Dukan Diet – Week 3

Week 3 – Cruise Phase

In this report I chronicle my first true transgression and my bravery in the face of an all day food-fest.

Monday, August 1, Day 15

Breakfast – Protein shake and a Dukan pancake

Lunch – Yogurt

Dinner – Hamburger patties and grilled chicken….. cupcake

I spent most of today on pain meds and sleeping.  I had very little physical activity but also little food too.  I did break down and allow myself the very last of the cupcakes.  This was my first true and egregious diet plan violation.  Not bad that it came 15 days in but entirely not worth it.  Perhaps that will help me the next time I’m faced with a similar challenge.


Tuesday, August 2, Day 16

Breakfast – Protein shake

Lunch – Omelet

Dinner – Grilled chicken

Worked from home today, a full day.  Soreness flared up late in the day and exercise was out of the question but not letting those things allow me to reach out for the comfort foods… though I will say that my wife’s newly uncovered skills at omelet making may be the best thing to come from this accident.


Wednesday, August 3, Day 17

Breakfast – Protein shake

Lunch – Omelet

Dinner – hamburger patties


Thursday, August 4, Day 18

Breakfast – Protein shake

Lunch – Omelet – and no, I’ve not even close to getting tired of these things!

Dinner – grilled pork tenderloins, very nice variation


Friday, August 5, Day 19

Breakfast – Protein shake and yogurt

Lunch – grilled fish and a couple left over pork tenderloin medallions

Dinner – hamburger patties and chicken breast, yogurt – I’m starting to call the yogurt cups my “dessert”.  I guess it’s mostly behavioral but I’ve always felt a sweet tooth following a meal and so many cartons of ice cream later I’m 50lbs over what I’d like to weigh.  So if branding a low cal, fat free, tiny yogurt cup as dessert works, then I’m on board.


Saturday, August 6, Day 20

Breakfast – Protein shake

Lunch – Sandwich meats with cream cheese (low fat) and peppers… sounds weird but my wife rolled them into a lunch meat burrito-like item and they tasted pretty good.  They look like something you’d see at a wedding reception serving table but they were good.

Dinner – yogurt and a protein bar, the protein bar had more carbs than I would have liked, but I considered it a reward for the restraint demonstrated during the day…..

Today was one of the hardest or most tempting days I’ve faced.  It was our annual fantasy football draft.  There’s 6 of us, friends from college, and we’ve been doing this for years.  Now it’s more about the hanging out than the football and it’s really the 1 time a year some of us are able to get together.  Anyway, you can envision the bad food feast than ensues – pizza, chips, cookies, popcorn, moon pies, beer, soft drinks and whatever else comes to mind.  I did my best to just ignore the food – the hot pizza and double cream mint Oreos were the hardest – and sipped diet soft drinks all day.  Dukan allows zero calorie soft drinks but I typically don’t drink them anyway.   However, looking for something to call a ‘treat’, I downed about 6 glasses of ½ Coke Zero and ½ Sprite Zero.  They we about as good as any diet drink I’ve ever had given the circumstances but they helped me stay more course. 

With that temptation-fest successfully under my belt, I’m thinking I might just be able to pull this off.


Sunday, August 7, Day 21

Breakfast – yogurt, coffee

Lunch – none

Dinner – Grilled chicken and Salmon over a bed of mixed greens sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and vinaigrette.  Protein shake and yogurt. 

Spent 5-6 hours in the  car today… another opportunity for munching on bad food but no way I let car boredom derail my good behavior from yesterday.  Jokingly – but only a little – I told my wife that the “scales had better reward my efforts!”


The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

Devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like.