Ideas, Suggestions and Comments

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  • TINA on August 9, 2011

    hi amber, is it okay to eat canned tuna during PP and PV days?thanks, have a great day πŸ™‚

    • Amber on August 9, 2011

      Hi Tina

      Tinned tuna is fine but you need to go for the variety in spring water if possible, next best is in brine but this is a little high in salt and in any type of oil is not a good idea at all!

      Take care

      Amber:)

  • sam on August 7, 2011

    oh! are there any mullerlite yogs you can eat freely then? I was about to stock up!! which brand should i buy then other than the fat free plain?

    Sam

    • Amber on August 7, 2011

      Hi Sam

      It is very difficult to find any yogurts other than plain ones in any country which meet the strict guidelines of the Diet. This means that you could buy plain ones and flavor them yourself or you could do what a lot of others do and bend the rules a little. If you are going to do this it is best not to eat too many of them as eating too much dairy is one of the common reasons for weight loss stagnation.

      Amber:)

  • TINA on August 7, 2011

    Thanks for that Amber, that’s a great suggestion, I’ll follow that πŸ™‚

  • sam on August 6, 2011

    Hi amber, I am confused on the yogurt issue. Are mullerlites vanilla ok to eat as much as you like?

    Sam

    • Amber on August 7, 2011

      Hi Sam

      The ingredients in Mullerlite Vanilla Yogurt are Yogurt, Water, Fructose, Modified Maize Starch, Gelatine, Flavourings, Stabiliser: Pectins; Colour: Carotenes; Sweetener: Aspartame.
      The fructose is an added sugar which means they don’t meet the guidelines of the Dukan Diet.

      Sorry!

      Amber:)

  • TINA on August 6, 2011

    Hi Amber, I posted something about yogurt, but I cant seem to find where I posted it, anyway to repeat my question, will it be okay to substitute fat free yogurt with fruit yogurt?I cant find 100% fat free yogurt from where I came from…

    Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

    • Amber on August 6, 2011

      Hi Tina

      The problem with a lot of fat free/low fat fruit yogurts are that they often contain a lot of sugar. Some of this is from the fruit but often it is also an added ingredient. I would suggest that you have one or two of these yogurts a day and see if this affects your weight loss. Chose the yogurt with the lowest fat and sugar levels that you can find.

      Amber:)

  • Amanda on August 6, 2011

    I have found your site very insightful. I am curious though at to what type of snacks would be appropriate for the cruise phase. I have had to give up the dairy because I realized that it was holding back my loss so now I am at a loss as to what I should eat when I have the in-between meal hunger pains. Please help.

    • Amber on August 6, 2011

      Thanks Amanda,

      Not eating yogurt does make the snacking options a little more limited. Sugar free jellies/jello are the most convenient snacks but you could have oat bran muffins or ginger biscuits. You can eat crabsticks/surimi, beef jerky/biltong, a few prawns, ham crispies, a hard boiled egg and perhaps have a dip made with a small amount of yogurt and herbs and spices of your choosing. The dip like this is great on PV days to snack on a few vegetable crudites.

      Amber:)

  • Amanda on August 3, 2011

    Hi

    Just for ur website and i love it!
    I wanted to ask how much skimmed milk per day am i allowed on the attack phase?

    • Amber on August 3, 2011

      Hi Amanda

      Glad you love my site. The skimmed milk counts as part of the quota of dairy products and you’re allowed up to 1 kg per day. As a rule of thumb 1 ml = 1 g.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • sam on August 2, 2011

    Thanks Amber,
    am loving your blog!! do you think i will still manage to lose the same amount on the attack phase that I did the first time around? Do you think your metabolism slows down or will it have the same effect? I am in france and still thinking about Dukan and weight loss!! how sad!!

    Sam

    • Amber on August 2, 2011

      Hi sam

      I hope you’re having a great time in France!. We won’t know the answer to your question until you actually try it but the results are likely to be slightly different. You are starting the diet after being on holiday, you may not be at the same stage in your monthly cycle, your metabolism may not be the same, you may not eat and drink exactly the same foods, etc, etc

      Look forward to hearing from you when you get back.

      Amber:)

  • sam on August 1, 2011

    I managed t los 9lbs in 2 weeks of the diet, i did 10 days of attack. However afer that my weight stayed the same despite lots of exercise. I did start eating a lot 0% greek yogurt though with spenda. Do you think this had an effect. I am now on holiday and probably putting the weight back on! I will resume when back home. Disheartened (due to stagnation)
    Sam

    • Amber on August 1, 2011

      Hi Sam

      The dairy products are high in carbs and this is why the Dukan on line coaching restrict the amount of permitted dairy products to 1 kg per day. It is also an area which they recommend reducing below this level if your weight loss stagnates. I’ve got a couple of posts of dealing with stagnation that may help.

      Enjoy your holiday and get in contact again if things don’t work out when you go back on the diet.

      Take care

      Amber:)

  • renee on August 1, 2011

    Regarding constipation, is psillium allowed? can you drink metamucil or similar product while doing Dukan?

