Phase II: Cruise

November 26, 2011

in Phase II Cruise

The Dukan Diet Cruise Phase is in fact a combination of two sub-phases. One, that in terms of the menu, is almost identical to the Attack Phase and the other that broadens the list of the allowed foods by including the remaining 28 vegetables from the 100 dukan diet safe products list.

The key rule of the Cruise Phase is to follow The Pure Protein (PP) sub-phase and the Protein + Vegetables (PV) sub-phase in turns until you reach your target weight.

There’s not much I can write about the PP sub-phase since it’s basically based on the same rules as the Attack Phase (see links above). Let’s focus on a PV sub-phase then.

Like in the Attack Phase there are more than one variation of the Cruise Phase as well. Which option will you choose depends on certain conditions, including your individual preferences.

How much vegetables you can eat?

Basically there are no restrictions to the amount of vegetables you eat during the second phase of the diet. On the other hand, taking advantage of this rule and going crazy with vegetables is not a good idea either. Despite the careful selection the vegetables on the list, deliberate overeating can spoil your efforts. You should only eat as much as needed to satisfy your hunger. Don’t get me wrong, there are no restrictions to how much food you consume but the more you eat (beyond the level of satiation) the slower the weight loss proceeds.

The initial weight gain

It often happens that when a dieter passes on from the Attack Phase to the PV, the weight loss, once so spectacular, is now progressing at the minimum rate. Some dieters report that they even regained some of the weight they’d just lost. What is happening? Nothing to be worried about.

When you feed yourself with large amounts of protein your body, apart from burning the fat, loses significant amounts of water. Now, when you add variety to your menu and start eating vegetables, your body strives to regain its natural balance (the body tries to counteract the changes you are making; this happens as a part of a broader process called human homeostasis) and, among other things, starts to replenish its water reserves.

Don’t worry. The real weight loss that is caused by the elimination of the body’s excessive adipose tissue is still in effect. The results may not be visible on the scale but there’s no harm being done to the weight loss process.

The moment you return to the PP sub-phase the body will get rid of the water and the scale will show you the progress again.

If you record your weight daily you will notice that you weight loss curve is similar to this:

Chart: Weight Loss on Dukan Diet Phase II Cruising

Gradual Weight Loss on 5/5 PV/PP (30 lbs lost in 3 months)

Why does the weight loss curve look like that? The reason is simple. The PP sub-phase is the beating heart of the weight loss process throughout the entire Phase II. Don’t expect to lose a shocking number of pounds on the PV sub-phase. The latter is more a balance-restoring element rather than a fat burning machine. That said, don’t underestimate the importance of the PV sub-phase. In fact, if not for the PV’s stabilizing effect you could get yourself into some serious trouble by overdoing the PP diet (see more: ketosis and ketoacidosis).

Unless your goal is to lose 2 or 3 lbs, you are very likely to stay in the Cruise Phase for weeks. You need to choose the frequency of switching between the sub-phases. There are a couple of ways in which you can approach the matter.

The Cruise Phase variants

5/5 (5 days on PV, then 5 days on PP)

This is the most common choice. 5/5 means that you eat vegetables with protein for 5 days and then for the next 5 days you switch to a protein-only diet. According to Dukan, this scheme corresponds well with the psyche of an obese person. 5/5 is not the easiest way to go but the results are pretty rewarding – says Dukan in one of his books.

Let me add a few thoughts on the 5/5 scheme. Whereas, 5 day long sub-phase seem pretty optimal from the dieter’s point of view (in terms of not getting bored with it), a small problem arises when it comes to knowing which sub-phase are you in and when does the next sub-phase begin. If that’s your case you may find it convenient to apply a 7/7 system that better reflects the weekly rhythm around which most people’s lives revolve.

An example: if you choose a 5/5 system and start the PV on, let’s say, Monday then the next switch is on Saturday, then on Wednesday, then on Monday on so on… Choosing the 5/5 option forces you to remember what comes when or, at least, monitor the calendar closely. I know of people who always forget that ‘today is the day’. If you have the tendency to forget things, try the 7/7 system.

7/7 (a week on PV, then a week on PP)

Using the 7/7 system makes it easier to remember the day of the switch. 7/7 means that you follow the PV sub-phase for a week and then PP for the next week and so on. It’s easy to remember and, in means of weight loss, it should bring about the same (if not better) results as the 5/5 system. Of course, if for some reason you can’t use the 7/7 system (for example you suspect the intervals may be too long for you), just follow some other option.

