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1 Week Into Dukan Diet (text heavy)

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Hi everyone,

I decided to start Dukan Diet last week. I wanted to start on Sunday, but had a department happy hour scheduled for Monday so ended up starting on Tuesday October 15th.
Dukan is somewhat of a modified Atkins diet, where you eliminate a lot of carbs and sugar in your diet.
It's basically split into 4 phases, where a lot of protein and carbs are incorporated in your diet.
You've probably heard about it because of Kate Middleton.

Kate, before and after Dukan Diet

If you want to read more about it you can either google 'dukan diet' or read about the phases here.

I just finished a week of Phase 1, where you're heavily loaded only on lean protein and water.

I wanted to share my journey with you guys because I really haven't seen much info on vegetarians/pescatarians doing this diet.

** Reason **

First, I think one has to establish a reason for entering this, or any, diet. Well, duh, losing weight - seems like a pretty simple answer, but other than that, why would you want to do this diet? My answer was simple.  I'm a pescatarian, and Dukan diet seemed like an extent of a strict veg diet, so it will hopefully be a bit easier on me.

I know a lot of people will roll eyes and say 'Fad Diets Don't Work girl!' but even the 'conventional' diet won't work if you're not in the right mind set.  To me, losing weight is more of fixing one's eating pattern, so the closest program I could relate to was the Dukan Diet.

** Figuring out your problems **

My biggest problem is (1) too much sweets - i have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, period, (2) too much eat outs - foods that are heavily loaded with butter and cheese, (3) no working out whatsoever - i somehow managed to eliminate working out from my life entirely and (4) soda.

Okay, so I analyzed my weaknesses and figured why I'm gaining so much weight. Aging ain't helping either since the rate of gaining weight seems to get faster by the year.

The answer is simple (in theory).
Wipe out all of the above bad habits and start working out regularly. If your intake is equal or less than what you burn off, weight should shed.

** Setting a goal **

It's pretty important to have practical and realistic goals.  I'm not going to set my goal as 'Victoria's Secret Model' or anything that's not even remotely possible.
I want to be slim. Not skinny or overly fit and muscles popping out. Just slim and lean..
My goal weight is going back to 115-118lbs, which looks best for my frame and height (5'6)

** Starting **

The starting point was quite hard for me.  Whenever I was about to start, something came up. A night out with friends, another friend's weekend visit, co-workers happy hour, department meeting, someone's birthday party.. omg! At one point, you have to put your foot down and say "This is it. Today is the day I start" - and for me, that was Tuesday October 15th.

** Going public **

I always used to attempt diets in a secretive way. I'd secretly do my diet hoping that one day I could be like "ta-da!!!! look how much weight i lost!!", which never helped. This time I went public and told everyone around me that I was going on a diet. Surprisingly, most people around me supports me and helps me stay away from temptation. And since I was such a big mouth about it, I feel like I HAVE to somewhat succeed to prove a point.

So - I'm just going to lay out some of my week 1.

Food I ate during Phase 1 (attack phase 10/15/2013 - 10/21/2013)

- Tuna protein dish when I had to eat out (tuna grilled. I only ate the tuna and some shrimp, the rest went to my bf)
- Shrimp (no seasoning or sauce)
- Fish cutlet (only the inside part.. this I also ate when I had to have lunch with my vendor. No salad, rice or sauce)
- Non-fat greek yogurt
- Soy Cheese
- A lot of unsweetened soy milk
- Egg whites every morning (seasoned with a little bit of salt, pepper and tabasco sauce)
- Soy and hemp protein powder

For a vegetarian, it's tough since a lot of protein heavy products are meat related. I managed to continue with business lunches and social activities by ordering fish and ditching all the sides that it came with. Surprisingly, phase 1 was somewhat of a breeze. The only sad part is, I feel like I'm paying so much for food since I'm only asking for the fish with no sauce or sides when I'm eating out.
Once I had a sad 2 piece fish dish (with salad, bread and rice taken out) that came out as 15 dollars for lunch. Ugh... 15 dollars could get me two scampi burritos!! But, I guess that is one of the many sacrifices I have to make in order to get back in shape.

- I always had 3 egg whites.
I tried 4 and it was too much to handle. 3 with light salt, pepper and tabasco sauce is enough.
- 1 glass of soymilk.

The above combo is surprisingly filling.

- Either take lunch or eat out with co-workers.
- Tofu half block in small slices (boiled well in water) + 1 pack of smoked salmon.
I would wrap the tofu with smoked salmon and eat it as lunch. Without the salmon, tofu is really bland... and it's hard to chug down.

This combo is also very filling. Smoked salmon is expensive.

Eat outs will always be a place that served fish.
- I always asked for fish, with no sauce on it, tried to avoid fried and no sides whatsoever.
This is somewhat filling.. but you have to sit and watch your co-workers eat.

- Mostly nonfat, plain greek yogurt with oat bran.
- Almonds
- Soymilk

This is filling too, but doesn't really feel like a meal.

Another part of Phase 1 is to always have 1.5 teaspoon of oat bran per day.
I stuck with that for the latter half part.

One last element is to do 20 mins worth of light exercise daily during phase 1.

I didn't go to the gym, but deliberately moved around to fulfill the 20 mins of light exercising.

So far, I don't know how much weight I lost because I haven't weighed myself. But will update this post tomorrow with how much I lost in a week. Starting 10/22/2013 (Tuesday) I get to eat veggies (thank god!!!).

What I've learned in the past few days is that I've been eating without thinking. When we had a birthday party at the office, I picked up a piece of cake without thinking and had to put it back down. Someone gave me a chocolate bar and I had to spit it out after realizing that I was on a diet. When you're thinking of everything that's going in your body, you'll be surprised at how many unnecessary stuff you put in without even thinking!

This turned out to be long post, but I'll keep you guys updated with the progress.
Maybe I'll be able to post my utterly embarrassing before pictures if I have some success ;)

Oh, here's the daily stretching I'm going to start tomorrow (sorry it's in Korean - I love workout videos :p).

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  1. I had not heard of this diet before but I'm interested to know if it works.
    Good luck on your week and if you can post before and after pictures would be very helpful.


    1. Thank you :) So far - I'm super gong-ho about it!

  2. I'm soooo like you. I love soda-especially coca-cola-I even joke I'm a Coke addict. I hate working out (no time for it) I only go on weekends. I have a HUGE sweet tooth-they say I eat chocolates like I'm eating rice. I am also a sucker for anything with cheese. I just reached 28 and I found it harder to lose the weight unlike when I was 21-just a little exercise here and there without food control- voila.

    I started going to the gym again last August but I didn't feel any different so by late August- I started cutting out my food intake. First week, I ate oats for breakfast and then normal food intake for lunch and dinner and a late afternoon light snack. Second week, I started taking the dinner off and replaced it with oats. Third week, I slowly lessened my intake of iced tea, juice and soda and water and kept going on but I left Saturday dinner as cheat meals and go to the gym on Sundays. Last week I went to the mall and got a size smaller, also I had to adjust my office uniform and take two inches off.

    I'm still far from my goal though. It's good that I read this blog post-hopefully I can try this to starting this November.

    1. Good luck on your diet!! :)
      It's November - let me know how it goes ;)

  3. i hope you're doing well, but i have to tell you: you're eating WAY too much soy. definitely not healthy and a good way to knock out your thyroid gland.


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