    • Amber on August 1, 2011

      Hi renee

      Dr Dukan doesn’t recommend either of the products – if the suggestions in my post on treating constipation don’t work Dr Dukan recommends seeing your pharmacist or doctor for a natural remedy.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Jacque on August 1, 2011

    I am a bit out of sorts with this program as I have been followng the program to the letter and finsihed the attack phase with less than a 1 pound loss which I just got off of the scales to realize it showed back up this am on the first day of the cruise program. I do not have a significant amount of weight to lose (13lbs) and realize my pace will be slower but unclear why this program is not working for me. I am on day 7 and other than not having gone to the bathroom in that amount of time, struggling to figure out what the benefit of this program is for me. Help?

    • Amber on August 1, 2011

      Hi Jacque

      Not going to the bathroom in 7 days isn’t really a benefit and this could be the cause of your weight loss stagnation. You might find my post on constipation useful!! One of the other causes of stagnation is usually water retention caused by salty foods or by hormonal changes so make sure you aren’t eating a lot of salty food and that you aren’t drinking too much water.. The problem is that when you don’t have a lot of weight to lose these fluctuations are much more noticeable and can end up with you putting on weight which is very disheartening. Another trick of the scales is that if you are exercising well you may be increasing your muscles and on a volume basis a pound of fat takes up more space than a pound of muscle. Try using the tape measure to measure your progress as well as the scales.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Belle on July 31, 2011

    Hi Amber

    I love your site and I’ve started the Dukan diet 5 days ago. Today is the 5th day of the attack phase and I’ve lost 5.5 lbs so far. My husband however has only lost 4 lbs. Our typical menu per day has been the oatbran gallette with smoked salmon for breakfast, steamed fish for lunch and grilled steak/chicken breast for dinner. In between we have a couple of tblspns of cottage cheese or fat free yoghurt. Should we be losing more weight in the attack phase, as I’ve read many people have lost so much more, especially my husband feels a little discouraged. Also, we are having difficulty with constipation. We have tried increasing our water intake, and adding an additional tblspn of oatbran but nothing has helped. We will continue the attack phase for another 2 days. We have heard so much about this diet that we are determined to stick to it, but i miss my almonds and crackers!

    Kind regards

    Belle

  • Sylvia of London on July 26, 2011

    Dear Amber,
    I am now on the Cruise stage and after 26 days have lost 9lbs.
    Can I eat baked beans (low salt, low sugar variety), tsatsiki,
    horseradish sauce, hummus, Nairn’s oatcakes (these are savoury
    biscuits), Also my husband is growing fruits galore in his garden
    and brought me up some strawberries. I didn’t eat even one. Can’t
    I have any fruits? That’s the only things I miss.

    • Amber on July 26, 2011

      Hi Amber

      Some of the items that you’ve listed don’t meet the guidelines of the Dukan Diet. Oatcakes are made from whole oats rather than oat bran and contain palm oil, navy beans which are used to make baked beans and chickpeas that make hummus are not permitted vegetables. However you can make Dukan friendly tsatiki and horseradish sauce if you treat the horseradish as a spice.

      The only fruit allowed in Cruise are goji berries (1 tbsp on PP and 2 tbsp on PV) and a serving of rhubarb as a tolerated item.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Louise on July 21, 2011

    I’m on day 3 of the attack phase and dont seem to be losing any significant weight yet – is this normal? Does the weightloss sometimes only show up in the latter few days of this phase? Also, is beef curry allowed in the attack phase (low fat, of course).

    • Amber on July 21, 2011

      Hi Louise

      The impact of the Attack Phase can depend on many things. What type of diet you were following before you started and how much exercise you did. Then you need to look at the food you are eating – are you eating food which actually fits the Dukan Diet – a lot of people are very confused and think that the Dukan Diet is like Atkins or they think that if a food is low in fat or low in calories that it is OK to eat. A lot of people over do the fat free dairy products or are eating the wrong type of dairy products or think if they have one glass of wine day it won’t hurt. It can also be very easy to eat salty food that causes water retention. Another thing which has to come into the equation is at what stage you are in your monthly cycle as this can cause you to gain and lose weight.

      I can only recommend that you be patient and be really careful to follow the diet to the letter and see what happens.

      The Dukan Diet doesn’t use convenience foods even low fat slimming products so you can’t have beef curry unless you make it yourself to Dukan rules and you would have to have your curry without any rice.

      Good luck!

      Amber:)

  • LKtoday on July 20, 2011

    Hi ya!

    I’m new to the diet and only started today. Forgive me if this has already been mentioned but I read that lentils can be used to substitute meat if you’re a vegetarian or vegan who is following the Dukan diet, I am not a vegi or a vegan so I was wondering am I able to accompany my meat with lentils?

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Amber on July 20, 2011

      Hi LKtoday

      Lentils are an adaptation of the Dukan Diet which only vegetarians or vegans can use.

      Good luck!