1/1 (1 day on PV, then 1 day on PP)

This option serves the best if you plan on losing less than 22 lbs (< 10 kg). It is not as efficient as 5/5 or 7/7 plans but it is much easier to follow and adds variety to the diet. Choose it to catch your breath if you lose your motivation or when you get tired of the 5/5 or 7/7 schemes.

5/2 (5 days on PV, then 2 days on PP)

In one of his books Dukan writes about a 2/7 scheme and describes it as “2 days on PP followed by 5 days on PV”. While I do not argue with the idea, I think Dukan has showed some inconsistency in terms of naming the scheme. The proper “code” for this option should be 5/2, which means you are 5 days on PV and then 2 days on PP. Nevertheless, I recommend this  system to the dieters who expect only a slight weight loss.

Custom PV/PP plan

Try your own options and find the one that suits you the best. You can experiment with PP and PV sub-phases if you wish. You can try 4/3 or even 2/5 systems when you hit a plateau. Remember though, don’t overtax your body with the PP. This can result in some severe consequences including ketoacidosis. So, a good rule of thumb is to choose wisely keeping in mind that a slow but steady progress is always better than any immediate results.

Expected weight loss during the Cruise Phase

How much and how fast will you lose weight during Phase II depends on several factors:

You basal and target weight.

It’s hard to estimate your weight loss rate when you need to drop more then 44 lbs (20 kg) but in most cases people  drop about 2 lbs (1 kg) per week. Practice also shows that during the first few weeks the weight loss rate is higher and can amount to 3 – 4 lbs (1.5 kg) per week.

The sub-phase scenario you choose.

Selecting the optimal PP/PV interval, which corresponds best with your individual preference and your body’s actual condition, can increase the weight loss rate. But it’s not always about maximizing the duration of the PP sub-phase. More importantly, you should choose a plan that suits you best in terms of your general physical and mental state, your lifestyle, taste and such. It is crucial that you feel good and maintain a good health while you’re on a diet.

Overcome your body’s resistance to weight loss.

After about two months since the beginning of the diet your body will, most probably, start to resist the treatment and you may notice a sudden drop in your weight loss rate. This process is considered natural. Until then (i.e. within the first 8 weeks or so) you should be able to lose 22 lbs / 10 kg).

During your entire dieting period you might experience several stagnation episodes, commonly referred to as plateaus. Normally, you body will not resist much to losing the first few stones. However, after the initial considerable weight drop, it will start to defy being ‘robbed’ of its reserves. In theory, one might consider an intensification of the efforts as a remedy to prevent the occurrence of the plateau. Indeed, this is a reasonable approach but practice shows that many people tend to lose their dedication to dieting when they hit a plateau.

Losing one’s first 22 lbs (10 kg) or so contributes substantially to an improvement in general health, physical condition, agility etc. Moreover, you start getting compliments, you fit into your old clothes you start to feel great. But the dieting process hasn’t been completed yet. This is the moment you should double your efforts to stick to the diet. It’s easy to dispense yourself from the diet rules when everything goes well.

Many people have a tendency to lose their self-control after the initial successes. Deviating from the diet at this point often results in feeling guilty. In consequence, you get back to the diet, but then you lose some weight again and stop dieting again and again. This is nothing good since such chaotic behavior can lead to a severe deregulation of the metabolic processes and will only deepen your compulsive eating habits.

If you find yourself in such a tight corner, there are three things you can do:

Give up and return to your compulsive overeating and muse over your failure. This will inevitably lead to a spectacular yo-yo effect. I strongly advise against this option.

Pull yourself together and start anew keeping in mind that the diet isn’t over until you reach the Phase IV.

Maintain a status quo. If find yourself somewhat satisfied with what you’ve achieved so far but, in the same time, tired of following the Phase II rules, you can immediately pass to Phase III. Then, after  certain time passes (4.5 days for every pound or 10 days for every 1 kg lost), proceed to the Final Stabilization Phase.


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Cam April 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Hi,
I gave birth to my 3rd baby 6 weeks ago and I found myself not loosing any of the weight even though I am breastfeeding.
I have currently lost 4 kg by doing 9 days of the attack phase (I intended to do 10, but didn´t make it), but need to loose 10 more to be back to my weight from the old old days…
I find the 5/5 and 7/7 scheme a bit too harsh but I really want the good results. Would you recommend a 4/ 3 scheme in this situation?
Thank you very much!

