I thought I would put a little bit more info on here about the Cruise Phase of the Dukan Diet, which I am currently on (and probably will be for quite a while).
How long will I be on Cruise? Approximately 6 months. Read on for the mathsy version…
This depends on how much weight you want to lose. I can expect to be on the Cruise Phase for 3 days per ‘pound’ I want to lose. This figure changes depending on your circumstances and past dieting history. Since I want to lose a total of 28kg (62 pounds), that would make it 186 days (just over 6 months). You can work out your goal weight and all of this information at the official website.
What is different about Cruise?
As well as eating Protein, you can add vegetables, but not every day. You can do this in a number of ways: by having 5 Pure Protein (PP) Days followed by 5 Protein Vegetables (PV). I have chosen to have 1 PP day alternating with 1 PV day. The book goes into detail about why this is ok so long as you have 15 PP days and 15 PV days in a month. Obviously the best way to get all of this information would be to buy a copy of the book so you can have the facts right in your hands when ever you want them.
What Vegetables can you have?
The book says that you can eat all cooked or raw vegetables and lists some in particular. I will put some here that I am really looking forward to. (I’m not going to write the whole list as I think that may be copyright)
The following veggies are not allowed at all during the Cruise phase:
- Fresh or dried peas, beans and lentils
Will let you know how I go when I finally get to eat veggies after my self imposed PP days 🙂
After completing the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet, I wanted to reflect on how I felt the first phase went.
- Feeling full – Eating Protein makes you feel fuller for longer, so I found that I had much less of an appetite on the AP.
- Feeling healthier for not eating fatty foods – I read in the Dukan Diet book, something along the lines of ‘how can you expect to lose your own fat, when you are eating the fat of another animal’ (not a direct quote). That really stuck with me and it something that has popped into my mind often this past week.
- Surprisingly no withdrawals from sugar.
- Hardly any cravings for other foods.
- Enjoying an allowed glass of Coke Zero now and then (and actually drinking less than I normally would).
- Seeing results instantly…the best motivation!
- Eating only protein is quite a bit more expensive than also having vegetables in your diet.
- Getting over the first hurdles of eating out with family and friends, and having to think about the Dukan Diet and how you can make it suit you.
- Some days I got stuck in a rut of eating the same things over and over. You need to remind yourself about having variety in your diet, otherwise you could easily get bored.
- Not regularly going to the toilet as before starting the Dukan Diet.
This is by no mean a comprehensive list, so please add in the comments other things you would add to either Pro’s or Con’s for the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet.
Well after 7 days on the Attack Phase, these are the results I have achieved. I didn’t quite reach my goal of 4kg but I came pretty close.
Starting Weight: 99.0kg Current Weight: 95.1kg 3.9kg Lost
Starting Body Fat Content: 44.7% Current Body Fat Content: 44% 0.7% Lost
Starting Water Content: 39.4% Current Water Content: 37.5% 1.9% Lost (don’t know if this is good or bad)
My next goal is to get to below 92kg by the 1st of August, that gives me 3 weeks to lose just over 3 kg. I think from here on in it would be reasonable to hope to lose 1kg a week. I will continue to weight myself daily, but the results won’t be as dramatic. The Dukan Diet book explains that when you re-introduce vegetables to your diet, your body holds on to a bit more water, but when you have a Pure Protein (PP) day, that water will disappear and you will have your true weight.
SW:99 CW: 95.1
I first heard about the Dukan Diet on Today Tonight and after watching the article was a bit suss…due to the amount of ‘fabulous’ diets they have on there, so I decided to do a bit of research into it myself.
I headed down to Angus and Robertson for a copy of the book, but of course they were sold out. I put a copy on order and did a bit of research on the internet. After my book came, I read it very quickly and found it to be an easy and informative read.
After doing lots of reading about the Dukan Diet, on many websites I decided that I would give this a go whole heartedly. The date was set that I would begin, Saturday, July 3rd.
I was going to post up all of the information about how to undertake this way of eating, but instead I have put some links in the side bar so if you’re interested you can check it out for yourself.