While I was waiting to see the doctor the other day, I was thumbing through some magazine and there was a feature on the Dukan diet. When I got home with my weeks worth of antibiotics I did some research on it, did up my profile, and decided that I would try this out.
What it entails:
A 4 phase plan where you start off with protein foods, then merge into the next stage where you alternate protein days with protein and veggie days, and then into the last 2 phases where you begin to slowly add in “regular” foods and learn to eat in moderation. (The website and book make this more clear than I am right now I am sure.)
The website gave me an idea of how long I would be on each phase and a target weight as well. (the target weight is higher than my ideal goal- but given my difficulty in even losing a pound, having something that may seem more attainable is good for me right now.) I’m eating eggs, chicken, fish, yoghurt, low fat dairy, and oat bran. I haven’t felt really deprived, but I have been hungry.
Now, for some of you this may seem like a fad diet or not healthy or dangerous, or not Earth friendly with the addition of protein sources. I know that this may not be a perfect solution. I know that I may not even agree 100% philosophically with the increased protein and no veggies/carbs in the attack phase. However, having PCOS, and knowing I need to be on a lower carb diet b/c of this (as I have been told) it is a realistic plan that has set things that I can and cannot eat, and that is what I need right now. I also know it is not forever. If I get to the end of my attack phase (7 days) and I have not seen results, I will stop. Steph has even agreed to do this with me (and has already lost over 6 lbs!). Unfortunately, I have not seen the results she has.
Day 1: -3 lbs (YAY)
Day 2 +2 (BOO)
Day 3: +0.4 (BOO)
I could make excuses for this, but I don’t really have any. I’ve been following the plan. Granted I am still sick and on antibiotics, not to mention that the painters are in right now (just what I needed!), and who knows what either/both of those things have done to my body right now. I will just have to wait and see. The site said I should lose 6 lbs in the induction phase. I hope I do. I need a boost to my waistline and my self-esteem so that I can keep going and fighting.
What I ask for right now is support, not flaming or criticism for making this choice. Thank you.
PS: I also put in for a dietician referral. Given how long it took for the neuro/pt one, I expect to get it by my birthday.