Support for the Dukan Diet

My site provides free information and support to anyone who is following or considering following the Dukan Diet to lose weight.  In my posts you will find hints, tips and information as well as many Dukan Diet recipes suitable for the first two phases of the diet plan.  I also sometimes provide general information about losing weight, maintaining your ideal weight, eating healthily and exercising.

What is the Dukan Diet?

The Dukan Diet is a diet plan which has been developed and refined for over thirty years by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French nutritionist and doctor.

Describing the diet as “a planetary success” and as “the revolutionary weight loss plan that has taken the world by storm! ”  is obviously a little bit of sales hype on behalf of Dr Dukan, but his diet is certainly an international success as his Dukan Diet book has been published in 20 countries in 10 different languages.  I also know that visitors to my site come from all over the world.

Unlike many other diet plans that you may have tried in the past, the Dukan Diet plan not only gives you the tools to lose weight, it also helps you develop new healthier eating habits that will allow you to stay at your target weight forever.   There is nothing magical about the diet plan, although many dieters are astounded by the amount of weight they lose in the Attack Phase which is the first phase of the diet.




The Dukan Diet Phases

The Dukan Diet is a diet plan with four distinct phases.  The first two weight loss phases, Attack (Phase 1) and Cruise (Phase 2) are based on the use of 100 allowed foods thatPrawns  - A protein food on the Dukan Diet make the food you eat high in protein but low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates.  These 100 allowed foods are made up from a list of 72 low fat, protein rich foods and a list of 28 vegetables which are low in sugar and starches.  In Phase 3 – Consolidation you start to add back fruit, hard cheese and starchy foods until you reach the final phase Phase 4 – Stabilisation which you follow to keep off the weight forever.

The Dukan Diet of course wouldn’t be the Dukan Diet without the another main feature, the daily serving of oat bran!

What also sets the diet apart from many others is the fact that almost all of the 100 allowed foods can be eaten freely without restriction and that there is no counting of calories or carbs!

The Dukan Diet Site – Posts

The site has been set up using a standard blogging platform and the information is provided in individual posts.  If you want:

  • to read my latest posts you can click  “Posts” here or in the navigation bar above
  • to browse the topics posted you can look through my “List of Contents” page which lists and links to every post on the site
  • to look for a particular topic you can use the Search tool in the sidebar using a key word or phrase
  • To look for recipes start on my Dukan Diet Recipes page.

The Dukan Diet Site – Comments

It is the visitors which make this site special as the comments posted add another dimension.  In the comments sections you can read about the experiences of others and see the questions they’ve asked and the answers that have been given.  As well as being able to comment on each article or posting, I’ve put two posts on the site  just for your comments, these are:

Baked Egg Custard - a dessert for the Dukan Diet

  • My Dukan Soapbox – where you can post details of your successes, seek support when your weight loss plateaus or ask for advice.
  • Site Ideas, Suggestions and Comments – where you can make comments and suggestions in helping to develop this site. Your comments and suggestions are very important to me as I want this to be a site that you will return to again and again and that you will want to recommend to your friends.

All comments to the site are fully moderated and do not appear until I authorize them, so sometimes there can be a delay before they appear.

The Dukan Diet Site – Contact Page

If you would prefer to email me with your questions, suggestions or comments you can do this using the Contact page which can be accessed here or from the navigation bar

Official Dukan Diet Websites

I’ve also provided the links below if you would like to visit Dr Dukan’s own official websites in either the US or the UK.

US Site – dukandiet.com

UK Site – dukandiet.co.uk

Best wishes

Amber:)

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  • Penelope on July 18, 2011

    My husband and I started the Dukan Diet on June 19th and cannot say enough good things!! I have lost 13 lbs. and he has lost 20 lbs. so far. Better yet, we feel GREAT and have found the eating changes to be very easy to maintain. My lower back pain, heartburn and general fatigue have basically resolved, and we are very pleased with ourselves. SO . . . here is my question. We have both found our sex drives to have dramatically decreased since we started the diet. It is paradoxical because we feel and look better and feel closer than ever because of our teamwork for the plan, BUT are just not feeling it on the sexual side. At this stage we are feeling so good in every other way that we will just wait it out, but it is unusual. It is personal and not directly related to the nutrition side, but I am curious if anyone else has had this feedback.

    • Amber on July 18, 2011

      Hi Penelope

      That certainly isn’t a question that I’ve been asked before. I did some quick research and found a body builders’ forum where the many of the men advised that when they lost weight for their competitiions their sex drives disappeared. I also found this article which you might find interesting
      http://wonderwoman.intoday.in/wonderwoman/story/89741/Lover/losing-a-lot-of-weight-may-sap-your-sex-drive.html
      It advises that “Losing weight too fast can disturb the hormones”.

