My Dukan Soapbox

This page is for you to post details of your successes, seek support when your weight loss plateaus or ask for advice.

637 Responses to “My Dukan Soapbox”

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  • Elona on October 16, 2017

    Dear Amber,

    Thank you for this amazing motivational page!

    I would like to ask you about vermicelli noodles? They have different ingredients then Shirataki, are we allowed to eat them?

    Have a wonderful night!

    Elona:)

    • Amber on October 22, 2017

      Hi Elona

      Sorry it has to be Shirataki or no noodles. The ingredients in Shirataki noodles mean the noodles are very low in carbs and calories which is why they can be eaten in unlimited quantities.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Anna on October 3, 2017

    Hi Amber,

    I can’t seem to find your post about the gradual introduction of new foods in Consolidation. I don’t see this on the official Dukan Diet site either. Why isn’t that explained in the book or on their site? If I hadn’t seen this information on your site, I would have gone ahead and reintroduced everything all at once.
    I have another question: is it possible to still lose weight during the Consolidation Phase?
    Thanks for everything Amber. I really appreciated your help throughout this weight loss journey so far (especially the Cruise Phase…ugh!!! It was tough.)

    • Amber on October 7, 2017

      Hi Anna

      I don’t think I did a post on this. It is an adjustment that I first suggested to someome who was worried about gaining weight on adding extra foods. By adding the new foods slowly it allowed them to feel in control of the process and see how the new foods impacted. I’ve also suggested this approach a couple of times when adding all the foods at once has resulted in weight gain.

      If you carry on eating all the food you did when on Cruise and then add in on top these new foods only one thing is going to happen.

      By staging the introduction hopefully you will replace/reduce other foods to conteract the introduction of the new foods. In some ways it is very similiar to the Dukan 2.

      My idea was just to add a new food every few days or so and to only add one slice of bread at a time. I’d start by adding the food you are missing the most.

      Good luck

      Amber:)

      • Anna on October 8, 2017

        Oh, I found it!!! (see pasted below) I thought this post on gradual introduction of new foods in Consolidation was extremely relevant to those of us who are worried about gaining back pounds so difficultly lost during the Cruise Phase. I, for one, am religious about following this plan to the letter, I don’t care how long it takes. Thanks again Amber.

        Amber on October 7, 2014
        Hi Georgina
        I am going to have to rewrite my information on Consolidation. To phase in the additional foods added in Consolidation I’d suggest first working out how many days in Consolidation and dividing by two. Divide the first half by 5 and the second half by 3. Each section needs to be as below except that every Thursday needs to be Dukan Thursday when you only eat pure protein and no additional foods. All other days are PV plus the additional foods.
        First half – Section 1 – Add 1 serving of fruit every day
        First half – Section 2 – In addition add 2 slices of whole grain bread per day
        First half – Section 3 – In addition add 1.5 ounces of hard rind cheese
        First half – Section 4 – In addition add 1 serving of starchy foods every week
        First half – Section 5 – In addition add 1 celebration meal per week
        Second half – Section 1 – Increase to 2 servings of fruit every day
        Second half – Section 2 – Increase to 2 servings of starchy foods every week
        Second half – Section 3 – Increase to 2 celebration meals per week
        Hope this makes sense!
        Best wishes
        Amber:)

  • Ada on August 26, 2017

    Hi.
    I’ve just started my dukan diet 7 days ago, been 6 days on attack phase and i lost 2 kg. My goal is to lose my post pregnancy weight (another 14kg) . The thing is that i am partially breastfeeding – once at night and once in the early morning- and everything i read online makes me feel such a bad parent for dieting in this situation. I know diet and breastfeeding don’t go much together but baby is fine(5 months old) and i feel with much more energy than before and i am pretty sure i can go on with it. I was thinking to get some breastfeeding supplements or some multivitamins, just in case,tho. Has someone else lost their weight this way while partially breastfeeding ? is it ok to go on? Help!:(

    • Amber on August 28, 2017

      Hi Ada

      The Dukan Diet is not a suitable diet to be following whilst breast feeding as it is too nutritionally restrictive. If you really want to lose weight now please speak to your doctor and get them to recommend an eating plan for you to follow.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Hannah on August 19, 2017

    Hi Amber! Your site is so useful thank you. I’m on day 6 of 7 day attack. I’ve done dukan before but years ago and didn’t consolidate (so I need to again!)
    In the first three days of attack I’ve lost 3lb but since then I’ve stayed the same or put on half a lb. should I move on to cruise?
    I’m eating only from the allowed foods and drinking lots of water. I can’t think why this could be.
    Thanks
    Hannah