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admin April 13, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Yes I would. Actually, 4/3 can be effective.

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Elle April 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Just eaten a Yeo Valley Fat Free yoghurt and now I am worried because I have just Googled it and a lot of people are saying it is not allowed on the Dukan diet due to the sugar content! I thought all fat free yoghurts were allowed – can you help with this? Seriously beating myself up now :-(

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admin April 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Don’t worry. One yogurt is not going to ruin anything here :). Just stick to the rules. I explained clearly the rules for dairy, so read about what’s allowed and what’s not in dairy here: http://thedukandiet.info/dukan-diet-food-list/food-list-dairy/#Main_rules

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Natasha April 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM

It is says the 1/1 work better to Lose weight

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admin April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

1/1 is easier to perform thus may work better in the long run. 5/5 is more effective. Read more about it here.

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Natasha April 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Hi I have just been reading the book I as just want to make sure what I read is right the book is advising us to do 1 day of pp and 1day of pv if u have a lot to lose

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admin April 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

1/1 is slower. Is it better for people who need to lose a lot? I prefer 5/5, and I was to lose like 50 lbs.

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Zoe April 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Hi I have been on the dukan for 10 days I have done 4 day attack phase and lost 2 kilos, I have chose 5pv and 5 Pp I have just finished the 5 PV and I haven’t lost or gained anything in those five days i stayed the sane weight Is this normal? I start the 5 days Pp today should I expect any weight lost by the end of the week? thanks!.

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admin April 11, 2012 at 7:40 PM

This is normal. Basically, you will lose weight during PP days and sometimes even gain during PV days. That’s completely normal. If you gained nothing during PV days, that’s better than usual. And yes, you can expect weight loss at the end of PP days.

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Natasha April 9, 2012 at 1:03 AM

When in phase 2 of dukan is it ok if I do 1week of Pv and then one week of just protein and just carry on till I reach goal

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JCC April 9, 2012 at 1:04 AM

yup, it is called 7/7 :)

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Robin April 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Hi..it’s been 5days I’m in phase II PV but i didn’t lose any weight..i didn’t take vegetable that much and i evrn went to gym since last wednesday until friday. But until now my weight been up n down :( am i doing mistakes here? :(

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admin April 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Probably not. Weight changes up and down in the early phase 2. Don’t worry. You will lose during PP days, and sometimes gain a bit during PV days.

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Sherry April 3, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Guys, due to some occasions, I need to spend one week eating vegetables only , any idea how will that affect my diet, I can add only tofu products same as I mentioned in my prior posts ex. http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/detail.php/meatless-hot-dog

What do you think ???

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John April 2, 2012 at 11:24 PM

And how much have you got left, more or less? If you think you need a lot more time than 22 days to reach your true weight I’d start over again, but do only 2 or max 3 days of attack. If you feel comfortable with your overall progress so far, and you haven’t got a lot of “cruising” left to do, go ahead and continue with the cruise phase. It will just take a little longer.

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Rebecca April 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Well i had 38 days left for cruise to finish and was meant to reach my true weight by 17/5/12…in total loosing 10.8kg. At the moment i have done 6.3kg loss.

Thanks John

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John April 3, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Don’t forget that the length of the cruise phase isn’t set in stone. 60 days is not a ‘set’ value- consider it more of a guideline. Certain variables including (but not restricted to): age, height, sex, genes, activity, and even how stressed you feel all have a profound effect on how fast you shed fat. So don’t worry if 60 days turns into 70, or even 80, days. As long as you stick to the diet as best as you can, and achieve your desired wight-loss in a sensible (as defined by your own consciousness) period of time, you’ve achieved total success. You’ve made a change for the better in your life, and no one can say otherwise :)

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Rebecca April 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I have been very bad and cheated for 3 continuous days scoffing cakes and naan bread and coke zero and a little bit of rice as well. How can I make up?? I feel horrible : (
Also saw a 1.2kg gain..but all due to my own bad habit.

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JCC April 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Don’t make up at all. Just continue with the plan. Your weight gain is your punishment (how long did it take to lose that 1.2 kg, huh?). Coke zero is fine, you can drink it (i.e. it is fine as far as the diet rules are concerned; in general, coke is bad).

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John April 2, 2012 at 7:02 PM

How far into the cruise phase were you? And how much do you have left?

