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.