Help! Why am I Not Losing Weight in Cycle 1?

Help! I hear this all too often — “Why am I not losing weight in Cycle 1?” Good question! Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet after all is the Accelerate cycle, so you’d think with a name like that you’d lose a ton of weight.

It’s not uncommon to only lose 5-7 pounds during Cycle 1. However, some people do find they get discouraged when only losing this amount of weight when they’ve been led to believe they’d lose in excess of 15 pounds.

First, it’s OK — celebrate your weight loss regardless of the amount. You’re taking the first step to a healthier you! It’s not going to happen overnight (besides, did you gain those 20 pounds in a week? No!).

Sure, Cycle 1 is about losing weight at a rapid pace. However, Cycle 1 is also about detox, clearing your body of harmful toxins and basically preparing your body for weight loss.

If you do find that your weight loss has stalled in Cycle 1, you can take a look at a few areas to make sure you’re doing all that you can to maximize your weight loss:

1. Make sure you are eating enough food!

I can’t tell you how many times I hear that someone is not losing weight and they’ve stopped eating a large portion of veggies and lean proteins because they just aren’t that hungry. If you reduce your veggie/protein intake, you may slow down your weight loss. Remember, in Cycle 1 you are allowed liberal amounts of approved veggies and lean protein, so eat up!

2. Make sure you’re drinking enough water!

I also run across this issue — not drinking enough water. It sounds counterintuitive, but you have to drink more water to lose more weight. Drinking water also helps flush out toxins, keeps your digestive track moving (think constipation), and helps with other side benefits such as glowing, hydrated skin!

3. Add exercise to your routine.

If you want to ramp up your weight loss, hit the road (or the treadmill). Remember, during Cycle 1 you are allowed at least 17 minutes of moderate exercise.

4. Switch up your menu!

Look, your body might be getting tired of the same old salad every day. Have fun with your meal plans, introduce new veggies into your diet and truly enjoy meal time!

5. When all else fails, consider a cheat day.

Now, I have to say that the “cheat day” is not part of the 17 Day Diet, but I’ve used this technique many times. It’s no secret that your body gets used to the amount of calories you consume every day (that’s why we have Cycle 2) and sometimes your body needs a break from the same old thing. A cheat day might cause you to gain a few pounds, but you’ll start to see the pounds melt away again.

Remember, it’s very important to be fully aware of what you are eating, how much you are eating and to celebrate every pound you lose! I highly recommend that you keep a daily food journal so you are completely aware of what you’re putting into your body. It’s also helpful to go back and review your eating pattern when the weight stops coming off so easily so you can quickly fix the issue.

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  1. kris says

    I logged in to the quick start guide on my phone (through Safari) then click the box with arrow (send to) buttonand “add to Home Screen” (iPhone) so I can quickly click on it, and with a few scrolls find the lists or pages I need. Particularly helpful while grocery shopping or at the Farmers Market. You might also snap a picture or screen shot of the lists for the cycle you’re on and then you could pull it up as a picture atleast.

  2. april says

    I have been on the diet for 6 days now. I have not lost a single pound. Checked over everything a few times. Dont know whats going on , any ideas?

    • says

      Hi April. Are you keeping track of the amount of food you’re eating? That’s the #1 culprit in losing weight from others I talk to — not eating enough calories. Make sure you’re not ever hungry while on Cycle 1 (liberal amounts of cleansing veggies and lean proteins). Also, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. It’s hard to say what your issue is with little information.

      • april says

        Well apparently my body is not detoxing. I am completely backed up which would probably explain why I am not losing much weight.

  3. harry says

    I am vegetarian and I have done cycle 1 but lost only 4 pounds .As my Protien options I eat egg,red beans,Tofu, Lentils ,Dannon Protein shake smoothie, Kefir milk and Vegetables. I do 20 minutes elleptical on wight loss mode which is considered to be more than moderate. Any ideas or suggestion.As I am vegetartian I have less options for Protein though I try to choose which I mentioned above.Should I continue Cycle 1 till I lose 10 Pounds or go to Cycle 2.

    Thank you

    • says

      Harry, you should move onto cycle 2. It will cause more trouble for you to stay where you’re at for too long. Is it possible to eat less legumes and eat other sources of protein with less starch? I wonder if that’s what’s holding you back a bit.

  4. rachel says

    I started 17 day6 diet 6 days ago, and have not lost a single pound! it’s been very frustrating, and somewhat demoralizing. I am definitely eating enough food, and drink 8 glasses of water daily. Am hoping something will kick in soon!

    • says

      Rachel, keep the faith! Keep working hard. If you don’t see any weight come off during Cycle 1, consider talking to your doc!

  5. Ann says

    When you say your body is getting rid of toxins, I wonder if you know which toxins one’s body is getting rid of – can you name one? Do you mean perhaps residue of pesticides found in fruits and vegetables, mercury from the fish? Where is the evidence for the body getting rid of toxins? Or may be you think those toxins are being exited from the body via the fat loss? Are some of thos substances stored in the fat? I don’t think it’s that easy to get toxins out of your body.

    Anybody else got thoughts on this?

    Excess pounds is what I want to get rid of

    • says

      Ann, if you read the book, you’ll find references of toxins from environmental pollutants, food preservatives, chemicals and pesticides. The book also goes on to say that overweight people are often low in antioxidants. By increasing antioxidants with nutrient-rich food, it helps rid your body of these toxins.

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