Cycle 2 Food List

Cycle 2 of the 17 Day Diet (also known as the Activate Cycle) focuses on resetting your metabolism.  Your body naturally wants to preserve its fat and Cycle 2 helps keep your body in fat-burning mode by confusing your body with alternate high and low caloric days.  Cycle 2 helps keep you from experiencing weight loss plateaus as a result of confusing your body.

In Cycle 2 of the 17 Day Diet, you’ll alternate between Cycle 1 Accelerate days with Cycle 2 Activate days.

For instance, the first day of Cycle 2 you will enjoy unlimited quantities of the same lean proteins and vegetables as Cycle 1 with the addition of new proteins (see below).  In addition to the same great foods (and additional proteins) from Cycle 1, you’ll be introduced to two servings of natural starch foods such as brown rice, peas, and yams– all before 2pm.

The second day of Cycle 2 you’ll alternate back to the Cycle 1 food list.  The third day of Cycle 2 you’ll alternate back to the Cycle 2 food list which includes the addition of natural starches, and so on.

Pretty cool, right? The introduction to Cycle 2 also helps motivate dieters to stick to their diet after restricting their carbohydrate intake for the first 17 days (which is the toughest cycle to get through).

Remember to drink your hot lemon water every morning, green tea with your meals and at least eight 8 oz glasses of plain water every day. Below is a complete food list for Cycle 2.


Same as Cycle 1, but add in the following:



Lean Cuts of Meat:

Flank Steak
Top Sirloin Steak
Top Round
Eye of the round
Beef round tip
Beef top sirloin
Beef top loin
Lean ground beef
Pork Tenderloin
Pork sirloin chops
Pork boneless loin roast
Pork top or center loin chops
Lamb shanks
Lamb sirloin roast
Veal cutlet


Natural Starches

(all to be eaten  prior to 2pm)

Grains: (1 serving = ½ cup)
Barley, pearled
Brown rice
Cream of wheat
Longer rain rice, such as basmati
Oat bran
Old-fashioned oatmeal

Legumes: (1 Serving = ½ cup)

Black beans
Black-eyed peas
Butter beans
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Great northern beans
Kidney beans
Lima beans, baby
Navy beans
Pinto beans
Soy beans
Split peas

Starchy Vegetables:

Breadfruit (1 serving = 1 cup)
Corn (1 serving = ½ cup)
Potato (1 serving = 1 medium)
Pumpkin (1 serving = 1/2 cup)**
Sweet potato (1 serving = 1 medium)
Taro (1 serving = ½ cup)
Winter squashes (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, etc) (1 serving = 1 cup)
Yam (1 serving = 1 medium)

Cleansing Vegetables

(same foods as Cycle 1)

Low-Sugar fruits

(same foods as Cycle 1)


(same foods as Cycle 1)

Friendly Fats

(same foods as Cycle 1)


Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation:

Low-carb marinara sauce
Lite soy sauce
Low-carb ketchup
Fat-free sour cream
Low sodium broth
Truvia or Nectresse** (a non-caloric sweeteners made from natural ingredients)
Sugar-free jams and jellies
Vegetable cooking-spray
Fat-free cheeses (i.e. parmesan)
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)

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