Dukan Diet {Week 3}

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Dukan Diet | 9 comments

I have a confession. When I first heard about this diet, I thought it sounded crazy. No veggies at all in the first phase!? And then only every other day? And I’ve gotten the same reaction from several people I’ve told about it. But, I figured, since it is only for a very limited amount of time, it should be ok. I think now that I may have been wrong.

First, let me say that there is a small section in the Dukan Diet book about modifications in the diet for women who are pregnant and women who are nursing. I ignored that section because I thought that even though I’m still nursing, it would be ok if my milk production went down since Lex is at a good age to wean. But apparently breast feeding doesn’t work that way. Hey, I’m a newbie, remember? I didn’t know.

I won’t go into the gory details, but after three successive and unrelated body issues, I started to think that maybe my immune system is starting to suffer. I reached out to the Dukan Diet folks on their Facebook page, and they said that I should talk to my doctor and definitely go on the nursing mothers version of the diet. I also read an article by La Leche League on low-carb diets, and they say that it is unwise for nursing mothers to lose more than one pound a week. Losing weight faster can release toxins into your bloodstream that can get into your milk, and I’ve been losing about five pounds a week. Lex has been rather cranky lately, but I can’t say for sure that the two things are related.

Since I started this diet, it’s taken all of my will power to keep on it. I would have to talk myself into every day, and it was working. I was seeing results, and that was awesome! But now, it seemed, my health and possibly the health of my already pint-sized baby were being negatively effected. Therefore, I decided to go ahead and switch over to the nursing mother version. It kind of makes me feel like a failure and like I was just looking for an excuse to quit this diet. Then again, it’s not like I’m going back to eating how I was before. I’m a little miffed that I won’t be losing weight as quickly, but I think I’m still on the right path. In this version of the diet, there are still lots of rules to follow but there is also more freedom.

The Dukan Diet for nursing mothers is simply the Consolidation Phase with an extra serving of fruit and 1% fat dairy allowed, minus the pure protein day once a week.  Typically in the Dukan Diet you wait until you reach your True Weight through the Cruise Phase before beginning Consolidation. This phase is designed to keep you from gaining back all the weight you just lost. In Consolidation, instead of alternating pure protein and protein + veggie days, every day is a protein + veggie day! You’re also allowed to have up to 2 servings of starchy vegetables a week like potatoes or corn, one serving of fruit (two for me) and 2 slices of 100% whole grain bread a day. And, for the best part, up to two celebration meals a week! A celebration meal is where you can eat whatever your heart desires. Fried chicken? Chocolate cake? Doughnuts? Yes, yes yes! Can you tell that I’m looking forward to this? I’m saving mine for the weekend when I plan to eat some delicious Mexican food with some kind of glorious ice cream for dessert. Nom, nom, nom.

I started adding fruit to my diet yesterday and chowed down on some more veggies. I did not get a chance to exercise because Lex did not want to go to bed on time. So, I was quite surprised this morning when I stepped on the scale and had lost two more pounds! This gives me hope that I will continue to lose weight even with adding fruit and veggies daily.

Stats:

Starting weight: 191 lbs.

Current weight: 180 lbs.

As of today, I have lost a total of 11 pounds! 🙂 My waist has shrunk by two inches and my hips by one. I’m crossing my fingers that it keeps going!

9 Comments

  1. Good job Ashley. Take care of yourself and keep up the good work. It is work!! Marv and I are about to take the dieting plunge.

  2. This is so good to see right now. I started the diet (not realizing there was a nursing plan) 3 days ago. I will stop the attack phase now & jump to the consolidation phase. I too feel bummed that I wont see the effects I was hoping to by following the “normal” diet… but since my bub is only 4 months old- I wouldnt want my milk supply to suffer at all, nor would I want toxins to be released into my breastmilk. Thanks for posting this blog! I have found the *very* small section in the book now where it talks about nursing mothers.

    • You’re welcome! I’m so glad I could help another breastfeeding mother. I did still lose weight at a good pace even with the modified diet. Good luck!

  3. thanks for your blog! i have a question so I start my dukan diet with the consolidation phase for how many days? with oat bran too? I did this diet before and it is great but now im nursing, my baby is 4 months old and i want to lost my extra weight but in a healthy way.
    if i understand no attack and cruise phase just consolidation phase, am i right?
    i wait your answer.
    thanks

    • That’s correct! You need lots of nutrients for making that milk. Breastfeeding burns calories, too, so you’ll probably still lose weight.

  4. Congrats on your hard work! I am a nursing mother. I am starting this diet today and I was just wondering how long it took you to lose those 11 lbs?
    Thank you!

    • It took three weeks to lose those 11 pounds, but that was with two weeks on the standard diet, including five days of Attack.

  5. Congrats on the weight loss! I am about to give birth and wanted to pick up the dukan book to read the nursing northers sextion but they have so many books! Do you remember what book has the nursing mothers information? If so, what’s the name. Thanks!!!

  6. Hi! I’m in the same position that you! I’ve started the pure protein diet while breastfeeding and, finally found your article that has clarified everything for me!
    Thank you so much to share your experience!
    I would love to have more inputs and make more questions for you!!
    Tks!

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