      I hope this information helps a little and it is great that the diet has brought you together in other ways.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Lori in Canada on July 17, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    I’m on Day Two of the P/V. I did a four day PP as recommended, and lost five pounds the first three days, but have been travelling since then, so no scale.

    I have the US version of Dr Dukan’s book, so I was glad to read on your site that broccoli, etc was allowed, as he didn’t mention it at all in the US version, except in a recipe.

    I’m wondering about pickled herring. I found some by Dutch Boy not in wine or sauce. it says the ingredients are: herring, water, vinegar, dill pickle, onions, salt, sugar, spices.
    For two Rollmops:
    90 calories
    2 g fat
    6 carbs
    1 fibre
    3 sugar
    10 protein

    Is this acceptable on a PP or PV day? If so, should I limit it to two rollmops, or would I be able to have more?

    • Amber on July 18, 2011

      Hi Lori in Canada

      Dr Dukan is very anti sugar so he wouldn’t approve this food but if you really enjoy rollmops how about having two of them as one of your tolerated items. This is just my suggestion and not anything that you’ll find in the book.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Jacqs on July 17, 2011

    I’m about to start Dukan and although I already drink a lot of water I drink it with a lot of lemon (slices or juice) in it – will I still be allowed to do this on the diet?

    • Amber on July 17, 2011

      Hi Jacqs

      Here is what the Dukan Diet book has to say about lemons:

      “Lemons can be used to flavour fish or seafood but cannot be consumed as lemon juice…”

      This is because of the sugar that lemons contain.

      Thanks

      Amber:)

      • Jacqs on July 17, 2011

        Thanks! I’ve ordered the book but it’s not here yet! Actually looking forward to starting this tomorrow which is a bit odd!

        Jacqs

        • Amber on July 17, 2011

          Hi Jacqs

          Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

          Good Luck

          Amber:)

  • Shrads on July 15, 2011

    Amber, thanks for creating this resource! It’s been very helpful to me, especially since I’ve been stagnating for the past few weeks!

    • Amber on July 16, 2011

      Hi Shrads

      I’m pleased to be able to help, although I think Potterpocalypse probably has a lot to answer for!!

      Amber:)

  • Stephanie on July 14, 2011

    Hi Amber….

    Does this diet and eating lifestyle work for people who only have 12-15 lbs to lose? I keep reading about people who have to lose a larger amount of weight…would it work for someone like me, too?

    Thanks-

    • Amber on July 14, 2011

      Hi Stephanie

      The diet can work for someone with this amount of weight to lose provided this is a realistic amount of weight to lose. However I do know of very active overweight people in this bracket who have found the low level of carbohydrates in the diet too restrictive for their lifestyle.

      Amber:)

  • Bex on July 14, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    Planning to start my 3 attack day as from tomorrow but just wanted to check a couple of things.

    Is Mornflake Oatbran ok to be used?

    Can philadelphia extra light be used in attack phase or best to leave until cruise phase?

    Is smoked fish allowed?

    Many thanks!

    • Amber on July 14, 2011

      Hi Bex

      Mornflake Oatbran and smoked fish are fine but Philadelphia Extra Light isn’t fat free so you can’t add this until the Cruise phase and then you are limited to 30 grams per day as one of your tolerated items. Don’t overdo the smoked fish though as this can contain a lot of salt.

      Amber:)

  • Jazmine on July 13, 2011

    Hi Amber!

    This is probably a silly question, but I’m actually the weight I’m supposed to be (according to the Dukan Diet). I would really like to change my eating habits though, and even though I work out I still feel sluggish and flabby. I definitely think I’m not getting the proper amounts of nutrition and food that I should be getting, and I would really like to find a book that can help me do this. Do you recommend the Dukan Diet for people who are the proper weight, but are trying to have a healthier lifestyle and maybe get some toning in? Thanks so much!

    • Amber on July 13, 2011

      Hi Jazmine

      I wouldn’t recommend using the Dukan Diet for what you are looking for. Here is a link to a site with sensible eating and exercising guidelines http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_eating_diet.htm. Or take a look on Amazon and try to find a book written in a style you find appealing. Here is a link to a list of books on Healthy Eating

      I hope you find what you are looking for.

      Amber:)

      • Jazmine on July 14, 2011

        Ok great! Thanks so much Amber! Take care and continue the awesome site ^_^

  • Jane on July 12, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    Is Vitamin Water allowed in the Attack phase/ Cruise Phase?

    • Amber on July 12, 2011

      Hi Jane

      The nutritional content of Vitamin Water varies according to which type you have but all those I found contained carbs so I would steer clear. Here is a link to the site I found. http://productnutrition.thecoca-colacompany.com/products/glaceau-vitaminwater-multi-v The low calories drinks which are allowed on the Dukan Diet have less than 1 calorie per serving but you mustn’t hav more than three per day.

