Should I Eat More if I Exercise More on the 17 Day Diet?
Here’s a question I get asked a bit. Remember, in Cycles 1 and 2 Dr. Moreno instructs dieters to exercise low to moderate– roughly 17 minutes a day, twice a day. In these two first cycles, you are allowed to eat liberal lean proteins and approved cleansing vegetables. So, there shouldn’t be a need to exercise more than the prescribed 17-minutes-twice-a-day. While you are limiting your carbohydrate intake, your physical activity should be somewhat limited to what the book describes.
Now in Cycle 3, the diet starts introducing additional carbohydrates such as high fiber cereals and pastas. Your physical activity level should also increase to about 45 to 60 minutes most days of the week. Your increase in carbohydrates should give you the energy you need to sustain such physical activity.
However, keep in mind that during Cycle 3 because your carbohydrate intake is increasing, your protein portions should only be the size of a kitchen sponge for each meal. Also, unlimited veggies is key in Cycle 3.
So, should you eat more if you exercise more on the 17 Day Diet? Well, during Cycles 1 and 2 you should not be exercising more than 17 minutes a day twice a day — you are already allowed unlimited veggies and lean proteins, so eat up (but keep your physical activity low to moderate due to low carb intake).
In Cycle 3, you are increasing your exercise, but you’re also increasing your carbohydrate intake, so it should be a wash.
If you do choose to exercise more or harder than the diet recommends (as some of you do!), make sure you drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and if you feel lightheaded at times, try to schedule your workout around a fruit snack followed by protein.