Dukan diet - emergency post Christmas fat!

(43 Posts)
WentworthMillerMad Sun 06-Jan-13 12:45:35

I am back again! My Christmas started in November and I have gained a full stone. Ouch!
Started Dukan on 3rd January and it has been hard, hard work breaking the habits of chocolate and wine and bread and so on......
I know I can lose a stone in a month if I attack and stick with it.
Anyone fancy joining me? Could really do with the help!

Earlybird Sun 06-Jan-13 12:48:33

I need to lose weight too - just how to do it is the question. Was considering joining BIWI and her low carb bootcamp.

What is the difference between Dukan and low carb-ing?

Good luck, btw. The first few weeks are always the hardest.

Mrsfluff Sun 06-Jan-13 12:56:44

I had great success on Dukan in Oct/Nov, but took whole of December off! Will be starting afresh tomorrow.

foreverondiet Sun 06-Jan-13 13:19:21

Hi all - have dukan'ed in the past - although I don't generally do any pure protein days - as I love veg too much (and I get constipated), but otherwise I stick to the principles.

Gained a few pounds almostastone Oct-Dec and back on wagon on 1st Jan. Hope I can get back to my target weight by the end of January but if not hope to be close.

First week is hard but feel now I am "in the zone"....

Differences dukan and low carbing:
Dukan - is low fat / low carb / high protein - so fat free dairy is allowed plus he advocates oatbran each day. Plus every 2nd day no veg.

Low carb is generally high fat / very low carb. Veg is allowed provided total carbs under a certain amount.

WentworthMillerMad Sun 06-Jan-13 13:36:20

Hello! I also don't do PP days and instead if weight watchers yoghurts in the morning that are full of saccharine I have a small amount of berries and low fat yoghurt. I doing Dukan for next 4 weeks then thinking I might turn to Briffa as a long term plan but I will worry about the next 24 hours first!

I am back to work in the morning and this is where Dukan is v easy for me - busy, no junk, routine!

Gilbertwasthebestcat Mon 07-Jan-13 07:17:48

I also put my name down for the low carb boot camp but can't quite get my head around the amount of fat you can/ should eat. I did Dukan last summer and easily lost over a stone but have put about 7lb back on so need to get back on track. I'm up for a support thread especially as I weaken in the evening having been good all day!

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 13:03:22

Ooo! Me! Me! I started on Saturday and have lost 5lbs already. I'm really chuffed as I put 5lbs on over Christmas so I'm back where I started now.

DH is doing it with me which helps. I'm determined to do attack for 5 days and then I'm not sure if I'll stick to the switching between P and PV or just do PV as I'm finding the lack of veg really hard already.

DH did it last year and lost 2 stone which he kept off. I didn't join him because I was breastfeeding and NEEDED carbs. He wants to lose another 1.5 stone to kick start his marathon training and I'd like to lose 1.5 stone to kick start my summer clothes shop!

Had oatbran porridge for breakfast, beef soup and yoghurt for lunch and am making burgers from mince, onion, egg and herbs for dinner.

Gilbertwasthebestcat Mon 07-Jan-13 19:54:57

What do you do with the oatbran? Do you make the pancake thing?

<marks place>
Waves to wentworth

Aspiemum2 Mon 07-Jan-13 20:21:26

What's the difference between dukab and Atkins?

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 21:11:09

gilbert I've been making porridge with it using a little bit of skimmed milk and half a teaspoon of sweetener. It's ok, very 'bitty' tasting but edible.

PastaDee Mon 07-Jan-13 21:14:50

Aspiemum I don't know much about Atkins but I think it is low carb, high protein but high fat? Dukan is low fat, low sugar, low fat and high protein.

To begin with you can only eat oatbran, no fat yogurts and skimmed milk, meat, fish and eggs. After an initial 'attack' phase vegetables are introduced but only on every other day.

foreverondiet Mon 07-Jan-13 22:39:53

I just usually stir oatbran into yoghurt as too lazy to make anything like galettes or muffins! Breakfast for me - 2 egg omelette, 100g of yogurt with oatbran.

