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Thread: One for all the returners... what did we learn? What are we going to different?

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    Diet: Dukan (With Beck Diet Solution)
    Height: 5ft6in
    Start Date: 27th April 2014
    Start Weight: 12st4.0lb
    Current Weight: 10st10.3lb
    Goal Weight: 10st0lb
    Goal Date: 31st August 2014


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 27.8
    Current BMI: 24.3
    Goal BMI: 22.6


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st7.7lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st10.3lb
    % Lost 12.62%

    One for all the returners... what did we learn? What are we going to different?

    Hi guys,

    I've been thinking about this thread for a few days, and I think it would be really helpful for me, and maybe for some of you others as well.

    I have noticing in the diary section especially, there seem to be many people who have done the diet, seen great results, usually reaching target weight and consolidating for a bit... but then later.... real life gets in the way, they lose focus, or other things happen, but eventually they regain some or all of the weight, sometimes even more, and then wait a while before eventually coming back to Dukan.

    These stories strike a chord with me, because I am in the same boat. In January 2012 I weighed in at 12st 7lb, I got down to 11st on Atkins (not fun, Keto-breath and SLOW) before discovering Dukan in the Summer 2012, and shedding 2 more stone in three months. I weighed 9st in September 2012 and was gloriously happy. I managed to maintain it until Christmas and then slowly but surely my weight crept up again.

    I was marathon training and struggling with my diet, balancing consolidation with Carb-loading, saying no to offers of unplanned dessert by saying "I'm on a diet" and the person offering me would be flabberghasted, like "but you're already so slim!". Celebration meals turned into celebration weekends, which turned into Celebration Months. My deprived body was so hungry after my long training runs that I sadly started episodes of binge eating. I was miserable about my weight gain, but the misery just led to comfort eating. I also started to take some pretty harsh hormones, which drove my appetite crazy.

    In the end, I regained the weight so fast that I was asked on four different occasions if I was pregnant. It was heartbreaking.

    But laziness and I guess a bit of dread prevented me getting back to the diet properly for another year and a bit. When I write it out like this, it all seems so crazy, but I guess that's just how it is. I kept thinking that if I just focus on my exercise, my training, the nutrition will fall into place. Sadly it didn't, so as painful as it was, I ran my marathon at over 12stone.

    I thought it might be important and useful for us to record what went wrong last time, and what we're going to change this time to really keep the weight off once and for all. We all obviously that the Dukan diet can provide lasting results, but why didn't it for us? I don't ever want to feel so out of control again. I want it to last this time. So I made a little questionnaire, so that we can share our experiences. If you like you can copy it and share your own. Otherwise you can maybe learn something from mine. This was really hard for me to write. But I hope that someone else can get something out of it.


    Questions:

    Initial Start Weight:
    Initial Success on Dukan:
    Regain Weight:
    New Target weight:
    How long did you maintain your weight for?:
    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    What will you do differently this time?:


    Here goes mine-

    Initial Start Weight:
    12st 7lbs

    Initial Success on Dukan:

    9st (some days lower)

    Regain Weight:
    12st 4lbs

    New Target weight:
    10st

    How long did you maintain your weight for?:
    3 months

    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    I only did half of the consolidation - started having more and more carb portions and "celebration meals"
    Dropped PP days completely
    Found it hard to resist spontaneous eating
    Did some half-arse back on Dukan but never really got it to stick as I lacked motivation and determination
    Had issues with binge eating and comfort eating
    Tried other diets but would fall off the wagon spectacularly, usually ending up heavier

    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    Dukan is the only diet that I could ever really follow and feel satisfied
    I have such positive memories of Dukan the first time around. Steady losses and easy diet plans.
    I honestly regret not trying harder at consolidation as I really think it was a "livable" eating plan

    What will you do differently this time?:

    I am not targetting such a low weight. It was too slim on me.
    I will honour the consolidation period in full.
    I will keep to PP days.
    I am keeping a diary here (I was just a lurker before), for encouragement and to help keep me accountable.


