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  • Abi Ferguson on March 3, 2015

    Hi,

    I started the dukan diet 5 days ago, i completed the attack phase with no issues and lost 6 pounds, my weight when starting was 9st 3 and im 22, i only wanted to loose that 6 pounds and no more, would i be ok just eating a normal healthy diet from today? Weetabix in the morning, Meat and veg for dinner and tea and fruit as a snack? or will it pile on me?? … dont want to risk it if it will just stick to me? Panicking.. Please help and give me advice

    • Amber on March 3, 2015

      Hi Abi

      You need to Consolidate the weight loss for a 30 days to ease yourself back into a better way of eating. The Dukan isn’t just a weight loss diet. If you follow it and adopt many of the principles you’ll discover how to use it to balance out any excesses so that no food is off bounds.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Meli on April 9, 2014

    Hi,

    I am my 3rd dat on attack phrase. I found quite easy to deal with except missing vegetables!

    I would like to know if low fat yogurts and dairy products ok? I noticed the ones I found is %2 except milk which is fat free.

    I do at least an hour cardio exercises everyday to be able to loose weight faster and more. I don’t feel tired much.
    Is it ok?

    I’m coming out my attack days Saturday morning and I need to go to meal. Is it too bad to have normal red fish curry if I do more excersice next two days?

    Thanks,

    Meli

    • Amber on April 9, 2014

      Hi Meli

      If you can cope with the additional exercise it is fine to continue, you are looking for yoghurts and other dairy products that have less than 2% fat content and less than 7% carbs but the lower of both these values you can find the better.

      The red fish curry is likely to have a high fat content so would not be suitable and additional exercise cannot be traded off to allow lapses. You would be better having chicken tikka with a salad.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

      • MELI on April 10, 2014

        Hi Amber,

        Thank you so much for advice. I have another question for you;)

        When I did the test it said 5 days on Attack days but I want to loose weight much quicker is it ok to stay on Attack days more than 5 days? And that case should I stay on cruise days longer?

        Ps: I already lost 2.3kg in 3 days:)) I guess excersicing helps lot too!

        Thanks,

        Meli

        • Amber on April 10, 2014

          Hi Meli

          If you stay on Attack too long you can end up slowing down your metabolism and from a nutritional point of view it is very restrictive. The maximum Attack Phase is 10 days but the maximium benefit is usually obtained from a 5 day Attack Phase.

          The Cruise Phase is followed until you reach your target weight and the number of PV days should equal the number of PP days.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

  • Jonathan on February 12, 2014

    Hello Amber,
    Thank you very much for being very helpful.
    I have been on dukan diet for 4 weeks. I lost 15 lbs so far. I cheated 5 days ago and had a subway sandwich (480 calories / 29g Fat/44g carbs).
    My weight increased that day and did not lose any weight since.
    What shall I do?

    • Amber on February 13, 2014

      Hi Jonathon

      Stick to the diet and the weight loss will resume, if you want to hurry things along avoid tolerated items for 3 or 4 days and try to increase your exercise by 20 minutes a day.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Jo Pearson on February 13, 2013

    Hi Amber,
    I contacted you ast November struggling with very little weight loss at the start of cruise phase and was very grateful for your encouragement. So glad I stuck with it, as I have just achieved my target weight loss of about 31 lbs.
    however I’m a bit confused about consolidation phase as my books just talk about it as one thing but my daughter who is further ahead than I am, says it should be in two halves, with just 1 slice of bread, piece of fruit per day and 1 celebration meal per week moving to 2 of these half way through. Can you explain please?

    Thank you, Jo.

  • Vicki on February 3, 2013

    Hi Amber
    Where on the website would find information about cottage cheese and what is and is not allowed – and during which phases? I seemed to have missed that post somewhere.
    Many thanks, Vicki

    • Amber on February 3, 2013

      Hi Vicki

      Cottage Cheese is on of the allowed dairy foods which allowed in all phases- you are looking for one with less than 2% fat content.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • OnAMission on February 3, 2013

    Hi,
    I’m starting this diet tomorrow and have done lots of reading but there are a few questions I have…
    1) Are there any flavoured yogurts in the UK that comply with the guidelines without spending half an hour reading/calculating packages next time I shop? I just bought Tesco fat free natural and greek but would prefer to buy a flavoured really.