Atkins - high fat, moderate protein, no carbs (ie no dairy)
Dukan - low fat, high protein, some carbs (from dairy)

Briffa good long term, but actually 2 diets v v similar. Briffa allowed food like nuts fruit and seeds, so essentially dukan is a low fat version of Briffa - for faster weight loss.

Aspiemum2 Mon 07-Jan-13 22:51:55

It seems either way carbs are the ones to watch then. I'm thinking low carbing might be the way to go sad

cafecito Tue 08-Jan-13 00:49:28

aspie low carbing really works but I have found your energy levels really drop off quite suddenly as your body stops the usual metabolic pathway for making energy- so you really do have less energy- and that is what gets to me, I like having loads of energy and being able to work out and when low carbing- you don't really feel hungry as you can eat protein, but I've always found it harder to then do anything.

Carbs are in everything though, but carbs are essentially sugar- so it's just a nosugar diet, without sugar, your body needs to burn fat to fuel itself. very simple. But hard to follow (for a carb addict like me)

cafecito Tue 08-Jan-13 00:51:16

I have had so much oatbran porridge in the past, I genuinely love it- but I question the wisdom there as to why oatbran and why not some salad or vegetables. There are carbs in oatbran, the reason he gets you to eat it is for fibre, I thought- hence a little veg/ some berries/ an apple would not be vastly different

WentworthMillerMad Tue 08-Jan-13 18:43:19

Hi everyone! 6lb down and weight starts with 11 again! Phew! Work clothes tight but can get in most.
Am in the zone so far and enjoying the first few days of quick weight loss!

No wine at the weekend is my next killer.........hi drywhite!

Lorraine pascals Thai fish parcels for tea without the noodles! Yum

Aspiemum2 Tue 08-Jan-13 18:53:21

My low carbing starts tomorrow, hope I don't suffer an energy dip with 8 month old twins to look after. I'm going almost Atkins style tbh as interested to know if it improves my pcos symptoms any. It's a controversial diet it seems but am thinking it might cut my carb addiction!
How on earth I'm going to manage the morning without munching on toast I've no idea sad

WentworthMillerMad Tue 08-Jan-13 21:12:46

Hi aspie, my sister does Atkins. She loves it and it really works.

I hear you on the toast.....over Xmas I was having 2 white crumpets with butter and small bowl Cheerios. I now have low fat yog and berries.
I wonder why I gained a stone! ! ! ! Ha ha ha

Gilbertwasthebestcat Wed 09-Jan-13 06:23:49

Had a blip yesterday and was not surprised to see scales hadn't shifted . Focussed today and going to do attack till the end of the week as I am not working and it's generally easier at home. I just need more willpower !

BlackAffronted Wed 09-Jan-13 07:48:14

Aspiemum, when I low carb, it really helps with my PCOS symptoms, and your energy levels go back up after the first week. In your frist week you experience "carb flu" which is yor body making the switch to fat burning. You have to be brave to stick this out, but it is so, so worth it! People are dropping 6/7lbs in their first week over in Bootcamp smile

Good luck to the rest of you too, carbs are evil grin

Aspiemum2 Wed 09-Jan-13 08:08:43

Ahh, no caffeine?? Really? It's the kids I feel sorry for......

PastaDee Wed 09-Jan-13 08:28:40

I'm 6lb down in just 4 days and my jeans definitely feel looser. This is going to be my last day of attack thank goodness!

I'm starting to crack. I was desperate to lick the knife I used to make DD peanut butter on toast which is disgusting really. To my warped mind it would count if I did that rather than eat the square she rejected!

Aspiemum2 Wed 09-Jan-13 08:47:11

Wow that's ace, that's the kind of weight loss I need. Thanks for the inspiration smile

Gilbertwasthebestcat Wed 09-Jan-13 10:18:57

Wow 6lbs in 4 days is just the inspiration I need to hear right now as I have poorly DS who is up in the night and grumpy through the days which means I am shattered and craving bread, cakes etc etc for energy. I think DS is about to have a nap and I might just join him. It will keep me out of the kitchen if nothing else!

