Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet is about establishing good eating patterns. In Cycle 3 you will be introduced to new natural starches such as breads, cereals and pastas. By now you’ve probably had a decent amount of weight loss but you may see a slow down in Cycle 3 because of the increased foods. You may even see that you have stopped losing weight all together.
How can I lose weight in Cycle 3?
The book gives us three suggestions to help us continue on the path to weight loss during Cycle 3.
1. Increase your aerobic exercise — Aim to do at least 45 to 60 minutes of exercise each day. This will help you burn the extra calories you’re consuming in Cycle 3.
2. No carbs after 2pm — You’ve been taught in Cycles 1 and 2 to eat your fruit before 2pm. This goes for all natural starches in Cycle 3. Make sure you eat your pasta for lunch. Dinner time should strictly be protein and veggies.
3. No alcohol — In Cycle 3 you are allowed to have one alcoholic drink per day. However, alcohol has a dehydrating effect and can interfere with fat-burning and weight loss. If you see your weight loss at a stand still, consider no alcohol in this cycle.
Remember now that you are increasing your food intake you’ll need to keep your protein servings the size of a kitchen sponge. If you still have more weight to lose once you’re finished with Cycle 3, go back to either Cycle 1 or 2 to lose additional weight.