try reading the book before u judge!! He says that u need to make a lifestyle change and he encourges exercise and teaches how to count calories and teaches u what u need to eat!!! I wouldn’t be fat if watching what i ate and counted calories and exercise was so easy…It’s tough to change so to have a book that helps and encourges u until u can do it on ur own..well i think it’s amazing!!! I’ve lost 9 pounds in a week and my energy level has been SOO much better!!! I feel wonderful and after I go through all the cycles I plan to continue to eat healthy!!! I feel like this is a great book!!!”
2. I’m glad this person likes the book. I’m concerned that she lost 9 pounds in 7 days. That’s too much too soon. If we could get in touch with her, I can almost bet she has gained it back. Either that, or she’s still starving herself with this diet.
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3. “I started on January 1st with the 17 day diet. My reward for day 17 was a trip to the spa. The first 11 days went great, but by day 12 I was craving pizza really bad so I went ahead and ate it. After “falling off the wagon” I just completely gave up trying to avoid the foods I love. I have been eating my favorite foods, but I just eat them in moderation now. I think the 17 day diet is a great jump start for those who need to see results quickly. It is tough, but effective (I only lasted a little over 10 days, but I lost 7 pounds). I’ve taken some of the things I learned from the book and combined it with the calorie count tools to develop my own style. And, yes many of you said that it isn’t realistic because you can’t do it the rest of your life, but if it helps some get started on the path to a healthier life, why not give it a try.”
3. A realistic review and a truthful one, too. This is the BEST review of the book you will read. Yes, she lost 7 pounds in 10 days, but she decided to take the best things that worked for her and apply it to her life.
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4. “My husband bought the 17 day diet book after watching Dr. Phil. I say anything that inspires him is wonderful. After the first 17 days, my husband is down 25 pounds. He is really enjoying the fruit and lean meats and gets full faster. He has brought his blood sugar down and has a spring in his step that has been missing for years. We are starting the new phase in two days. I haven’t lost but 8 pounds, but I haven’t been as true to the diet as he. I do exercise and he doesn’t, but he will start as he feels like it now. I know that “fad diets” are just that. But this has been a great jumpstart to a healthier lifestyle. His confidence level is higher about his looks than is years. It’s easy to follow and makes sense. Bloating and gas are gone. I feels great. And it certainly isn’t harmful. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
4. 25 pounds in 17 days? Ahh! This poor man is in for a world of hurt when his body weight yo-yo’s back up again. I feel bad for his heart and other organs. Look, I truly hope he keeps the weight off and starts exercising. I really want him to succeed! But at the pace he is on and how restrictive this plan is, I’m having a hard time seeing it.
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5. “I started this diet last Tuesday after a friend mentioned it to me and started the day before. So 1/11/11. I quit after this past Saturday. I was following this for not even a full week, and from that Tuesday to Saturday, I lost 9 lbs. I was so happy, I was fine with the results. I wasn’t really having problems besides feeling tired a lot. Then I started having trouble going to bed. Every time I’d lay down, my heart would start pounding and I’d feel like I was on the verge of passing out. My hands and feet were tingling…. it was terrible. I thought I was having a horrible panic attack, but I’ve been told it may have been a result of this diet. I wasn’t getting any nutrients really. Since I quit and joined this site, I feel so much better. I’m actually able to EAT. I’d maybe recommend this if you have only a few pounds to lose. My friend who introduced me to the diet didn’t stick with it very well over the weekend and gained back two pounds that she had previously lost. That seemed to say “Hey, you don’t stick with me it’ll come back even faster.” And after two days of me eating like a normal person, I’ve gained a 1/2 pound back.”
5. AHH! THIS is why these crazy diets are TERRIBLE! Man, it angers me so much to see these “snake oil salesmen” pushing their junk.
A review of the reviews for the 17 day diet!
I made some observations after each of the above reviews. Hopefully you can see why I stand where I stand. You can find reviews on 17 day diet all over the internet, but does it really work? Is 1200 calories too little for 17 days straight? And will these people who are currently on the diet stick with it for years and years?
As you can see by these reviews on the 17 day diet, it works for some while being more difficult for others. I do believe if you find a diet that works for you and–here’s the key–YOU CAN STICK WITH IT FOR 10 TO 20 YEARS, I say congratulations. I hate to be a pessimist here but I know those that are following this diet will end up falling off the wagon and end up blowing the diet.
Eating 1200 calories a day is incredibly low and difficult! Ugh! Why would you torture yourself like this? Especially when you can eat anything you want and still reduce your calorie intake so you end up losing weight.
Eat what you want, just eat less. Work out more, but no more than an hour per week. Drink tons of water. That’s all the Half Meal Habit is. And it works.
March 10th, 2012
Pam says: (from the comments section)
I started the half meal habit yesterday, and it went extremely well. I finished the book this morning and all I can say is FANTABULOUS!!! Such a simple concept. What a way to learn so-called moderation. I have almost every diet book possible; mags with the diet-of-the-month in them, etc. I’ve tried to eat only until you are satisfied; low carb; low fat; and all left me wanting more and lead to bingeing. I’ve tried so many I’ve lost track and I’ve lost hope. Talk about burnout … I’m burned out from diets, complicated formulas and menus; counting calories or counting points.
I’m 60 and need to lose my last 30lbs. I’m beginning to have health issues and mostly caused from being overweight. At least I’m not obese anymore. LOL! I lost 24lbs. last year with a meal replacement plan and it cost me mucho bucks and I was hungry ALL the time, even tho their commercials say otherwise. ha! I just couldn’t do that plan again. Then I saw you on YouTube, and my hope was renewed.
Your eBook also gives me hope again.
Its so affordable and I praise you for that so it is accessible to everyone, esp. those of us on fixed incomes. The book is filled with wit, humor, and simple but great ideas on how to “work the plan” or habit I should say. In fact, some of us have skipped meals and overeaten later in the day for a long time in the hopes of losing weight–can anyone say INSANITY???; so the half meal habit of eating at regular intervals in the manner you set out is brilliant and actually made me less hungry than usual because I ate so often. My energy was improved because my blood sugar was more stable. I did not desire my usual sugary treats that I’ve been having lately. This plan actually helps with my emotional overeating and gives me just enough discipline to make it to my next meal, because I only have to wait approx. 2.5 to 3 hrs. and I can eat again. I can hang on that long and not munch in between which is terrific.
So, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to losing these pounds and I will be checking in with you regularly!! You’re so great and inspiring. MUCH LOVE to you Jim, God bless you, Pam
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