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Rebecca April 2, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Hi John

I had done 22 days into cruise phase after finishing my 4 days of attack.

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 8:31 PM

can we take crunchy granola bars(power bar) in phase II? normally i take 1 in the morning and the 1 during lunch. I take this power bar before i start dukan diet. can i still apply it once i start with dukan diet?
nutrition facts:
serving size 42g(2bars)
energy 191(801kJ)
protein 3.4g
carbohydrate 27.4
of which sugars 10.6g
fat 6.9g
of which saturated 0.8g
sodium 0.12 g

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JCC March 31, 2012 at 8:41 PM

65% of carbs! 16% of fat… 25% of sugar… This kind of food is not in the spirit of dukan diet rules. Absolutely forbidden. I wonder why is it called a power bar anyway? Nutrition values you posted here are very much the same as in just any chocolate bar (like snickers)…

Maybe it’s good for people who work out heavily, but not for dieters on a low-carb diet.

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 8:47 PM

normally i go to gym from monday to thursday..and friday normally i play badminton..when i eat that power bar, i felt full.anyways thanks for the info :D

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Joe April 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Always remember this, 90% of processed foods, which means it is not in its natural state will not be healthy of good for you. Power Bars and such are sold to fuel the billion dollar diet economy. Stay away from things like this. Diet is what you consume.

I have done excellent on my diet with the processed food rule and not eating them.

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 8:07 AM

luckily i didn’t buy it :) yeahh will definitely try the lemon-mustard sauce :) it’s simple and easy to make. Thanks!

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 7:59 AM

yes..it’s a sauce.
1tbsp (16g)

%Daily value

Total fat 6g 9%
-Saturated fat 1g 4%
-Trans Fat
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
-Dietry Fiber 0g 1%
-Sugar 2g
Protein 0g

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admin March 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

No, this is no good. Very bad stuff. Try sth like this maybe: http://thedukandiet.info/phase/cruise/phase-ii-cruise/#comment-2040

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hi,

Can you check these links and advise, if they are good :
1. http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/detail.php/meatless-hot-dog
2. http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/detail.php/good-dog
3. http://www.yvesveggie.com/products/detail.php/meatless-beef-burger

Thank You

I am still on dukan, but my weight loss is very slow !!! Now, I am walking daily for 30 mins, and my breakfast is eggs, lunch grilled chicken and dinner is oat bran, I started the diet 42 days back, and have lost 4.6 to 5 kgs !! Is it worth continuing ?? doing 3 PV / 5 PP, and not one miss all that time, not 1 cheat !!! and yes I eat cucumber pickles with my chicken as well !!! and I am not having any tolerated food !!!

NEED MOTIVATION

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM

According to the true weight calculator, I am supposed to loose by mid JULY 20 kgs, I dont think I will meet this deadline !! can’t be iwth this pace !!

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admin March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

1, 2 & 3 they are ok in terms of fat & carbs contents, but I don’t think they are good products anyway. The protein within are of plant origin (thus incomplete). Also it is very salty. Not recommended.

Has the weight loss stopped completely? What do you eat during your PV days?

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Weight loss is always up and down, ex. :
PP Day 34: weight loss 0.6
PP Day 35 : same
PP Day 36: weigh gain 0.7
PV Day 37 : weight loss 0.7
PV Day 38: weight loss 0.3
PV Day 39 : weight gain 0.5
PP Day 40 : same
PP Day 41: same

My PV days mostly : morning eggs (omlette with veg)
Lunch grilled chicken with Veg and salad
Dinner : some veggies (little) as snacks as well as my oat bran

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Any body around with same experience ? Slow weight loss ? Did you stop, do you have solution ?

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Most of us, I presume. I used to experiment with new foods when a plateau happened. Besides, slow weigh loss is better than no weigh loss, and even better than weight gain. How do you feel on this diet? (I mean in general). Some weight fluctuations can be caused by feminine matters. It’s a good idea to wait until your period ends (or whatever… umh… I’m not an expert in this field :P) before making any radical moves (like giving up).

Quitting the diet is a very bad idea. Why would you want to quit? Do you miss sth?

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I miss Carbs !!!! Rice, Pasta and French Fries !!

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Try adding some very low-carb foods into your PV and PP (sic!) menu. This will make the diet more bearable and maybe will help you against those radical carbohydrate cravings. Adding foods like: lettuce, rucola, belgian edive, chives, parsley green, dill weed (use them as salads or condiments; don’t bother about quantity, but always add it to some protein rich meals).

