Starting Out on the Dukan Diet
So you’re considering using the Dukan Diet to lose weight? Well the one thing you can be certain of is that you won’t be alone, as in the USA alone, around 45 million people go on a diet each year and their annual spend on weight loss products tops $33 billion!
As nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, it is clear that whatever diet or weight loss products these 45 million people are using, there is something missing from their strategies to lose weight as so many of them fail to keep off the weight that they lose.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic-bullet” as the only way to lose weight and keep it off is by permanently changing your lifestyle so that you eat healthily, watching your portion sizes and stay active. The Dukan Diet can help you make these changes, because as you move through the phases you learn to eat the right foods and how to make delicious meals that are not laden with calories, but also how you can make room for those indulgences
Whatever your reason for wanting to lose weight to be successful you need to take control and work out what skills and strategies you need to succeed. Perhaps you need to learn how to cope with cravings or organize yourself so that you have healthy meals that are easy to cook when you get home from work.
You also need to learn from your experiences along the way. If you have a lapse try to work out why it happened and how you can control of these sorts of situations. If, for example, you have a row with your partner and find yourself consoling yourself with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s you are an emotional eater but you are not alone as many people use food as a defense mechanism. What you do then need to do is work out what you are going to do instead of eating that tub of ice cream and you will be much more likely to succeed if the Ben & Jerry’s isn’t just sitting in your freezer waiting to be eaten in a moment of weakness.
If you can, try not to go it alone as it will be much easier to lose weight if you can share the diet and your experiences and whatever you do don’t set yourself unrealistic goals. Too many people start the first few days or weeks of the diet by trying too hard because they think it will help them lose weight faster, but by pushing themselves too hard they make it more likely that they will be unable to stick to the diet.
Remember the story of the hare and the tortoise – it was the tortoise who took it slow and steady that got to the finish line first!
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