Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dukan is for Donuts


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!

21 comments:

  1. I agree with most of what you say, many wont however...

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  2. only most lol!! I know lots will say Weight Watchers and Slimming World are successful and not faddy that's for sure. Thanks for commenting x

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  3. No, I agree that they're faddy. I rejoined Slimming World about a year ago. I do a lot of cooking from scratch, but the group leader told me that it was better for me to eat store-bought bread and dried pasta than my home-made versions as the store-bought food had fewer calories. Yeah, I never returned.

    I was also stupid enough to spend hundreds of pounds on Lighter Life a few years ago. Gained it all back within a year. No surprise eh?

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  4. The chemicals in shop bought stuff is rife. I have been to weight watchers at least twice in my life pre kids and 1 x post kids. I have also done slimming world about 3 x - 1 pre kids and 2 post kids. You think they're healthy as they're low fat essentially and eat lots of fruit and veg but the notion that you can eat as much pasta, potatoes on a green day and as much meat as you like on a red is stupid really. Its all calories. Also the woman that heads it is a big lass you only ever get head shots of her! With weight watchers if you do exercise you can eat more! They say you can have extra 'point's' - never done lighter life but a friend has and I'm not a great milk fan so the idea of slimfast is vile. I read the ingrediants on the tine once (my step-daughter) did it and it read like something from a chemcial lab! Thanks for commenting x

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  5. I totally agree with you about the fad diets. The only thing in their favour for some people is that if you have no self control when it comes to food, you made need the stupid rules in order to restrict your calories. I belive that overeating can be an addiction as strong as alcohol or drug addiction and some people just cannot wean themselves alone. There's also the notion of: I've paid so much I have to do it properly. Myself, I'm trying to do the 1970s thing.

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  6. Dear correct doughnut speller, obviously I meant 'may need' and 'believe'.

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    1. lol correct doughnut speller I'm liking that! Yes some need that military discipline but that's the problem when they wave ta ta and march off into the sunset at their goal weight within a very short space of time they are unable to do things themselves so to speak. Welcome back! x

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    2. Thanks, it's good to be back. And you are right of course. Ultimately you have to learn how to eat sensibly yourself.

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  7. ...note to self...cancel Weightwatchers direct debit...

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    1. ha ha - you've never joined anything hence the healthy weight for the vast majority of your adult life except xmas time of course! x

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    2. i can show you the monthly charge on my credit card as evidence..;-(((( sadly im also hooked!

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  8. Natasha - I am sure you are right. I have been moderately successful just on the small changes bit by bit over time approach. I think that the point many people miss is just how long it took to put on the weight. If they understood and accepted that it will take most of that time to take it off again and keep it off, their aspirations might be more realistic. The turning point for me was to change my aspirations dramatically rather than just continuing to beat up on myself - and what do you know over 3 years 30 pounds have gone away.

    Keep up the good work - and no doughnuts!

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    1. Wow 30lbs is great!! That's exactly how my husband sees it if I lose another 20lbs this year i'd have lost 40lbs and that will do we just fine! x

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  9. I lost over 3 stone on weight watchers before I got married. However, the moment I reached my goal weight and stopped attending meetings and even if I deviated slightly from my usual food regime the weight came straight back on. I have never returned to a Weight Watchers meeting as I know that it will just be a vicious circle of me paying £5 to line their pockets whilst I lose weight for it to come back on again should I fall off the wagon. I've learnt now to be happy with what I've got and feel good about my weight.

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  10. Hi Charlotte - thanks for commenting. Yes it is a vicious circle and like you say as soon as you stop going the weight does go back on maybe not all or maybe 7 lbs or so but it does go back. I think people feel liberated when they away from the groups. I'm not saying people can't lose weight on them and they are the more sensible diets of all the ones out there but my main bug bear with them is the repeat custom. I truly believe they are designed very, very well so that you do keep coming back. Well done for not returning - good for you! x

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  11. I've got a raging desire for some sugary doughnuts now.

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  12. Yes they do look mighty fine! x

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  13. I tried Dukan and by day two I was seeing spots and nearly fainted! I stick to calorie counting now and then, but really just eating sensibly and healthily!

    Couldn't half eat a doughnut now though....

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    1. I never tried it and never will! I've eaten my fill of chi chi's on holiday - the French penis shaped doughnut and delicious it was too!x

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  14. I've tried every diet going and they all work to some extent. The diet industry knows the results of focus group based womens minds very well, and cater to the fact that if a woman has a major event coming up where we're likely to be judging each other, we'll try and lose weight. Therefore it's nt really a life long plan, it's a quick fix. At SW now I believe if you hit your target weight lifetime maintenance membership is free, or half price or something like that. Atkins worked for me incredibly well. Started it at Easter one year, by Summer I was 3 dress sizes smaller and feeling very fit indeed. Bread found me. SW was good, I lost 7 lbs in my first week. Well, the scales said I'd put ON 7 lbs but the group leader, another porker, said they must have put the wrong start weight on the chart. Never went back. WW was ok, but I hate all that spraying cooking oil stuff and points nonsense. I agree overeating is an addiction, and needs far better understanding and treatment options than it gets x

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    1. I love that - bread found me! On Slimming World bread is like the biggest syn an for years after I avoided it thinking it was bad etc what a load of shit x

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