I’ve Stopped Losing Weight on the Dukan Diet: What Can I Do?

If you’ve stopped losing weight the first thing to do is not panic, going through phases where you stop losing weight is not unusual and there can be lots of reasons for the stagnation in your weight loss.


The second thing to do is stick to the diet.  You don’t want to throw away all the good that you’ve done so far and continue to do staying on the diet.

The third thing to do is to make sure that you are doing everything you should following the Dukan Diet.  A quick checklist is:

  • Are you drinking 1 and 1/2 to 2 liters of water every day?
  • Are doing your compulsory daily exercise?
  • Are you eating the right foods?
  • Are you eating enough food?
  • Are you eating regular meals and not skipping meals?
  • Are you eating your daily serving of Oat Bran?
  • Are you having more than two servings of tolerated foods per day?

The next thing to do is to try to establish a reason for your weight loss plateau

  • Are you suffering from water retention due to your monthly period?
  • Have you eaten a lot of salty food that may have caused water retention?
  • Have you recently lapsed on the diet eating or drinking something that is not allowed?
  • Are you eating enough calories, for a long term weight loss plan you need to be eating in the region of 1,200 calories a day any less than this and you could find that your body lowers your metabolic rate and reduces the rate at which you burn calories?
  • Are you constipated?
  • Is it due to the vegetables that you’ve added to your diet?  Remember that pure protein acts as a diuretic and your body may try to hold onto the water from the vegetables to compensate.

You then need to work out your plan to tackle the problem.  This might be to do nothing as you think the problem will probably sort itself out or it might be to take some additional oat bran to help your constipation.  But there are also some things that you can do to jolt your body back into weight loss mode if needed these are to

  • Increase your daily exercising to 60 minutes per day.
  • Reduce your tolerated items to one or none each day.
  • Reduce your consumption of dairy products as these are high in carbohydrates due to the naturally occurring sugars.
  • Ask your doctor to recommend a vegetable based diuretic.
  • Try a White Day PP day.
  • Add an extra PP day into your Cruise Phase rhythm.

If these steps do not kick start your weight loss again and your weight loss continues to stagnate you must go to see your doctor as it might be that your difficulty in losing weight is due to health problems such as a thyroid problem.

You may also be interested in reading this post -

Dukan Diet Tip: Dr Dukan’s Non Stop Green Tea Plateau Buster

 

 

 

72 Responses to “I’ve Stopped Losing Weight on the Dukan Diet: What Can I Do?”

  • Vidya on April 18, 2014

    Hi Amber, I have lost 7 kgs after attack and 3 weeks of cruise phase. Now I see weight stagnation. I am vegetarian, and can add egg only. My diet is as follows.
    Oat bran and wheat bran porridge with some seasoning of peppers and onions, 4-5 egg whites and one egg yolk, tofu recipe with vegetables and omelette, and salad of radish, cucumber tomatoes and slim yogurt and 2-3 lts of water. Can you please suggest where I am going wrong, and what else can I add to my diet. Thanks.

    • Amber on April 18, 2014

      Hi Vidya

      I’ve got a few questions. Are you suffering with either constipation and/or water retention? Where are you in your monthly cycle? How much weight do you need to lose to reach your target weight? Do you have any medical conditions such as an under active thyroid that could be to blame?

      Take a look at this post as it will give you other vegetarian foods that you can add. http://thedukandietsite.com/3972/dukan-diet-news-dukan-diet-updated-for-vegetarians/

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Adele on April 14, 2014

    Hi Amber
    I’ve just completed day 7 of pp and thought I had done really well but got on the scales this morning to find that I have lost absolutely nothing!! I feel so disheartened! I have followed the diet in the past and been very successful! The time losing 9 pounds in the first week! Just can’t work out what went wrong this time! I generally don’t eat much in the way of carbs anyway since I first followed dukan but my issue is I tend to binge on sweet things! The only thing I can think it might be is the two teaspoons is chia seeds I had to my oatbran porridge or the weight watchers from fromage frais??
    The yoghurt mixed with 0% fat Greek yoghurt gives a nice creamy sweet taste.
    What do you think? They are 49cal 5.6g protein 5.7g of carb 0.1g fat in 100g
    I cut out quorn sausages too! I’m eating lots of salmon tofu eggs and some quorn mince!
    I intend to carry on with pp but just wonder is this because I already do low carb?
    Help please!