    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on all this xoxox
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    Start : 12st 4lb
    Week 1: 12st
    Week 2: 11st 12.75lb
    Week 3: 11st 10lb
    Week 4: 11st 8.75lb
    Week 5: 11st 6.5lb
    Week 6: Travelling
    Week 7: 11st 3.75lb
    Week 8: 11st 1.25lb
    Week 9: 11st 0.5lb
    Week 10: 10st 11.25lb
    !!
    Week 11: 10st 10.25lb

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    Diet: Dukan/Paleo/Intermittent Fasting
    Height: 1.61m
    Start Date: 10 May 2012
    Start Weight: 60kg
    Current Weight: 58.05kg
    Goal Weight: 55kg
    Goal Date: 1 September 2014


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 23.1
    Current BMI: 22.4
    Goal BMI: 21.2


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2kg
    Weight to Lose: 3kg
    % Lost 3.25%
    What a brilliant post, Shelly, and what an amazing story with all the ups and downs. So here goes: My story is a little different as I've never really been that overweight, and usually fluctuate between chubby, flabby and curvy. My max weight ever has been around 65kg, but that didn't last more than a few months.

    That might not sound like much, but I'm short and top-heavy, so I easily look overweight in clothes. For me, losing just 2 or 3kg can make an huge difference in how I look and feel, but I also struggle like hell to shift those final kilos!

    Initial Start Weight: 60kg (9st 6)

    Initial Success on Dukan: lost 5kg, reaching 55kg (8st 9) - my lowest adult weight ever

    Regain Weight: a couple of weeks ago I hit 60 again, and wanted to cry. I also thought I'd found the diet that would work forever, and would never regain.

    New Target weight: 56kg

    How long did you maintain your weight for?
    I managed to stay around 56 for 4 months, gained a bit over Christmas and then lost it. Went up again and lost a bit, and over the next 6 months the weight gradually crept back a kilo at a time.

    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    -Letting my attention drop, and letting the short cheating periods become longer cheating periods. It's easy to recover after gaining 1kg, but once you've gained back 50-70% of what you've lost, it's like starting at the beginning again.
    - I also relocated abroad and started a new job, which added stress and screwed up my eating habits and exercise.
    - Just plain denial, really: avoiding the scales, kidding myself that I was eating well by not counting alcohol, desserts, croissants, etc... Avoiding wearing my skinny clothes...
    - I was also just too busy with life to do all the prep that dukan requires, and was fed up of having to eat different meals to my hubby.

    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    well, I've never really left dukan, as it's still my preferred eating style (I unfortunately just increased the bad stuff I ate along with dukan!). I still think it's a fantastic diet, although I do also follow primal.

    What will you do differently this time?: This time I'm supplementing my dukan / primal eating patterns with intermittent fasting. I hope this will be a short term antidote to the overindulging, and give me quicker results. So far so good!

    Once I'm at tw I will also keep a much closer eye in things and not allow myself to go without weighing for long periods. I will put on my 'skinny clothes' once a week to check they still fit. And not let myself fluctuate more than 1kg over tw.

    Phew! Wish me luck ;-)
    Last edited by Dukanista : 3 Weeks Ago at 05:09 AM
    2012
    * dukan start weight: 60kg
    * dukan end weight: 55kg
    * maintained at 56kg (with some ups and downs!)
    2013
    * weight crept up to 58/59kg
    * got down to 56.4kg in September
    * back up to 59kg by end of year
    2014
    * back at 60kg (pre-dukan weight) and time for intervention!
    wk 0: 59.8kg
    wk 1 58.3kg (-1.5kg)
    wk 2: 58.55kg (+0.25kg)
    wk 3: 58.05kg (-0.5kg)
    wk 4: 57.6kg (-0.45kg)

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started - Mark Twain

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    Diet: Self devised
    Height: 1.68m
    Start Date: 01/03/2002
    Start Weight: 141kg
    Current Weight: 72.8kg
    Goal Weight: 69.9kg


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 50
    Current BMI: 25.8
    Goal BMI: 24.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 68.2kg
    Weight to Lose: 2.9kg
    % Lost 48.38%
    What a fabulous idea Shelly. My story is a little strange because my start weight at Dukan is 71.1K way back in 2007 (must check that) is a weight I've hardly seen since! But I'll only talk about Dukan here for the purposes of your questionnaire.

    Initial Start Weight:
    71.1K

    Initial Success on Dukan:

    65K

    Regain Weight:
    86K?

    New Target weight:
    68K

    How long did you maintain your weight for?:
    a day


    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    My target weight was too low and, while attainable on Cruise (4/3 rotation), as soon as I moved onto Conso, the weight crept back on.
    My Celebration meals were too celebratory
    No one else on Conso at the time was gaining seemingly (or, rather, had disappeared instead of posting) so I hid it, ate more still, and lost the plot.