    • Amber on September 16, 2017

      Hi Hannah

      You rarely get the same impact from Attack when you repeat the Dukan but don’t be discouraged. 3 pounds is still very good. Stick to the Dukan and you will be fine:)

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Lucy on June 14, 2017

    Hi Amber
    First of all your website is a really great source of info, thanks!
    I recently found a protein cheese by eatlean. It has 169kcal, 3g fat and <0.5g carbs per 100g….what do you think, is this acceptable?
    Thanks, Lucy x

    • Amber on June 16, 2017

      Hi Lucy

      This one is just 1 g of fat per 100 g over what would be allowed. Whether you feel it can be accommodated in your Dukan is a choice that you would need to make.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sumanth on May 28, 2017

    Hi,
    I am on my 4 th day of attack phase but the recommended days were 3 , I want to go atleast 5 days on attack I have lost 5 kgs already, being an Indian vegetarian is hard for me to stick to pp diet , can I eat lentils 100 gm as mentioned by you on pp and PV days and if brown rice fits in dukan phases ? And is oil allowed in PV days as Indian curries have lot of oil and finally , can I have chapattis / rotis on PV days ?

    • Amber on June 11, 2017

      Hi Sumanth

      The Dukan Diet is very restrictive in the foods you can eat. Lentils are fine but not brown rice or any type of rice until you have reached your target weight, oil is allowed but only 1teaspoon per day and chapatis/roti are like rices and are not allowed until you reach your target weight.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Pam Villwock on May 15, 2017

    I have been on consolidation for 5 days now and have “gained” 3 pounds ! why is this happening ?

    • Amber on May 15, 2017

      Hi Pam

      This is most likely water gain. Just ride out the next few days and hopefully all will be well.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Pam Villwock on April 20, 2017

    How can we use Fat Free Cream Cheese when there is sugar added to it ??(which is not in the full fat version)

    • Amber on April 22, 2017

      Hi Pam

      You would need to check the carb level. If the added sugar didn’t take the total percentage carbs over 7% you could include it. Take Kraft Fat Free Philadelphia as an example. a 33 g serving has 3 g of carbs so has 9% carbs so isn’t allowed.Quark or fromage frais would be a better alternative.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • Lauren on April 18, 2017

    Hi amber

    Can you clarify about the dairy product allowed during attack phase please? (Does that mean natural yoghurt, skim milk and just some low fat cheeses?)

    I really like cheese but see it gets introduced later in the diet.

    Thanks, Lauren

    • Amber on April 22, 2017

      Hi Lauren

      Quark, Fromage Frais and Cottage Cheese are types of soft white cheese that are allowed provided they are fat free or not more than 2% fat.

      In Cruise you can have a small portion of hard cheese with up to 7% fat content as one of your tolerated items otherwise you would have to wait until Consolidation.

      In some countries many other cheeses are available as fat free and although not official Dukan Foods they are used by many followers.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Mo on April 15, 2017

    Hi Amber,

    May I eat smoked herring in the attack phase? If so, is there a restriction on quantity? Many thanks for your wonderful support.

    • Amber on April 15, 2017

      Hi Mo

      Yes you can eat smoked herring without any limit but if you ate large amounts it might slow your weight loss due to the oil. So try to stick to 2/3 servings per week.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Elyn Aviva on April 4, 2017

    Hi Amber–I’m 2 weeks into the Cruise phase and losing weight slowly–maybe 1.5 lbs/week. But I’m losing, which I hadn’t on other diets in the past! My question is: I am invited to a Passover dinner next Monday, which will include “ceremonial” foods like chopped apples and nuts, and high fat and high carb dishes. I do not want to stop my weight-loss process, so I don’t plan to indulge but out of politeness I probably need to eat some of these things. According to the Dukan Diet protocol, is that likely to STOP my weight loss progress? If so, how do I get back on the weight-loss wagon? Thanks–eagerly awaiting your reply–Elyn

    • Amber on April 8, 2017

      Hi Elyn

      In these situations go for damage limitation and then just carry on as if nothing had happened. Eat as little as you can of the high fat, high carb foods.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Kathy on March 23, 2017

    Hi Amber

    I am on week 2 and in the cruise phase. I lost 6.4 lbs in the attack phase and gained 1.5 as soon as I started the cruise phase. So far I have only lost .2 of the gained weight. Is this normal? I keep wondering if the weight loss will kick back in. I have 50 lbs to lose. I am so frustrated.