You can also try a lemon-mustard sauce (squash half a lemon for one tbsp of mustard, add black pepper; mix it). Add this sauce to meat and salads (as a dressing). This sauce is somewhat sweetish (especially when you use horseradish mustard), it may help as well.

This was written in haste, hope you got everything. If not, feel free to ask :).

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Than k You :)
1. Can lettuce be eaten on PP days ?
2. I thoughy dijon mustard is only allowed ?

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

1. Officially, not really. But in your case it’s better to try sth than not. Myself, I ate many kinds of lettuce and rucola even in my PP days.

2. I always used brown and horseradish mustard in my lemon-mustard sauce. With dijon mustard you can’t actually prepare this sauce as it should have somewhat velvet consistency, so to say.

As I said before, it’s better to bend the rules in order to see some progress and get back on the track again than to struggle with the lack of motivation.

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Try some new foods. Maybe some non-fat dairy, lean fish. Adding variety to the diet often helps.
Are these stats kgs or lbs?

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

kgs

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

How do you weigh yourself? In the morning/evening? Everyday the same procedure?

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM

yes, every morning, first thing and same clothes !

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John March 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The protein in those products comes from soy, which makes it a complete protein. Soy, quinoa, amaranth, hemp, salvia, and some algae are the most common sources of complete proteins for vegetarians. Of these, only soy and algae (and not all of them either) are compatible with this diet.

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Sherry March 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Am I that hopless ! :(

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John March 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Sherry- have you tried the cauliflower line of recipes? Cauliflower rice, mashed potatoes, pizza crust, bread sticks… The possibilities are (almost) endless! Since I’ve started making cauliflower pizza on my PV days, which is 100% within the rules of this diet, I haven’t had ANY cravings. You can find a load of recipes on-line, but I personally recommend these: http://www.damyhealth.com/2011/03/the-secret-life-of-cauliflower/ . So far the recipes have worked every time for meal, and they need very little reworking to make them Dukan-compatible.

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Sherry April 3, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Thanks John, I started my 3 PV days today and I will try them.

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admin March 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Yes and no. Soy is a complete protein by definition (indeed, it does contain each of the 8 essential amino acids). However, it’s methionine content is very low, so like all legumes soy should ideally be eaten with foods such as nuts or vegetables, and the latter is not really the best choice. I agree that soy is a good source of proteins for vegetarians (’cause they mix various vegs and legumes in their diet), but it is hard to follow this line on dukan diet.

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Joe March 30, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Sherry, I can say I just hit a huge plateau at week 8. I have lost 41lbs now, but did not lose anything week 8 and actually gained 4 lbs. I stuck true to my diet and only added a banana each morning. To me it makes me feel better and gives me a little more energy. Week 9 i weighed and lost 7lbs. Your body takes sometime to adjust to it.

Keep up your hard work, yes your weight will flux on this diet. If you feel better and look better don’t give up. :)

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 6:52 AM

Hi, how do we know when to change from phase II to Phase III?

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admin March 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Phase 3 is to consolidate (maintain) your perfect weight. Usually no further significant weight loss should happen during phase 3.

You proceed to phase 3 as soon as you reach your goal weight (or decided that you’ve lost enough and now would like to keep that lost pounds off for good).

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Robin March 31, 2012 at 7:39 AM

is cabbage allowed for phase II ? and if allowed is it possible if i put thousand island just for dressing?

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admin March 31, 2012 at 7:41 AM

You can find info on cabbage here: http://thedukandiet.info/dukan-diet-food-list/vegetables-food-list/ (find it on the list)

What is 1000 islands? A sauce? If so, post some nutrition data here, we’ll see. But in general it is not a good idea (this sauce is very fat, I presume).

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Sherry April 3, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Hi Joe, I would have loved as well the diet if I have lost 40 lbs !! :) I am in week 7 and it’s 10 lbs !!! Although, I am very strict !!! any ways, I am trying to give it one more week and that’s it. I hope I can have any weight loss !!!

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Rider March 29, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I would like to ask, how to know what’s best for eating when looking at the products nutritional value, for example how much carbs, fats should the product include in order for it to be ‘good’ for eating? I would really appreciate if you answer this.

