Who can? Dukan!

First off, HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY to Danielle, one of my bestest friends in the world!!!!!! I love you! Can’t wait to celebrate 🙂

So I’m not sure if I’ve gone crazy, but I’ve given it a lot of though and I’m going to try the Dukan Diet. My mom is also doing it with me so we can motivate each other. I first heard about the Dukan Diet while watching Dr. Oz and of course it got my attention when they said you lose weight fast. It’s a low carb, high protein diet somewhat like the Atkins Diet. There are 4 stages to the Dukan Diet:

1. Attack Phase: This stage lasts anywhere from 1 to 10 days depending on how much weight you’re trying to lose. I’m going to be in this stage for 5 days. In the attack phase, there are 72 pure proteins that you are allowed to eat. These foods include things like lean beef, turkey, and chicken, fish, eggs, skimmed milk, fat-free cottage cheese, and non-fat yogurt.

2. Cruise Phase: In this phase, you eat the 72 pure proteins plus a list of 28 vegetables. Vegetables included in this phase are broccoli, celery, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, and zucchini. The length of this phase depends on how much weight you’d like to lose. Stay on this diet 3 days for every pound that you’d like to lose.

3. Consolidation Phase: You start introducing other foods into your diet during this stage. You get to eat 2 slices of bread, a piece of fruit per day, 4 g of cheese per day, and 2 starches per week. You also get two celebration meals per week of whatever you want – pizza, mac and cheese, desserts, ANYTHING! Stay on this phase 5 days for every pound lost. There should be one pure protein day per week.

4. Stabilization Phase: This phase is to keep you aware of your body and eating habits. You are on this stage for life. You are allowed to eat whatever you want, but every Thursday should be a pure protein day like the Attack Phase.

During each of these stages you also consume oat bran everyday. 1.5 tablespoons in the Attack Phase, 2 tablespoons in the Cruise Phase, and 3 tablespoons per day for every day after that!

Exercise is also important during this diet. The Dukan Diet recommends walking 20 minutes per day during the Attack Phase and 30 minutes per day for the rest of the diet.

Of course with every diet, there are criticisms and skeptics. It’s going to be hard to go without carbs, sweets, and fruit for so long. But for me, the pros outweigh the cons.

Today is my official first day. So far, so good! I ate yogurt with oat bran for breakfast and I feel fine!

Since I’m going to miss my “bad” food, I binged hard yesterday 😛

Chocolate chips right out of the bag + turkey, cheese,& honey mustard hoagie = heaven!

I’ll see you soon, my loves 😛

I also went grocery shopping yesterday to prepare for this diet.

Look at all of this yummy protein!! Can’t wait to dig in and start creating some new recipes with this stuff 🙂

I can’t wait to see the results of this diet. I’m doing this to lose weight, but also get back on track. I’ve been eating very poorly while I’ve been home and I’m looking for a new start. I’m excited to share my journey and progress with all of you 🙂

Well, I’m going to go! Bradley Cooper (aka one of the most beautiful men in the world) is on Ellen right now! haha

Do you know anyone who has done the Dukan Diet?

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10 responses to “Who can? Dukan!

  1. I don’t know of anyone who has done this diet and I will be interested to follow your progress! I am all about the day before binge tho!

  2. Interesting! I tried South Beach, sounds similar, but it was an epic fail. I’m sure your Mom’s support will help you, so good luck with it!

  3. That sounds so hard!! I’m interested to see your progress!!

  4. As an RD I can’t support this diet – I could never rule out fruit and veggies for entire days at a time.

    I think the success of this diet IS based on good principles though – avoiding refined carbs & other “empty” calories.

    • I agree. Just count your calories and eat less than maintenance. Bess tried it over at Bessbefit.com and she stopped after a few days.

  5. Hmm.. I don’t know anyone personally whose done this, but I’ve heard a lot about it recently. I definitely couldn’t do it myself (I really think fruits and veggies are so important and wouldn’t want to limit them, plus I’m vegan, so all the protein probably wouldn’t be too possible), but It’ll be interesting to read your reports on it! 🙂

  6. Very interested to hear how this goes!
    P.S. Can’t believe I missed Bradley on Ellen!

  7. jay

    very interesting..
    new to your space…lovely space you have..love your writeup..
    gorgeous clicks..
    following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

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  8. this is the first time i’ve heard of this diet. sounds interesting… hope it works out for you. remember, discipline is key! (: good luck gurlie.

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