    • Amber on March 23, 2017

      Hi Kathy

      Look at your weight loss since you started rahther than a week at a time. You are already 10% of the way to your target Keep believing in the Dukan.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Elyn Aviva on March 16, 2017

    Hi Amber–new question. I’m trying to find an acceptable low-fat cocoa for the Cruise phase. The one I bought is organic Rapunzel cacao: low fat cocoa powder, 11% cocoa butter. 100 gr., 333 kcal; fats, 11g; carbs, 15g; sugar, 0.3g; fiber, 35g; proteins, 28g. A single teaspoon is 2grams (I weighted it), but I can’t figure out if this is too high in fat/carbs. I tried to compare it to what Dr Dukan’s Online Shop offers but I can’t figure it out. Help!
    BTW–I’ve lost 4 lbs in 5 days in the Attack phase–I am so excited. I haven’t been able to lose weight in several years.
    Thanks for your help.

    • Amber on March 16, 2017

      Hi if a teaspoon is 2g this would have a little under 7 calories so this will be fine:)

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • Elyn Aviva on March 10, 2017

    Thank you SO much for this site! I’m about to start the diet and have a few questions, and I didn’t find answers when I looked in the posts…. First, can I continue to use psyllium husk powder to keep my bowels moving? Second, I think cider vinegar is allowed–is it recommended on a daily basis, and if so, how much? Third, can I use no-fat sheep’s milk yogurt, not cow’s milk Greek, that has under 7 grm carb/100 grm? Thank you so much! I await your replies with great eagerness and hope.

    • Amber on March 10, 2017

      Hi Elyn

      It is a yes for the psyllium husks but be careful you are not having it as part of a sugary drink. Apple cider vinegar is also ok but Sheeps milk is too high in fat to be suitable.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Elyn Aviva on March 11, 2017

        Thanks for your quick response–I take the psyllium in water, no sugar. You are SUCH a resource!
        Please, can you confirm about the sheep’s milk yogurt? The label reads per 100 g, Cal, 36; fat, 0.1g; carbs, 2.6g; proteins, 6.1g; salt, 0.1g. Isn’t that within the numbers you posted for acceptable yogurts? BTW, I live in Spain (Girona, Catalonia) and so far can’t find any organic no-fat Greek yogurt, so I was hoping the no-fat sheep’s yogurt would work. I eagerly await your reply.

        • Amber on March 12, 2017

          Hi Elyn

          The nutritional information I found for sheep’s milk showed it to be very high in fat but this looks fine.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

          • Elyn Aviva on March 14, 2017

            I’ve been scanning labels–some no-fat sheep cheese is high in fat–but this particular brand isn’t. Thanks again for”being here” as I begin this project!

          • Amber on March 16, 2017

            🙂

  • Oksana on March 5, 2017

    Amber you doing a great thing here. Have a nice page with loads of help. Sorry if my question is not in a right place here. I moved to USA, Texas. Have a problem with finding products. Need to find FROMAGE, if anyone can tell me which corner should I go to buy lol… one more question for you Amber, help me to understand, skim milk, no fat milk…. any milk in US have sugar 12g … To make homemade milk products the sugar will only increase…. that’s crazy…..

  • Dara on January 29, 2017

    Hi Amber-
    I have restarted Dukan after gaining back 20 pounds and I can’t seem to lose! I did a 7 day attack phase and lost only 2 pounds. During 2 weeks of Cruise, I have neither lost or gained. I am feeling frustrated. The first time on Dukan, the weight just melted away.
    Any advice?
    I have a very active job-ususally get 5,000-10,000 steps a day just from working. Should I add more exercise?
    Thanks

    • Amber on January 29, 2017

      Hi Dara

      Your body is likely to be in a very different place than when you did Dukan the first time. If you strictly follow the Dukan and increase your level of exercise you should find that the weight loss follows.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • Dara on January 29, 2017

        Do you think I should start over? Do a few Attack days, then Cruise? Or, should I just stick with PP/PV and increase my exercise?
        Thanks again,
        Dara

        • Amber on January 30, 2017

          Hi Dara

          Stick with it and up the exercising. Dr Dukan very strongly advises against re-doing the Attack phase.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

  • Liz on January 24, 2017

    Hi. Are you still running this site? Are you also still doing dukan? Thanks!!

    • Amber on January 24, 2017

      Hi Liz

      Due to personal reasons I was unable to spend the time needed to answer questions for a while. Things are now back to normal again.

      I use Dukan to maintain my weight and almost every day enjoy oat bran porridge for breakfast.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

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