PastaDee Wed 09-Jan-13 12:49:36

I think I'm going to struggle the first time I feel really tired.... That's when the sugar and comfort food cravings kick in!

greenfig Wed 09-Jan-13 12:56:13

Can I join? I lost 1 1/2 st on Dukan about 2 years ago & have maintained pretty well since with healthy eating & exercise. However, I relax during hols & the Christmas podge is 7lbs!!!! & not moving fast enough. I would like to lose by Feb 1/2 term as off on hols. Am doing 6w6p too. Will read through the thread, all support greatly welcome & given(smile)

WentworthMillerMad Wed 09-Jan-13 20:39:54

Another 1lb down! I hardly dare say but that's 8lb in a week! Wow! I really did pig out over Xmas.
Did an 30 min speed walk, now having a hot sugar free ribenna.
Am in the zone, hope it lasts!

greenfig Thu 10-Jan-13 09:20:53

Well done to you, keep up the good work! I find I tend to relax a bit as I see some progress then get despondant as scales go back up so keep it up!
I'm down a lb this morning but it is all WAY too slow for me sad

Gilbertwasthebestcat Thu 10-Jan-13 12:45:41

Talk to me about sausages please. Allowed or not? Can they be that bad? I struggle with lunch and thought cold sausages would be quick and easy. Down 1lb today and not feeling hungry so hopefully going in the right direction now.

greenfig Thu 10-Jan-13 15:45:38

Should think they are too much fat Gilbert. How about tuna, ham, eggs, cottage cheese? Cold chicken is good to have in the fridge. I ate loads of smoked mackerel with wasabi & pickled ginger 1st time round & can't stand even typing it nowgrin

PastaDee Thu 10-Jan-13 18:32:55

I'm 6.5lb down now and have finished attack. DH is trying to convince me we can have an Indian takeaway tomorrow evening as a treat..... Now he has set me thinking about it angry

Gilbert there's a tuna/cottage cheese/oat bran "muffin" recipe that I used to make that you can keep in fridge and take to work. Bit rubbery but filling.
Lunch.......I keep cooked chicken in fidge at all times and make sauces with natural yogurt......( mint, chive, pesto,Dijon mustard...obviously not all at the same time )
I also make smoked mackerel or smoked salmon "pâté" with total 0% fat and spring onions/lemon juice to eat on galettes (I used to make a batch and keep in fridge and pretend it was bread to spread on)

Sausages are not allowed....but a lot is.

pasta chicken tandoori would be ok but without rice which is a bit boring.......unless its a celebration meal

Gilbertwasthebestcat Thu 10-Jan-13 20:18:57

Right will forget the sausages then! I like the pate idea will try that next week.

PastaDee Thu 10-Jan-13 20:46:13

I've only just finished Attack so I don't think I'm quite at the celebration point yet sadly! He's supposed to be doing it with me but now he is saying that it will be fine if we have a night off!

Tandoori chicken is a great idea. At least I won't have to watch him eat a yummy takeaway and cook something for myself.

It's so hard if you're dieting alone....good luck pasta

WentworthMillerMad Sat 12-Jan-13 18:50:19

Another 1lb off today - 11st 10 now - about a stone to go to feel really good. Feels doable! Home made curry tonight without wine!
Switching to briffa in about 10lb time!

Well done wentworth what Israël briffa i keepsake hearing it mentioned. Is it the fasting diet?

Predictive text has gone bonkers!!!
I meant " what is briffa ?"

PastaDee Mon 14-Jan-13 07:41:00

Held off weighing myself all weekend as I knew weight loss would start to slow.

Lost 1.5lb since Friday morning which gives a total of 8lb. Hurrah!

WentworthMillerMad Mon 14-Jan-13 17:42:42


Briffa is a low carb diet allowing some fruit, nuts and red wine in moderation!
The book is brilliant and DH has lost 2 stones on it. V sensible long term plan!

PastaDee Mon 14-Jan-13 17:56:31

Sounds really interesting wentworth. I'll look into that as I think I'm only going to stick at Dukan for January. It is very restrictive.

In a panic about next weekend as we are staying at inlaws. Will be impossible to stick faithfully to the diet. confused

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