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.

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

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  • Yolanda on March 5, 2017

    Hi
    I will be starting the diet tomorrow morning. I was going to have for breakfast. Egg whites, slice of turkey meat and a yogurt. Is this okay for the attack phase? I’m waiting for my oat bran to come in the mail could not find it no where. Is therection a substitute for oat bran? Thanks

    • Amber on March 6, 2017

      Hi Yolande

      This sounds fine:)

      There is no substitute for oat bran. If you can’t find it or don’t like it you just do without.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Neeky on February 6, 2017

    Hi amber
    Is the fage total 0% Greek yogurt ok to have? Is there a particular time you should eat it?
    Thank you

    • Amber on February 6, 2017

      Hi Neeky

      Fage is fine and can be eaten at any time of the day.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Jannet on December 16, 2016

    Excuse me is it ok if I got 1.5g fat witches 2% and 2g of sugar

    • Amber on December 16, 2016

      Hi again

      This would be ok too.

      Amber:)

  • Manuel on October 27, 2016

    Hello! I’ve been trying to find an answer to whether consuming soy “meat” in a non-vegetarian dukan diet would have negative impact.

    As I eat unlimited amounts of 0% fat dairy, but still losing weight (slowly but surely), despite the carbohydrates, I thought I might start consuming soy “meat” as well. Maybe apply the 1kg dairy/700g soy limit (of course 1g of soy would translate to 1.4g/1000g). I’d prefer mixing it up, for variety’s sake and putting this limit.

    What do you think? Thanks in advance!

    • Amber on October 27, 2016

      Hi Manuel

      I’d recommend adding the soy meat (TVP) in small quantities to see how it impacts as you are eating a lot of carbs with unlimited dairy before adding large amounts.

      If it slows your weight loss you can reduce your dairy intake to see if this helps.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Manuel on October 28, 2016

        I’m definitely adding TVP then! 100g of it (uncooked), has, more or less, as much protein (and carbohydrates…) as 500g of fat-free yogurt. Because TVP is more satisfying, I’m rather happy with your recommendation.

        Thank you for your insightful reply!

        Best wishes!

  • Alyona on October 24, 2016

    Hello,
    Do you have an Instagram page? It will be extremely helpful to read your posts there🤓📚

    • Amber on October 25, 2016

      Hi Alyona

      Sorry I don’t.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • Laura on September 12, 2016

    Hello, I see many comments and questions about the yogurt. Can you recommend a few brands or is Fage the only one?
    I purchased Dannon Light & Fit vanilla but not sure if it is allowed.

    I am in my fourth day of the attack phase and doing quite well. Thanks for the support.

    Laura❤

    • Amber on October 16, 2016

      Hi Laura

      Dannon Light and Fit is fine but purist would say only have Fage:) Look at the percentage of carbs and if below 7% you can eat the yogurt. The vanilla flavour Light and Fit has 9 g of carbs per 150 g which is 6 %.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

  • Mica Mur on September 12, 2016

    Hello Amber,

    I’m trying to figure out the kg in cups. Isn’t 1 kg, is equal to 4 cups?

    Thank you in advance

    • Amber on October 16, 2016

      Hi

      The converter I found showed

      1000mL = 4 15⁄64 cup US

      Hope this helps

      Amber:)

  • Susan on February 15, 2016

    Hi Amber
    Is it OK if I use white oat bran fine cut?
    Kind regards

    • Amber on February 15, 2016

      Hi Susan

      Yes you can use White’s Fine Cut Oat Bran.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Raz on February 10, 2016

    Is white oats and steel cut oats like oats bran?! What is the difference ? Is normal oatmeal okay ?

    • Amber on February 13, 2016

      Hi Raz

      No they are not the same. Oat bran is just made from the bran of the grain where white oats and steel cut oats are made from the whole grain. Dr Dukan only allows oatbran and no substitutes are allowed.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Raz on February 10, 2016

    Hi Amber,

    So I’m in my attack phase and I have a question regarding working out. I workout regularly but since I started this diet I was thinking I would stick with just 20 mins of walking ? Do u suggest something different?

    Thanks

    • Amber on February 13, 2016

      Hi Raz

      That will be fine. If you are feeling energetic and have enoiugh time you can always do a little more. As they sat ever little helps.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Pedro on January 21, 2016

    Amber. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge.

    I’m a Bioengineer myself and understand how biochemistry works preety well, however i do like to follow the diet and Dr. Dukan’s rules by the book.

    i just passed my 3rd day Attack phase and wonder if the no added sugar/low fat yoghurt i’m using is good for this phase.

    It has 11g of lactose and 3g of fat per serving (200g)

    Woukd you consider it a suitable dairy for the attack and cruise phases?

    I understand the goal of the attack phase is to trigger the B-oxidation metabolic pathway, deactivating Glycolisis. Which is ok. But i wonder if that amount of lactose will stop my liver cells from achieving ketosis, since lactose IS a sacharide (sugar).

