Can I Eat Fat Free or Low Fat Cheese on the Dukan Diet?

This is a simple question which doesn’t have straight forward answer.  This is because there are different types of cheeses and the rules change depending upon what phase of the diet you are on and which country you are in.  This means I get a lot of questions on this topic.

In all phases of the Dukan Diet you can eat fat free or low fat (up to 2% fat) cottage cheese, fromage frais or quark  In the US version of the diet you are also allowed to eat fat free ricotta cheese and cream cheese.  Then as a tolerated item in Cruise you are allowed 30g (1 oz) of fat free, or low fat cheese and for this low fat means up to 7% fat. In Consolidation you are then allowed a small daily portion of “normal” hard cheese.

There are many fat free and low fat cheeses available. Because of this many people are interpreting Dr Dukan’s diet as allowing them to eat any fat free or less than 2% fat dairy products. This is however not the case as the edited extract of an online chat on the official US site from 5 April 2012 shows.


Why can’t we have fat free cheese on PP days when we can have fat free milk, yogurt, etc?


It is tolerated for you to have 1 ounce of fat free cheese. The reason why it is not unlimited is because fat free cheese has too many artificial ingredients.

This is another edited extract from the same site but this time from 4 January 2012.


 I am a huge lover of cheese.  I could eat cheeses all day long if I wanted.  I know that they are something I should stay away from. So…I started eating the weight watchers low-fat string cheese or polly-o low fat mozzarella cheese.  I am wondering what do I eat for my cheese cravings?  I also like to put a slice of cheese on my turkey burgers or get chicken with a slice of cheese on it.  So…any advice on this? Thanks


 Officially – As written in the book – Dr. Dukan does not recommend FF Cheese as it tastes terrible and because it’s full of chemicals. It’s not in the list of 100 foods. We suggest you wait until Consolidation to eat real cheese. And no – not even FF Feta it’s SUPER high in sodium ounce per ounce. Yes it is used as a garnish in some recipes – it is not meant for every day use – but to be used sparingly. Members who choose to add fat free cheeses tend to lose slower, so keep this in mind if you decide to use it.


142 Responses to “Can I Eat Fat Free or Low Fat Cheese on the Dukan Diet?”

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  • Jade on May 18, 2017

    I’m a little confused about the amount of fat free cream cheese you can have in the attack phase and the continued phases… Mine says it has 6 g of fat… Am I limited in the amount that I can have of this in the attack phase or any other phases ?

    • Amber on May 18, 2017

      Hi Jade

      6% fat content would mean your cream cheese is not suitable to use as a dairy protien. You could use 30 g as one of your tolerated items in the Cruise Phase.



  • ally on April 13, 2017

    hello ~ for grilled chicken, if the skin doesn’t have fat attached to it, can i consume it too ?

    • Amber on April 15, 2017

      Hi Ally

      No the skin is the fattiest part of the chicken.



  • Teresa on March 25, 2017

    Hi Amber,
    I am trying the Dukan diet for the first time and I am on the attack phase. I could only find 0.4% fat free cottage cheese at the grocery store, but it contains 6 g carbs, and 6g of sugar, is this ok to eat during the attack phase? Thank you for your advice!

    • Amber on March 26, 2017

      Hi Teresa

      This will be perfect.

      Best wishes


  • Jenna on March 10, 2017

    Hi there 🙂
    I’ve been eating low fat hard cheese (think it’s 30% less fat) for the first 5 days of the attack phase. I’m sure I’ve lost and have no bloating but after reading below I’m sure it’s hindered (or at least slowed down) my weight loss. Shall I start the attack phase all over and avoid the hard cheese altogether or just carry on without the hard cheese? *Confused*
    I intended doing 7 days (or more) depending in weight loss
    Thanks in advance

    • Amber on March 10, 2017

      Hi Jenna

      Just carry on the Attack phase for the remainder of the period without the hard cheese. Don’t carry on the Attack phase beyond 7 days without medical advice. The Attack phase is very restrictive and should not be followed for long periods. Nor should it be without a reasonable gap in between.

      Best wishes


  • Margaret on January 27, 2017

    Dear Amber,

    Totally confused. I think I’m reading too much! Durning the Attack phase, may I eat cottage cheese that is 2% fat?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    • Amber on January 28, 2017

      Hi Margaret

      Yes you can have this but as it has 2% fat don’t go over board with the amount you eat.

      Best wishes


  • Kristine Faraidon on December 2, 2016


    Can eat weight watchers sliced cheese?
    Energy 43kcal
    Fat 2.1g
    Saturates 1.3g
    Sugar <0.1g
    Salt 0.4g
    Per 20g


    • Amber on December 2, 2016

      Hi Kristina

      At a little over 10% fat content it contains a higher fat content that is allowed.

      Best wishes


      • Kristine Faraidon on December 2, 2016

        Thanks. And how about weight watchers summer fruit yogurt? Fat <0.1 and carbs 6.8g which is sugar 6.6g. Per 100g

        • Amber on December 4, 2016

          Hi Kristine

          At less than 7% carbs this yogurt is fine:0

          Kind regards


  • Weinialem on April 20, 2016

    I try to eat konjac Shiratakis but not feel good
    . firstly after a few hours are very hungry and stomach cramps and unwell. is there any experience like that?

    • Amber on April 23, 2016

      Hi Weinialem

      I’ve not heard of anyone else suffering in the same way. Perhaps it was the fibre content? If I had this reaction I’d probably avoid this food unless I’d eaten a larger than normal amount.

