Diets in Review Question

why am i stuck at the same weight on the 17 day diet?

stephanie asked this question May 7th, 2011 11:47 am

I am now on day 6 and it is my second day of not losing anything. I am following the book exactly. and have lost only 4lbs. I am 22 so don't understand why its not working for me?! please help and give me some confidence.

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We recently spoke to Dr. Mike Moreno, the book's author, about some common questions. And while we didn't speak specifically about a weight loss plateau, we didn't speak about gain. You can no doubt use his suggestions to restart the weight loss.

Dr. Mike says that for those experiencing a weight gain on the diet, rather than a loss, can likely chalk it up to one of these five reasons:

1. Underhydrated
2. Breaking the strict rule for "no carbs - like fruit - after 2 p.m.
3. Not practicing portion control, especially when the starches and carbs are reintroduced
4. Need to increase amount of time and intensity of cardio workouts
5. If you lift weights, use lower weights and more reps with longer wait time between each (muscle is heavier than fat and will cause a weight gain).

Learn more in our 17 Day Diet FAQ.

posted on May 9th, 2011 11:38 am


You need to trust the diet. I would go a couple of weeks even and not lose and then all of a sudden drop 2 or 3 pounds 2 or 3 days in a row. Also many of us have a lot of weight to drop so naturally the heavier you are the quicker the weight will come off. Just stick with and follow it exactly. Don't make exceptions until you know how your body will react.

posted on May 9th, 2011 4:34 pm


You aren't following the book exactly, because I'm pretty sure it says to just weigh yourself once a week - not every day (at this stage). I hope you're drinking ALL the water. That makes a huge difference.

posted on May 11th, 2011 5:57 pm


I had a day when I went up a pound and then the next day I went down a pound and then another one. If you weigh every day you have to remember that water rentention fluctuates so don't get caught up in the daily numbers. Also, if you don't have a lot to lose, you will not lose 17 pounds the first week.

posted on May 12th, 2011 1:25 pm


First, don't weigh yourself too often. Once a week, no more than two. It's also normal on a diet to go 2, 3, or more days without loss. Then suddenly, you see a pound gone. Also, it depends how much you are overweight. If you are only overweight a little bit, say under 20 pounds, you won't lose weight as quickly. Folks with a lot of weight to lose will realize greater weight loss as they have fat that is burning up. The important thing to keep in mind: Are you losing and/or maintaining? As long as you are not gaining weight, you are doing all right. One last, you will probably realize less girth sooner than weight loss. Are your jeans looser?

posted on May 12th, 2011 6:19 pm


Sometimes diets dont work because something in your body is off. If your hormones are out of whack (polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disorders, lack of sleep, etc,) that can make weight loss really difficult no matter what you do until you get the hormone situation under control.

posted on May 15th, 2011 9:19 am