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John March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Meat- under 10% fat is OK, although I stick to chicken and turkey breasts and they’re much less than that.
Dairy- under 5% fat and under 6% carbs.
Fish- any except for the iridescent shark (aka “swai”, “Pangasianodon hypophthalmus”) which has a very poor nutritious profile compared to mast any other fish. It’s just not worth your money.
Veggies- any that are on the list.
As for any other products I just try to limit fat and carbs as much as possible. Try not to consume any foods that have more than 10% fat (or 5% saturated fat), and around 6 % carbs. Try to make sure that at least 70% of the calories supplied by a product come from protein. This isn’t an official standard, it’s just a rule of thumb that I use to verify if I can or can’t eat a certain product.

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Tdoit March 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Thank you for answering, will apply that from now on. :)

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Tdoit March 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Your blog is really helpful, thank you for it. I would just like to ask you what kind of oil you use in your cooking? I started using olive oil and I’m not sure if it’s right. I would certainly be grateful if you answer this. Peace.

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admin March 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Don’t use oil at all. It’s forbidden :). The only thing you can do is to oil your frying pan (in terms of greasing a frying pan) with a paper tissue dipped in oil. This way you won’t consume any significant amounts of oil but still you will keep you pan in a good condition. Some people use synthetic oil-free fryers for that purpose but personally I don’t like them and never used anything like that.

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Joe March 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Don’t ever fry with Olive oil either. When heated it loses it’s green color and nutrients. When I pan fry my meats I normally just use a nonstick pan and and some water every now and then or cover them. Keeps the meat moist.

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Sherry March 27, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Hi everyone, wahat do you think of this chicken broth, can I use it ? If yes, how regular?
http://www.nestle-family.com/maggi/english/products/maggi-chicken-less-salt-bouillon.aspx
Nutrition Facts per Serving: per 250 ml
Energy 19 kcal
Fats 1.3 g
Proteins 0.3 g
Carbohydrates 1.4 g

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admin March 27, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It’s pretty decent. I think that 1 serving every now and then won’t hurt. I’d say you can have 1 serving a day (as a base for protein rich meals of course). But in case of any difficulties in losing weight, stop having it.

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admin March 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

It’s pretty decent. I think that 1 serving every now and then won’t hurt. I’d say you can have 1 serving a day (as a base for protein rich meals of course). But in case of any difficulties in losing weight, stop using it.

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Joe March 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Hate to say it but I had to take the last week off. I still ate healthy, but had to add some carbs back into my diet. I still did not eat white carbs (chips, potatos, rice). I had been experiencing some numbness and tingling in my lips and around my eyes. Doctors said it was possibly from my dieting so hardcore. I have lost almost 40lbs now. I love Dukan and I am going to start back up this week with some extra daily vitamins. The last week was hell, I was hungry all the damn time from the carbs.

I just posted this to remind people to keep it healthy! I know you all want to lose weight fast, but their is a right way and a wrong way. Don’t starve yourself and make sure you are getting all your nutrients.

Admin could you suggest any vitamins that may help on the Dukan besides a daily? I also have some B vitamin and potassium I started and I think is helping.

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John March 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I’m not the admin, but I really must invite everybody here to look at some of the articles at http://www.whfoods.com
The website offers a very wide and easy-to-understand database for food nutrition. You can check for yourself which vegetables will provide the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy. Hope this helps.

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John March 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

On a related note- you need to consume all types of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, E, K) for optimal health, in the correct doses. It is possible to overdose most vitamins (I believe B2, B7, and C are the exceptions here), but on this diet I must say that hypervitaminosis is very unlikely.

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admin March 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hypervitaminosis is very unlikely no matter what the diet is. Normally, it is hard to overdose vitamins by just eating natural food.

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admin March 30, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I just finished writing my vitamins in dukan diet post :). check it out here: http://thedukandiet.info/dukan-diet-food-list/vitamins-dukan-diet/

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Joe March 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Thanks for that website was very helpful. Since I was unable to find pure Oat Bran here when I started the diet I recently went to a nutritional store and found some. Taking 2 tbs in the morning and I feel great :)

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John March 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

So I’ve got a problem. Easter is coming up in two weeks, and it’s sort of a big deal in my family. Especially the part where everyone has a big communal breakfast and then a big communal lunch topped of with a (Yup! You guessed it!) BIG communal diner. I don’t want to stay out of these festivities, but I also don’t want to have to cripple my dieting efforts too much… One solution I’ve come up with was to eat as I would normally eat on a PV day (luckily Easter Sunday is a PV day), but not count the amount of egg yolks that I’d consume. My mom said she’d even help me prepare the “dukanized” versions of what everybody else will be eating, but I’m guessing I could hit as many as 6 or 7 egg yolks…
Do you think that sounds reasonably? Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do? Thanks in advance

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admin March 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM

I’m a fan of eggs and have never bothered to limit the amount of yolks I consume. As a matter of fact I am an advocate of a theory that egg yolks have nothing to do with the level of cholesterol in your blood (I’m guessing that it is your concern here).

