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Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 23 – I lost 3.6 pounds and fit comfortably into 32-inch pants

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet:

- I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic

- I started with a 5-day “attack phase”: Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the Dukan Diet and lost 6.6 pounds – here’s a report on how it went (days 1 to 5)

- I have been in “cruise phase”, also known as Phase 2, for eighteen weeks. Here are reports on the first seventeen weeks:
Week 1 (days 6 to 10)
Week 2 (days 11 to 16)
Week 3 (Days 17 to 25)
Week 4 (Days 25 to 32)
Week 5 (Days 32 through 39)
Week 6 (Days 39 though 46)
Week 7 (Days 46 though 53)
Week 8 (Days 53 through 60)
Week 9 (Days 60 through 67)
Week 10 (Days 67 through 74)
Week 11 (Days 74 through 81)
Week 12 (Days 81 through 88)
Week 13 (Days 88 through 95)
Week 14 (Days 95 through 102)
Week 15 (Days 102 to 109)
Week 16 (Days 109 to 116)
Week 17 (Days 116 to 123)
Week 18 (Days 123 to 130)
Week 19 (Days 130 to 137)
Week 20 (Days 137 to 144)
Week 21 (Days 144 to 151)
Week 22 (Days 151 to 158)

And today I am reporting on my twenty third week (days 158 through 165) on the Dukan diet. This week has been a really good one on the weight-loss front. I managed to lose 3.6 pounds for the week, bringing my total weight loss on the Dukan diet to 51.2 pounds. I am eating an average of 1,900 calories per day (while getting a good amount of exercise) without feeling hungry. I bought some pants this week with a 32-inch waist and they fit comfortably. And in theory I now know the secrets to getting six-pack abs. Here is how the week unfolded:

Day 158 -

  • Today on the scale I gained 0.4 pounds and weigh 180.0.
  • As you will recall from last week, I gained 2.0 pounds for the week in what was almost certainly pure water weight. On Day 157 I had consumed 10,000 milligrams of salt. On Day 156 I gained weight after riding my bike 42 miles. On Day 155 I ate too many nuts I admit, but the amount of weight gained was disproportionate to the crime. So I am looking this week to eliminate all the water and get back on track with weight loss. My low last week was 176.6 – I therefore should theoretically be able to eliminate 3.4 pounds of water plus whatever weight loss I am able to achieve this week.
  • So today I tried to have a light day on the food front, and I did. It was helped by the fact that yesterday was a 3,800 calorie day, so I was not particularly hungry today.
  • Today I ate a pound of salmon, half a pound of chicken, 2 cups of cottage cheese, a box of antioxidant vegetables and a serving of asparagus. That’s it. Perhaps 1,200 calories total for the day.
  • We took a 3 mile family walk at Lake Johnson this evening for exercise. It was a beautiful weather after 4 inches of rain over the past 2 days.

Day 159 -

  • And this morning I was rewarded with a big loss of water, although that meant I did not sleep particularly well last night due to multiple restroom runs. I lost 2.8 pounds overnight and now weight 177.2. A couple more days like this and I will be a happy guy.
  • Today I ate half a pound of chicken, half a pound of tilapia, 3 eggs, a cup of cottage cheese, half a cup of plain yogurt, a handful of walnuts, 6 meatballs, a restaurant salad (for lunch), 2 ounces of lunch meat, a box of antioxidant vegetables and a serving of asparagus. Maybe 2,300 calories, although the salad is a wild card.
  • I rode the exercise bike for 400 calories, about 45 minutes. I watched the pilot for No Ordinary Family.

Day 160 -

  • Today my weight is unchanged. I weigh 177.2.
  • Today I ate a pound of chicken, half a pound of salmon, 3 cups of cottage cheese, 8 ounces of lunch meat, about 400 calories of raw walnuts and a serving of asparagus. About 2,000 calories.
  • No exercise to speak of.
  • BP is 120/80.

Day 161 -

  • I lost 0.4 pounds this morning and now weigh 176.8.
  • Last night I had these amazing, vivid dreams on a variety of topics. One was about discount shopping for a used car. One was about dogs. One was about being somewhere where they were serving pizza, and having this huge debate in my head about whether I should have any or not, and if I have any whether to have 1 or 2 slices. The weird part about the dream was that the pizza was enormous – say a yard in diameter – so each slice is a foot and a half long. What does it mean when you are dreaming about yard-wide pizzas? Even better, what does it mean when you are having long, drawn out dreams about negotiating the price of a used car?
  • This is all going to come down to the weekend, which starts today. David becomes a teenager today, and we are having a birthday party featuring pizza and ice cream cake tonight. Yum… but I can’t eat that. The rest of the weekend follows suit. Should be interesting.
  • So today I ate a pound and a half of chicken, half a pound of salmon, 2 cups of cottage cheese, 3 eggs, half a pound of lunch meat, a box of antioxidant vegetables, a serving of asparagus, and a tiny half-slice of pizza (maybe 100 calories) at David’s party. No ice cream cake, no pancakes this morning with the kids (they had the day off from school), no nuts… A good day for me. Maybe 2,000 calories.
  • On the exercise bike I rode for 420 calories while watching episode 7 of Lost. Do I gain weight tomorrow because I exercised tonight?

