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Dukan - early July start anyone?

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twgal Wed 08-Jul-15 19:22:45

Hi all, I've started Dukan today, I'm in day one of four attack phase, started with 153 pounds hoping to get to 130ish by mid September (or worst case scenario end of September). I also have an interim goal of 135 pounds in the last week of August... as I'm turning 40 that week!

Anyone else who started this week, perhaps we can commiserate together? smile

Plan is to do Sunday morning weigh ins, with these goals:

Sun 12 July - end of attack goal - 150 pounds
Sun 13 September - end of cruise goal - 130 pounds

First day today was good - had yoghurt, cheese, turkey, and eggs with oat bran, and drank a lot of water. 2 black coffees as usual, one morning, one mid-day after lunch.

It's 7:30pm and I'm not hungry, but I'm thirsty/dry mouth. And almost ate some dried prunes out of reflex, luckily I realized before putting them in my mouth smile

Good luck to anyone dieting!

twgal Fri 10-Jul-15 19:36:22

I'm keeping this as a diary, hopefully some fellow Dukaners will eventually join smile

I'm now at the end of day 3 attack phase and it's going v well, one more attack day to go and I'm on Cruise! I'm still very thirsty, but it's also hot 26 degrees or so and today was Sports Day at school, I was boiling in the sun.

I have to say, the Attack phase is hard and I need to be more creative with food, but I guess I can experiment more on Cruise.

I'm dying to have a salad now, I can't wait for Sunday. I'm not craving bread or cheese or croissants (my main sins), I'm craving greens, anything green would do now :-)

I did cheat and got on the scale daily, in the morning and evening, I have to stop that, I'm obsessed! Have to stick to Sunday weigh ins, otherwise I'll go crazy with the fluctuations. Goal is to lose approx 2 lb per week, it might be a bit aggressive, but I'm normally losing weight fast when I stop eating bread and croissants.

Happy dieting everyone!

RubbishRobotFromTheDawnOfTime Fri 10-Jul-15 19:54:07

Well done for trying to reach a healthy weight, but are you sure this plan is the right way to go for you? It seems very restrictive which will make it hard to stick to, and doesn't look to be very healthy. It's meat-heavy and cuts out a lot of vegetables that should make up a large part of your diet.

twgal Fri 10-Jul-15 22:42:17

Thank you, I'm sure it will be OK for a couple of months. I do eat a lot of fish normally and all fish and seafood is accepted on Dukan. I'm not a big meat eater - I barely eat chicken, mostly turkey and beef anyway.

There's a long list of vegetables accepted, and also low fat dairy products and eggs, so I think I'm going to be fine.

The attack phase is very restrictive indeed, but that's only 4 days.

Personally I'm a fan of the LCHF lifestyle, because it avoids sugar, but allows most meat, seafood, vegetables (even root vegetables), nuts, dairy products, and red wine and dark chocolate smile I don't think I would lose weight on the LCHF diet though, or if I did, it would be super-slow. I'm hypothyroid and everything is slow with me.

Once I'm done with Dukan I will slowly ease into LCHF instead of doing Consolidation.

GlowWine Sat 11-Jul-15 06:25:44

Hi well done on starting and good luck. It worked for me 5 years ago. 2 stone over one summer, and it felt easy. At that time there was a very useful forum on the minimins web site (you might have to Google, I can't recall).
Be aware this is an all-or-nothing kind of diet. You really can't stray from the plan, but coming from LC you know that. I found all my cravings went and I had no trouble turning down offers of cake....
Enjoy you veggies! Cherry tomatoes became my best friend. Keep drinking water if your mouth is dry.
Oh and weight loss is not exactly linear, but you probably know that too. I'd bounce around a figure for what felt like an age and then suddenly a kilo or so had dropped off.
And as a old-timer I'd say stick to the original version/rules of the diet and ignore all the extras added over time (gojii berries? Can't recall what else) they will just slow down. If you can, use the original uk edition of the book published in 2010.
And yes we all know that this is not something you should keep up in the long term!

Tiredemma Sat 11-Jul-15 06:37:10

I dug my old book out yesterday and plan to start on Monday. Im 62kg (but 4ft 11). Looking to lose a stone. I think I only need to 'Attack' for about 3/4 days.

Can I join your 'Diary' for motivation?

Tiredemma Sat 11-Jul-15 06:44:53

I also have the recipe book - this one if you need any inspiration

twgal Sat 11-Jul-15 14:20:01

@GlowWine thank you! I just got the book from a friend.

