Dukan Diet = Attack Phase Success!

I started The Dukan Diet last Tuesday. Rumor has it that the Middletons (you know, the girl who married a prince) did this diet before the big royal wedding, but who knows for certain.  I just knew I was willing to give it a try because it has such great reviews. If you haven’t read about it, there are 4 phases and I just finished Phase 1. It was tough.

While Phase 1: Attack Phase can range from 2-7 days, I decided to go with 7 because I want to lose more weight. The biggest downfall is that I started the diet just days before my period. Boo. Dr. Dukan makes a specific note to women about the diet and menstrual cycles and suggests not beginning the diet until your period ends. His reasoning is that since we retain more water we won’t see as much weight loss and it can be discouraging. I went into Phase 1 knowing that so it didn’t bother me much.

I did notice I was tired the first few days, especially the second day. Having a 9 month old didn’t make that any easier but since it is summer and I can tucker him out with activities outside and those activities seemed to make me more awake. I was also walking/jogging almost every day and that gave me more energy.

Here’s how the week went:

Day 1:
Breakfast: 2 Hard boiled eggs, yogurt with oat bran
Snack: Cottage cheese
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard
Snack: Yogurt
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon and fat free milk
Snack: Cottage Cheese

Day 2:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
Snack: Yogurt with oat bran
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard
Snack: Cottage Cheese
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon and shrimp
Weight Loss: -2.6 lbs

Day 3:
Breakfast: 2 Hardboiled eggs, yogurt with oat bran
Snack: cottage cheese
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard and onions and fat free milk
Snack: Yogurt
Dinner: Steak
Weight Loss: -2.4 lbs

Day 4:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
Snack: Yogurt with oat bran
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon and fat free milk
Snack: Cottage Cheese
Weight Loss: -1.3 lbs

Day 5:
Breakfast: Steak and eggs and fat free milk
Snack: Yogurt with oat bran
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon
Weight Loss: -1.4 lbs

Day 6:
Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg
Snack: Yogurt with oat bran
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard and fat free milk
Snack: Cottage Cheese
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon
Weight Loss: +.4 lbs (here’s why: period girl)

Day 7:
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs
Snack: Yogurt with oat bran
Lunch: Chicken with dijon mustard
Snack: Cottage Cheese
Dinner: Balsamic chicken with dijon and fat free milk
Weight Loss: -.4 lbs

Total weight loss: -7.7 lbs!

As you can see- my diet was pretty boring. I was jamming on the balsamic chicken with dijon though because it was delicious. (You gotta go easy on the dijon else you’ll get in trouble…) And it is critical to drink a ton of water so you will pee a lot. My breath is pretty gnarly and I get dry mouth often but I knew those were common during the Attack Phase. So now, I begin the Cruise Phase: alternating 1 day of all protein (like this week) followed by 1 day of protein AND veggies.

I don’t think you know how excited I am to eat some veggies! I have been dreaming about asparagus and I just got all of the supplies for a wicked salad. I am giddy. The weight loss will slow down once I begin the Cruise Phase tomorrow but I plan on sticking with it. The Attack Phase was hard the first 3 days because I had serious cravings (chocolate, cookies, bread, bread, butter, bread, cocoa, ice cream, and bread). The book was good at warning you about the cravings and said they would subside after day 4- and they did. I did start to feel more full and my body felt a lot better.

Because this is a “diet” there are a lot of varied opinions about it and I’ve read a couple of reviews of folks saying the weight came back after they were done. I envision this is because they porked out like crazy on carbs, sugar and fat once they reached the final phase. In the final phase you can eat “whatever” you want but you just need to have 1 day a week of pure protein. I highly doubt that means you can eat whatever (chips, ice cream, bread, butter, fried foods, etc) non stop and then expect 1 day of pure protein to counteract it!

Right now, I have no cravings for any of the foods I was craving. I feel really good and get full really quickly. I can tell my clothes are fitting a little differently so that definitely gives me the motivation to keep going.

I’ll keep you posted…

5 thoughts on “Dukan Diet = Attack Phase Success!

  1. I just discovered your blog after a google search, am about to embark on the Dukan diet, and am feeling way more inspired after reading your first weeks success!
    Love the ribbon pillow too, a friend has just found out she is pregnant and i was already thinking about her new baby gift – sorted!

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