Having recently lost 45 pounds on the Dukan Diet plan, I was extremely honored for the opportunity to interview Dr. Pierre Dukan, who created the diet. The interview encompasses two articles – Part 1 and Part 2.
Eating a low-fat, high-carb diet was simply not working for me, despite many years of exercising regularly. Over the years, I’d tried many diets, including the Atkins Diet as well as South Beach Diet and Sugarbusters.
Not Your Stereotypical Fat Person
Contrary to what many folks believe about overweight people, I wasn’t eating junk food. I have never in my life eaten an entire carton of ice cream or huge bag of chips. I rarely eat at restaurants, including fast food places like McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
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I ate what I thought was a healthy diet. I’d always been heavy, and had lost a lot of weight years before. However, as I got older, my already slow metabolism seemed to grind to a halt, and my weight started to creep up again.
The Dukan Diet
Then, my mom loaned me a copy of “The Dukan Diet,” which someone else had loaned to her. This book has absolutely changed my life (and I did end up buying the book’s Kindle version).
I got off to a slow start on the Dukan Diet, hardly losing any weight at all the first three or four weeks. The book says most people lose a lot of weight in the initial weeks.
I kept going anyway, after some advice from a friend who was on the diet. Also, another friend suggested I would take longer to lose weight because I was already exercising before starting the diet, so my body wasn’t going through as much of a change as someone who started exercising and dieting at the same time.
I eventually lost more weight than I had intended, going a bit past my True Weight (against what Dr. Dukan advises). I’m now in phase 3 of the diet’s four phases and the lightest that I have been in my adult life.
My weight loss generated quite a bit of attention from friends and coworkers, not to mention requests for dieting advice. I decided to post recipes and information about the Dukan Diet in hopes of helping others.
However, if you want to try the diet, you definitely need to read one of Dr. Dukan’s books, either “The Dukan Diet” or “The Dukan Diet Made Easy.” There’s no way I could have followed the diet successfully without having the book to guide me and refer back to again and again.
What About the Bad Reviews?
I’ve been shocked to read negative reviews of the Dukan Diet by supposed diet experts. It’s true that the diet takes some getting used to, and that it’s somewhat restrictive, like almost any other diet.
However, despite entirely giving up foods like birthday cake and Dove dark chocolates, I never feel deprived.
If I’m hungry, I eat a snack. That’s the best thing about the Dukan Diet. You never have to go around feeling hungry. It was worth getting used to a whole new way of eating and giving up sweets to lose the weight without ever having to feel hungry.