    2) Is coffee permitted (with no sugar and skimmed milk of course)

    3) I see wheat bran is recommended for constipation in addition to the oat bran, however I have to take physillium husk before even starting the diet (I’m on iron supplements which makes me constipated) so need to take more than just wheat bran and oatbran as this diet will likely makememore constipated. I read that physillium husk is not recommended, but I checked for alternatives in the health food store and the only other products are fig/fiber cubes which are also for sale on the official Dukan website. Since fruit has sugar and pyhsillium husk is bland and unsweetened I cannot understand why it is seems that the fig cubes would be more suitable? What would you recommend?
    4) Do you recommend sticking with 3 meals and 2 snacks or can you have additional snacks as long as they are from the allowed food list, eg snacking on turkey slices – or could this slow down the success? I understand that dairy and egg yolk need to be restricted but aside from that can you REALLY eat unlimited of everything else?
    Thanks in advance for your help

    • Amber on February 3, 2013

      Hi OnAMission

      1. Since Dr Dukan has changed the parameters for yoghurts as I explained in a recent post, WeightWatchers yoghurts meet the less than 2% fat and 7% fat rule.
      http://thedukandietsite.com/5083/dukan-diet-update-to-what-yogurts-can-you-eat/.
      2. Coffee is fine to drink.
      3. If you have health reasons for taking physillium husks I would continue to do so. I agree with you that the promotion of approved products produces some conflicting information. Perhaps this is driven by profit.
      4. Try to stick to a more normal pattern of eating but if you feel hungry and want a snack have one. The high protein content in the diet reduces the amounts that you are eating without the need to count calories so yes you can eat as much as you want.
      5. My favourite sweetener is Splenda, but xylitol is fine to use. http://thedukandietsite.com/3272/sugar-substitutes-and-sweeteners-for-the-dukan-diet/

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • mari on January 29, 2013

    On the cruise phase could you use a”Chobani” greek yogurt with raspberry to add flavor to oat bran muffins since the sugar content would be divided out? Current content is 19g of sugar

    I just can’t take the after taste of the zero calorie sweetener.
    Thanks, Mari

    • Amber on January 29, 2013

      Hi Mari

      This isn’t within the rules of the diet but if you really can’t eat artificial sweetener you may have to try making some adjustments like the one you’ve suggested. The problem is that these sorts of adjustments will make the diet less effective.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

    • OnAMission on February 3, 2013

      Have you tried zylitol? I use this but cannot tolerate others including stevia.

  • Linda K on January 17, 2013

    Hello Amber,
    It has been a while since I last checked your site. My husband and I have been doing very well. I have been on Stabilization for over 14 months now and it will be a year for my husband next month. We have both gained 2-3 pounds over the holidays but we’re confident that we will lose that again. It had been difficult getting out for walks when the sidewalks were covered with snow but we had a mild spell and most of that snow is gone for now!
    I’ve been busy for quite some time and haven’t been checking the internet until recently. I was checking the Chat History for Wednesday morning, Jan. 16 online at http://www.dukandiet.co.uk/ and noticed 3 times that people are now allowed 7 grams of sugar per 100 grams! I realize that part of that may be the natural sugars in the lactose but I noticed in the following comments that the Actimel product referred to actually has dextrose in it. I remember you posted (Aug. 20, 2011) a list of sugars (by other names) to avoid in yogurts and other foods. Are they bending the rules again? My husband & I had success with this diet and it seems to me that if those people who are starting the Attack Phase are allowed added sugar now then their weight loss will be much slower.

    Here are the conversations from yesterday that I was referring to:

    jandan999 : Can I drink 1 Actimel 0% Fat per day during the Attack Phase. Jan
    sevie : Hi jandan999 and welcome to our live chat! Since it has up to 2% of fat and up to 7% of sugar, you can have it. Remember that you can have up to 1kg or 1l of dairy products per day. I hope you have a good day.

    couvedm : How much fat-free yoghurt can we have in attack phase? I think I may be eating too much yoghurt. I’m finding I am really tired and hungry so I am snacking on a lot of allowed foods like yoghurt.
    sevie : Welcome to our live chat Couvedm! You are allowed to have up to 1kg or 1l of dairy products per day; make sure they have up to 2% of fat and up to 7% of sugar. I hope you have a great day!

    Albadouglas : I would like to know if is OK to eat OIKOS Yougurt fat free but it has fruit on the bottom 120 calories, 20 mg of sugar, 19 carbs, 12 protein. Also can I have sugar free chocolate pudding or vanella pudding?, It is extremely difficult to communicate with you all because I work during the day and can not sign on the site, and to send an email whenever I can is impossible because the site is not accepting emails.?
    sevie : Hello Albadouglas! You are not allowed to have OIKOS Yougurt because of the fact that they contain too much sugar. You are allowed to have up to 7g of sugar per 100g. Please send me the ingredients for the pudding you would like to have.

