FAQ – Pt 1 (Also, A Male Perspective!)

So I mentioned a few posts ago about WordPress and how it offers summaries of what people Googled to find my blog. There are a few interesting ones (some of them are reaaally funny, like: “buff guy with little arms”) so I want to answer a few questions, especially some that are being asked more than once so that there is a clear answer for those who Google it in the future layed out in my blog.

Did I make sense there?

So here are 5 of my top Frequently Asked Questions. I hope my answers help a little. I want to make more of these, if you do have a question about my experience following the Dukan Diet, about the general outline of the Dukan Diet, female bodybuilding, working out, anything, you can always comment somewhere on my blog or e-mail me at ciesee@hotmail.com

Also please note that I am not a Doctor and can only speak through my personal experiences following this diet and training for my competition. I might be wrong! Make your own assumptions, use your own experience and body as a guideline and look at other sources. xoxo

So todays FAQ are:

  1. Why Am I So Thirsty On The Dukan Diet?
  2. Can Protein Powders Help You Not Feel Hungry In Between Meals?
  3. Is Doing 2 Hours Of Cardio Okay While Following the Dukan Diet?
  4. Is Doing the Attack Phase for 20 Days Okay?
  5. How Many Carbs Per Day on Dukan?

I decided to include A Male Perspective on the 5 questions for this week, let me know if that’s something you guys like or want to see more of since Prawn is always up for writing little blurbs and giving his opinion on stuff. If you have any questions you want to direct at him you can always ask by e-mail or on the blog and he will be more than happy to give you his Male Perspective on the subject. ;)

1. Why Am I So Thirsty On The Dukan Diet?

Well I have a few theories about this, there was a time where I was absolutely unbearably thirsty while following the Dukan Diet. My lips were always cracked, my skin was also cracking on my hands and I was breaking out a lot as well. It was awful. Prawn actually suffered from dehydration and fainted at work. His blood pressure was incredibly low and whenever he would stand he would get incredibly light headed.

I believe that this diet is very acidic, and unbalances your natural PH level. Meat is very acidic, and eating it in large quantities without many alkaline foods to balance everything out makes your body toxic in a sense, which might be a reason for your seemingly relentless thirst.

Another theory (and I’m no scientist… so I can’t really convey this idea properly…) is that since your liver or kidneys or something needs to create carbs for your body since you are not providing it with any through diet, it releases a lot of toxins which dries you out, so you need to drink a ton of water to flush out that bi-product. Like I said, I don’t really understand the science of it all, I can only tell you that through my experience, since I have started drinking adequate amounts of water I feel INFINITELY better.

I anticipate my thirst now, drinking between 8-11L of water a day and I feel amazing, no headaches, no dried lips, no more dizzy spells. I don’t get sick anymore like I was for a few months following Dukan. I feel so much better.

So just drink water! If you feel thirsty while following Dukan… drink! This seems to make sense to me. Do like I do and drink throughout the entire day, even and especially when you don’t feel thirsty. There are no problems with drinking water so just do it!

I find it helps curb the odd craving, ontop of making me feel full longer and solving that whole thirsty thing. So do it! Go drink some water now! J

A Male Perspective

You’re thirsty because you’re not drinking enough water. Why though? Who honestly cares about the science these days! Just drink some water!


2. Can Protein Powders Help You Not Feel Hungry In Between Meals?

Uhm… this is a weird one to answer. Yes and no I guess? Now I know a lot of people will make a shake in replacement of meals, but I personally don’t find that protein powder ever really filled me up, especially since I mixed mine with water and always opted for a little-to-no carb fat free protein powder.

I know some of the bodybuilders I follow will chug down protein shakes in replacement of one or two of their meals. You also have to remember that there are two kinds of protein powders (well okay… there are more obviously, but there are two that I used) whey protein powder which is meant to be absorbed by the muscles quickly and casein protein powder which gels in your tummy and is meant to be released slowly (such as overnight).

I wouldn’t choose protein powder as a snack in between meals, I would pack cut up veggies in snack bags or even slices of fat free chicken or turkey, or just small portions of chicken breasts or something (sorry, I’m really not big on snacking… I don’t know of a lot of options.) You could also try the 5-6 meals approach and change one or two of those for protein shakes.