    • Amber on April 14, 2014

      Hi Adele

      As you’ve changed the way you are eating the impact of the Attack Phase will be reduced the second time around but I would have expected you to have lost at least a couple of pounds. I wouldn’t have expected the chia seeds or fromage frais to have that much of an impact but if you are eating a lot of salmon this is quite high in oil perhaps you could try to replace this with a less oily fish.

      Try to stay strong

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • natasha on April 11, 2014

    Hi! I am on the cruise phase for a month I have only lost 2kg by now I was hoping to have lost 5kg. I gain half kg loose half kg. Can get past 104kg feeling very frustrated not sure if I should keep on with the diet. Natasha

    • Amber on April 11, 2014

      Hi Natasha

      If you are on the 1PV/1PP rhythm for Cruise you could try moving to 2PV/2PP or any where up to 5PV/5PP provided the number of days on PP and PV are equal. On the PV days it is important to keep the amount of protein you are eating quite high as this may help combat any water retention that the vegetables are causing.

      Try to stay strong.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • Charlotte on April 12, 2014

        Hi Amber

        I have also been on the cruise phase of the dukan diet for around a month and have only lost 1 pound over the past 2 weeks . I am currently on my period. Will this be the reason I havent lost more as I have stuck to the foods i am aloud?

        Thanks
        Charlotte

        • Amber on April 12, 2014

          Hi Charlotte

          Your period can make a big difference to the amount of weight that you lose. Hang in there for a few more days and hopefully you will see the scales start to move again.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

      • natasha on April 13, 2014

        Hi! Amber
        Thanks I am going to try 2 day pp and 2 days pv. I have lost a lot of cm in the last month. Do some people just loose a lot slower than other. I also walk for an hour most day. I have never lost weight easy. Don’t really want to quit the diet I am still hopefully that I will start to see a drastic weight loss. If I am loosing so slowly will it mean my cruise phase will take longer than the prescribed time of six months. I am going to keep fulling my diet will keep you posted on my progress. Natasha

        • Amber on April 13, 2014

          Hi Natasha

          Every one of us is different and if you have found it difficult to lose weight in the past I think it likely that your rate of weight loss will be slower on the Dukan Diet as well so your Cruise phase may be longer than stated. The good thing is that the tape measure is showing the results of all the hard work you are putting in. Stay strong!

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

  • sarah on March 30, 2014

    hi amber

    i do 2 PP and 2 PV days, but whenever i end up on PV days i put on weight back on ? i am follwing the diet as told ???

    • Amber on March 30, 2014

      Hi Sarah

      It is not unusual to put weight back on PV days as vegetables have a tendency to make you retain water and then on PP days you will lose this water again as the protein has the opposite effect.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • sarah on March 30, 2014

        thanks amber :)

        but the problem is ,every time i loose on the pp day i put on pv day,so then i just keeping going down. example 75kg onn pp day ,then pv 76,5,the by the time i do another 2 pp am back at 75…and so on ? so am not sure whats going on ?

        • Amber on March 31, 2014

          Hi Sarah

          Try to reduce the amount of vegetables you are eating on PV days so that it only makes up 1/3 of each meals. Another thing to try is to increasing the number of days in the rhythm to 3PP/3PV, 4PP/4PV or 5PP/5PV.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

  • Oli on February 14, 2014

    Hi Amber,

    It’s about 4 weeks that I’m following the Dukan diet and I’ve been very good (apart from 2 days on my birthday!). The issue is that I haven’t shed a gram – I might have even gained some weight.. It’s the second time I follow the diet – the first time (I started around May), I had great results, but now it’s the complete opposite. I really don’t know what to do – shall I stop for a while and start again? Shall I keep on? I’m working out regularly (high intensity exercise). What I’ve noticed is that all this time I have been feeling bloated. Truth is I love yoghurt and milk and been consuming a fair amount – 0% fat though.

    Any tip will be much appreciated!

    Thank you very much for all the info you’ve put together – your website is super useful.

