How Often Should I Weigh Myself on the Dukan Diet?
One of the questions that I’m often asked by visitors to my site how often they should weigh themselves while following the Dukan Diet and it is not surprising there is some confusion as official Dukan Diet sources do provide conflicting advice.
The UK version of the Dukan Diet advises you to
- “Weigh yourself frequently especially during the first three days. From one hour to the next, you could see new results”.
This advice is repeated in the Dukan Diet Life Plan which says
- “During the Attack phase, keep on weighing yourself because this will keep you in good spirits as, hour by hour, you see your scales veer in the right direction”.
However in the On-line Chat on 5 April 2013, Jemma one of the Dukan coaches advised
- ” We recommend you to only weigh yourself once in the morning before breakfast, after being to the toilet and unclothed as it is the more realistic weight. If you weigh yourself in the evening, after eating and drinking through the day it is normal to encounter an increase of your weight,”
Jemma’s reply was in response to this question from mirunakaveczki:
“Hello. I usually weigh myself in the morning, after I get up at around 8:30 am. Sometimes when I weigh myself during the same evening, my weight is higher than in the morning with more than 1kg. I am in the attack phase. What causes this situation?”
If you have a lot of weight to lose and have a lot of retained water you may see “new results” “hour by hour” in the Attack phase. This is due to the fact that the pure protein you are eating has diuretic properties which help your body shed water. So provided the amount of retained fluid being lost through the day is sufficient to more than wipe out any weight gains that occur during the eating from eating and drinking the scales will “veer in the right direction”.
However a lot of people are like mirunakaveczki and find that their weight goes up through the day so my advice would be to follow the guidance given by Jemma and to only weigh yourself first thing in the morning after having been to the toilet, but before having anything to eat or drink. To get consistent results it is also a good idea to weigh yourself without any clothing or footwear.