(That I Wish I Knew When First Starting Dukan)
When I started Dukan I jumped in feet first. I had (barely) read the book and was mostly going off what my grand-maman had told me about the diet. I hadn’t even gone online to figure out my true weight, that’s how not-researched I was about the Dukan Diet.
I just started, I didn’t wait until I was in a good mood, I didn’t have a huge ‘last meal’ cheat-binge-thing. I talked about it that night with Prawn (after a huge cry-fest about how much I hated myself, my body, and how I felt hideous… but you know that all already.) and the next morning I was on Dukan and have never looked back!
Well obviously when you just jump into this kind of thing, uneducated about nutrition and such as I was… there are a few things you learn along the way you wish you knew at first. Hopefully this experience of mine will help you through your journey.
Water (Drink It… Like Now)
This one is HUGE and very important, so it is first on the list. If you are going to read any of them, read this one.
WATER! So important and I wish I had known from the start!
You might be aware that for the longest time I had a really hard time getting in my daily water. Like by longest time I mean… my entire life. Back when starting Dukan both Prawn and I rarely drank water. If I drank liquid it would be diet coke, I could go 3-4 days not drinking a SINGLE glass of water.
At about 3 months in though, Prawn almost fainted. He got really sick, light-headed, his blood pressure was low. There was obviously a problem. Well, he was dehydrated.
He continued to not drink enough water, even after his Doctor told him that was something he absolutely needed to start doing… and he got even more sick. Actually a lot of people I tell about Dukan start and get sick. I am under the impression that is because they are not just… drowning themselves in water.
You will know that I drink A TON of water daily. Above 8L a day, and that isn’t including my coffee. I am thirsty for it, the diet makes it so important to drink water. I believe that is because of the high acidity of the foods we are eating on Dukan (meat is very acidic, there is a lack of alkaline foods allowed). Also, your body is flushing out the toxins released when your fat cells are shrinking, your kidney and liver are working overtime producing more toxins. Your body is… well toxic. You need to drink water to flush it all out.
So get used to it, start drinking water like now. Immediately. I mean it, go get a glass.
You back? Ok. Now get another glass.
This is a big one I mention sort of frequently. The diet, although at first, is about eating unlimited amounts of allowed foods, does eventually become about portion control.
I’m telling you straight up, if you are just starting YES go eat unlimited amounts of the foods. It helps curb cravings, it helps, it works. Do it and don’t be afraid.
It took both Prawn and I until we had lost a whopping 100 pounds before we hit the portion control part of the diet. So don’t worry, you probably have a lot of time, and you might not even get to this point, I’m just sharing my experience.
Still, the transition is a hard one to make. It took Prawn 7 months of plateau before he changed his habits and started worrying about portion control while I adjusted almost immediately and got the results I wanted.
I think your body (it took us 7 months of Dukan to get to this point btw) just gets used to the diet, you need to switch it up to lose weight. Like I said I have a ton of posts dedicated to this whole thing.
Like this one.
& This one.
Or maybe this one.
Just read them, and know right now, that you can stuff your face as much as you want, but don’t get too comfy, if you want to be successful on the diet and hit that goal weight you might have to start controlling your portions eventually.
This could have saved me many many many exhausted days. As you no doubt know (because I’m always whining about it) since starting Dukan I have been simply put… exhausted every single day. It doesn’t matter how much I sleep, or sleep in. It doesn’t matter.
I could sleep 12 hours, take a nap midway through the day and still feel absolutely exhausted.
A recent discovery of mine, however, has made this ‘all-day-tired-feeling’ that just simply wont go away… better, and even dare I say it… cured! In a way. Coffee… I would never touch the stuff because I thought it tasted and smelt just gross… and it did, until I drank that second cup of it and felt awake for the first time in a year.
Now I drink it (black) every day, in the morning, like a regular adult! Would you look at me now! I wish I had known from the start, bah. But we live, we learn.
Before Picture & Measurements
This is actually a HUGE one for me. When I started Dukan I was under the impression that I would give up after 3-7 days and would be back to eating as I was and not caring about my weight (all the while ballooning up to over 265lbs… what in the world was I thinking!?) so, before I took the first step I didn’t do anything special, like measurements or a good, solid, in underwear before picture.
I’m so DUMB! Man, in retrospect, biggest mistake I made, not being able to fully track my progress from the beginning with measurements and not having that before picture to really sell my story.