I feel like I'm drinking tons of water. Today is the last day of attack, although I'm now tempted to do one more tomorrow, I got used to it smile It will be interesting tonight as I'm going to a pub with friends and kids (the pub has a playground smile) and my plan is to eat home and not touch any food at the pub. And drink sparkling water, that will be interesting, but I'll pretend I'm not feeling well or have an upset tummy. It's too big of a group to share the news that I'm on Dukan smile

@Tiredemma: welcome, we can keep each other company. I wish I were at 62 kilos! I'm 5ft 6 and 62 would be a good weight for me, this is where I was last year before gaining weight. I'm hoping to get under 60kg and stay there. I've got so many clothes that would fit me... I don't shop very frequently, but I buy expensive stuff when I do... and it's so frustrating that I have so much stuff I can't wear.

GlowWine Sun 12-Jul-15 07:49:28

No more attack! It does not make a different in the longer term.You really need to get back to having veg. Your beleaguered digestion will thank you.
And eating out is possible, if you go for plain things (steak, chicken breast, fish), no sauces and some places allow you to switch a side of carbs for a salad (undressed...). Low carbing' is becoming a bit more mainstream and restaurants try to provide vaguely suitable solutions. If stuck, avoid the carbs at all costs and tolerate the fat: lamb, pork, burger no bun etc.
Drinks: I made sure I did the ordering and a sparkling water or even slimline tonic with a slice looks just like a G&T, and it's nobody's business anyway smile. If anyone asks, is 'low carbing' a more acceptable answer? Whatever you do, stick to no alcohol, the after effects could be quite unpleasant...

twgal Sun 12-Jul-15 09:27:33

@GlowWine: thank you for the tips re eating out! I drank sparkling water with lemon all afternoon. Had dinner at home before getting to the pub, we were one hour 'fashionably late' smile

I'm at 67.4 kg as of this morning - the official weigh in day - so I'm totally on plan. Start weight was 69.5kg or so and I know it's probably mostly water that I lost during the 4 days attack, but it does feel good nevertheless.

I'm done with the attack phase, I had an all protein breakfast today but I'll have a big salad with tuna for lunch and some meat & sautéed veggies for dinner.

On the no alcohol rule, I'm not a big drinker, so I should be fine until late August when it's my birthdayday and I'm going on a Lisbon city break. I don't think I can resist (nor do I want to) not having wine in Lisbon... if that breaks my Dukan routine so be it.. I'm turning 40 :sob, sob: By that time I will hopefully get to 62kg-ish which frankly would be amazing... most of my clothes will fit me :-)

GlowWine Sun 12-Jul-15 17:35:40

Hey well done! Re the alcohol, if you're still doing PP/PV (forgot what he calls it) and in/close to ketosis do research potential effects. When i was on the forums i recall several reports of people finding themselves incapacitated on minimal amounts, or suffering massive hangover... Might be an idea to switch to conso in the days before and get a few extra carbs back into your system if alcohol expected.

Well done on your losses, I can only dream of the 64 I got to (after being ~75+ all my life but healthy and not dieting ever), in fact i got worried when i started slipping lower in conso and had to increase my intake a bit more. After 5years keeping it off I cracked in the last year or so and have just slipped past the 70mark blush I am losing at the moment, but slowly. Might take drastic action after the summer but it's just not practical now.

gointothewoods Wed 15-Jul-15 08:24:12

Hi, would like to join you.
Started on Monday.
Did dukan after my second baby and lost about two stone. Put about 1.5 of those back on. hmm
I like the low carb way. It works for me and I feel great on it.
How are you getting on?

gointothewoods Wed 15-Jul-15 08:34:07

Menu today is eggs, chicken stew with tomatoes and veg etc, dinner not sure as work night out with finger food..

Tiredemma Wed 15-Jul-15 19:33:58

Ive not disappeared!

Im starting week com 27th July as we are away camping this weekend

twgal Thu 16-Jul-15 20:41:35

Sorry I'm still around as well just haven't had time to log in and post, this week was insane at work (week before holidays).

@gointothewoods: you're very welcome on here, the more the merrier ;)

An update from me, I was so surprised this morning when I got on the scale... 66.6kg, it's been only one week since I started, so that's about 3 kg lost, hope it's not too much too soon. Official weigh in isn't until Sunday morning, and I was counting on 67kg by then (~ 2lbs per week), but I guess we're not machines and our bodies react in different ways.

I decided I couldn't resist getting on the scale every morning, but not evenings.

How's everyone doing?

twgal Sun 19-Jul-15 10:57:45

Logged in just to record my 'official' Sunday morning weigh in result: 66.7kg, very pleased, it all starts to feel real smile

Next Sunday I will be on holiday whoo-hoo! Hope to be able to stay at close as possible to Dukan, not sure if I can do pp/pv but I'm thinking pv days will work until I'm back. We shall see..

Have a fab day everyone!

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