      Amber:)

  • Laurie on July 12, 2011

    Amber
    How often can you switch from 1:1 to 5:5 or in general repeat the attack phase without confusing the chemistry of the diet?

    Thank you!
    Laurie

    • Amber on July 12, 2011

      Hi Laurie

      There isn’t really any guidance about swopping rhythms. I think a 5/5 rhythm can work better when you don’t have too much weight to lose as it can help prevent the weight loss stagnation which sometimes occurs when you switch between PPand PV. A 1/1 rhythm is usually better for those with more weight to lose as it is easier to sustain. I think you have to go with what works for you and your circumstances, for example swopping to 5 days PV whilst you are away on holiday is going to be much easier to follow that trying to fit in PP days.

      You have to remember that in the Attack phase you are following a highly restrictive diet and it is not good for you to follow this diet for an extended period.

      Amber:)

      • Laurie on July 12, 2011

        Amber

        Thank you for your reply. Intuitively i felt that with just another 9 to go the 5:5 was best. I started April 15th and have lost 16 pounds and it felt easy. I’ve been on 1:1 a week and stagnated.

        I’m a believer!

        Thank you for your blog and your prompt reply. It all adds to the encouragement.

        • Amber on July 12, 2011

          Hi Laurie

          The last few pounds can be quite hard to shift. You may need to reduce dairy products and cut out any tolerated items. See how it goes and let me know if you think I can help.

          Amber:)

  • Erin on July 11, 2011

    Thanks! It’s funny that mine only has the 2 T of oat bran recipe. I made it that way last night so I guess I messed up the balance on Day 1 but I’ll adjust today.

    Many thanks,
    Erin (the galette question Erin – not the chickpea question Erin!)

    • Amber on July 11, 2011

      Hi Erin

      It was quite a concidence getting two posts from two different Erin’s so close together! Don’t worry about the extra 1/2 tablespoon of oatbran just carry on with 1 1/2 tablespoons going forwards.

      Amber:)

  • Erin on July 11, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    I am on Day 3 of Phase 1 and enjoying it so far, have lost 4 lbs. I do not eat red meat or chicken, so currently am rotating between egg whites, f.f. cottage cheese, tuna and salmon. I have not yet picked up my book yet. Can you please tell me if Chickpeas are allowed in Attack phase? I need a few more options to see this phase to 5 days.

    Thanks in advance!

    Erin

    • Amber on July 11, 2011

      Hi Erin

      It is a little difficult not eating meat but eating fish as the vegetarian option only applies if you don’t eat meat and fish. You can’t have chickpeas but you are allowed to eat tofu. What about trying some different fish such as prawns, trout, cod, haddock or have smoked fish. It will be easier when you can add the vegetables just hang in there if you can.

      Good luck

      Amber:)

      • Maxi Miller on July 31, 2011

        Hi
        I am preparing to start the diet tomorrow and am in the process of compiling a list of what to buy……..can I eat quern in the attack phase?

        Thx Maxi

        • Amber on July 31, 2011

          Hi Maxi

          Quorn isn’t a listed Pure Protein of the Dukan Diet but Dr Dukan does allow vegans and vegetarians to use plain Quorn and soy textured products. This means that a purist would probably not have Quorn unless they were a vegan or vegetarian but someone with a more pragmatic approach might also add these products to give them a little bit more variety in their diet.

          Hope this helps!

          Amber:)

  • Erin on July 11, 2011

    What a great site! Your answers are so helpful.

    I am on Day 1 of the Attack phase and have a big question:

    In addition to the mistake about the starchy foods in the 3rd phase (as you discuss above), the US electronic version of the book says two contradictory things about the oat bran:

    * you must have only 1.5 tablespoons/day or you mess up the balance of the Attack phase

    * you may have your oat bran as the Dukan Galette

    The problem is that the galette recipe uses 2 T of oat bran but nowhere does he say not to eat the whole galette in the attack phase or to alter the recipe.

    Can anyone help sort this out?

    Many thanks!

  • Leora on July 10, 2011

    Hello,
    Can you eat cheese in the Attack or Cruise phase.

    Thank you,
    Leora

    • Amber on July 10, 2011

      Hi Leora

      The only cheese that you are allowed in the Attack Phase is zero fat such as cottage cheese, fromage frais or quark. When you are in the Cruise phase you can add 30 grams of low fat (up to 7% fat) cheese as one of the two tolerated items that you can have each day.

      Hope this helps

      Amber:)

  • Delores H on July 9, 2011

    After reading the book I’am a little confused about the following statements.

    1.Is the 2 slices 100% whole wheat bread considered a strach? is it a must? Are these factored in with your starchy foods?