    • Amber on January 18, 2013

      Hi Linda

      It is great to hear from you and that you and your husband are well.

      The product that jandan999 has asked about is a drinking yoghurt and it doesn’t contain any added sugars. The ingredients are – low fat yogurt with Bifidus ActiRegularis® (skimmed milk, concentrated skimmed milk, cream, yogurt cultures).

      This new up to 7 grams rule has made it even more difficult for followers of the Dukan Diet to find suitable yoghurts as it rules out a lot of products without added sugar. For example Yeo Valley Fat Free Yoghurt with no added sugar contains only milk’s naturally occurring sugar (lactose) and it comes in at 8.5g (59 cals)of sugar per 100g, while Sainsbury’s BGTY Fat Free Yoghurt has 8g (55 cals) per 100g but their Basic 2% fat yoghurt has 7g (61 cals). Greek Yoghurts appear to be OK as Fage 0% Greek Yoghurt has 4.1 g (58 cals) of sugar and Fage 2% has 4g (75 cals) of sugar.

      It will let in some of the products that are not really yoghurts as they have a lot of added ingredients for example Weight Watcher Vanilla Yogurt contains Yogurt, Water, Fructose Syrup, Modified Maize Starch, Gelatine, Stabilisers: Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Sweeteners: Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Colours: Lutein, Plain Caramel, Carotenes yet it only has 5.7 g of sugar (45 cals) per 100g. It does however still keep out quite a few diet yoghurts – Activia Vanilla has 7.8g of sugar, Muller Light Vanilla has 7.1g.

      I’m not sure what Dr Dukan is trying to achieve with this rule change but looking at it from the sugar point of view I don’t think it would make any difference whether the sugar is lactose or fructose or something else so I don’t think it will alter how effective the Dukan Diet is.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Dawn on January 14, 2013

    I’m stuck on a plateau for almost a month. The green tea idea looks interesting. Do you feel the on line help by Dr Dukan would help me? I hate to add cost ….

    • Amber on January 14, 2013

      Hi Dawn

      Does the plateau have anything to do with Thanksgiving/Christmas?

      Whether you think you would benefit from Dr Dukan’s paid coaching service is of course only a decision that you can make. If you feel that providing details of the food you are eating each day with your weight and body measurements will help you stick to the diet it might be worth spending the money. How about spending the money to buy yourself a pair of jeans that you can just do up and then keep trying on them on every time you are tempted from the straight and narrow. This helps remind you of why you are doing what you are doing and often your body will show a loss that the scales don’t register due to temporary constipation or water retention.

      If you think emailing me your weight everyday would help let me know and I’ll contact you with my email address.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Lou898 on January 10, 2013

    Hi Amber
    I am now approaching the end of my cruise phase with 7lb to go having lost an amazing 7st 12lb. I have therefore been reading about the next phase in preparation. I just have a couple of questions I hope you can answer regarding the consolidation phase. Do you have to eat the additional items every day ie the bread, cheese, fruit etc or are these just options that I can if I want to. Also do I have to have a celebration meal every week and does it have to consist of 3 courses? I know these questions might sound daft but don’t want to ruin what I have achieved by not doing the next part properly.
    I really love your site and it has been a great source of information and help on my weight loss journey – so for that I thank you. You have also helped me out in the past with specific questions so am hopeful that you can now too.
    Louise

    • Amber on January 10, 2013

      Hi Louise

      You are almost there. Congratulations, that is a really amazing weight loss and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to help you on your journey in some small way.

      The bread, cheese and fruit should be eaten every day and the starchy foods and the three course celebration meals are weekly. It is a very common feeling to feel uneasy about adding in these foods which have been forbidden for so long and to worry putting weight back on. I have suggested to a couple of people that they introduce these new foods, one at a time at the start of each week so that it gave them a feeling of greater control. The bread could even be added one slice at a time.

      I think the Consolidation phase is all about learning the level at which you can eat without gaining weight. You slowly add back foods until you get to the situation where you weight remains stable and by continuing to regularly use the eating/cooking habits you have developed in Attack and Cruise and by having a Dukan Thursday each week you will be able to indulge yourself every now and again.

