On the first five weeks of the Dukan Diet, I lost 14 pounds. That’s a stone in UK money. That’s a significant loss in a short time and on a diet that is relatively easy to follow. I have some tips for getting by this crucial first month with great success and less frustration.
After completing the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet, which you can read about here. I went straight into the Cruise Phase. The Attack Phase consisted of pure proteins such as lean meats and poultry, fat free dairy products and a tablespoon and a half of oat bran. The Cruise Phase continues these pure protein (PP) days but alternates with protein plus vegetable (PV) days. After four days on the Attack Phase, the vegetables were extremely welcome. You are allowed to eat all vegetables with a few exceptions, such as potatoes, corn, artichokes, and other starchy vegetables. All the remaining vegetables you can eat as much as you like, except carrots and beet root which you should only eat once per day because of the sugar content. Suddenly, when the diet seemed difficult, it became easy again with the addition of the vegetables. However, the scale does reflect this addition in a way that can make some people panic. I lost four pounds in my first four days on the Attack Phase, and after a whole week on the Cruise Phase, I only lost a half a pound. The explanation for this is that vegetables contain more water so therefore your body can experience a lapse in loss due to this, but they encourage you to keep going and sure enough, the third week I lost three and a half pounds. The week after that, another two and a half came off, and the fourth week of the cruise phase, another three and a half pounds gone, bringing me to a total of 14 pounds.
Once you get into the rhythm of PP days and PV days, your body really starts to burn the calories. To keep from getting bored, try to vary your diet and make classic recipes adapted to the Dukan Diet such as chicken stir fry, steak and steamed vegetables, turkey steaks with a tomato sauce, onion burgers and much more. 0% fat free strained Greek yogurt is a staple of my diet now, sweetened with Splenda and vanilla (best if its with the little seeds left in). On veggie days, you can make lovely dips from extra light Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Pace Picante Sauce and make a tray of vegetable sticks to dip into it. Omelets are filling and quick and easy. Don’t forget to eat your fill of these foods. This really helps you not to feel like you are on a diet and that the plan is easy and livable for a short time.
Don’t forget exercise during this important phase that takes you straight to your “True Weight”. The prescribed amount is 30 minutes of walking daily, which I split into two walks with my dog, morning and evening. I did this in addition to my normal exercise of riding and stable work. The more you can sneak in, the more you lose.
Although the temptations can be strong, try not to go out to eat and not to go into the grocery store hungry. Eat regular meals and keep yourself from becoming too ravenous. These are the times that I find the diet most difficult. Try to keep food that you can have handy at all times. Sugar free mints and candy are also helpful. Just remember, It’s not forever and the better you stick to the plan, the shorter it will be because you will get to your “True Weight” and that wonderful “consolidation phase” all the quicker!!