How Much Dairy Can You Have on the Dukan Diet?

This is one of those areas of the Dukan Diet where there is a little bit of confusion and I’m am often asked whether there is any limit on the amount of dairy that you are allowed to eat.  The reason for this confusion is due to the fact that the guidance given by the online coaches on the Dukan Websites differs from the information given in the book.

If you use the UK version of the Dukan Diet book as your guide you can eat unlimited amounts of the permitted dairy foods.  The book advises, “…you can eat as much as you want or suits you, with no limit…”   The type of yogurts that you are allowed to eat is also another of those areas of confusion and my post What Yogurts Can You Eat on the Dukan Diet gives more information on this topic.

The online coaching program is much more restrictive on the use of dairy and if you are not having any problems losing weight using the Dukan Diet there is a daily ceiling of 1 kilogram for dairy products and a 700 gram ceiling if using soy(a) products.  If your weight is stagnating they half the amount allowed.

On 12 August 2011 one of the online Dukan coaches, ‘sonja’ answered a question as follows, “Actually you cannot have more than one kilo of dairies per day and if you are on stagnation you have to divide your intake per two. Remember that your dairies mustn’t be more than 2% fat (ideally fat free), mustn’t contain any added sugar (glucose, fructose…) and nor fruit bites to be allowed. Also skimmed milk is a part of your dairies intake per day.”

I believe that the limits imposed by the online coaches are very sensible because by restricting the amount of dairy eaten it reduces the amount of carbohydrates that you consume and it encourages you to eat more low fat meat, poultry, fish and seafood.  These foods are more difficult for your body to digests so they take more energy (calories) to digest and stay in your stomach longer keeping you feeling full for longer.

140 Responses to “How Much Dairy Can You Have on the Dukan Diet?”

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  • dr Armann on November 3, 2017

    Oat is not allowed in the first week at all !

    • Amber on November 4, 2017

      Hi Dr Armann

      Dr Dukan may well have changed his view on this but the version of the Dukan Diet I have allows oat bran in the Attack Phase. Personally I consider it to be a very important addition as it provides fibre in a low fibre period of the diet.

      Kind regards


  • Joanna Warne on July 25, 2017

    Hi. I am wanting to start the diet tomorrow. Am I allowed unlimited fat free dairy products?.
    Do the dairy products have to be eaten to get maximum results or does it not matter if I don’t eat them on some days?

    • Amber on August 5, 2017

      Hi Joanna

      As dairy contains carbs an upper limit of 1 kg of dairy is suggested in the coached version. You are not required to eat any food but eating as wide a variety of foods as possible is recommended to get a mix of various vitamins, mineral and other nutrients.

      Best wishes


  • Renee on June 26, 2017

    Hi – is there a limit on the amount of oat bran you can consume on the Cruise Phase? I know the recommended is 2table spoons – can you exceed this?

    • Amber on June 29, 2017

      Hi Renee

      The daily limit is 2 tablespoons going beyond that quantity could slow weight loss.

      Kind regards


      • Fifa on June 30, 2017

        Hi amber. An I allowed to eat cottage cheese in attack phase ? How much ?

        • Amber on July 2, 2017

          Hi Fifa

          Yes you can eat Cottage Cheese with up to 2% fat content in any phase. You should limit consumption of all dairy protein to 1 kg per day. Where food is in ml treat one ml as equal to 1 g.

          Kind regards


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