17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List is filled with low sugar fruits, cleansing vegetables, lean proteins, probiotics and healthy fats for a detoxifying weight loss experience

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List is filled with lean proteins, low starchy vegetables and low sugar fruits.

Probiotics, healthy fats and certain condiments also make their way onto the list as well, all designed to help you lose weight with the 17 Day Diet.

Quick Overview of Cycle 1

Before we get to the 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List, let’s briefly go over how Cycle 1 is structured so you understand the reasoning behind the choices in food on this cycle.

Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet (also known as the Accelerate Cycle), is the first cycle in a total of four.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List is full of lean proteins and cleansing vegetables designed to help you lose weight quickly.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List

Cycle 1 focuses on rapid weight loss by eating a well-balanced 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Meal Plan.

This plan consists of 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.

Once you get a good grasp of the food items approved for Cycle 1, you can grab my sample menu and search for compliant 17 Day Diet Recipes to get you started losing weight right away! 

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 part of the weight loss plan focuses on no sugar, very low-fat, and no starchy foods such as white breads, pasta, and potatoes.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List is filled with different food choices and 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.

Rather than searching each cycle food list, I do have a nifty food index that lists each food item in alphabetical order and I list each cycle the food item is approved for. Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes video:

This is the complete 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List as you see it in the 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition.

17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List

Lean Proteins

Salmon, canned or fresh
Canned light tuna (in water)
Chicken breasts
Turkey breasts
Ground turkey, lean
Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving)
Egg Whites (4 egg whites = 1 serving)

FREE PDF: Download Printable Cycle 1 Food List

Cleansing Vegetables

Artichoke hearts
Bell peppers, green, orange, red, yellow
Brussels sprouts
Green beans
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
Red grapes

FREE PDF: Download Printable Cycle 1 Food List

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

Olive Oil
Flaxseed Oil

Condiments: allowed in moderation

Low-carb marinara sauce
Lite soy sauce
Low-carb ketchup
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 cheeses
Fat-free salad dressing

**Changes to the 17 Day Diet per the 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition (published 12/31/13)

Download My Printable Cycle 1 Food List

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Looking for Food Lists for Cycles 2 and 3?

17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List

17 Day Diet Cycle 3 Food List 

17 Day Diet Food Index (Alphabetical Order)

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17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Sample Menu

Sample Menu for Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet (new meal plan)

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34 thoughts on “17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List”

  1. For cycle 1 is unsweetened almond milk okay? Also, are pitted salted Manzanilla olives (little packs from Trader Joes 55 calories, 1 carb, 1 fiber, 1g sat fat, total fat 5.5 g) and bone broth okay for a snack?

    • Hi Mary! You won’t find unsweetened almond milk until Cycle 3 when non-dairy is allowed. With that said, there are many members who do use it in Cycle 1 and have no issue with weight loss. You can always try it and see how it goes. As far as olives and bone broth, you won’t find these on any cycles, but I personally think they’re fine for all cycles.

    • Hi Carla! Sorry for the late reply. If you’re needing a pick-me-up during the afternoon, a no sugar added yogurt is always a great snack. It will give you some energy and maybe satisfy any sweet cravings you might have!

  2. I can’t find these on the list and was wondering about these items and in what cycle they are allowed if at all.
    Heavy whipping cream
    Monk fruit sweetener
    Coconut flour
    Almond flour
    Seaweed salad
    Bean sprouts
    Imitation crab

    And for the oysters, are the canned smoked oysters allowed? Are there limits to the new protein in cycle 2.

    We are finishing cycle 1 soon and have enjoyed the unlimited amounts of protein and veggies very much.

    Thank you in advance

    • Hi Lucia – no to heavy whipping cream on the 17 Day Diet. Monk Fruit is listed under the C1 Food list under a brand name of Nectresse under the condiment section.

      You won’t find coconut or almond flour on any list, but they should be fine in Cycle 3 when nuts are allowed.

