As I mentioned in Monday's post, this week I started the Dukan diet.
Have you heard of it?
My friend and co-worker started a Dukan craze in our office after she lost some significant weight on the diet over the last few months. She looks and feels incredible! After a lot of coaxing and overall misery with my weight, I finally decided to give it a try. It also helps that my parents and sisters are doing it too, and I even convinced Shaun to give it a go with me.
I want to note that I do not believe that I'm grossly overweight. I've never been a 'skinny' person and always carried an extra 10-15 pounds around but I do not think I have a warped body image and think that I am noticeably enormous or anything like that. But, I do think I could weight less in a healthy way.
My starting weight at the beginning of this diet was actually to the exact pound of what I weighed when I got pregnant with Penelope. And while I'm thrilled to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight (and have been for quite some time now), I wasn't really happy with my weight at that time...nor am I happy with it now.
So as summer approaches, I felt the need to do something a little more drastic than Weight Watchers, which I inevitably cheat on every weekend. I need something with real guidelines to jump start my weight loss and hopefully then I'll be able to transition into a more WW-friendly lifestyle.
To read more about the Dukan diet (I hate that word too), I suggest combing through their website and reading the book. My copy is arriving today so I started semi-ad-hoc, but I didn't want to wait anymore to begin in fear that I'd change my mind and also I was so ready to start my journey to a happier weight.
To give you the cliff notes version, Dukan has 4 phases. After calculating your true weight on their website, it will tell you for how long to do each phase. Based on my goal weight and starting weight, I should reach my goal by June 30. We shall see!
The Attack Phase is three days for me. In this phase, you are to follow high protein with minimal fat and fat free dairy.
I'm not going to lie...it has not been easy.
I've never eaten so much meat in my life. Starting tomorrow, I can incorporate vegetables which I know will be a total game changer. Let me interject by saying that I don't really condone a diet or lifestyle that doesn't allow vegetables. It seems weird and wrong to me, like dogs in strollers or people who don't own TVs.
But since it's just three days, I'm willing to go with it. And as today is day 3, and I've lost 2 pounds so far, I found the motivation to push through one more day and I know that tomorrow will be a total game changer. I already have so many meal and snack ideas!
To give you an idea of what I've been eating, I put together the below sample day's menu:
Breakfast: Dukan 'pancake' with sugar-free syrup*; coffee
Snack: 0% plain Greek yogurt w/cocoa powder & sweetener; English breakfast tea
Lunch: Turkey burger w/reduced sugar ketchup; turkey pepperoni & string cheese
Snack: hard-boiled egg, fat free cottage cheese w/cinnamon, vanilla extract & sweetener
Dinner: scrambled eggs w/fat free cheddar cheese; 2 grilled chicken sausages
Snack: sugar-free/fat-free Jell-O
I'm not really thrilled with the amount of eggs I've been consuming or the amount of sweetener. I hope to even all of this out once the Attack phase is done!
Overall, I've felt pretty good. A little hungry. Yesterday I was in client meetings all day and someone brought in Levain chocolate chip cookies. That was really really hard to resist, but I did it. And felt great about it afterward! I plan to keep you posted with meal and snack ideas as I'm excited to get creative in the kitchen...a feeling I haven't had in a long time.
All of this being said, please note that I'm not an expert and so please don't take any of this as canon. I haven't even read the book yet. So if you are interested in starting this lifestyle change, then I suggest going through the proper motions, like reading about it first. Do as I say and not as I do and all that.
I hope you are having a great Wednesday!
What have you been eating lately?
Are you into 'diets' or 'lifestyle changes'?
What healthy foods have you been eating lately?