I take my protein shakes one for breakfast, and then one after my weight training so that the amino acids and such get shot right into my awaiting muscles. Then maybe a casein shake before bed. That is how I would use that product since I have heard it is important if you are snacking, to keep your snacks under 100 calories and a protein shake is what? 115cal?

It might be different for you though, figure out what times work best for you and seem to give you the best results, play around with amounts and timings and maybe take a half-shake in between meals if you are feeling a little hungry or you feel like you need a bit of protein. Everyone is different!

A Male Perspective

Eating protein shakes between meals is okay. Its eating meals in between protein shakes that’s a problem.


3. Is Doing 2 Hours Of Cardio Okay While Following the Dukan Diet?

Hm… No. Not really suggested. You do cardio to raise your heart rate and burn fat. You want to work hard and stay within a fat burning range and I think staying within that range while following a low-carb diet for 2 hours isn’t a good idea.

Especially if you are getting dehydrated while on Dukan, or feeling light headed as is. Dukan actually suggests against doing any heavy exercise while following his diet and as someone who tried to do 1.5 hours of cardio a day following Cruise… I can tell you that it’s possible, but absolutely brutal.

I was grumpy, and not only grumpy… I was a wide-array of emotions, absolutely all over the place. I upped my oat bran to 3tbsp a day and I was still not getting enough fat or carbs in my diet to really get through over an hour of cardio and not pass out while following Cruise. I would not suggest it. I was moody, erratic, and impatient. I was also suffering from continuous exhaustion (an unfortunate side-effect of the Dukan Diet for me) and doing that much cardio… oh man. Just did not gel well with me and with the diet.

Of course if you are going for a walk, walking your dog, a light jog even, maybe 2 hours wont be so bad. If you are doing it every once in a while because you are training for… I don’t know, a marathon maybe? Then go for it. See how you feel though and if you feel light headed please stop and drink some water or slow down.

A Male Perspective

Can you do 2 hours of cardio a day? After seeing Constance do it… its entirely possible but you’ll probably hate your life.


4. Is Following the Attack Phase for 20 Days Okay?

Well… no. Don’t follow the Attack Phase for 20 days. While reading the Dukan book when I originally started Dukan (about a year and 3 months ago) I made the decision to follow the Attack Phase for 10 days. I didn’t know about the website where I could calculate my true weight, where Dukan suggests an amount of days to follow each phase.

Dukan states in his book that if you are an ‘incredibly motivated person’ and have over 100lbs to lose you could do the Attack Phase for 10 days, which is why I made that decision. I lost 8lbs doing so. I would never suggest doing it for over 10 days, this past time around I followed Attack for 5 days, but then proceeded to eat little to no veggies throughout the next week or so. So I was on Cruise… but I was still technically following an Attack Phase since I was not eating vegetables (the main difference between the two phases).

I’ll tell you one thing, once I started eating vegetables I felt so much better. I felt more awake and less grumpy. It also helped to have a bit of variety added to my meals, making the whole experience less monotonous and myself more likely to stick with it.

So no, don’t do a 20 day Attack Phase. I generally suggest 1 day for every 10lbs you want to lose, or if you want to try toughing it out, go for max 10 days and then enjoy the veggies and variety that come with the Cruise Phase.

Also, think about WHY you want to do a 20 day Attack Phase? Do you think this will help you lose the weight faster? Calm down, take it slow, enjoy the experience. You will drop the weight fast enough with veggies included so just be a bit patient. The weight drops!

A Male Perspective

No don’t do the attack phase for 20 days. Its a dumb idea.


5. How Many Carbs Per Day on Dukan?

Well here are the daily oat bran allowances per phase:

Attack Phase – 1.5tbsp

Cruise Phase – 2tbsp

Consolidation – 2.5tbsp

Stabilisation – 3tbsp

Otherwise you can get carbs from your veggies. You are not allowed high carb vegetables while following Dukan like carrots, corn and potatoes but you do get carbs from other, allowed veggies like lettuce and other greens, cauliflower, etc.

Hope that answers your question. :S No carbs allowed, like alcoholic beverages, pastas, breads, only oat bran and veggies.

A Male Perspective

The amount of carbs a day on Dukan depends on your phase.



8 thoughts on “FAQ – Pt 1 (Also, A Male Perspective!)