    Best
    Pedro

    • Amber on February 6, 2016

      Hi Pedro

      As a Bioengineer your knowledge far outweighs mine which is just based on the few books I own and online research.

      Dr Dukan doesn’t market his diet as being ketogenic although the low carb content of the foods eaten could lead to ketosis.

      Lactose is a form of sugar and a carbohydrate so this is why Dr Dukan recommends in his paid coached version that free free/low fat dairy foods are restricted to 1 kg per day and where there is a difficulty losing weight this is halved to 500 g per day.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Kathy on January 21, 2016

    Hi Amber,

    I am so very confused with the amount of carb vs. amount of sugar as ingredients.
    For example My nonfat milk has:
    13 gram ,4% carb
    12 grams sugar

    Does this mean that the 4% carb includes the 12% sugar in there?

    Is the maximum carb allowed per unlimited items 5%?

    And, what is maximum total percentage per day?
    And, in cruise phase do we count the vegetable carbs in that limit allotment?

    I drink like 5 cups of nonfat milk per day. Is that OK?
    I lost a bunch of weight doing that. It plateaued after 30 pounds.

    I have put on a few pounds over the holidays and like to lose a few more pounds on top of that.

    I also hate meat and fish. So that is why the milk has been my best friend.

    I am sorry for the many questions. 🙁
    I appreciate your detailed suggestion.
    Thank you, Thank you in advance.

    • Kathy on January 21, 2016

      What I mean I like red meat. But, can not eat them due to Cholesterol issues. And, I don’t like poultry and fish. So, any suggestion to help me stay on track would be great please.

      • Amber on February 6, 2016

        Hi Kathy

        If you can’t eat red meat and don’t like poultry or fish what do you normally eat as your protein source?

        Thanks

        Amber:)

    • Amber on February 6, 2016

      Hi Kathy

      The total carbs of 13 grams includes the 12 grams of sugars. The 4% will refer to the percentage the food gives of your recommended daily amount.un

      There is no maximum carb amoumnt in the orignal Dukan Diet but you just have zero fat/ low fat dairy foods with no added sugars.However this meant that finding yogurts in particular was very difficult so an adaptation in the paid coached version was made that allowed dairy to have up to 2 % fat and up to 7 % carbs. The percentages need to be calculated and must not be confused with the percentages of the recommended daily amount. As most foods usually give the nutritional information per 100 g working out the percentage of fat and carbs is easy. If the food has 1.5 g of fat per 100 g that is 1.5% and if ithe has 5.8 g of carbs that is 5.8%.

      There is no maximum carb level per day and there are no percentages per day. The only rule which helps limit carbs is the 2% fat and 7% carbs rule for dairy and another rule which was introduced to the paid coached version that limited the amount of dairy to 1 kg per day – for the purposes of calcuation 1 ml equals 1 g. You don’t worry about the carb count of any vegetables you just limit the amount of carrots, beetroot and artichokes and these should be limited to one serving per week.

      You are drinking a lot of milk and it seems likely that this would be more than 1 kg per day without any other dairy foods so you would find it difficult to lose weight because of this.

      You may be better following the vegetarian version of the Dukan if you dislike meat and fish.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sara khan on January 19, 2016

    Hii
    I have a confusion.i am not a diary liker at all but i love tea..what if i have just 3 tb spoon of regular whole fat milk in my tea once a day?is that gonna work..
    Kind regards 🙂

    • Amber on February 6, 2016

      Hi Sara

      3 tablespoons of whole milk each day are unlikely to be a Dukan Diet breaker.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sherry on December 24, 2015

    Hey!
    I hv lost 9 kg on dukan and currently on Cruise phase. From last 1 week, i can not think of anything but cheating! I just want a McDonalds meal or Fat Burger, or a full Platter, and I AM UNABLE TO SHACK IT OFF!!! Is there any solution? or 1 day, 1 meal of cheating i can do? 🙁

    • Amber on January 3, 2016

      Hi Sherry

      Try one week on Dukan 2 to give you a break.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Claudia on December 3, 2015

    I was wondering if I do something wrong. About 3 years ago I did the Dukan Diet and I lost a lot of weight. I was very encouraged because I seemed to be able even to keep it off. Except this year, I had several personal problems and injuries, gained about 20 pounds. I’m trying it again and find now being on the attack phase for 3 days that there is no change at all. The only thing different I’m doing is I’m using instead of fat free milk, 1%. Any suggestion?

    • Amber on December 14, 2015

      Hi Claudia

      Because you are used to eating the Dukan Way the diet has less impact. It does work the 2nd or more time around but it is slower. Are you still having difficulties exercising?

