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    sbcaddy
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    I have come off the Dukan Diet for the moment because I had to have some various blood test and the two types of cholesterol results had changed.

    The good type of cholesterol was ok but the bad, that within arteries etc was up by 50% over what was acceptable.

    I didn’t know there were 2 types but doctor said prob down to my higher intake of protein ( I was eating mainly Chick no fatty meat) on Dukan Diet. I was advised to go on to GL diet with lots of wholegrain which is the best way of clearing the bad cholesterol type.


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    Chanceux
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    No misprint, 98kg Feb 2011 down to 71kg in September 2011.

    Today I was 72kg, tomorrow maybe 71 again, it depends on a lot of factors especailly how late I eat.

    I am not on a diet as such, I eat the quantities that i want but avoid certain foods, overall what I eat is low GI or GL or perhaps truthfully I just avoid the high GI foods.

    My rapport cholestorol total / HDL dropped from 5.22 to 3.71

    I had always considered myself to be healthy but nonetheless many things that I had considered normal all my life have completely dissapeared.

    I never break out into a sweat whereas I have always been known to sweat like a pig, I would need a towel on hand in a gym class or whenever I did any manual , now nothing at all.

    I no longer suffer cramps and can indulge in a stretch when I wake up without being terrified of the consequences. I no longer wake up with joint stiffness, aches and pains etc that I had just put down to being older.

    I no longer have recurrent bowel problems.

    I no longer get migraines, I would always have to have pain killers to hand, now not even one headache in the last 9 months.

    No more carpal tunnel pains.

    The difference in my posture is quite incredible, I dont think that I have stood proud and erect (pardon the pun) ever before.

    The downside of difficulty in finding clothes off the peg that fit me (even a size S is baggy and 30″ waist trousers are a lot bigger than my 30″ waist) I can happily put up with.


    #903671
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    Chapeau, then, Chancer!


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    bumble-bee
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    Hello,

    I’m interested in trying this diet and have started to look into it.

    I see that the breakfast is specified as oat bran.

    I don’t seem to be able to find this in the super markets here. Can you buy it here in France and if not, what are the people who are on the diet using instead?


    #903673
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    Have a read through the above, Bumblebee – the oatbran question has been covered, I think (maybe in another thread). But there’s lots of info which you’ll find really useful.


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    whynot
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    I would highly recommend buying the book before starting!

    The oat bran is called son d’avoine in France. I use it to make the muffins for an evening snack with sweetened 0% fromage frais. There are a few Dukan forums that are very helpful especially reading through some of the diaries to see what people are eating and how much they are losing etc.. Good luck!

    http://forum.dukaners.com/index.php

    http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/


    #903675
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    bumble-bee
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    Thank you for the info.

    I am working my way through the thread. It seems that this diet has a good success rate. I have also just ordered the book.

    Planning on gathering all information, having a mega Sunday roast (beef, Yorkshires, roasties and trimmings) and then get on with it.

    I some how have gained 10 kilos in the past year and it’s getting very near to buy whole new wardrobe of clothes or loose weight :roll:


    #903676
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    The great thing for me has been not feeling hungry – well, apart from sometimes between breakfast and lunch. I also found it was possible, after a short while, to experiment with things not strictly approved by the man himself.


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    janes
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    What helps a little bit with that experimentation is reading some of the published (on the web) information in both English and French. The diet having been written by a Frenchman, there are things which are easily and readily available in France but not the UK. Obviously, the opposite is also true, and people have improvised to make the best.

    As an aside, I find the oatbran available in France which I’ve tried is somehow more like wood shavings than that available (Tesco/Mornflake) in the UK. It seems to have a rougher texture and remain a bit “woody” when cooked as a porridge. Anyone else noticed a difference? BTW, I usually try (if making a porridge with it) to let it soak for a bit before cooking, to swell up. The UK brands also seem to swell more than the French ones I’ve tried. Overall, I find the UK ones more pleasant.

    I’ve more or less stopped Dukan now, since losing the weight I needed to lose at the end of 2010. However, the oat bran still remains as I actually really like it! Coincidental to this thread being revived, however, I’d just started observing the Dukan principles a little more strictly again as I’ve noticed my weight creeping up again. My fault, not Dukan’s. I’ve been eating lots of sweets and chocolates recently and I’ve reached a time of life where it really is a case of “From lips to hips” in a very short time.. :?


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    #903678
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    What does toasted French oat ran taste like, I wonder.


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    bumble-bee
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    Iv’e just finished the chapter on the attack stage :shock: Gosh, I hope it works :lol:


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    sbcaddy
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    @sbcaddy wrote:

    I have come off the Dukan Diet for the moment because I had to have some various blood test and the two types of cholesterol results had changed.

    The good type of cholesterol was ok but the bad, that within arteries etc was up by 50% over what was acceptable.

    I didn’t know there were 2 types but doctor said prob down to my higher intake of protein ( I was eating mainly Chick no fatty meat) on Dukan Diet. I was advised to go on to GL diet with lots of wholegrain which is the best way of clearing the bad cholesterol type.

    Back on Dukan Diet today because on the GL diet I’ve put on weight having followed it faithfully in just over the month I have been on it.
    Much prefer the Dukan as I love all the protein etc so I will deal with the cholesterol later when I have lost the weight including the extra I have just put on. :D


    #903681
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    bumble-bee
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    Have been on the diet for three days now and have lost 2 kilos already so I am very happy.

    After reading here and on some Dukan sites, I notice that high cholesterol can sometimes occur. Did anyone go to the Doctor before starting this diet and does anyone go for regular tests whilst on it. I was just wondering as I’m not sure if there is any way, other than blood tests to tell if you are getting a problem.


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    auldpyper
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    I agree with what JSKS says about this being a modified protein sparing fast. There are some things that are useful about the staging of the Dukan Diet (Advisory – I went on this, lost 45 lbs, and have kept it off, but would not recommend it to most of my patients). In the initial phase, the book talks about the bad breath and constipation, both often true. The severe limiting of intake does produce a degree of ketosis, and this actively suppresses appetite.

    I don’t think there is any magic about this, but there is such tight structure that people who become committed to following his plan do change the way they eat, generally reducing portion sizes and (in my mind very important) reducing or eliminating snacks, food rewarding behavior, and substituting water for some of the intake they would otherwise have had.

    In addition, there is a requirement in the plan for twenty minutes a day of exercise daily.

    I look at this much like I do cigarette cessation: No one stops smoking until they are truly ready to do so, for whatever reason. No one goes on any restrictive diet and life change – and sticks to it – until they are ready to change themselves. This type of regimented diet is the “nicotine gum” for dieters, giving you a plan that you can commit to WHEN you are ready. I think any structured diet and exercise plan would do the same.

    BTW, I hated the Dukan Galette, and instead I eat what I call Dukan mush: Oat bran, Greek Yoghurt, Splenda, and enough fat free milk to make it liquify. I prefer to have my egg white cooked separately and eat it on the side.


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    sbcaddy
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    Oh it’s good to be back on the DD and I actually feel better.

    It suits me much better and I have lost 4 of the 6 lbs on the attack phase that I put on following GL diet. :D


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