    2. On pg. 91 it says first half of consolidation 1 starch a week second half 2 starches a week, but on pg. 102 it says 2 portions of starchy foods per day, which is correct?

    Thank you

    • Amber on July 9, 2011

      Hi Delores

      It looks as if you’ve got a US version of the book and I’ve only got the UK version.

      1. The two slices of 100% wholemeal bread that you eat each day in Consolidation are totally outside of the additional servings of permitted starchy food that you are allowed to add. It is really a must as it is part of the process of teaching your body to accept and handle new foods.

      2. The explanation on page 91 of your book is the correct one.

      When adding these other permitted starchy foods into your diet you need to try to add the starchy foods in order of the preference given by Dr Dukan which is

      Pasta
      Cous cous, bulgar wheat, polenta and Ebly durum wheat
      Lentils, beans, chick peas, split peas and dried peas
      Rice and potatoes

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Judit on July 8, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    I am so pleased that I’ve found your website. Your answers can help to swap away lot of worries about the diet. However the basics are available in my country, there are not too many reliable source if you have doubts or questions or even if you need recipes. So please keep it running and THANKS again.

    Judit

    • Amber on July 8, 2011

      Hi Judit

      Thank you for your kind comments. If there is anything you think I can help with just let me know.

      Amber:)

  • Stephanie on July 7, 2011

    Hi Amber..
    I have 2 questions…
    First, about eggs….
    I know we are not supposed to eat more than 7 eggs in one week, but is that 7 whole eggs? For breakfast, I have been eating 1 whole egg and 3 additional egg whites scrambled. Is that too much?

    Secondly, about the allowed vegetables…
    In the book, the chapter on the cruise phase, gives a list of veggies we can eat. I do not see broccoli, asparagus, or cauliflower on this list. Are they allowed during the cruise phase on the PV days?

    Thank you…

    Stephanie

    • Amber on July 7, 2011

      Hi Stephanie

      Egg whites are unlimited and in my UK version of the Dukan Diet Dr Dukan lists the 100 Natural Foods that keep you Healthy from page 315 to 319. Asparagus is #74, broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli is #77 and cauliflower is #78 with all types of cabbage.

      Hope this helps!

      Amber:)

  • Brenda on July 6, 2011

    Thanks Amber. I have tried so many differnt programs and this one is working so well relative to the weight loss. My physician is aware I am on it, but I will confer with her further.

    • Amber on July 6, 2011

      Hi Brenda

      I’m pleased that you will be speaking with your physician. If she is happy for you to stay following the Dukan Diet perhaps you could discuss with her the possibility of increasing the amount of oat bran that you are eating so that you are adding further carbohydrate and fiber to your diet.

      Amber:)

  • Brenda on July 6, 2011

    Hi Amber,

    I started the Dukan program on June 17,2011. I did the attack phase for 7 days, lost 7 lbs.This is day 20 of the cruise phase and I have lost about 6 lbs. However, I feel tired and have a history of low blood sugar. So I think my tiredness is relative to this program being so very low in carbs. I notice when I try to eat the nonfat yogurt, I gain weight, so I stay clear of yogurts. Are there any carbs I can have on a daily basis and continue to lose weight?

    • Amber on July 6, 2011

      Hi Brenda

      Given your history of low blood sugar levels and the fact that you are feeling tired you really need to seek the advice of your doctor without delay. The Dukan Diet isn’t really suitable for sufferers of hypoglycemia as it is low in complex carbohydrates and fiber.

      Amber:)

  • Georgina on July 6, 2011

    Hi Amber

    Thank you for the reply. I havent yet weighed myself but i feel great! I feel like I have lost some, I have alot of energy and I don’t feel hungry, I shall let you know when I do weigh myself later today. Ok I think il give the gammon a miss then and swope it for ham!! I was surpised scrambeled eggs taste even better when just using the egg whites. You are so helpful I was worried I wasn’t do the right thing as I really want this to work! Thank you again and il keep you up to date.

    • Amber on July 6, 2011

      Hi Georgina

      I’m pleased to be able to help – remember it has to be low fat ham as some ham is quite high in fat.

      Amber:)

  • Nava on July 6, 2011

    Hi Amber

    your website is wonderful!
    so mach support in the critical times of the day…. and in general on this diet.
    so many Thanks!

    quick question: are ‘skinny cow’ products are allowed on the Dukan diet?
    for sure they can by a great snack….

    Thank you very much for everything

    Nava

    • Amber on July 6, 2011

      Hi Nava

      I’ve checked out the nutritional information for “Skinny Cow” products and unfortunately they aren’t Dukan Diet friendly – they’re too high in carbs. Sugar free jello makes a great snack and you can eat up to three per day. Let me know how you get on.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

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