“I’ve messed up on day 5 of Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. Should I start over to day 1?”
This is a common question I hear, especially in my private Facebook Group for the 17 Day Diet.
We feel the need to “start over” if we’ve failed our diet at some phase of the journey.
The realization is this: you’ll likely eat something you shouldn’t and you may have a day or two (or more) where you might binge or fall off the wagon.
These things happen.
If you overeat or have a donut or two (or three), pick yourself back up and start where you left off.
No need to re-start if you have a slip up. Always keep moving forward.
Do I start over on the cycle I’m on if I eat something I shouldn’t?
The last thing you want to have happen is to constantly re-start, especially Cycle 1.
In the book, Dr. Moreno tells us that we should only stay on Cycle 1 for 17 days.
Stay on Cycle 1 for Only 17 Days
The longer you stay on Cycle 1, the less you’ll eventually lose. If your body gets used to eating the same way for too long, you’ll eventually plateau.
If you go “off plan” during Cycle 1, there are a few things you can do:
- Pick right back up where you started; or
- Consider a Transitional Day Fast (aka smoothie day)
Why It’s Not Good To Keep “Re-Starting”
Here’s my personal advice regarding this vicious cycle of “re-starting”:
If you have fallen off the diet for a few days PICK UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF! The last thing you want to do is start over to day 1 of C1.
Your body really needs to experience each cycle as they each have their purpose:
C1 – rapid weight loss and detox.
C2 – body confusion, ramping up your metabolism by alternating each day with different/increased foods.
C3 – learning how to control your portions and incorporating much more exercise.
If you find yourself cheating, consider a transitional day fast. Use the 17DD smoothie recipes from the book for ONE day.
After your fast day, CONTINUE WHERE YOU LEFT OFF when you cheated. This is so important.
The 17DD book tells us to not stay on C1 for more than 17 days. If you do, your body will get very used to the cycle and you’ll likely stop losing weight and plateau.
There’s a reason the doctor wants you to continue through all three cycles the first time.
I’ve been loving the 17 Day Diet since 2011. As you know, your health & wellness is a life-long journey and food is one piece of the puzzle. I love sharing my favorite healthy recipes and meal plans to keep you motivated and on the right path to success!
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