I am pleased to say that the Dukan diet did what it promised for me. I reached 167 10 days before planned, and have successfully went into stage 3 Consolidation with success.
One of the things that I really like about this diet is that it has timelines for the diet. You know that if you do (these) things you will get (these) results and by (this) date. It helps keep the determination. The second most important thing is that it tells you how to reenter the normal eating world. The 3rd phase is all about adding normal food back to the diet and keeping the weight off. It's as important as the entire diet. Actually, the time you spend in it is longer than the first two phases.
Most diet's get you to a goal and then, poof, leave you dry. What do you do now? How do you eat? Do you stay on it your whole life? Who can do that?
Phase 3, you stay in this for 5 days for each pound you lost, to keep the weight off. Your body wants to replenish the storage and bounce back badly right now. It is worried about famine, that's the way we're programmed. So you divide your days, mine's 68 days, by half. You add back 2 slices whole grain bread/wrap/tortilla per day, 1 fruit (apple, two plums, approx cup of berries), unlimited lean meat and unlimited veggies. Then you get 1 starch for the week and 1 celebration meal for the week. I do this for the first half, 34 days. Then on the second half you get 2 starches per week and 2 celebration meals per week.
The second half, man I could live like that the rest of my life, easy! You also have to keep one day, Thursdays is their suggestion as a pure protein day. It's your burn day.
I've been doing phase 3 for a week now and I have went up and down about a pound, but have continued to keep at about 167. I was honestly worried about adding food back. I was afraid it'd come back with a vengeance. But no. I had my first celeb. meal last night. Mexican, with brownie's for dessert. And when I hesitantly weighed this morning. 168. No sweat.
By the way, last night I tried on a pair of skinny jeans.
They totally looked good on me. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could pull off skinny jeans. Even in high school I had to wear relaxed fit. I thought it was just my shape; I'm curvy. Well, still am, but now I can actually wear skinny jeans and look good.