This FAQ is aimed at those starting out, so covers mostly questions that arise during Attack and Cruise. Most the answers will have a UK bias too, there are forum members from other countries so do speak up if you need help (or have advice) for elsewhere.
Do introduce yourself
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...ome-dukan.html (Welcome to Dukan)
Before starting the Dukan diet please read the book, this forum is not a substitute for this step.
The book has gone through many changes and different markets have slightly different rules but you do need to read it, as they all outline what a big commitment the Dukan diet is. It is not a quick fix diet, it is a lifetime plan.
If after reading this you still have questions
Use the search function.
If you still have questions, use the subject line of your post to ask your question
Write "How much Oatbran can I eat in Attack" will get the answer you need much faster than a "Help needed" or "I don't understand"
No one is trying to discourage posters but everyone is happier and more helpful when its something new to answer, you'll notice quickly how often things come up.
If you decide Dukan is right for you do start a diary Dukan Diaries - MiniMins.com - Weight Loss Support Forum we’re a nosey lot and find it easier to help when we know a bit about you. It can be very useful to look back and see when things were going right or wrong.
The FAQ on the UK Dukan site
Slimming programme, fast weight loss, slimming diet: Pierre Dukan FAQs
Do fill out your stats, don't feel embarrassed, it is unlikely you’ll be the largest person who ever joined, and even if you are, so what, you will be getting smaller shortly.
Online (not on the app) at the top of the page there is the user cp, fill out your age, height and weight. Advice for someone who has 50lbs to lose will be very different to someone who only has 5 left to go.
What is my True weight? How many days should I do attack for?
Go to Official UK Dukan Diet website: Diets for Quick Weight Loss, Diet menus to help you lose weight fill out the information to find your true weight and how many days you should do attack for.
What can I eat on attack?
If you’re asking this you haven't read the book. Please read the book.
Also see http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...st-attack.html (dukan food list. attack)
and http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...ew-people.html (List of Dukan safe foods - for new people)
I’m on day x of attack, have a headache and feel AWFUL, is this normal?
The bad news is yes its normal, many experience headaches and flu like symptoms during attack.
The good news is it will pass, your appetite is about to decrease and you might get a spurt of energy.
Carb withdrawal and entry to ketosis can be painful, keep drinking water, eating protein and soon it will pass.
Can I do extra time on attack?
Attack is a short shock to your system, to get you out of eating carbs and into ketosis. It is not a way to eat long term, you need your vegetables. Yes it is great to have the fast loses, but the constipation and lack of variety are not fun. Stick to the length of time Dr D recommends.
What do PP and PV mean?
PP is Pure Protein and PV is protein and vegetables.
What pattern of PP/PV should I do?
Whatever works best for you, some like 1/1 for the variety, some like 5/5 to use all veg in one stretch and stop it going off, Some like to ensure weekends are always PV.
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...-how-many.html (PV & PP Days - routine and how many?)
Which yogurts can I eat?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...ain-sorry.html (Yoghurts... AGAIN (sorry!))
Fat free Natural yogurt and fat free fromage frais are best, these can be sweetened with sweetener and flavoured to your tastes with vanilla, cinnamon, coffee etc. Or add herbs and black pepper to make a savoury dip.
Many in the UK like total 0% which has a terrific texture. Supermarket own brands also have very low fat versions.
You may see reference to Muller light and Weight watcher toffee and vanilla flavoured yogurts on old menus and in diarys, these used to be the recommended ones in the UK but are no longer due to their sugar content. In the early days of the launch of the diet in the UK they seemed to want to find UK equivalents to the french options, but there are some things we just dont have.
In France the recommended yogurts are the Sveltesse Ferme & Fondant ones (and ONLY the 0% ones, not the chocolate, etc. ones which have been added to the range which are "1.something" fat).
Fat free, sugar free fruit yogurts are allowed if they contain no fruit pieces.
What is oatbran?
Food guide, healthy nutrition, oat bran: Pierre Dukan diet
Where can I buy oatbran?
In the UK, Supermarkets and healthfood shops stock oatbran.
I cant find oatbran can I use porridge oats instead?
No. If your country doesn’t have easy access to it, consider ordering online or asking a friend to send you some.
What can I do with oatbran?
Dukan Recipes - MiniMins.com - Weight Loss Support Forum See the recipe section. Our members are very creative and have come up with all sorts of ways to use it, muffins, cakes, bread, biscuits.
Whats a Gallette? How do I make it? My gallete was a disaster....
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-recipe...f-galette.html (Foolproof galette)
I’m fed up, this diet offers no variety, there is nothing I can eat.
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...-n-hungry.html (help struggling with restart,bored n hungry)
If you’re eating chicken 2 meals a day, 7 days a week its not surprising you’re sick of the sight of it and bored.
There are far more options out there than just chicken, take a look in the menu thread http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...ily-menus.html (Daily menus) and in the recipe section
Dukan Recipes - MiniMins.com - Weight Loss Support Forum try something new, you might like it.