    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    Dukan to me is like putting on an old comfy pair of slippers. It enables me to eat until I'm full and I find the meal planning and shopping very easy.


    What will you do differently this time?:

    I'm not actually doing Dukan any more because I quickly lose the sense of "normal portions" which is something difficult to tackle at stabilisation time. Perhaps food for thought for others too?
    But I do still believe that Dukan can work but not if used as a quick fix before holidays etc.
    Joanne
    Start weight: 141K (March 2002)
    Target weight reached: 67.5K (December 2003) - healthy eating
    Maintained until Feb 2007 when I quit smoking and regained 13K

    Discovered Dukan diet Nov 2007 at 71.1K. Have been coached on French official site.

    2011

    High: 79.5 (Jan)
    Low:
    66.5 (May)
    2012
    High: 80.6 (Nov)
    Low: 71.6 (Feb)
    74.5K got married Sept 2012
    2013
    High: 84.9 (Jan)
    Low: 76.3 (Oct)

    2014
    High: 85.2 (Jan)
    Low: 68.9 (3 July)

    Target 68.0K

    6/1: 85.2
    13/1: 81.6
    17/1: 80.1 (change of weigh in day)
    14/2: 77.7 (and we're OFF again!)
    14/3: 75.6 (stopped Dukan about here)
    11/04: 73.2
    13/05: 70.4
    20/05: 70.4
    02/06: restart after holiday and two day binge!
    06/06: 72.4
    13/06: 73.3 (oopsie)
    17/06: 71.8
    24/06: 70.1
    3/07: 68.9 (then holiday... aaaah!)
    24/07: 72.8 (thought it'd be worse but have walked MILES recently to compensate dinners out!)

    Dukan Jan 6-Mar 17... now healthy eating and walking lots

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    Diet: Dukan
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 10 February 2012
    Start Weight: 13st9lb
    Current Weight: 10st0lb
    Goal Weight: 9st5lb
    Goal Date: 4 July 2012


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 29.9
    Current BMI: 21.9
    Goal BMI: 20.5


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 3st9lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st9lb
    % Lost 26.7%
    Initial Start Weight:
    13st 9lbs, in February 2012

    Initial Success on Dukan:
    Reached tw of 10st 5lbs in August 2012. Then carried on losing on Conso until at one point I weighed 9st 1lb (I think around January 2013). I decided I wanted to maintain at 9st 5lbs - 9st 1lb was positively skinny but 9st 5lbs was beautifully slim.

    Regain Weight:
    I didn't start to go over my tw of 9st 5lbs until early this year. Last Christmas, on holiday, I indulged in puddings, chocolate, etc for the first time and after that I embraced my perception of Stabilisation (ie everything allowed provided you keep one pp day a week). The weight crept on gradually over the ensuing 6 months (the pp days had long-since disappeared) but I'm glad to say that once I had gone past Dr Dukan's tw for me I decided enough was enough.

    New Target weight:
    I'm aiming for 9st 5lbs again because I don't like the cellulite on my tummy when I'm heavier, I'd rather the folds of loose skin when I'm lighter (I'm 56 and have had 4 children so the elasticity has been long lost).

    How long did you maintain your weight for?:
    I have remained at or below Dr Dukan's tw for me for the best part of 2 years and still feel confident I shall never be the "fattie" I had become again.

    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    Possibly boredom. Possibly 'what if'. Definitely lots of personal stresses though I am increasingly coming to understand (for the first time in 38 years plus) that food or depriving myself of it is not the answer.

    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    Because it works for me. I played with a couple of other 'quick fixes' before returning to Dukan but I now realise that to return to the weight I liked being is going to take longer than a week or 3.

    What will you do differently this time?
    Nothing, actually. I took my eye off the ball for a while, that's all. I don't believe a very protein-heavy diet is healthy long-term but, like Scooter, I find Dukan Conso/Stab incredibly easy provided I don't have 2 Gala Meals a week. Being able to have fruit, bread and cheese every day, and the very occasional feast at weddings and bar mitzvahs (to coin a phrase) was completely acceptable for me.

