Dukan Diet Tip: Dealing with a Lapse on the Dukan Diet

I came across this motivational quote, “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…one step at a time.” by Joe Girard a motivational speaker and life coach and although it probably wasn’t said with weight loss in mind it certainly applies.

It doesn’t matter whether you are on the Dukan Diet or using another diet plan to lose weight, the most important part about dealing with any lapse is damage limitation.  Do everything you can to stop one piece of chocolate cake or glass of wine turning into two and don’t allow any lapse to become an excuse to come off your diet for the rest of the day or even the rest of the week.

You don’t want to be held up on the way to your target weight any longer than you need.  You have to try to prevent yourself from going back more than one or two steps.  You certainly don’t want it to become flights of stairs or in the worse case scenario ending up back at the bottom of the stairs having to start all over again.

I think the best way to deal with any lapse is not to make a big deal of it and not to knock yourself out over it.  You are not a bad person because you’ve just eaten a donut and you certainly don’t have to punish yourself by skipping a meal or following your diet very harshly.  A lot of people following the Dukan Diet think they need to do another Attack Phase or add in some extra PP days where they only eat pure protein to make up for their slip.

This is probably one of the worst thing they could do as it could slow down their metabolism.  Restricting your food intake sends your body into a flat spin and it takes every step it can to keep you alive through the famine it now believes you are living through.  It desperately tries to hang onto your fat reserves and if possible lay down even more so it will be sending messages to try to get you eat that will be even more difficult to resist and it could even end up with you falling off your diet altogether.

The best way to deal with any lapse is to draw a line under it and then continue with your diet as if nothing had happened.  The most you should do if you are following the Dukan Diet is to cut out your two daily tolerated items for a couple of days and try to fit in an extra 20 minutes or so of walking.

Remember, in just the same way that everyone has periods of stagnation when trying to lose weight, everyone has temptations they succumb to.  The ones who reach their target weights are the ones who were able to put these lapses behind them and chalk it down to experience.

As I started with a motivational quote I thought I’d also end with another by Robert J Collier.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”



44 Responses to “Dukan Diet Tip: Dealing with a Lapse on the Dukan Diet”

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  • Tafi on February 25, 2017

    Hi Dukan,

    I decided to go back on Dukan diet after about 2 years of putting back all the weight l had lost (12kgs) because l skipped the stabilization and maintanance phases.

    I now have 25kgs to lose.

    I am on attack day four. no weight has neen lost and now l know why…l have been taking an instant coffee mixture that contains sugar.

    can l continue with more attack days. should l just get off the diet?

    • Amber on February 26, 2017

      Hi Tafi

      Move to Cruise and carefully examine what you are eating as those repeating the Dukan sometimes have picked up bad habits possibly from other diets.

      Best wishes


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