      Amber:)

  • Kate on June 27, 2011

    Okay… I have several of us scrutinizing this exercise. In the book he says to lie down on the incline, “head down, buttocks up”. We have now decided that your butt should go at the top of the pillow and head at the bottom of the incline… but still not sure! Hahahaha… I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t understand the directions well, as I normally have decent comprehension! ;b

    • Amber on June 27, 2011

      Hi Kate

      It looks to me as if the UK version of the book which I have is different so it is no wonder we are all confused!!!!!! My version says “Position a pillow and a cushion on your bed to make a comfortable inclined plane. Lie down on your back on this inclined plane.” It makes no mention of having your “head down, buttocks up”.

      Amber:)

  • Kate on June 25, 2011

    Hi, Amber!
    Love the site! Well done! And I love the diet. The only thing is, I cannot figure out the Diet Special exercise. It says put your back on the wedge, head down. I’m not sure if my head should be at the high point of the wedge or the low point. I think something is missing in the translation! Hahahaha… I really would like to start incorporating these exercises… I just need a better explanation, or better yet, a picture of the set up. Even a stick figure drawing! No one I know can figure it out! We all have interpreted it in our minds our own way. I hope you can help shed some light on this for me, and everyone else who seems a bit confused! πŸ™‚ Thanks for your help and support!

  • W Dennis Wilson on June 11, 2011

    I would like to see a dictionary of foods. Stuff like cornflower, gallete, coley, court bulliuon, sorrel, etc. Us yanks don’t know what have that stuff is. I spend more time googling words than cooking.

    • Amber on June 11, 2011

      Hi W Dennis Wilson

      I think that is a great idea and will definitely put one together as it will be a useful resource for lots of my visitors.

      Thanks for visiting my site and posting your idea.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Amber on June 12, 2011

        Hi Dennis

        I’ve now got a post called “Dukan Diet Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Cooking Terms” which you can also access via the Dukan Diet Dictionary category. Hope this is the kind of thing you were looking for. If you think of anything I’ve left off or if anything needs a little more explanation just let me know.

        Amber:)

    • miss.amaryllis on June 12, 2011

      I think W Dennis Wilson is right!

      I’m sure our friends in America would find this useful. Maybe the new US version of the Book will be helpful!

      I had a funny moment when visiting an American low-carb site. A poster, presumably referring to a previous diet she had tried, began “When I was Icing…”

      Instantly I imagined her wielding an icing bag and nozzle over a huge cake. Tsk! Not very low carb, was it?

      Amber, I’d love it if you’d add a section for Dr Dukan’s exercises! I’ve been trying to work out the “Diet Special” exercise on the bed with the pillow and the cushion…

      • Amber on June 12, 2011

        The English language in whatever country does have a lot of oddities and it must be very difficult to learn as a second language. I wonder if the poster was icing an injury rather than a cake.

        I think that your idea is great too and I’ve now got lots of ideas for some more posts for the site.

        Thanks

        Amber:)

    • Hilda on June 30, 2011

      I agree, those of us who live in the States have a hard time with the ingredients as most of them are not in our stores or either they go by another name. Also, the measures, oven temperature and amount are killing me I have to look everything up. Too time consuming!

      • Amber on June 30, 2011

        Hi Hilda

        I hope you found my Dukan Diet Dictionary post useful. If there are any additions you’d like to see just let me know. I’m happy to use recipes that are either in grams or ounces as my scales weigh both. If there is a recipe on the site you want in different weights than shown or you need the oven temperature just put a comment on the recipe and I’ll update it for you.

        Amber:)

  • Caroline on June 9, 2011

    Hello – I like your site too and am early into the cruise phase. I noticed some Atkins chocolate bars at the supermarket. Are these allowed at all? apologies if it is a stupid question….

    • Amber on June 9, 2011

      Hi Caroline

      It is not a stupid question as so many people say that the Dukan Diet is very similar to the Atkins Diet. Whilst there are similarities there are also differences and this means that the chocolate bars are not allowed on the Dukan Diet. I’m a total chocoholic and I satisfy any cravings for chocolate by using low carb cocoa powder to flavor muffins, yogurts, porridge and so on. I will also occasionally treat myself to a hot chocolate.

      Keep up the great work.

      Amber:)

  • Anu on April 30, 2011

    I love your site!

    ItΒ΄s very easy on the eye and has great recipes.
    The recipes a actually easier to find than in the book πŸ™‚

    However, some of the very basic info of the diet, such as the “allowed” food items, get lost behind newer posts. One was on page 5 and this is a still a very new blog..

    The would be more accessible if you gave them a totally new category and subcategories by the phase.

    Thank you for keeping us inspired!

    • Amber on April 30, 2011

      Hi Anu

      Thank you for your lovely comment.

      I am using blogging software as I’m very new to running my own site and it does seem to have got a little difficult to find things even for me and I know the site better than anyone! LOL!

      I’ve got so much information that I want to share but it won’t be any good if visitors can’t navigate my site to find it. I’ll work on trying to find a better way of categorising the posts.

      Amber:)

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