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.
According to the 17 Day Diet book, Cycle 2 helps keep you from experiencing weight loss plateaus as a result of confusing your body.
In Cycle 2, you’ll alternate between Cycle 1 Accelerate days with Cycle 2 Activate days which include an expanded food list including additional lean proteins such as beef and pork and the introduction of natural starches such as legumes and starchy veggies such as potatoes.
Here’s an example of how you start Cycle 2–
The first day of Cycle 2 you will enjoy unlimited quantities of the same lean proteins and vegetables as Cycle 1 with the addition of new proteins (see Cycle 2 Food List).
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 to be eaten by 2pm.
The second day of Cycle 2 you’ll alternate back to the Cycle 1 food list. On 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.
Cycle 2 of the diet helps motivate individuals to stick to their new eating plan after restricting their carbohydrate intake for the first 17 days (which is the toughest cycle to get through).
It’s important to drink your hot lemon water every morning, green tea with your meals and at least eight 8 oz glasses of plain water every day.
Here is the complete 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to structure your menu for Cycle 2, check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Meal Plan for inspiration!
Make sure you check out the New Updates to the 17 Day Diet in 2014.