(NewsUSA) – A low-calorie diet consisting solely of grapefruit, cabbage soup or weight-loss milkshakes will most likely cause you to lose weight, if strictly followed. But is it healthy? Not a chance.

Almost any diet plan will work for a while, yet up to 95 percent of dieters who lose weight fail to keep that weight off after just one year. According to Dr. Mike Moreno, author of the NY Times bestselling book “The 17 Day Diet,” the two biggest obstacles that cause diets to fail are boredom and plateau. That’s because most mainstream diets are too complex or restrictive, making it nearly impossible to stick with them for a long period of time.

Instead, Moreno emphasizes that weight loss that results in even the smallest changes in body composition can pay off with life-changing benefits. He encourages participants to measure their success, not just in pounds, but also by looking at the overall health benefits to include cholesterol, healthier blood sugar readings, and improved blood pressure.

As the founding physician behind BistroMD, the provider of the meal plan for “The 17 Day Diet,” Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist, a bariatric physician and family practice physician, agrees that even something as small as a 5 percent decrease in weight loss is significant with regards to lowering the health risks associated with being overweight.

“In my medical practice, diabetic and overweight patients who achieve 5 percent weight loss often have lower blood sugar readings and also have improvements in their blood pressure,” says Dr. Cederquist.

Moreno’s “The 17 Day Diet” helps you lose weight with a cycled eating plan that alters the amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats you eat every few days. “We call it metabolic, or body, confusion,” Moreno explains. Divided across four phases, each is designed to accomplish a different objective: burning fat, resetting the metabolism and teaching you proper portion control and hunger signs.

If you want to try The 17 Day Diet but don’t want to cook, you can bring the meals from the popular book to your table by ordering The 17 Day Diet Meal Plan by BistroMD. For more information, visit www.The17DayDiet.com or call: (800) 464-1384.