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Lose Weight: My Seventeen Day Diet Success - over 17 pounds!

Updated on March 22, 2016
Having a garden makes eating healthy so easy!
Having a garden makes eating healthy so easy!

Before I had a child I worked out. A lot. I spent 4 to 5 days a week on the stairmaster, treadmill or bicycle and lifted weights afterwards. I went home from the hospital weighing less than when I got pregnant. Ah! The joys of youth. Fast forward a few years. I always had a "number" that I was never going to go above. Nevertheless, the weight creeped on, a couple of pounds at a time. I got comfortable 5 lbs heavier, then 5 more.

I was already about 10 pounds heavier than I wanted when I began fertility treatments. I only managed to last 4 months before I decided that "what happens will happen". I had gained another 10 pounds and was so bloated. I went on the Atkins diet and actually lost the 10 pounds I gained. I felt better. I started walking my dog on a regular basis. Then we moved to the country and started building a house. Things were so busy. We were living in a trailer while the house was being built. Food was a struggle. We ate out of cans and I didn't even weight myself for over 6 months.

What a shock when I got on the scale. Despite being busy working on the various jobs that got the house built, I had gained 15 pounds. I tried Atkins again, but I could not lose the weight. I tried just eating healthy. I tried counting calories. I struggled for a couple of years. Then I was diagnosed with Asthma and started using an inhaler. You guessed it! I gained another 10 pounds!!!

I could not believe it. My daily inhaler is a corticosteriod, which increases the level of cortisol in your bloodstream. I started reading how stress affects your body and how increased levels of cortisol make your body store fat. By this I was also in my 40s and I knew that would work against me in weight loss as well. I wanted to get fit and healthy. I wanted to wake up feeling good, not sluggish and sore. And I wanted to look good for a wedding that was coming up in a couple of months.

One day, I saw a review of the 17 Day Diet, by Dr. Mike Moreno, on the Yahoo news feed. I am a born skeptic, so I read reviews and tried to find some information about how the diet works. Was it low carb? low calorie? Did I have to spend hours at the gym? I couldn't find much about the diet, but the book was only $12 so I ordered it from Amazon, and was poring over it in two days. I read the entire book in one sitting. I studied the recipes. One problem I have with most "diets" is that I don't like the food and I know I won't stick with it if I don't like what I'm eating.

The 17 Day Diet seemed easy enough, eat lots of yogurt, eggs, low fat protein like chicken and fish, two fruits a day and tons of veggies. The main premise of the diet is that it is "easy" to stick with something for a short period, thus 17 days. This is also a period of time that doesn't allow your body to get used to what you are eating and begin a plateau. I liked that the book laid out sample menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole 17 days. I liked that it was almost all food that I would actually eat and have readily available in my kitchen.

After the first 17 days, I had lost 11 lbs. I was not hungry. In fact, it was often a struggle to finish eating as much as was recommended. Of course, the book says that you don't have to eat your whole portion if you feel full but I felt that I needed to eat a certain minimum. One food instrumental in my success was Greek yogurt. I love this creamy rich yogurt, so much that it seems more like a treat than healthy food. I am a huge chocolate addict. To make sure I never felt deprived, I used plain flavor yogurt and added a teaspoon of cocoa powder and a packet or two of Truvia.

I have lost a total of 23 pounds so far and kept it off for over a year. I watch what I eat, but not that carefully. I don't work out as much as I should. I eat candy when I want, I eat Cheez-Its when I want. I still eat Greek yogurt at least one meal a day. I'm just about ready to do another "initial 17 days", which is the really strict phase. I would like to lose another 10 to 15 pounds. I figured out that the diet works because it is mainly just healthy eating. It is both low "bad carb" and low fat. You do eat fats, but limited to healthy fats such as olive oil or avocados. You eat carbs too, but in the form of fruits and vegetables, rather than grains. It takes a whole lot of lettuce to equal a twinkie.


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    • vibesites profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      I'm very much into fitness and health, and I'm interested in anything about this matter. I'm curious about the book, thanks for your recommendation. I am glad it worked for you, congrats! :)

      Up, useful and a following. :)

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      6 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

      I love Greek yogurt!

      Pleasant post. I am browsing diets right now, and getting ready to compile my own diet plan. I'm not "overweight" (just toward the top of what I should be), but I have gained weight lately, and don't want to continue increasing my weight. The "17 day diet looks intriguing.

    • TheRightWord profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Sunny California

      Thank you. I think you will find it a very easy "Diet". No weird food (as long as you like Greek yogurt). I may just do a top 10 things you can do with Greek yogurt Hub! I am never hungry between meals when I follow this eating plan and I feel really energetic and healthy.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am thinking of trying this diet. When I'm ready to order, I will buy from amazon through you. Congratulations. Wonderful goal you have achieved. Voted up, useful and interesting and will share.


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