I’m a vegetarian, is Dukan suitable for me?
Its not ideal, it will be difficult, but not impossible. If you’re a pescatarian it will be much easier to get your protein and keep variety.
I’m a vegetarian are there any different rules?
Slimming programme, fast weight loss, slimming diet: Pierre Dukan FAQs
What are tolerated foods, how many can I eat?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...ry-cruise.html (allowed foods query on cruise)
The Dukan diet can be a long slog and boredom can set in if you get stuck in a rut. Tolerated foods are there to help get through the difficult times and are not for everyday use. They are not for attack.
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...-your-car.html (Why Tolerated Items are the like the brakes on your car…)
Why am I not losing any weight? Why have I stalled?
Are you already at a healthy weight? If so Dukan might not work for you.
Are you sticking only to the foods on the list for your stage? If so and you haven't had a loss for 2 weeks Dr D recommends cutting back on dairy and increasing your walking. Also stop eating tolerated foods and keep an eye on your salt intake.
Post your menus so we can see what you are eating, its really important to post quantities if you are having problems, eating too much or too little will affect your losses.
Eating as much as you need is not the same as eating as much as you can.
Equally eating too little – especially too little protein will cause your body to revolt.
Do be patient with yourself, we don't all lose at the same rate all the time, stress, time of the month, a big loss the week before, will all have an impact.
Constipation, transit, blockages
Constipation is an unfortunate side affect of the Dukan diet. Don't be afraid to bring it up.
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...ble-query.html (question about constipation / laxatives (& vegetable query!))
Do read the book, and make a list based on the food you’re allowed at your stage.
The food list for attack is http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...st-attack.html (dukan food list. attack)
Ideas are http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...t-staples.html (New to Dukan - shopping list staples)
I only have 7lbs to lose and I want to start Dukan...
Please don't, if you have a healthy BMI or only a small amount to use you can adjust your existing eating and exercise and still be successful.
Why cant I have xyz?
Because its not on the list, which usually means its too high in fat and/or carbs.
But I really want to eat/drink xyz, my friend said its okay
Then eat it but don't complain that you’re not losing and feel dreadful. If you really cant go without try a diet where you can.
Dukan is hard work and not for everyone.
I’ve messed up, what should I do?
It happens. Don’t do it again
Drink lots of water and do a few pp days, no need to go back to attack unless you’ve had an extended time away from Dukan.
Which Flavourings can I use?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...avourings.html (Food Flavourings?)
I’m going on holiday/road trip/away, what should I do, what can I eat?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...-chat-pls.html (Dukan Holiday/Vacation/Overnight Stays/AwayDay tips (NO CHAT PLS))
The Dukan Holiday Diet: How to stay slim for good | Mail Online
Is the coaching worth paying for?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...-coaching.html (Is anyone following Dukan WITHOUT paying for the coaching?)
Its up to you. If you do a quick internet search you’ll find many people unhappy with the service and if you look at the UK dukan site chat transcripts you see the level of english they use.
Most the information you need is in the book and we’re all here for motivation.
I cant get 0%, What % of fat is okay for yogurt, cottage cheese, mince....
Cottage cheese (and other good advice)
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...ge-cheese.html (Cottage Cheese)
Too much water?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...uch-water.html (Is there such thing as too much water?)
People on here talk about ketosis, what is it?
Ketosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I have bad breath and/or dry mouth is this normal?
Unfortunately yes, you can drink lots of water and chew sugar free gum to help.
Can I have diet pepsi, coke zero.....
Yes drinks with 1 cal per serving are allowed. This excludes some diet fruit drinks and flavoured waters which have higher calories.
This diet is expensive, how can I cut costs?
Bargains are listed http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...an-budget.html (DUKAN ON A BUDGET ...) please do add to this when you spot something.
In the UK Compare Supermarket Prices | Online Supermarket Shopping - mySupermarket is great for finding special offers.
Remember you’re probably saving by not having take-away, eating out less and not drinking.
What are Konjac noodles? What is konnyaku?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/1...i-noodles.html (Konjac (shirataki) noodles)
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...-konnyaku.html (Shirataki and konnyaku)
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diarie...i-berries.html (Goji berries)
Goji berries have since become a tolerated item, 1 teaspoon on pp days, 2 teaspoons on pv days
How many eggs can I have?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...-how-many.html (Eggs, how many?)
Can I eat Quorn?
Can I eat Sugar free jelly?
Yes on all stages no more than 3 portions a day
Can I eat Rhubarb?
Yes as a tolerated item on pp days(but would suggest thins only if you have transit issues) and freely like any other vegetable on pv days.
Can I drink tea and coffee?
Yes, as long as you use no sugar(sweetener is fine) and skimmed milk from allowance. Any leaf tea is allowed, green tea, fruit tea, mint tea......
How much protein should I eat? How much protein do foods contain?
http://www.minimins.com/dukan-diet/2...ml#post3948561 (Starting Cruise tomorrow. Can I.....?)