I have been with the Attack Phase for five days now, and I am pleased with the results. My results haven’t been as dramatic as some of the other blogs I’ve read (some people have lost upwards of 10 lbs!) but I have lost quite a bit of weight.
I lost .8 lbs on the first day, and 2.3 lbs the second day. I actually gained half a pound the third day, but more on that later. I lost a pound the fourth day, and as of this morning, I was down to 160.4!
This means that, in total, I have lost 4.6 lbs!! This is purely water weight, which is why I’m okay with losing that much in just 5 days.
I have stuck to the diet pretty well, eating a lot of beef, chicken, and shrimp. I also eat a lot of nonfat yogurt to break up the monotony of just eating meat.
Now, I mentioned that I gained weight on the third day. This is, I discovered, directly related to the amount of sodium I had. My husband had a rough day at work and wanted to meet some friends at IHOP. Since I obviously couldn’t eat pancakes or anything, I opted for a serving of balsamic chicken. It was pretty salty, even though I asked them to not add any. Sodium causes water retention, which is why i didn’t lose any weight the third day. Also, since I’m drinking about 3 quarts of water a day, I gained weight because I retained the water from the salt I had.
Moral of the story? Watch your sodium when you are trying to lose weight. Watch your sodium anyway. The recommended daily intake of sodium is somewhere around 2300 mg per day. Take a look at the nutrition facts on your favorite snack and see how much you eat every day. Probably not the healthiest number, eh?
Okay. Off my soapbox now….
I craved carbs a lot on the first two days, but I expect that’s from being accustomed to eating 1-3 servings of carbs per day before I started the diet. I also wanted a soda more than words can express. Again, I was used to drinking 1-2 sodas a day, so it’s a habit I had to break.
Now, 5 days later, I have had only water to drink, and the only major source of carbs I get is from the prescribed amount of oat bran. I feel great. I have energy to get through my day without a major crash (previously alleviated with a soda or candy bar) and I find that my moods are actually improved as well.
I still have today and tomorrow for the attack phase, and I’m going strong. On Sunday, I will get to have veggies and begin my Cruise Phase. More on that at a later date.
Numbers, once again:
165: Starting weight
160.4: Weight as of this morning.
5: Days I have been on the Dukan Diet, specifically the Attack Phase
4.6: Pounds I have lost in just 5 days.
Until next time,