    Best, Oli

    • Amber on February 14, 2014

      Hi Oli

      I need to ask a few questions to help me try to pin down the reasons for the differences

      Are you the same starting weight as when you followed the Dukan Diet for the first time last May? How much weight did you lose the first time? How much weight are you looking to lose this time and what is your target weight? Are you eating more than 1 kg of zero fat dairy a day? Is the bloating due to either constipation or water retention?

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Aqeela on October 27, 2013

    Hi Amber

    So I started the diet three weeks ago. I did the attack phase for 5 days and only after the 5th day did I see any result. I lost 2 kg which I was happy with. I have hypothyroidism which is controlled. Since I started the cruise phase I haven’t lost anything in the past two weeks, sometimes I seen fluctuations of +-1 kilo. Initial weight is 70 kg and my true weight is 57. I am worried that I haven’t seen any results this past week, I drink 1.5-2 L water, cook my meat in water, and I am strict following a 1pp/1pv alternation P.s I am only 20 years old, but my metabolism has taken a blow due to my hormones and medical conditions and I try to do 30 mins exercise few times a week.
    I cheated today for the first time on chocolate, but I’m sure if I see more results I can manage my cravings? Can the sugar free gum be affecting my weight loss?What should I do? how much should I be eating and how often? and I was wondering if I increase my pp days, would that help? I am okay with just eating protein with no veg, so would a 3 pp/1pv day be a good idea?
    Thanks

    • Amber on October 28, 2013

      Hi Aqeela

      Given the fact that you have hypothyroidism and other medical conditions I think that you need to take medical advice on the type of diet that would suit your needs. It might well be that your medical conditions are contributing to the difficulty you are having losing weight.

      If you are given the OK to continue with the Dukan Diet you need to keep to an even number of PP to PV days. PP days are too restrictive nutritionally and need to be balanced by PV days. Your metabolism is already reduced and going on a very low calorie diet for any length of time risks reducing your metabolism still further. This is due to the fact that your brain thinks there is a food shortage and it reduces your metabolism to hang on to your fat reserves in order to keep you alive until the food shortage ends.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • ruth on October 5, 2013

    Dear amber,
    it’s been more than two weeks since I’m on the same weight and today was supposed to be my last cruise phase day…and I am 3kg away from my true weight…I kept doing the diet as usual, no temptations except few times i had more than 2tbsp of oat. but besides this, I have only eaten what is allowed, i do exercise, but weight goes up and down on a daily basis..like one day I would read -0.6kg and the next day +0.6kg.

    any suggestion?

    Thanks,
    Ruth

    • Amber on October 5, 2013

      Hi Ruth

      Unfortunately not all plateaus can be explained and when you are fairly close to your target weight a lot of people can experience a fairly lengthy period without weight loss. This can be because your target weight is unrealistic or it could just be that your body is clinging on very hard to those few extra pounds. Our bodies really don’t like us losing weight at all as they see this as a threat to our survival.

      Some people decide they have had enough dieting for a while and to move to Consolidation and then come back to lose those extra few pounds a few months later. This can be an easier option as after a few months at a lower weight the body resets the set weight it expects you to weigh and it doesn’t fit so hard when you drop a few pounds below this. If you want to continue with the Cruise Phase I’d recommend that you stop doing the diet as usual and put in some of the changes suggested in the post above such as the White Day PP day or the Green Tea Plateau Buster.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • ruth on October 5, 2013

        Dear amber,
        many thanks like usual.

        i have tried the white pp days. i might try the green tea to see if there is any difference.

        One thing i don’t understand: I m eating less than non diet days, thus avoiding fats, oils prepared food and so on…, so how come the weight is increasing rather than staying at least the same?

        the weight i have to reach was calculated on the dukan website thus I know it is realistic….it’s just frustrating.

        But thanks,
        Ruth

        • Amber on October 6, 2013

          Hi Ruth

          I’m a little confused, what do you mean by a non diet day? Are you referring to how much you ate before you started the Dukan Diet? I thought your weight was staying the same but going up 600g one day and back down again the next.