      Very best wishes

      Amber:)x

  • Vamsi on January 4, 2013

    Hi Amber,

    Hope you are fine. My brother is following the dukan diet under my supervision. He is 19yrs old and weighs 122kgs. we did calculate the true weight on dukan diet website. 7 day attack phase was recommended. as he had to loose lot of weight he did the attack phase for 10 days and he lost 6.7kgs. He is a vegetarian. The protein source he is taking is tofu and textured soy protein. He takes the same with veggies on PV days. It has been 7 days since he started cruise phase. so it was 4PV days and 3PP days. But he lost 3.5kgs again in the cruise phase. I’m worried if he is loosing weight correctly. we re following the Dukan diet book. He is not skipping any meals. He is eating 4times a day. He does exercise 1hr daily(jogging/walking). So its been 17 days since he started diet as well as exercise n lost 10.2kg so far. He drinks 3ltrs of water. As we are in India we ve got hot climate. He is taking 4tbspn of oat bran daily and 2tbspn of lentils only on PV days.

    I read in the book sayin weightloss will slow down once cruise phase starts. But he has lost 3.5kgs just in the cruise phase. I am worried if it is correct for him. Do i need to take him to doctor? or He’ll be fine doing this diet? Please help! Thankyou very much! He feels very good and comfortable and confident with this diet. Please help if we are on the right track.

    • Amber on January 4, 2013

      Hi Vamsi

      I am very well thank you. The Dukan Diet does appear to suit your brother very well but he is losing weight at a much faster rate that would normally be recommended. So I would suggest that if his rate of weight loss doesn’t slow down in the next couple of days that a trip to the doctor to for a check up would be a sensible precaution.

      I’m sure that everything will be fine as your brother is feeling so well but I always think it is wise to err on the side of caution, particularly where health is concerned.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • JJ on October 26, 2012

    Hi Amber,

    I am now on day 3 of a 7 day lightning attack, as I understand from all of the things I have read I should try to avoid anything that is not on the original 72 pure protein list, oat bran and sweetener for it to be a lightning attack. Is this correct?

    Also I read on another comment you mentioned that someone was drinking more than the recommended 1.5 to 2lt of water. I have always drank more than 2lt of water a day is this an issue? I have almost 40kg to move and want to do this as right as I can.

    • Amber on October 27, 2012

      Hi JJ

      You’ve got a good understanding of the Attack Phase and look to be doing everything right:)

      The 1.5 to 2 liters of water/fluid is a guide – for example some people who exercise a lot or who live in a hot country can need more. I’d stick with the level of fluid you are used to drinking and see what happens!

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • JJ on October 29, 2012

        Thanks Amber,

        As I am about to head in to the cruise phase I was wondering what is the best combo of PP/PV days?

        I don’t know that I would be able to do 1/1 on such a long term (260 days) to loose 37 kg (83pounds) is there a better variation? or is the 1 to 1 the best?

        Also, can i take Berocca?

        • Amber on November 4, 2012

          Hi JJ

          The official quickest way would be a 1/1 rhythm and this is usually the easiest to follow. However my personal preference when following Cruise for a long period is to have a 7 day rhythm that uses 4 days of PV and three days of PP. This is because most of us live our lives to a 7 day rhythm and matching the diet to this pattern makes a lot of sense to me but this does mean you won’t lose weight quite so fast as the number of PV days will be higher than the number of PP days.

          I can’t find an ingredients list on the Berocca site so can’t say for certain if they are OK to use – if you email me the ingredients I’ll let you know.

          Best wishes

          Amber:)

  • char on May 19, 2012

    Hey Amber,

    i’m soooo frustrated 🙁 i’m not losing any weight AT ALL since the start of this 🙁 it has been 4 days and i’ve gained instead. i don’t know what to do, i just feel like binging 🙁

    Help??

  • Debbie on March 11, 2012

    Hi
    I enjoy yogurts (fruit) and often eat them as a snack. Are Muller lite coconut and Vanilla flavoured yogurts a tollerated or restricted item.

    • Amber on March 12, 2012

      Hi Debbie

      Flavoured yogurts are unrestricted within the 1kg a day dairy limit but Muller lite yogurts don’t quite meet the strict guidelines given by Dr Dukan as these yogurts contain fructose and modified maize starch. However because of the small amounts involved a lot of people bend the rules as there are no flavoured yogurts available which meet the guidelines!!!

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Nancy on February 26, 2012

    I am trying to determine whether I need to worry about the sugar, in the carbohydrates, of non-fat yogurts. When I look at Fage it is 4 g/100g and another variety is 5-6 g/100g. Do I need to worry about this or do I only need to worry about the added list of sugars who have provided. Thanks!

    • Amber on February 26, 2012

      Hi Nancy

      Don’t worry unduly about the carb content – just make sure that there are no added sugars or starches.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • gina on January 31, 2012

    can we have pumpkin seeds on the cruise phase? Someone said you can now.

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