      Best wishes


  • Sophie Campbell on January 20, 2016


    Where can you buy less than 7% hard cheeses?
    All the shops in UK i go into the Emmanthal cheese is always more than 7% fat….??


    • Amber on February 6, 2016

      Hi Sophie

      It is very difficult to find such low fat hard cheese in the UK. The closest I’ve ever got is Babybel Light which has 12% fat content so I just used both tolerated items for this. Not quite what Dr Dukan intended but hopefully an acceptable workaround for you.

      Kind regards


  • Tracy on October 24, 2015

    It says in my book I can have 5% emmental cheese in cruise phase. I can only get president light, will this be ok?
    Nutrition info per 100g
    285 kcal
    18g fat of which saturates 13g
    Nil carbs
    Nil sugar
    30g protein
    1g salt
    So I know for future how to I calculate the grams of fat into a percentage?
    Thanks so much!

    • Amber on November 5, 2015

      Hi Tracy

      This cheese has 18% fat content so wouldn’t be a suitable substitute.

      Kind regards


  • Mazza on October 10, 2015

    Is aldi onion and chive low fat cottage cheese ok to eat?

    Per 100g Per 1/2 pot (60g)
    Fat 1.8g. 1.1g
    Of which saturates
    1.2g. 0.7g
    Carbs 3.5g. 2.1g
    Of which sugars
    3.5g. 2.1g


    • Amber on October 19, 2015

      Hi Mazza

      Yes you can!

      Kind regards


  • Carla on August 24, 2015


    This site is amazing!

    Quick question: what brands of permitted cheeses do you recommend in the UK? No cream chesses but “hard” cheeses.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Amber on August 24, 2015

      Hi Carla


      Unfortunately the UK is very poorly served when it comes to very low fat/no fat hard cheese. Even Light Mini Babybel has 3 g of fat in a 21 g serving which is hardly low at over 14%.

      Best wishes


  • Max on June 8, 2015

    Hi Amber,

    First of all , what a great website/blog! It’s really helpful, I am doing Dukan for the second time as the first one I failed bad!

    Anyway I have a question about this particular Mozarella Cheese from Tesco (Tesco Half Fat Mozzarella Italian Soft Cheese).

    I am on the cruise phase atm , can I eat this cheese?

    Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).
    Allergies information:
    Contains Milk

    This is per 30g portion it is more for 100g but if I am going to have 30g every other day it seems ok…. right? Or am I giving myself false hope haha?

    49 calories
    2.7 g of fat + Saturated fat 2 g
    0.2 g of sugar
    0.1 g of salt.

    Thank you!

    • Amber on June 13, 2015

      As one of yout two daily tolerated item in Cruise you are allowed 30g (1 oz) of fat free, or low fat cheese and for this low fat means up to 7% fat. Tesco Half Fat Mozzarella Italian Soft Cheese has 9% fat so is over the limit but if you are prepared to only have one tolerated item to compensate this you should be able to fit this food into your diet.

      Best wishes


  • Vanny on May 9, 2015

    Hi, i have done this dukan for 3 weeks. I can say i like it and came up with a lot of recipes from it. I boil some Swai fillet fish with some seasoning and then bake it for 30 minutes which end up like they were fried since it was the fatty stomach parts of the fish. I saved the oil from the Swai fish and use it for saute the garlic when i made shirataki lo mien noodles. My question, is it actually allowed to use the oil that came from the Swai fish to fry or saute my onion or meat? coz on the book it said i can eat any kind of fish and eat the fat of the fish as much as i want.

    • Amber on May 9, 2015

      Hi Vanny

      I’m glad that you are getting on so well.

      You are only allowed a teaspoon of olive or rapeseed oil each day so shouldn’t be using any oil which comes out of your fish. You are allowed to eat the skin of fish which contains some fat unlike meat/poultry where you have to trim off all fat and discard skin. The fat needs to be part of the fish.

      Best wishes


      • Vanny on May 11, 2015

        I usually saute the fish with seasoned and water till the water gone and which ultimately dry up and the fat of the fish will be on the pan then i add my onions to it then my shirataki noodles after the onions brown.
        So, i really need to throw all that fish oil then put in the onions?
        And one more, can i still take fish oil supplement, vegetables pills for my daily routine on this diet?

        • Amber on May 14, 2015

          Hi Vanny

          Oil is limited to a teaspoon a day as I explained so it would be better not to use excess oil from the fish.

          Dr Dukan doesn’t like supplements based on oil and I’m not sure what you mean by vegetable pills. However as the Dukan Diet is quite restrictive I would encourage you to continue with any supplements you normally take.

          Best wishes


  • Sabah on March 19, 2015

    I will start Dukan Diet once I understand every thing about it ,I’m little confused I can eat ff cheese like cottage cheese but I can’t eat like low fat cheddar cheese or cream cheese?.
    Can I eat smoked salmon ?as snake
    Can I use 15 ml of cream on my Coffee or my tea?
    Can I use 10 ml of olive oil to marinated the chicken or fish?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Amber on March 21, 2015

      Hi Sabah

      Low fat products can still have a lot of fat and many also cointain a lot of artificial ingredients. Just stick to the list of allowed foods and you’ll be fine. THe list includes smoked salmon but not snake or cream and the amount of oil allowed is limited to 1 teaspoon a day which is equivalent to 5 ml.

      Kind regards


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