          Thanks

          Amber:)

          • ruth on October 7, 2013

            Hi amber,
            what I meant was that if I was not on the dukan diet I would have eaten much more than I do now. I eat in the diet all the things listed and good portions, but since i stopped losing weight I only eat normal portion not “as much as you like” as dukan says…

            I hope I made myself clear. I’m so tempted to quit.

            thanks,
            Ruth

          • Amber on October 8, 2013

            Hi Ruth

            I’ve just checked your comments and the figures you’ve provided are showing that you are still losing weight although it is a little slow. On 19 September you were 4 kg from your target weight advising that you had issues not losing weight. Sixteen days later on 5 October you were 1 kg lighter at 3 kg from your target advising that you’d not lost any weight for more than two weeks. As your weight is fluctuating up and down all the time it is probably more difficult to see the small amounts of weight you are losing.

            I would expect you to be eating less volume of food on the Dukan Diet than before you started dieting as you’ve switched a mainly high protein diet and these types of food are very dense. A smaller volume of high protein food should satisfy your hunger faster and keep it at bay for longer. Are you on any medication for your high cholesterol?

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

          • ruth on October 8, 2013

            Dear amber,
            thanks very much for your time and patience.

            No, I am not on any medication, I’m just eating less eggs than before, up to 2-3 per week and it’s fine now.

            I will keep doing the diet for another couple of weeks and see if there is any difference…i guess i was used to small changes on a daily basis and now it’s like nothing is happening: yesterday my weight was 53, today was 54.2….this is what confuses me. my goal should be 50

            I had the green tea day today, even though I had it with some lemon+splenda as i don’t like much the taste. hopefully is ok..

            thanks again amber, your are just fantastic and extremely patience

            ruth

          • Amber on October 9, 2013

            Hi Ruth

            Your weight is fluctuating a lot. How about trying 2 days PP followed by 2 days PV and see how this changes the daily fluctuations in your weight?

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

  • danielle on October 3, 2013

    Hi i am on day 4 of attack and only lost 2lbs!
    Iv been making sure any calories i eat i burn off, and havent ate over 800cal.
    i feel constipated and very bloated, should i take a laxative.

    • Amber on October 3, 2013

      Hi Danielle

      You need to eat more food as 800 calories is not enough and you risk your body reacting to the severe restriction of food by reducing your metabolism. You will find some tips to follow in this post http://thedukandietsite.com/1701/treating-constipation-on-the-dukan-diet/ but if it doesn’t help you should see your pharmacist to get a recommended laxative as not all laxatives are the same.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Tina on August 20, 2013

    Hi, I run around 5K each day or equivalent, I’m in the cruise phase 4th week but lose very little weight. I eat generally at every meal, but could I be in starvation mode sine I work out hard on empty stomach?

    • Amber on August 20, 2013

      Hi Tina

      With the amount of exercise you are doing it would seem unlikely that you body is in starvation mode. How much weight loss is very little? What was your starting weight and what is your target weight?

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • Tina on August 20, 2013

        Hi Amber, My max weight was 167lb 3 weeks ago, I’ve lost 4lb. My target weight is 136lb. I may be eating too much salty spices and I drink a lot of water, but except from that, I only eat listed food. My digestion is quite bad now, and I’m not sure what to do.

        • Amber on August 20, 2013

          Hi Tina

          If your digestion is really bad you might want to try moving to PV only days for a short period of time. You need to avoid all salty foods and rather than concentrate on protein in your meals try to eat a lot more vegetables.

          You may not lose any weight while doing this as the suggested change is just to get your body back in balance ready to start again. When you start again you need to be careful with the foods you are eating and continue to avoid salty foods. Try to make changes to the foods that you have been eating, within the rules of the Dukan Diet to make the diet easier for your body to cope with.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

          • Tina on August 20, 2013

            Thanks, Amber. Are you telling me that I should stop the cruise phase and that this diet in general is not for me? As the main ingrediences with this diet is protein.

          • Amber on August 20, 2013

            Hi Tina

            I’m suggesting that you take a controlled break using PV days with a greater emphasis on vegetables to get your system back in balance and then restart the Cruise Phase, making changes to the foods that you were eating to make it easier for your body to cope with. If you don’t think you can change the foods you were eating while still following the Dukan Diet it will probably mean that the diet isn’t for you. I can’t see any benefit to you in repeating the same steps to end up back where you are now again in a few weeks time but you might feel differently.

