Dukan Diet

I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me! 
~Author Unknown

I made mention in a previous post that I’m starting a diet in Operation: Prep For Starting to Try To Get Pregnant. The diet I started is the Dukan Diet, recommended to me by my friend Megan Dubyah.

Now, normally I would recommend to anyone the tried-and-true basic “counting calories” diet. Meaning a normal woman needs about 1,700 calories a day to maintain weight (give or take depending on size and activity level). Calories in – calories out (including the 1,700) = net calories. You need to lose about 3,500 calories overall to lose one pound. So if you eat 1500 calories, work out and burn 200 in one day, then that means you have gained a total of -300. Yes, that’s a negative 300. So with that, it should take you about 8.75 days to lose one pound.

When I count calories, I never restrict myself on what I can eat… however, the more fat/carbs/sugar that is in something generally results in more calories… so you can eat less during the day.

Now, with my shoulder injury, I’m very restricted on working out. Even walking for too long starts really hurting. So I needed to find something that would help me lose the steroid/estrogen pill/etc weight I’ve gained over the last couple years. And that’s where the Dukan Diet comes in.  Basically you start off in a protein-only diet for a week or less and then transition over to a protein and then protein and vegetable diet (every other day with each) until you lose your weight. Then you start adding in fruits and carbs until you reach point where you can eat anything you want for the rest of your life… except one day a week when you do pure protein.

So far I’ve lost just over 7 pounds and it hasn’t quite been two weeks. I’ve done some yo-yoing where I’ll gain some and then lose it, but apparently that’s quite normal. You can see my ticker on the right hand side of the page near the bottom.

If you are interested in it, I would recommend checking out the Dukan Diet website. If that sounds like something you might like, I would definitely buy the book. It has great recipes and really explains the ins and outs of the diet.

However, since there are at least a few MilSpouses out there who are on this diet with me, I will be posting recipes for it in my recipe page.

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7 thoughts on “Dukan Diet

  1. Good luck with your diet! I’ve been doing low-carb for about 7 months now. If you want to check out recipe ideas, George Stella has written some great low-carb cookbooks, think he has 4 out now. He’s a chef and puts a real creative foodie spin on many of his recipes. I like Rachael and Richard Heller’s books too for recipes. They have their straight high protein diet books and also cookbooks out. They are VERY low-carb, high-protein oriented and I find their recipes are super for starting out with very low or no carbs. I’ve been able to get most of these books, and other low-carb cooking books too from local libraries. If you want to buy used copies, ebay and alibris are both pretty good. Wish you much luck in your efforts and will look forward to reading your ideas and progress!

  2. You are doing great! I just tried the South Beach but couldn’t do it – I missed the fruit more than anything! Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see you succeed!

  3. Congratulations! The protein/carb balance makes a lot of sense but even when we’re really young, we (at least in my family) were programmed to fill up on carbs (rice, bread, etc.) because the good stuff (i.e. meat) was more expensive. Keeping that in mind, I’m trying to teach my kids to keep the rice as a SIDE. I read somewhere that protein feeds your muscle, sugar feeds your fat (as I slurp my giant dessert coffee while writing this comment :P). Will definitely try and be mindful of this balance and look forward to reading about how you’re doing! 🙂 Alma

  4. Congrats! I’ve been thinking of doing this with looking at the website and all, but honestly with two kids and a hubby, I don’t know if I could yet. I need to lose weight and I know it…but I just don’t know how to do it with the family.

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