The holidays are over, but for many, the battle of the bulge has just begun. If you're ready to take charge of your weight in 2011, join The Doctors and Dr. Phil McGraw as they kick off the 17 Day Diet Challenge! Based on the revolutionary new book by Dr. Mike Moreno, the program helps you whittle your waistline and shed pounds fast.
"It is the new thing," Dr. Moreno says. "Fast results show you that people can keep the weight off, and that's what this [diet] is showing you."
While many dieters try to lose weight quickly before a big event, extreme methods often aren't safe or sustainable. The 17 Day Diet helps people slim down through a healthy lifestyle. See how Dr. Moreno's program has already helped change peoples' lives!
"We are having this weight loss challenge, but I also want to say it isn't always a race," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "In this Challenge, nobody is a loser. In the end, this is all about a lifestyle [change], it's all about being healthy, feeling better."
Meet the 17 Day Diet Challengers on Team Doctors and Team Dr. Phil and find out how the Challenge will work for them!
So how exactly does Dr. Moreno's diet work? It consists of four Cycles that promote fast, healthy weight loss: Accelerate, Activate, Achieve and Arrive.
Accelerate (17 days): This works to cleanse your system, removing unnecessary sugars. The cleansing accelerates weight loss by burning, and not storing, fat. Weight loss can be as great as 15 pounds during this Cycle. Foods for the first 17 days include Greek yogurt, green tea, eggs, fish, chicken breasts and low-sugar fruit, such as apples, berries and grapefruits, and vegetables.
Activate (17 days): This next Cycle retrains the metabolism by changing your caloric consumption and stimulating fat burning, which triggers sustained weight loss. Foods added during this Cycle include shellfish, lean meats, natural starches, legumes and starchy vegetables.
Achieve (17 days): During this Cycle, good, healthy eating habits are developed through a re-introduction of additional foods that promote weight loss. Every food group is represented, with an emphasis on non-starchy vegetables and lean proteins. One alcoholic drink is allowed daily, and the amount of exercise is increased from 17 minutes a day for Cycles 1 and 2 to between 45 and 60 minutes most days of the week for Cycle 3. Foods added during this Cycle include poultry, such as turkey bacon, and high-fiber cereals and pasta.
Arrive (Ongoing): The final Cycle allows you to maintain your goal weight throughout the program and gives you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods on weekends, while eating healthily during the week. From breakfast on Monday until lunch on Friday, meals should be from one of the previous Cycles, while during the weekend, you can enjoy your favorite foods and meals in moderation.
Dr. Moreno answers questions members of Team Doctors have about the 17 Day Diet:
More "What If" scenarios from Dr. Moreno:
Question: What if my husband and I go out to dinner to Mexican restaurants where healthy options are limited?
Answer: No problem. In the book, I talk about cultural cuisine and give examples of many foods that are perfectly safe. For Hispanic cuisine (and I'm Mexican, so I love these foods), you can look for lean proteins, like ceviche and red snapper. And, there are tons of great veggies in Mexican food: tomatoes, onion, summer squash, tomatillos, cilantro. Just avoid the refried beans, often fried in lard, and the tortillas.
Question: Is it OK to drink alcohol at any point on this diet?
Answer: Major studies have concluded that moderate alcohol consumption cuts heart attack risk in half, largely because drinkers have about 15 percent higher levels of HDL cholesterol than nondrinkers. This prevents heart disease by cleansing the blood vessels of fatty buildups. Moderate alcohol means one drink a day: 5 oz. of wine, 12 oz. of beer, or 1 ½ oz. of hard liquor. However, alcohol isn't good for your waistline. It's dehydrating and interferes with fat-burning.
Once you get to Cycle 3 in the 17 Day Diet, Dr. Moreno says it's fine to have one drink a day, but he recommends red wine. Red wine contains reservatrol, a powerful antioxidant found in grape skin, that actually turns off a gene for certain inflammatory proteins. This means it may actually help prevent clogged arteries, blood clots, impotence and even a heart attack or stroke. Cheers!
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The Body's Response to the 17 Day Diet
Dr. Moreno explains what may happen to your body immediately after eating your first meal on the 17 Day Diet:
After 15 minutes:
• After first breakfast, stomach's satiety signals have registered in brain, and you feel full
After 3 hours:
• Artery linings able to expand sufficiently to increase blood flow to body's tissues and organs
After 6 hours:
• HDL (good cholesterol) in blood perks up and starts scouring LDL (bad cholesterol) from the blood
After 12 hours:
• Your body is finally able to burn the fat it has stored for energy because you've eliminated sugar
After 16 hours:
• Restful night's sleep
After 24 hours:
• 1 to 2 pounds lighter because your body is flushing excess water/toxins from system
After 3 days:
• Blood-related numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar) start traveling in a healthy direction
After 1 week:
• Cholesterol levels drop significantly
• Your bowels are working better and you're 5+ pounds lighter
• Blood levels of important antioxidants (Ex: vitamin C and E) are higher
Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and it is estimated that by the year 2030, more than 86 percent of Americans will be overweight. But to lose weight you have to be ready to make a change. Find out if you're ready for the 17 Day Diet!
Changing your lifestyle and becoming healthier can prolong your life and help your children. "Seventy percent of children who are obese become obese adults," Dr. Phil says. "And we're seeing adult diseases show up in children; adult diabetes, essential hypertension. These things are showing up in children — and we didn't see [this] a few generations ago — because of this obesity.
"If we start living healthy lifestyles, if we start doing the right thing, we're modeling for our children," Dr. Phil continues. "We're cleaning up our own act, and we're setting a good example for them, as well. This is a win-win situation."