            Another alternative might be to try the Vegetarian version of the diet as this has more fiber but it usually produces a lower rate of weight loss.

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

  • Angela Mac Donald on July 12, 2013

    Hi Amber,

    I am on my 5th day of Cruise & I have not lost any weight!!!!

    My planner said i would lose 10 kg by 07 September…. is this really going to happen?

    I am getting quite frustrated because the scale merely comes down 400g one day, but then goes up 400g the next….

    Can i repeat the attack phase?

    What can i do? Please help!! I need to lose this weight by september!!!

    Angie

    • Amber on July 14, 2013

      Hi Angela

      Try not to be discouraged, I want you to give me a full list of everything that you eat and drink for two days so I can see what you eat on a PP day and a PV day.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

      • Angela Mac Donald on July 14, 2013

        >>>11 July – 66.4 kg
        CRUISE (PP)

        1.5 tblsp oat bran
        40g FF yoghurt
        2 tblsp FF cottage cheese
        2x slices turkey

        150g chicken breast
        20g FF cottage cheese

        200g beef espetada
        100g Shirataki noodles
        40g FF cottage cheese
        250g FF yoghurt

        3 litres water
        450ml FF milk

        >>>12 July – 66.8 kg
        CRUISE (PV)

        2 tblsp oat bran
        40g FF yoghurt
        2 tblsp FF cottage cheese
        4x slices turkey

        120g chicken breast
        200g roast veg
        1tblsp olive oil
        80g beef biltong
        100g FF yoghurt

        120g tuna/ dukan mayo
        100ml cabbage soup
        50g broccoli
        100g FF yoghurt

        3 litres water
        400ml FF milk

        >>>13 July – 66.9 kg (I got very discouraged and i ate nuts & dates & cheese)

        2 tblsp oat bran
        40g FF yoghurt
        2 tblsp FF cottage cheese
        4x slices chicken

        120g chicken breast
        25g handful almonds
        2x dates

        200g beef patty
        mozarella, cheddar, camambert
        1/4 pepper
        25g nuts
        4x dates
        (ate @ 22.15)

        2 litres water
        500ml FF milk

        >>> 14 July – 66.5 kg
        (I got very discouraged and i ate nuts & dates)

        4x slices chicken
        100g FF yoghurt

        1/4 jungle oats “nuts” bar
        120g chicken breast
        50g nuts
        5x dates

        6x sashimi
        1/4 avo & peanut dressing
        4x sugar sweets

        1 litre water
        200ml FF milk

        ***

        PLEASE HELP!!! seeing as i have cheated, Should i repeat the attack phase??

        Angie

        • Amber on July 14, 2013

          Hi Angela

          For the diet to work you do need to follow the rules.

          To help I’d recommend that you cut back to 500g of fat free dairy products and reduce the amount of fluid you are drinking to closer to 1.5 to 2 litres per day unless there are health reasons for you needing to drink 3.5 litres of fluid per day as this could be causing water retention. Try to keep the amount of sodium/salt down, limit yourself to one teaspoon of oil a day and try to eat more eggs and fish. The diet works because it is high in protein, low in fat and low in carbs so you will get the best results by concentrating on foods that meet these criteria. Today is a PV day and you’ve not had any vegetables yet.

          It doesn’t matter that you’ve cheated, the Attack Phase is not repeated so close to the start of the diet.

          Start the Cruise Phase from new again tomorrow starting with a PP day and try to stick to the diet.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

          • Angela Mac Donald on July 14, 2013

            Thanks Amber…

            I have also had 30g of dark chocolate today…

            Are you sure i shouldn’t repeat the attack?

          • Amber on July 14, 2013

            Absolutely!

    • Niam on August 7, 2013

      Hi Angela,

      I started the Dukan diet 1 year ago following a number of failed pregnancy attempts and fertility treatments that caused weight gain. I went on a 7 day attack phase and followed it with 11 months of cruise. As I was quite sensitive about my weight I deliberately did not weigh myself during the whole period. My starting weight was 86 kilograms. I lost 3 sizes ( I used to wear size 16 and now wear size 10) so I told myself as long as I am happy with the result let me stay off the scale.

