• Day 228: Dukan Diet Update

    Date: 2010.10.07 | Category: Uncategorized | Tags:

    So I’m starting Day 3 of the Dukan diet.  My main concern was just getting through Day 1. I did – and Day 2 was amazing.

    Day 2 didn’t start out too well, however.  I woke up and felt a little dizzy and nauseous and had a headache.  My heart sank and I thought, this isn’t going to work.   But I got up, drank a lot of water, took a Tylenol and then felt this incredible energy and euphoria.

    The again, as I wrote to a friend, I can be very enthusiastic when I start something.  The key for me is follow-through and I have no idea how long I am going to be able to stick to this diet. I hope I make it to my goal.

    If you look online, there are tons of articles and blog posts about people doing the Dukan diet and it’s helpful to read about the upsides and downsides.

    Many people get very creative with the diet and make all sorts of delicious-sounding meals out of meat or fish.  Here is a link to a page with 25 different recipes.   But to get myself started, I need to follow something totally no-fuss. Both days, this is what I’ve eaten, hewing to Dr. Pierre Dukan’s main diet tenets. I know it sounds bleak but it hasn’t been that bad!

    This is the so-called “attack phase” of the diet, which can last anywhere from 1 to 10 days, depending on how much weight you want to lose.  You can eat as much protein as you want, but who wants that much of it?  Not me.

    Breakfast:  Cup of plain yogurt, sprinkled with oat bran and sweetened with stevia. Black tea.

    Lunch:  Two big pieces of chicken and (sadly) Diet Coke.   I’d like to lose the evil drink and just virtuously drink gallons of water but…

    Snack:  Cup of plain yogurt, sprinkled with oat bran and sweetened with stevia.

    Dinner:  Steak.

    I’ve always heard that some sugar addicts have some type of protein deficiency and by upping your protein intake you can cut sugar cravings.  That’s certainly true here. In fact, so far, the protein overload acts as a kind of appetite suppressant.

    I’m mindful that drastic diets can screw with your metabolism and cause the weight to pile back on once you reach your goal weight and start eating normally again.  But I’ve been cheered by my friend Ceriann saying she hasn’t put any of the 22 pounds she lost back on.

    Stay tuned!