Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet (also known as the Accelerate Cycle), is the first cycle in a total of four. Cycle 1 focuses on rapid weight loss by eating unlimited lean proteins such as chicken, fish and eggs, and unlimited quantities of cleansing vegetables to keep you full, providing a nutritional quality for your mind and body, and keeping you energized and motivated to endure the 17 days of Cycle 1.
Cycle 1 also focuses on no sugar, very low-fat, and no starchy foods such as white breads, pasta, and potatoes. Cycle 1 encourages dieters to enjoy at least 2 probiotic per day along with low-sugar fruits such as berries, apples and plums. All your carbohydrates in Cycle 1 are coming from the low-sugar fruit and must be eaten by 2pm.
In addition to the food choices in Cycle 1, it is also recommended to have an 8 oz cup of hot lemon water every morning when you first wake up. The hot lemon water helps stimulate your digestive juices. Also encouraged is drinking green tea with every meal as it promotes weight loss. Drinking at least eight 8 oz glasses of water every day is required.
Here is a list of Cycle 1 foods:
Salmon, canned or fresh
Canned light tuna (in water)
Ground turkey, lean
Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)
Egg Whites (4 egg whites = 1 serving)
Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow
Green, leafy vegetables (including beat greens, turnip greens, collard greens)
Lettuce, all varieties
Low-Sugar Fruit- 2 servings daily
Berries, all types
Prickly pear cactus
Probiotic Foods- 2 servings daily
Yogurts, any type including Greek-Style, sugar free fruit flavored, plain and low-fat (6oz = 1 serving)
Kefir: similar to drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving)
Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving)
Yakult (small 50-calorie bottle)
Breakstone LiveActive cottage cheese (1/2 c = 1 serving)
Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon = 1 serving)
Tempeh (a fermented cake of pressed soybeans) (4 oz = 1 serving)
Sauerkraut (1/2 c = 1 serving)
Kimichi (Korean fermented cabbage) (1/2 c = 1 serving)
Friendly Fats: 1 to 2 tablespoons daily
Condiments: allowed in moderation:
Low-carb marinara sauce
Lite soy sauce
Fat-free sour cream
Low-fat, low-sodium broth
Truvia or Nectresse (non-caloric sweeteners made from natural ingredients)**
Sugar free jams and jellies
Vegetable cooking spray
Fat-free salad dressing
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**Changes to the 17 Day Diet per the 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition (published 12/31/13)