17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List includes starches such as oatmeal and rice and lean proteins such as beef and pork

Before we get to the 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List, let’s quickly go over what Cycle 2 is all about so you understand why the food list is prepared the way it is.

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.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food list has a bit of more lean proteins and starchy vegetables to further help with this body confusion.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 helps keep you from experiencing weight loss plateaus as a result of confusing your body.

The 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List

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 an expanded 17 Day Diet Meal Plan with 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, drink green tea with your meals and at least eight 8 oz glasses of plain water every day.

17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List


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 cooked)
Barley, pearled
Brown rice
Cream of wheat
Longer grain 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-fat, 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

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

Looking for Food Lists for Cycles 1 and 3?

17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List
17 Day Diet Cycle 3 Food List 
17 Day Diet Food Index (Alphabetical Order)

Looking for Cycle 2 Sample Menus?

17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Sample Menu
Another 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Sample Menu 

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