      Seaweed is on the Cycle 3 Food list.

      Bean sprouts are not on any list, but should be fine for all cycles.

      Mayonnaise is on the C3 food list.

      Imitation crab is not on any list, but real crab meat is starting on C2 and I’d personally stick with real crab meat if you can to avoid the overly processed imitation type that likely has sugar/sodium and other flavorings/chemicals in it.

      Canned smoked oysters are probably fine, too.

      As far as Cycle 2 protein limits, the term “liberal” is used during this cycle as opposed to “unlimited” in Cycle 1. Really, the only limit to protein is starting in Cycle 3!

      Hope this helps!

    • Hi Rhonda, in the book a serving of fruit is one of the following depending on the fruit: 1 piece of fresh fruit OR 1 cup of fresh fruit cup up. For your berries/grapes, it would be 1 cup = 1 serving.

  3. Hi Torey!

    I was wondering if we can include any gluten-free (ex: almond) flour in any dessert recipes during cycle 1?


    • Hi Nour! If you’re sticking by the book, it’s best to wait until Cycle 3 to add in almond flour (or any other nut flour for that matter). Cycle 3 is when all nuts/seeds are allowed. They aren’t a part of Cycle 1 because they contain more fat and Cycle 1 is a lower fat cycle.

    • Hi Loretta, you won’t find coffee or decaf tea (or even green tea!) on any food list, but they are definitely mentioned in the book (at least coffee is). Coffee is fine to drink, and is even suggested as a substitute for green tea if you’re not able to drink it. Decaf green is also fine to drink.

      • I’ve been drinking heavy whipping cream with my coffee. Is that not allowed? If not, is there an another option? I love my coffee, but can’t drink it black.

        • Hi Julie, if you’re following the 17 Day Diet 100% then it’s not approved. Technically, milk products are allowed starting in Cycle 3 with the exception of probiotic milk in cycle 1. With that said, if you’re wanting to be flexible with your diet, you can certainly use it and see how it goes. There are many other members who use all types of creamers and non dairy milks in cycle 1 and have no issues. At the end of the day, do what works best for you!

    • Hi Anastasia! Unfortunately, there really aren’t any “approved” substitutes. However, many members will still use sugar free creamers or half/half in Cycle 1 and not have any issue. Some also use unsweetened almond milk (technically approved Cycle 3) and don’t have any issues either. If you want some flexibility, you can certainly use what you prefer and see how it goes.

    • Hi Teresa! Technically, you won’t find cornstarch on any of the food lists. I personally think it’s OK to use every once in a while on any cycle if you need to thicken a sauce. Depending on what you’re making, a few ounces of cream cheese actually helps thicken sauce pretty well.

  4. Hi Tory thank you so much for your guidance. I’ m about to start cycle 1 for the first time and am wondering if stevia sweetened sugar free candy is allowed?Also whether popcorn is ok on this cycle? I have a tendency to get late night munchies and the pop secret 100 calorie small portion popcorn tends to satisfy that. Thanks again and looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Hi Shannon, you’re very welcome! You won’t find any stevia sweetened candy on the cycle food lists, but if you want to be flexible, you can always try them if you feel like you have a sweet tooth and see how it goes. If you feel like your weight loss has stalled, maybe stop eating them to see if this helps.

      Popcorn as a snack is approved starting on Cycle 3.

      Cycle 1 is really about low fat, but if you increase your fat intake a little throughout the day, you’ll find that some of your sweet cravings will disappear.

      Also, if you want to curb your evening munchies a bit, you might want to try increasing your calories a bit at dinner time. This usually helps me. If you still feel like you need a snack, maybe some crunchy veggies would be better at night.

      Good luck!

  5. hi if i have eggs for breakfast every day of the phase 1 can i still have the 2 probiotic sevings as snacks through the day?

  6. Hi,

    Cycle one, for breakfast , are you allowed to have eggs and yogurt with berries or just one or the other?
    Thank you


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