      Today was the first day I decided to weigh myself. The scale read 79 kilos. I am still on the cruise phase since 1 year and am sure to have plateaued for the past 4 months or so. P.S I was not doing PP and PV days as I figured that PP is too hard to follow, so my whole cruise period was PV.
      I recently started exercising (Latino dance) for 30 min per day…

      My target weight is 65 kilos and it seems that I have a long way to go still despite the fact that I “cruised” for a year. Can you please tell me what I can I improve and what you recommend in order to reach my goal?

      Thanks
      Niam
      Today, a year later

      • Amber on August 7, 2013

        Hi Niam

        As you’ve not been having any PP days it is not surprising that your weight loss has been very slow as it is the PP days which usually produce the higher rate of weight loss.

        Not weighing yourself daily means that your efforts aren’t focussed as they could be as you don’t know how well or badly you’ve done. You aren’t getting the buzz from losing weight or telling yourself to try a little harder when you don’t.

        As it is a year since your last Attack Phase I’d suggest starting again with a 5 day Attack and then move into Cruise in which as a minimum you have one PP day every week where you only eat protein and have no tolerated foods.

        Best wishes

        Amber:)

  • maria on July 11, 2013

    when you are in the 4th phase and over time you gain some kilos you will need to begin the attack phase for a period of time with 1hour of walking for 4 days. but after you lose the regained weights you continoue normally with the 3rd phase afterwards or you are going to regain them since the carbs may satisfy the sugar you didnot have been eating during the attack phase?

    • Amber on July 14, 2013

      Hi Maria

      I’d recommend adding in a couple of extra “Dukan Thursdays” if you are starting to put on a few pounds when you are in Stabilisation. My view is it is easier just to have to lose a couple of pounds.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Jayde on July 4, 2013

    This is my second time starting the dukan diet again. im on the attack phase day 4 and I haven’t lost as much weight as I did the first time. can you only do this diet once and thats it?

    • Amber on July 4, 2013

      Hi Jayde

      You can repeat the diet but often the results in the Attack Phase aren’t so good when repeated. There are lots of reasons for this – you might weight less than the first time, you may be eating different foods prior to starting the diet again so that the water loss wasn’t so great, you might be at a different stage in your monthly cycle, you could have eaten different foods on the diet etc etc.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Jayde on July 5, 2013

        Thanks Amber,
        so am I still able to continue with this diet. go on to phase 2 and I will start to see results or not?

        • Amber on July 5, 2013

          Hi Jayde

          There is no reason why you should not repeat the diet and continue to phase 2. Try to be patient and the weight loss will come.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

          • Jayde on July 8, 2013

            if I do four hours of intense cardio a week will I see more rapid weight loss, also is this amount of exercise safe?

          • Amber on July 10, 2013

            Hi Jayde

            Intensive exercise is very difficult on a low carb diet so you may find that you need to adapt the diet and add in a small serving on pasta the evening before, it will also help if you eat your oat bran a short while before exercising and perhaps have a yogurt. If you are struggling you can also have a small amount of orange juice when exercising and just after.

            Exercise does help increase your metabolism and it will burn calories but you may need to add in additional calories to carry out the exercise. If you are starting a new exercise regime I’d recommend seeing your doctor first as this is quite a high level of exercise.

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

          • Jayde on July 8, 2013

            Also can I eat weight watchers yoghurts, and the ones with the fruit puree at the bottom. I get confused about the yogurts. can I have any that are 0% fat , fat free. even though they have fruit puree?

          • Amber on July 10, 2013

            Hi Jayde

            The easiest rule to follow is to look at the level of carbs in the yogurt. You are looking for 7 g or less of carbs per 100 g most Weightwatchers yogurts nearly all fall under this.

            If you have a yogurt with fruit puree this will probably have a higher level of carbs due to the sugar in the fruit and needs to be treated as one of your two daily tolerated items.

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

  • beanie13 on June 19, 2013

    Hi Amber

    I am onto day 3 of the Attack phase and I’m loving it! I’m not hungry, I’m enjoying different foods and I’m really proud of my self-discipline as I’ve never followed a proper diet before.

