Okay. While I canNOT promise that I’ll be posting every single day, I would like to document my progress on my new diet. It’s the Dukan Diet, and to put it simply, it’s a low-carb, high-protein, ultra-structured diet.
It’s my first day, and it hasn’t been that hard. I think my greatest weakness is that I truly enjoy foods of convenience. If I can get it already cooked, I’ll take it. That being said, these foods are generally carb-laden.
To lay the structure of the diet out for you, it is in 4 phases.
Phase 1: Attack Phase. 3-10 days. Nothing buy lean proteins (chicken, nonfat dairy, lean beef/pork), 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran, and TONS of water. More on the water later.
Phase 2: Cruise Phase. One week for every 2 lbs you’d like to lose, or until you reach your goal weight. More lean proteins, only this time you alternate days where you can add unlimited “good” veggies. No potatoes or corn here. Oat bran. Water
Phase 3: Consolidation Phase: One week for every lb you’ve actually lost. You still do pure protein days, but start incorporating foods you’ve been without.
Phase 4: Stabilization Phase: You pretty much eat like normal again, but must still do oat bran every day, and one day a week is a pure protein day. This is for the rest of your life.
As you can see, it isn’t a diet to be taken lightly (no pun intended). But I stepped on the scale this morning and basically wanted to crawl back in bed and restart the day. Not a pleasant number to see for my 5’4” height.
I had nonfat yogurt with oat bran for breakfast, sprinkled with some cinnamon. It was filling, and I wasn’t hungry until about 5 hours later. I had a smoked turkey leg for lunch, which is actually NOT a lean protein, but I had no other options as I had no time for a lunch today. I think it was a better choice than anything else I could have eaten.
I’m posting this before dinner, but I plan on having some pan-roasted tilapia and egg drop soup made with just the whites. We’ll see how that goes.
Here’s some numbers for documentation sake:
160 lbs: Weight this morning. This was as soon as I woke up.
140 lbs: The weight I told myself I’d never surpass. Notice the difference?
125 lbs: Weight I hope to be at by the New Year. Goal Weight. The Magic Number.
35 lbs: The amount of weight I need to lose in order to be at my goal weight.
I’m hopeful. I’m worried. But mostly I’m ready to be healthy.