So, seriously, if you are thinking of starting a diet, or you have already, TAKE PICTURES like right now! In your underwear, no one has to see them but you. Do it naked if you please just get those pictures! I used to delete all the bad pictures of me off other people’s cameras, I would untag myself on facebook… now I have barely any good before pictures, especially not at my heaviest and I REALLY regret it.
Heidi Klum took a picture of herself after every day after she had her baby, a naked picture of herself every day so she could track her progress losing the baby fat. I WISH I HAD DONE THAT! How amazing would it have been to take a picture of myself every day and really see the progress over time? I’m not saying do that… it would be a little hard to co-ordinate and what if you miss a day? Well then you are screwed… but still, I think it’s such a good idea and I wish I had done it.
Actually Eat The Oat Bran (& Eat It Consistently)
I’m sure you do this already, but if not (and I know I didn’t at first… for about 3 months) EAT YOUR OAT BRAN! Even now that I have switched my diet up a little (to more of a… modified phase 2) I still eat my daily oat bran, and I am pretty sure I will for the rest of my life.
I was weirded out by oat bran actually. I am not sure what about it, I was too lazy to make the galette (still a morning staple) and didn’t know what else to do with the oat bran. Now I know there are SO MANY delicious options. You can make the pancake, muffins, cookies, or just put it in your yogurt (yummy!), so many options!
Just get it in, I’ll tell you, it keeps everything ‘moving as it should’ if you know what I’m sayin’ :P Very consistent bowel movements, I don’t have any problems in that department since starting with oat bran and I wish I had just started from the beginning!
It also helps with variety since once you add oat bran you can ‘bake’ and make yourself treats like cookies and other yummy dessert-type foods. So just do it!
Liquid Egg Whites Are NOT Super-Gross
I know this one for anyone who does use liquid egg whites will seem a little weird. Maybe you never experienced this but for the longest time I was wasting so many eggs daily, since I would just throw out the egg yolks or give them to the dogs (apparently makes their fur nice and shiny.)
Well I’m not a big fan of wasting and actually, Prawn would get kind of upset and mad, also not a fan of wasting. But I didn’t want to eat all that many egg yolks (unlike Prawn, who has been consistently eating like 6 whole eggs a day this entire experience) but I avoiding liquid egg yolks because to be honest… I was convinced they had a gross texture (uncooked) and would be like… semen consistency.
Aaaand they are not. Clearly. They are water-consistency. I’m silly, ah well.
I go through almost 500ml a day of egg whites now, its pure protein, easy to eat, makes egg-white quiches, omelettes, my pancake, just so easy to make and doesn’t waste a ton of egg yolks. They are a huge staple in my diet and I wish I had started sooner! Would have saved me money, time, and yolks!
I saved the best for last because honestly… this one is a biggie. Actually wow, this post has taken me a WHILE to write… I digress.
Exercise… this one is last because I am contradicting a post I wrote in the beginning of this blog. I wrote it about how exercise is dumb (basically) and you don’t need to do it at all when following a diet and losing weight.
Woooow… the things I say sometimes. I remember telling countless people to not bother working out, that weight loss was possible without it. I was so uneducated about everything and I really hope no one took me seriously… probably the biggest mistake I ever told anybody.
Exercise! I wish I had done so from the start! I’m not talking 30 minutes of cardio a day to help you drop weight, I’m talking weight lifting (yes, women, you too!) to keep everything firm, to get stronger, to look sexy. You don’t need to go for a jog every day to lose weight, you don’t need to. I would suggest it, but it’s not necessary.
You should still work out your heart with cardio, and your other muscles through weight training. If I had done so from the start I wouldn’t have this loose skin in my arms and belly that is almost impossible to get rid of. I am working SO HARD and yet it is still being stubborn, and I’m 20!
I read somewhere you have 2 years after losing a colossal amount of weight for your skin to get as tight as its going to get. For it to bounce back to it’s fullest. That’s stressful! But if I had done weight training from the start I wouldn’t have this problem. D’oh!
& That’s it! If I think of any more I’ll post them, but there is my year and a month (as of 2 days ago) of wisdom imparted onto you. Enjoy! ;)
Now go, no cheating, be strong, make good choices as always! Oh and to all my American readers… if you could please read my last post and help me with that, that would be awesome.
Love you guys!