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Does 17 Day Diet Work

Does the 17 Day Diet Work? Nope. What you want is to maintain the intensity, ie weight, and drop the volume on the big lifts such as the squat, the deadlift, the bench and the press. This could also be applied to the assistance exercises, but losing some strength on them is not such a big deal. Deloading the olympic lifts is a good idea, tho. And I would even consider dropping the olympic lifts as you progress depending on how you’re feeling. You could probably do without the benches but I would reincorporate the deadlift. You need lifts where you can go heavy (intensity) so you can hold onto your hard-earned muscle mass. Learn more at and

And the problem with the olympic lifts is that they’re relatively light when compared to what you can push in the squat and deadlift. Are you doing any form of cardio? It’s not that cardio is necessary for fat loss, but when you are cardiovascularly out of shape, your fat burning pathways become dusty. You probably need to work on your cardio for a few months and after that you can maintain your cardio with a little work while you are dieting. At that point, a 20 minute session after your lifting could be enough. But for now, I think it would benefit you to work on your cardiovascular fitness. I was coming back precisely to mention pulls. By the way, if you follow Kirksman Teo, he mentions chinese weightlifters going heavier than their PRs in their pulls. One of the reasonings being that it’s OK to lose some position, as long as you fight for it… during the pulls, not during your main lifts. Anyway, for the initial phases you can probably get away with your current choice, but as you progress and, if your squat strength decreases (a real possibility), you may need to reevaluate your choice of lifts. You also need some kind of upper body push; dips and presses would be OK. I know Kirksman actually, he trained under my coach before I did. He’s a rather arrogant guy. Chinese lifters do sometimes pull above their PR Cleans, but a lot of the reasoning he uses is contradictory and rather irrational. In terms of programming I think maybe I have been doing an adapted version of this Kazakh program for a few months, but maybe it’s time to change it for a while at least since I haven’t been progressing on it for the last month. I’ll go back to just following Prilepin’s chart for my Olympic lifts but doing mainly around the 80-85% range. Then for squats maybe I will follow the Russian squat program. What you need to do is shift to a strength orientated program (Weightlifting will not keep your muscle mass) reduce volume a bit, and keep intensity high (fight to maintain your strength!) As for your olympic lifting, just do some light low volume technique training … together with the strength training it will be more than enough to keep your lifts while cutting off the fat… Learn more at