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • jake on November 25, 2015

    it’s pretty cool hunting through the grocery store and finding treasures that you think might be acceptable. then throwing them at you and awaiting my fate. it’s like a hobby. ok, i found this “hartley’s orange jelly/sugar free” no carbs or fat and 9 kcal/serving. lemme have it. if it’s ok, how much can i eat a day. i’m hoping it can be my dessert. if so, i’m set…it tastes really good. i try to be cool but i’m becoming a full fledged dukan geek amber. friends that havn’t seen me in a week say they can see difference. with me it was just those 1st few days, now it’s easy. i’m in for the long haul. i haven’t been 180 since college and i’m 45. i live on the beach in malta and it’s gonna be cool to be able to take my shirt off next summer like all the cocky young punks.

    • Amber on November 26, 2015

      Hi Jake

      I’m pleased to tell you that you can have up to 3 servings of this sugar free jelly each day. I’m glad it is going well and that you have a goal to strive for as this will definitely help.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • jake on November 24, 2015

    ok, so if my chicken pasta concoction and my bolero juice isn’t suitable(as i’m consuming 10-13 carbs/day and 6-10 fat g’s/day), am i essentially on a very low fat adkins diet? i feel like ketosis must kick in with so little carbs and fat.

    • Amber on November 26, 2015

      Hi Jake

      Yes I’d agree. You will lose weight on this “diet” but as I said you need to get more variety into your diet for it to be healthy longer term.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • jake on November 24, 2015

    hey amber, the bolero juice i’m drinking has 1.93kcal/100 ml’s. wouldn’t that be 20 calories/liter? or am i calculating wrong? and what about those crabstick things? they have 4gms carbs per 100g’s. no fat. 111 cal/100g. another strikeout?

    • Amber on November 26, 2015

      Hi Jake

      Yes your calculation is right but a litre isn’t a normal size serving. A serving of 237 ml (a US Cup) works out to 4.57 calories.

      Crabstick are an allowed food but it is recommenmded not to have more than 8 a day due to the carbs they contain.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • jake on November 23, 2015

    ok amber, another one regarding the noodle and marinara situation. again, i’m in malta. i found some 0 fat, 0 carb noodles but they aren’t shiratki. they are made from “konjac” flour and organic oat fibre(juroat). i found some red sauce that contains 4 grams fat and 4 grams carbs per 100 g’s. (a 400 g jar lasted 3 days/ i use 2 teaspoons/meal). i mix those together with a little 2% yogurt and chunks of chicken breast and spices. i could eat this meal 3 times a day forever. also i eat a few those fake cradsticks with a little 2% creamcheese for snacks. 300 ml’s of skim milk/day. please tell me all this is o.k., if so, the attack phase will be a cakewalk (no weird pun intended). i’m day 5 attacking and i can tell i’m definitely losing weight. i can already see it. i haven’t found the oat bran yet. am i angering the dukan gods? how important is the bran. i’m also running 1.5 miles/day. i’m loving this! i’ve done the adkins several times and it works but all that cheese and grease just gets sickening after a week or so (after spending 200 euros on steak, cheese,sour cream and avacados)…. then i freak out and start the skim milk/cornflakes- ham sandwich/fruit 0 fat diet and just keep jumping back and forth. i’m so glad my buddy turned me on to this. i’m freaking excited but i’m afraid you’re gonna absolutely destroy my bubble. you’re awesome and good-looking. is that creepy?

    • Amber on November 23, 2015

      Hi Jake

      If you can’t get certain foods you may need to make a few “adjustments” that Dr Dukan wouldn’t wholly approve of. The juroat/oat fibre isn’t an approved ingredient but if you can’t get Shirataki noodles you don’t really have a choice. Again the red sauce is unlikely to be fully Dukan compliant but as you are combining this with low fat chicken you can get away with the fat/carbs it contains. However having said that I’d be much happier if you were eating a greater variety of foods rather than eating this dish 3 times a day. The oat bran isn’t a necessity it just gives you a few more options, galettes, porridge, coating for meat etc. and provides much needed fibre. It can also help provide carbs when you are exercising a lot.

      Thank you for your compliment. It’s made my day and I don’t find it creepy at all!

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Yashma on November 21, 2015

    Thanks a lot for your answer Amber, one more question to completely overcome the confusion. I understand the rule of intake of only 1kg of dairy products per day, but the guideline of 2% fat and 7% sugar applies to this whole 1kg or per meal that we divide this 1kg in? Also I read for intake of meat that “unless otherwise states the foods should be less than 5% fat” does this mean that the foods on the list needs to contain less than 5% fat per meal or per day? Or is it talking about foods other than those on the list.
    Sorry for bothering you and thanks a lot.

    • Amber on November 22, 2015

      Hi Yashma

      The 2%/7% rule applies all dairy products that are eaten through the day. It doesn’t apply per meal. I’m not aware of any 5% fat rule for foods so can’t help with this question.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

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