Yes I do mean Dukan and not Dunkin - the sugary waist expander kind. I am talking about that latest diet of the moment - The Dukan Diet. A few years back The Atkins was all the rage now its the turn of this French twist on that diet. Invariably it has made Mr Dukan a massive fortune. He is the latest person to come up with the definitive solution to losing weight. A man who has never, ever, had a weight problem.
To be honest I didn't know a great deal about it, so I had a little gander on the internet. There are four phases to the diet by all accounts and it seems that protein is the order of the day with a bit of bran thrown in for good measure. You lose lots of weight straight away and it appears to be the answer to your weight loss prayers. As always, carbs are enemy number one and are not to be trusted. Poor old carbs they do get a bad press don't they? I think they would have a good case for food discrimination if you ask me.
As you know I have never attempted any faddy diet except Slimming World and yes I do consider that to be a faddy diet (see my first ever post). As do I consider Weight Watchers. They are all faddy but just dressed up in different guises. The thing they all have in common is that the dieter believes they can only diet if they follow their chosen faddy plan. They don't believe they can just do it by being sensible. That would be...well.....sensible wouldn't it? It would mean that you don't hand over your hard earned cash to someone else and we've gotta do that! My husband once said to me give me £5 and I'll weigh you every week. I was like "its not the same silly". No I had to give my money to someone else and be weighed every week. Madness.
I have a friend who, without a trace of irony, says "I can only ever lose weight with Weight Watchers". She has been at least 6 times. I would suggest then that it doesn't work if you have to keep going back. I've also said this before - I truly believed they are designed to make you fail after you have lost your weight. The percentage of people not putting on any weight, ever again, after leaving the big players - Slimming World, Weight Watchers are nominal. The returning customers (its all about the business) must be a far greater percentage. It is not in the interests of these companies for you to lose weight and keep it off. They want you back time and time and time again. How many people do you know that have lost significant amounts of weight - I'm talking stones here, on Slimfast, Lighter Life etc and have put it all back on. I rest my case.
So is it for doughnuts (couldn't wait to spell that properly!) aka Muppet's, silly people? We used to say this at school "you doughnut!" if you thought someone was being stupid. But most of the people who do these diets are far from stupid. Many are very well educated and intellectual. Maybe that's why they can't lose weight in the first place because they have so many internal well reasoned arguments as to why they cannot say no to food. Take Jenni Murray for instance. An intelligent woman who has struggled with her weight all her life - a writer and presenter and no doubt well educated - so she opts for the latest faddy diet loses 5 stone and promptly puts it all back on again?! She is now on the Weight Watchers journey - a faddy diet in disguise.
There are no miracles in dieting. If its taken a long time to put on, its going to take a long time to get off. I truly believe that my diet will eventually make me lose all the excess weight. There is no finishing line - it will always be on going.
By eating 3 x reasonable sized meals a day with my family, cutting out the rubbish (not specific food groups) and having the occasional treat plus exercising is the only way to lose weight properly. You have to make it normal again. No pro plus points, no red days, no green days, no attack phases, no shakes for breakfast, no diet pills, no syns - just plain and simple. Back to basics. Back to the 1970's.
Play food - maybe that's all we should be doing with it!