  1. I am really impressed with your progress, but the Dukan diet seems like a bad idea to me. I have lost right at 100 lbs. now, and I simply have been eating whole foods as much as possible. I just watch my calorie intake, and cycle my carbs while using Intermittent Fasting as a strategy.

    I also eat a lot of starchy carbs on workout days, as those carbs replenish muscle glycogen rather than liver glycogen.

    Of course, everyone responds differently to any “diet” or approach to eating. YMMV ;)

    • No judgements here, but I’m always curious as to why people think it’s a bad idea. The point of Dukan is to burn fat by way of ketosis. Limiting starchy carbs, and most carbs, keeps the body in ketosis, so you burn the fats, and it keeps the cravings for carbs down, helping reduce binging, and keeps you fuller, longer. No huge spikes and drops in blood sugars. It’s helpful to people with a lot of weight to lose, and those who’ve had trouble in the past, those with the ever popular “insulin resistance” and those who need more structure.

      I think it’s AWESOME that you’ve lost so much weight on your plan, misfit28! Don’t get me wrong, but Dukan isn’t a bad idea- it’s just not right for everyone :) Not everyone can deal with not eating pasta and potatoes and fruits.

      I spent hours on end trying to find out why it might be bad or unhealthy, before I started. I couldn’t find anything showing that it was unhealthy or a bad plan.

      There ARE people who don’t like it, and make blanket statements about leaving out ‘whole food groups”, but I couldn’t find key nutrients missing anywhere. Between oat bran, veggies and dairy- there are plenty of carbs, and you can find all the same nutrients from fruits in your veggies.

      Like I said, no judgements– just curious about other people’s points of view :)

      • Like I said, no judgments here either :)

        I actually cycle between high and low carbs on my regimen. I eat around 50-75 g on my rest days, and cut my calories 30% on those days too. I eat higher fat on rest days as well. Protein intake is always constant. I also train fasted, so that glycogen depletion in my muscvles occurs. Hence the reason for a “refeed of carbs on my workout days. On workout days I usually eat 300-350 g of mostly complex, starchy carbs to refill muscle glycogen stores :)

        In reality, my approach is not too different from Dukan, I guess. My approach also uses ketosis and plays on insulin sensitivity as well. The high carb days spike the insulin to repair muscles. :)

        • Repair muscles– I keep forgetting there are bodybuilders here, LOL. I’m just a weight loss gal- no weight lifting for me– though it might be a thought for one day in the future :)

  2. I think I like Prawn and his no-nonsense approach. I have been asked the “carb” question by a lot of people, and they truly want a “number”. I remind them that Dr. Dukan does NOT count carbs, calories, portions, etc– except the Oat Bran and what not. I think the folks asking the carb limit are used to things like Atkins and South Beach where you are required to actually COUNT your carbs. To those folks I tell them to get used to NOT counting them, just follow the food guidelines. The foods on the list are allowed, everything else isn’t. Carb counting is not allowed :)

  3. I am missing you and hoping all is well. Let us know how you are.
    I have re-dedicated to Dukan and am blasting through a PP day and so ecstatic to be back on track. I had some major summer flub ups, but fall is here and I am focusing inward on myself. I have a new mind trick that is working well.

  4. Well, I just read about low-carb diets and the info I found talks about a ketosis process going on in your body as a result of the almost 0 carbs diets; therefore, your body releases ketones in your blood flow to help burn fat, instead of releasing insulin to get access to the sugar in your blood; but because there is no sugar, nor carbs getting into your system, your body needs to burn the stock of fat, this leads to a ketosis proccess, you can test it with urine strips (available at any pharmacy), and also be expecting these symptons:

    – Fatigue.
    – Headaches.
    – Thirsty sensation all the time.
    – Dry mouth.
    – Ketosis breath (smells fruity-like, but not necesarily good).
    – Metallic taste in your mouth, in the back part of your tongue, near your molar teeth.
    – Weakness.
    – Nausea and/or stomachache.
    – Sleeping problems (a little bit of insomnia).
    – Cold hands and feet.
    – Peeing frequently.

    Apparently, once your body has stabilized (and adapted) to all of this it will stop producing exceeding ketones; so your symptons will be less. Also, after a while (let’s say a week), your symptons can change to:

    – Buzzing sensation.
    – Energy boost.
    – Peeing frequency going back to normal.
    – Sleep improvement.
    – Euphoria.
    – Clear/objective thinking.

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