Is Coffee Allowed on The 17 Day Diet?

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Can I have coffee on the 17 Day Diet and still lose weight?

A very common question asked about the 17 Day Diet is regarding coffee and if it is allowed.

I recently had two different people ask this question in the last day so I thought I’d answer the coffee question here.

Is Coffee Allowed on the 17 Day Diet?

Yes, coffee is allowed on the 17 Day Diet.

Is coffee allowed on the 17 Day Diet?

If you refer back to your 17 Day Diet book, on page 228, you’ll read Dr. Moreno’s thoughts on coffee.

Coffee contains so many health benefits such as containing high levels of antioxidants, “along with minerals such as potassium and magnesium and B vitamins.

All of these nutrients might be the reason coffee guards against type 2 diabetes.”

Plus, the doc recommends drinking coffee if you aren’t able to drink green tea.

Does Coffee Count as my Water/Fluid Intake?

No, coffee does not count as fluid intake.


If you go back to the front of the book on page 29, Dr. Moreno explains that coffee or green tea for that matter, do not count towards your water consumption for the day.

Your water intake still needs to be at least eight 8-oz glasses of water in addition to any coffee or green tea you drink.

Can I sweeten my coffee?

Yes.  You may sweeten your coffee using Truvia as suggested by the book.

Can I use cream in my coffee?

Well, sort of.

Dr. Moreno does not specify whether or not cream, half and half or even milk is allowed as a condiment in your coffee.

Actually, none of these dairy products are on any food lists with the exception of Cycle 3.

In the Achieve Cycle, Dr. Moreno does list dairy substitutes such as sugar-free rice, almond or soy milk.

Remember, dairy products such as milk do contain sugar and maybe that’s one of the reasons these items are not on the food lists.

Go ahead and enjoy your cup of coffee on the 17 Day Diet.

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22 thoughts on “Is Coffee Allowed on The 17 Day Diet?”

  1. I am hoping to have success with this diet. I can’t afford to purchase the book but, reading what is available on line I’m hoping it will do the trick. It sounds to good to be true.

    • This diet WORKS!! you don’t need to buy the book – check it out from the library. It’s really beneficial to read the book, not just gather info online.. good luck!

  2. I am in the Activate cycle right now, and I put a splash of non- far milk in my coffee and I’ve still been losing weight. It started off slow, but once I stopped eating yogurt after 2, the weight loss picked up so I knew it wasn’t the milk.

  3. I don’t have my book yet, just ordered it,But my daughter in law has done this for about 2 wks now, SHE Already looks AMAAAAzing!I don’t hink I will EVER lose my belly fat though, I have had 5 surgeries-all cut in the same LONG pot across my pelvic area appx 4 in or soe below belly button, it has been like this for years, MAYbe, just mybe this wil work for that area I don’t know, Any thought from anyone who has had like this “Bread bowl” of fat and skin just hanging??

  4. Just wondering something about the green tea… (I’m on day 5 of cycle 1). I have always been extremely sensitive to caffeine. I have typically always steared clear of anything with caffeine in it after noon because otherwise I am up at night with my mind and body racing. Thus far, I have been drinking Decaf green tea with each meal, but I just read an article that said the caffeine in it is what helps boost metabolism and decrease belly fat… Now I’m not sure what to do. Anyone else struggled with the caffeine piece of this diet? Suggestions?

    • There are a few things in green tea that help with weight loss — the antioxidants and caffeine. They do work independently of each other, so if you use a decaf green tea, you’ll still get the benefits of weight loss from the antioxidants.

  5. I have lost 32 pounds and my daughter lost 67 pounds using this diet. I love it. I get frustrated some days and want to eat EVERYTHING in sight, lol! I simply eat the piece of cake at a birthday party, have a slice of pizza at a party, or whatever mom cooks on Sunday dinner. THEN, I go right back to the diet. I have given up feeling guilty about a “cheat day” because I am doing my best to be healthy and control my weight, but I WILL have days when I need to eat something else. EVEN then, I still lose weight on the diet. IT IS A GREAT PLAN!!!!!!

  6. Hi! I have purchased the book and have some reservations. It is recommended to drink 3-4 cups of green tea daily. I have to avoid caffeine. It seems the value of the tea is somewhat found in the caffeine? Could I use decaf? Also, I’m a dairy free girl. Is there a dairy free probiotic?

    • Hi Cheree. Caffeine definitely plays a part in weight loss (appetite suppressant for starters), but I think the real gem with green tea is all the anti-oxidants and their fat-burning qualities. Go for a decaf variety and see how that goes.

      As far as dairy free probiotics, you can either use a probiotic supplement, or you can try some of the dairy-free options in the book – here’s a link to the list of acceptable probiotics:

  7. I ordered the book and should have it in a couple of days. I’m excited about starting. I currently take vitamins. Should I stop taking them when I start this diet or continue to take them?

    • Hi Maryam, welcome to the 17DD! I personally would continue taking my vitamins as you’ll never really get all you need from food all the time, so it’s a good way to supplement! Come back if you have any other questions!

  8. I have had bariatric surgery 2012 pictures of many health problems. The weight would just not come off quick enough for my heart. Can I do this diet. I only have about 15 pounds are just being stubborn no matter what I do and I do exercise and walk every day and am still following My Bariatric plan. I was 218 and am now on 37th and I’m 5 ft 1. I have been reading the parts of the book that are available online and I don’t see anything about the hot lemon water. Is that just in the morning water and how much lemon and are there any other things I should be doing first thing in the morning

    • Hi Deborah! This diet is really do-able for so many, so I’m sure you’ll find success with it! It’s really more of a lifestyle than a diet. In terms of the hot lemon water – the first 17 Day Diet Book says the juice of a 1/2 lemon while the Breakthrough Edition states 1 full lemon. That’s a lot of lemon, so a few tablespoons (if you decide to use bottled lemon juice) would be sufficient! The hot lemon water is really meant first thing in the morning (within a half hour of waking before you eat). It’s there to get your digestive juices flowing!


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