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.”



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

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  • Alice on October 16, 2017

    Hey amber .i read somewhere that cocoa powder is no more tolerated .
    Is this true

    • Amber on October 22, 2017

      Hi Alice

      Dr Dukan is still selling cocoa powder in his official shop which seems a little strange if he has taken it out of the list of tolerated foods that is produced for his coached version of the Dukan. Cocoa powder is also used in official recipe books.

      Best wishes


  • Alex on October 7, 2017

    Hi amber
    After 4 months in dukan And 18 kilos lost I hit a plateau for over month I got demotivated and I cheated
    I had half chocolate and some bake rolls
    I feel so quilty now
    What do you advise me to do ?
    Thanks for your time

    • Amber on October 15, 2017

      Hi Alex

      Congratulations on your success so far. The smaller you needs slightly less calories so as you lose weight it can help to try to reduce portios if you can. Having periods of no weight loss are common as our bodies are very resistent to shed weight. If you can up your exercise and try to shake up the foods you are eating to give you some more variety.

      Stay strong


  • Trish on September 15, 2017

    Hi was on Dukan for 4 weeks and going great and broke it for 4 days should I start attack phase again or continue on before lapse

    • Amber on September 16, 2017

      Hi Trish

      Just continue with Cruise starting on a PP day.



  • Mona shahien on September 15, 2017

    Hi Amber ,

    I am on Dickson since 2 month and I lost 12 kilos , during the last week , I had to travel with family , it was very challenging to stay on diet , but I followed 90% and now for 10 days I didn’t lose a gram , what do you suggest to get back my body on the loosing weight track , I am still targeting 15 kilo more and I don’t want to feel demotivated now .


    • Amber on September 16, 2017

      Hi Mona

      Stuck with the Dukan way of eating and your weight loss will resume. Everyone goes through periods of times when their weight loss stagnates.

      Best wishes


  • Simoné on August 30, 2017

    Hi Amber
    I’m going on a school trip and I just finished the attack phase of the dukan diet, but I don’t think I will be able to survive 17 days on a school trip by eating only protein and vegetables. Is their some alternative? Please help!

    • Amber on September 16, 2017

      Hi Simone

      I’m not sure how old you are but unless you are 18 you should not be following the full Dukan Diet as it is too restrictive. Eat as sensibly as you can while you are away but enjoy your trip.

      Best wishes


  • Sahar on July 31, 2017

    Hi Amber
    Thanks for useful web, 4 years ago I lost 13 kg with dukan then lost 10kg by changing my eating habits, now I finished attack phase and i need to lose about 18kg, before my period I feel so depressed and low I had 4 dark chocolate, should I add pp day again tomorrow or just continue as normal? I Couldn’t find any fruit yogurt with no add sugar in UK do you have any suggestions? Thanks again

    • Amber on August 5, 2017

      Hi Sahar

      When temptation strikes just carry on as if nothing had happened. Irish Yogurts Diet Fat Free 4x125g are available in Sainsburys and come in Apricot & Nectarine, Fruits of the Forest, Strawberry and Pear & Mango.

      Kind regards


  • 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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