Last week I received a somewhat disconcerting email from a 17 Day Diet Blog reader that prompted me to write this article. I had received two emails from this dieter in a span of three days.
In the first email she wrote that she was discouraged because she was starving during Cycle 1 and not losing any weight. She admitted that she was only eating her one portion of protein at each meal.
I proceeded to tell her that in Cycle 1, Dr. Moreno tells us to eat as much protein and vegetables as we need to in order to keep us full during this first cycle as we are eliminating toxins from our body by the reduction of sugar and carbohydrates. She responded with “Eat more!?! On a diet!?! I’ve never been told to do that in my lifetime!”
Yes, eat more. In Cycle 1 we are instructed to eat liberal amounts of lean protein and veggies from the approved Cycle 1 Food List. I’ll repeat it one more time: liberal amounts of protein and veggies!
I received the last email from her three days later. She still hadn’t lost any weight (after 12 days on the diet) and she was still hungry. I suspect she wasn’t eating liberal amounts of protein and veggies.
There’s no reason to feel hungry on Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. If you’re following the diet as Dr. Moreno advises us, then you should feel pretty satiated– and if for some reason you feel hungry or feel like you’re “starving’….guess what? Eat more protein and veggies!!
Check out the Beginners Guide and Overview of Cycle 1 to get the skinny on the 17 Day Diet.