    To top it all off I have lost 7lbs! In two days! I assume most of this is water but just wondered if that was normal? I only have 1.5 stone to lose in total so it seems like a lot. Plus although the weight has dropped on the scales, my measurements are the same as they were and my clothes aren’t any looser…seems weird to have one without the other…?

    I am also going on holiday in 9 days time and am terrified that I will reintroduce some carbs and will put everything back on and some. Do you have any tips?

    Thanks

    • Amber on June 19, 2013

      Hi Beanie

      A large weight loss is not unusual in the first few days of Attack especially if you’ve never dieted before. Serial dieters are often disappointed when the Attack Phase doesn’t produce a large weight loss. It is quite odd that you can’t notice this weight loss on your body. When you are on holiday try to steer clear of temptation and follow the advice in this post as closely as you can. http://thedukandietsite.com/1638/how-do-i-follow-the-dukan-diet-while-on-holiday/.

      Have a great holiday.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Kimber on May 3, 2013

    Hi Amber-
    I am on week 2 of cruise. I have been eating fat free/sugar free pudding; it’s been the only thing solving the chocolate cravings. I’ve been having a tough time determining if it is OK or not. There are no sugars but 6 g of carbs. 1 serving is about 70-75 g. Thanks! Is this bad?

    I ask because I gained 2 lbs Sunday (5 days ago) and this week the scales are going up .5 lbs one day and down .5 the next. In addition to 30 min walking daily, I am lifting 3 days a week and swimming three days. I’ve been hoping the weight is muscle. HELP!

    Also-
    I use Splenda quite a bit. What kind of limit should I place on myself for this?

    Kim

    • Amber on May 3, 2013

      Hi Kimber

      This sugar free pudding isn’t allowed because of the carb levels and it certainly it might be influencing your weight loss.

      Extract from http://www.dukandiet.com/My-slimming-apartment/My-lounge/Live-Chat/LIVE-chat-today-2012-20-04-at-2-00-pm-EST

      rubylips69 – is sugar free jello pudding allowed.
      Grace – moderator – Unfortunately, sugar free jello pudding is not allowed. You are allowed to have regular sugar free gelatin jello.

      Over time try to limit the amount of artificial sweetener you are using to reduce the amount of sweet foods and drink in your diet. What you are trying to do is teach yourself new eating habits. If when you reach your target weight and move onto Stabilisation you are still eating a lot of sweet food and drink and you then switch over to normal sugar the pounds will creep back on again. As you are struggling with food cravings at the moment I would recommend cutting back on the artificial sweetener at the moment.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • sophia on February 20, 2013

    I’m gonna start diet on weekend as going to
    Prepare to eat correct food as so need to
    Get rid of a few stones! Help? Can’t eat ant
    Fish as have an allergy to it! Why not lamb?
    Oat bran is the key where can I get from
    As doing this diet due to cost of living? Can
    I eat polos as heard bad breath?

    • Amber on February 21, 2013

      Hi Sophia

      It is a good idea to get prepared before you start. Dr Dukan based his diet on proteins that are low in fat unfortunately lamb is too high in fat to be suitable. You can buy oat bran in most supermarkets and health food stores in the UK. It is usually with the cereals in the supermarkets. You are allowed up to 5 sugar free sweets a day so provided you buy sugar free polos this will be fine.

      Good luck

      Amber:)

  • Teresa on March 29, 2012

    I am in the Cruse Phase and have stuck to the plan to the t. I have started using a DVD with light weights 5 lbs for toning? It seems to have slowed down the weight coming off. Would it be best to stop until I have reach my goal weight. I don’t know if this would be affecting my lack of weight loss??

    • Amber on March 29, 2012

      Hi Teresa

      Your exercise regime will be turning fat to muscle which weighs more, so it might slow your weight loss just a little but could your slow down in weight loss be caused by you eating or drinking more because of the exercising?

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Barbara on March 7, 2012

    Hi Amber,
    I have been trying to stick to this diet and have had a couple of frustrating weekends. Last week sticking totally to everything I gained 4lbs. This weekend I went off and ate real cheese and bread, infact toasted cheese it was lovely. I weighted myself the next day I had ost 2.5lbs.