    So that's my tuppenny-worth, for whatever it's worth! I love this thread and hope it helps others on their journey to a healthy, stable weight. Although the overriding impression on this forum is that people who have lost on Dukan haven't maintained that loss, I suspect that the very many who have, have long since stopped contributing to the site. Also, there must be thousands out there who do not have issues around food/weight who have successfully dieted using Dukan and have never felt the need to join a forum like this in the first place. I genuinely believe Dukan is the solution for very many people.
    Last edited by sarafvrm : 2 Weeks Ago at 07:54 PM

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    Diet: Dukan/Paleo/Intermittent Fasting
    Height: 1.61m
    Start Date: 10 May 2012
    Start Weight: 60kg
    Current Weight: 58.05kg
    Goal Weight: 55kg
    Goal Date: 1 September 2014


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 23.1
    Current BMI: 22.4
    Goal BMI: 21.2


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2kg
    Weight to Lose: 3kg
    % Lost 3.25%
    Leave us hanging, why dontcha!

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    2012
    * dukan start weight: 60kg
    * dukan end weight: 55kg
    * maintained at 56kg (with some ups and downs!)
    2013
    * weight crept up to 58/59kg
    * got down to 56.4kg in September
    * back up to 59kg by end of year
    2014
    * back at 60kg (pre-dukan weight) and time for intervention!
    wk 0: 59.8kg
    wk 1 58.3kg (-1.5kg)
    wk 2: 58.55kg (+0.25kg)
    wk 3: 58.05kg (-0.5kg)
    wk 4: 57.6kg (-0.45kg)

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started - Mark Twain

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    Diet: Dukan
    Height: 5ft5in
    Start Date: 5/08/12
    Start Weight: 11st4lb
    Current Weight: 09st5lb
    Goal Weight: 8st7lb
    Goal Date: 01/09/14


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 26.3
    Current BMI: 21.8
    Goal BMI: 19.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 1st13lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st12lb
    % Lost 17.09%
    Initial Start Weight:
    11st 4lbs 3rd august

    Initial Success on Dukan:
    Reached 9 stone 10 by 30th September then got bored and gave up

    Regain Weight:
    I didn't! I went on hover around 9 stone 8lbs by eating healthy 80% of the time

    New Target weight:
    I'm aiming for 8 stone 7lb ish, my TW is around 8 stone 5lbs If I remember correctly!

    How long did you maintain your weight for?:
    I always have. I had gained weight through pregnancy, always being around 8 and a half stone mark previously.

    What do you think were the reasons for your weight gain?:
    Original weight gain... A baby

    Why did you chose to come back to Dukan?
    Because it works for me!

    What will you do differently this time?
    Stick to it and follow it trough completely the switching to paleo diet, I have IBS so this would be ideal for me to stay fat burning rather than switching back to sugar burning. Plus wheat and grains are not good on my stomach.


    Although it seems everyone gains, the reason I got on to dukan is two of my friends did it after pregnancy, one had gained 5 stone! Both have kept it off and maintained their true weight, the 5 stone gain girls youngest is now 5, she does one pp a day still and stays slim and healthy.

    Dukan works! X
    Dukan
    Start Weight 11 st 4lbs
    True Weight 8 st 5lbs
    height f5.5

    05/8/12 11st 4lbs
    12/8/12 11st
    19/8/12 10st 7lbs
    26/8/12 10st 7lbs (TOTM)
    02/9/12 10st 7lbs
    09/9/12 10st 3lbs
    16/9/12 10st 2lbs
    23/9/12 10st *1st 7lbs lost - half way there!*
    30/9/12 09st 13lbs into the 9's!

    Had a looooooonnnnng break just eating regularly down to 9 stone 8lb on average

    14/07/13 09st 05lb -Attack Attack Attack!

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    Diet: Dukan/Paleo/Intermittent Fasting
    Height: 1.61m
    Start Date: 10 May 2012
    Start Weight: 60kg
    Current Weight: 58.05kg
    Goal Weight: 55kg
    Goal Date: 1 September 2014


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 23.1
    Current BMI: 22.4
    Goal BMI: 21.2


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2kg
    Weight to Lose: 3kg
    % Lost 3.25%
    Now that's a good news story! Thanks wookie!
    2012
    * dukan start weight: 60kg
    * dukan end weight: 55kg
    * maintained at 56kg (with some ups and downs!)
    2013
    * weight crept up to 58/59kg
    * got down to 56.4kg in September
    * back up to 59kg by end of year
    2014
    * back at 60kg (pre-dukan weight) and time for intervention!
    wk 0: 59.8kg
    wk 1 58.3kg (-1.5kg)
    wk 2: 58.55kg (+0.25kg)
    wk 3: 58.05kg (-0.5kg)
    wk 4: 57.6kg (-0.45kg)

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started - Mark Twain





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