Some say that eating eggs not only does not increase the level of cholesterol in your blood but even relieve your liver of producing its own cholesterol. Sources say that human liver secretes cca 1.5 to 3 g of cholesterol every day. One egg yolk contains as much as 0.2 g of cholesterol, which is nothing in comparison with some other cholesterol rich foods people eat every day.

My dad is obese and suffer from hypertension. He has been eating 3 eggs a day, every day, for his entire life. Even so, despite his overweight and other problems, he never had any problems with cholesterol.

So, briefly speaking, I wouldn’t give a damn about Easter egg craziness at all if I were you. Eat to your heart’s content :).

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John March 26, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Umm, the cholesterol is not really an issue, I don’t believe dietary cholesterol has much to do with blood cholesterol either. It’s the fat content that I’m more worried about. But I’m guessing, based on your answer, that that’s not a concern either. Thanks :)

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admin March 26, 2012 at 7:38 AM

If I were to judge by the numbers, then yes, there’s sth like 10% of fat in an egg. But consider this: 1 egg weights cca 50 grams. This equals to 5 grams of fat per egg, and this equals to 150 grams of roasted chicken breast or 40 grams of cooked salmon. Nothing to be worried about.

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Carla March 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Thank you for the quick response! Tomorrow I am on to Phase II 5/5 and I was wondering if cooking with PAM non stick cooking spray is all right? Thank you! Thank you!

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admin March 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM

People here say it’s ok. I never used it myself as I find it so synthetic… I used to grease the pan with a piece of paper tissue dipped in oil (it is good for the frying pan itself to be greased when you’re going to heat it).

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Carla March 25, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Hello! I have been on the Attack phase for 7 days now and initially lost 6 lbs (2.73kg) and, while not cheating and following the diet, I have gained weight and now have only lost three lbs. Could it be the yogurt? I usually eat the nonfat Greek yoghurt but have been having one Tillamook nonfat or Yoplait light (fat free):
per 170g = 19g Carbs, 85mg Sodium, 14g Sugar, Protein 5g. Is that why I’ve gained weight? Also, are low fat sausages/franks allowed?
Many thanks!

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admin March 25, 2012 at 3:35 AM

The yougurt you listed nutrition data for is bad. Don’t eat it. Low-fat sausages/franks are usually full of unhealthy stuff (like preservatives, additives, salt) and contain little meat (thus not very rich in high quality protein). Not recommended either. The weight gain you experienced is normal, don’t worry, after all you lost 3 lbs in a week. I wouldn’t call this achievement by ‘only’! Keep up the good work you’re doing and good luck!

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Elle March 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I have just completed a week using the 1/1 method (so 1 day PV and 1 day PP)

Is it possible (or rather ok) to now give the 5/5 method a try or ideally should I stick to the 1/1? (I know you are an advocate for the 5/5 yourself)

It is really due to work commitments rather than anything else and I fear that using the 1/1 method will prove to be very hard.

I work as a flight attendant where I have to stay 2-3 nights at a time in various countries all over the world. Not all, but some countries will be a lot harder than others to follow this diet. I feel that the 5/5 method will benefit me the most.

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admin March 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Sure, give 5/5 a try. Or 3/4 or anything most easily feasible in your case. The diet should be easy to follow, that’s the key. Choose the routine that will become part of your life. Do not change your life to become part of the diet :).

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Sherry March 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Another question, If I eat my dukan iat bran bar OR oat bran biscuit, does that replace my daily oat bran intake of 2 Table spoons?

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admin March 23, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Yup.

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Sherry March 23, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Good Morning ADMIN,

Wanted to ask about all of the below, are they tolerated, how much per day can I have, or better not to have them?

1. Dukan Agar-Agar Powder
2. Dukan Wheat Bran
3. Dukan Flavourings

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admin March 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM

They are all tolerated, all should be consumed in moderation, all are just additives, none of them speeds up the weight losing process.

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