    I am trying to stick to attack phase again, but am really scared to get on the scales incase I get frustrated again and completedly go off. I have only lost 30lbs and hoped to be down 60 by now. I do know that my thyroid is a factor but I am getting tired of dieting.

    I am glad that you have given us the help we need without having to pay so much money to the dukan site. i really cannot afford $400+ dollars.

    Frustrated Barbara

    • Amber on March 7, 2012

      Hi Barbara

      Unfortunately your health condition does mean that it is a lot more difficult for you to lose weight so a slower rate of weight loss is not an unexpected result.

      Water retention/loss can prevent the scales from revealing the true weight gained or lost and there are many reasons that cause our bodies to retain or shed water so I wouldn’t recommend a toasted cheese sandwich diet!!!

      Rather than think about how long you’ve been dieting and how much weight you have still to lose and think about the weight that you have lost and try to set yourself some shorter timescale targets that are achievable. Remember you’ve lost 30 pounds which is really positive and this will benefit your health but you want to lose more. Could you increase your exercise for two weeks? Could you have one tolerated item every other day rather than two for two weeks? Could you set yourself a target of five days that you will stick rigidly to the diet? What you are trying to do is break the larger task down into more manageable chunks so it doesn’t seem unattainable.

      Stay strong and be patient and you will get there.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sally on October 13, 2011

    I’ve just got 4 lbs to go to target weight and nothing has shifted for over 3 weeks! Do you reckon your body just stops at what it think’s is your right weight?? I’ve been drinking the water, walk the dogs for an hour a day, get off the bus 2 stops early…..and I’ve not cheated on the food. It’s so frustrating……

    • Amber on October 13, 2011

      Hi Sally

      The last few pounds can be very difficult to move! Have you tried a White Day Pure Protein Day?

      http://thedukandietsite.com/1566/stopped-losing-weight-on-dukan-diet-white-day-pure-protein-day/

      Amber:)

      • Sally on October 14, 2011

        Thanks Amber. I’d not heard of a white day. I’ll give it a go. Can I still have my fat-free yoghurts? (as long as they’re white!!)

        • Amber on October 14, 2011

          Hi Sally

          Yes you can still have your fat free dairy products.

          Amber:)

        • Ben on January 22, 2012

          Just be aware – the fat free yoghurts I have found still have a hell of a lot of sugar (around 15%!). If you know of a sugar-free variety, please let me know.

          • Amber on January 22, 2012

            Hi Ben

            You’ll never find a totally sugar free yogurt as milk contains lactose a natural sugar, this is why Dr Dukan recommends yogurts with no added sugars.

            170g of Plain Greek yogurt contains just 7g of sugar which is just over 4% sugar and 100g of plain yogurt contains 6.1 g of sugar which is just over 6%.

            Kind regards

            Amber:)

  • sue on October 11, 2011

    im on the attack phase and i suddenly stopped losing weight? is that normal? and ever since i started this diet it seems like im more thirsty than usual

    • Amber on October 11, 2011

      Hi Sue

      How long have you been on the Attack Phase, how much weight did you lose and after how many days did your weight loss stop?

      Being more thirsty than usual is a side effect that some people experience – are you eating any salty foods that could cause you to be thirsty and to retain water?

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sandi on September 24, 2011

    I was in a holding pattern for 6 days (cruise phase). I changed my diet to PP, paid strict attention to what I ate, walked briskly for 60 minutes and still no weight loss. Very frustrating. Then I realized that with the weather changing to cooler days, I hadn’t been drinking as much water. I asked my son, the microbiologist, if not drinking was a significant factor. He said, “Totally”. After he shared the science behind the process, I set alarms on my cell phone to go off every 2 hrs. to remind me to drink water (no other beverage, just water). After 1 day, back on track! So remember, DRINK WATER!!

    • Amber on September 24, 2011

      Hi Sandi

      What a coincidence! I’d read an article last night which advised that our bodies need water to function effectively. This article explained that our bodies treat having not drinking enough water in the same way as not having enough food to eat. Our bodies shift down into conservation mode and reduce our metabolic rate so that we can survive the drought and famine!! Thank you for sharing your son’s advice. It is also important not to drink too much.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

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