Day 162 -

  • I gained 0.8 pounds today. On the scale this morning I weigh 177.6. Why is that?
  • The first thing I did today was walk 4 miles. I woke up early and needed to do some thinking, so I walked for nearly 1.5 hours. It was still dark when I left and turned into a beautiful morning as I walked.
  • Today was a day of temptation, mostly thwarted. After the walk I had to take David to Lego League. We stopped on the way and bought 2 dozen delicious Krispy Kreme donuts for the team. I didn’t eat any of those. When I got home, the kids had had a sleep over and Leigh had made delicious, enormous cinnamon rolls for the kids, filling the house with a delicious aroma. I didn’t eat any of those. There was a similar incident at lunch. And then for dinner we had a family picnic at a local park. It featured a big batch of BJ’s muffins and lots of other tempting stuff. I ate one hot dog (no bun) at the picnic. Then this evening we all sat down and watched “E.T. – The Extraterrestrial” with a huge batch of popcorn. This was air popped popcorn with a little butter and salt. I will admit I had some popcorn, because air popped popcorn is basically air and the butter is no-carb. I had about 3 cups of popcorn – maybe 20 grams of carbs.
  • Today I ate a pound of chicken, half a pound of Tilapia, 2 cups of cottage cheese, 2 cups of plain yogurt, 8 ounces of lunch meat, 3 eggs, a handful of walnuts, a box of antioxidant vegetables and the 3 cups of popcorn. About 2,400 calories or so.
  • For exercise today I walked 4 miles and then worked in the yard all day trying to finish the project up.
  • I feel pretty good about today. I avoided a bunch of temptations and got a fair amount of mixed exercise. I probably ate a little too much, but nothing excessive given all the opportunities for straying.

Day 163 -

  • Today on the scale I gained a pound. I now weigh 178.6. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps it was yesterday’s lack of asparagus.
  • Today I ate a pound of chicken, half a pound of salmon, 400 calories of peanuts, a cup of cottage cheese, a box of vegetables and a serving of asparagus. Maybe 1,500 calories and much less salt than normal.
  • Exercise today was mixed – yard work, a couple miles of bike riding with the kids, etc. Nothing strenuous, but I was in motion all day.
  • We were at Wal-mart today and I bought one of those chin-up bars that goes in the doorway. Doing the legs lifts seen in this post on abs looks like something to try. Doing those leg lifts is not nearly as easy as it looks!

Day 164 -

  • I was up a couple of times last night, and today on the scale I dropped 2.2 pounds of water to hit 176.4, a new low. That felt good!
  • BP is good, at 120/85.
  • I had hit a low of 176.6 last week, on Day 155, before I started putting on water weight. It still seems like my body is holding onto some water. So I am going to try to be as good today as I was yesterday and see if I can’t dump that water and get into the 175s. This might be called, “treating weight loss as a game” or “treating weight loss as a challenge.” It can’t hurt to try. After gaining several pounds last week in what was surely pure water, it would be nice to be able to say that I lost 4 pounds this week by taking all that water back off.
  • So today I ate a pound of chicken, half a pound of Tilapia, 2 cups of cottage cheese, 3 eggs, a box of vegetables, a serving of asparagus, maybe 4 ounces of lunch meat and a handful of walnuts. That’s a bit more (like 350 calories more – 1,850 total) than yesterday, but still well within specs.
  • I rode my real bicycle about 10 miles today with David taking him to boy scouts.
  • Over the weekend we went to Good Will and I bought 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans ($1.39 for each pair of Old Navy shorts, $3 for the jeans. Hard to beat that). These are my first “32-inch waist” purchases, and I wore a pair of the shorts today. They fit great.

Day 165 -

  • And today on the scale there was no effect. I weigh the same as yesterday – 176.4. I lost 3.6 pounds this week, and have lost 51.2 pounds since starting the Dukan diet.

Overall I feel like this week went really well. If you look at my calorie intake for the week, it was: 1,200 ; 2,300 ; 2,000 ; 2,000 ; 2,400 ; 1,500 and 1,850. That’s an average of 1,900 calories per day, hunger free. According to this calculator my daily calorie needs are 2,435 in “sedentary” mode. I ran a 500-calorie daily deficit for the week. And I got a fair amount of exercise as well for the week.

My point being that I should have lost fat this week, as well as water weight. This leads me to believe that my body is still holding onto some water, and hopefully it can come off next week. Maybe I can hit 175. Onward!

See also:

- Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the Dukan Diet – here’s a report on how it went

- I have finished the first five days of the “Cruise Phase” on the Dukan Diet – here is a report on how it went, plus a menu for a typical protein day

- I have finished my second week on the Dukan Diet “Cruise Phase” and lost 5.4 pounds during the past seven days. Here is a report on how it went, and a “secret ingredient” that may have helped.

- A report on week 3 of the Dukan Diet Cruise Phase. The whole thing has become a straightforward habit, and the weight loss seems very consistent

- I finished my fourth week in the Dukan Diet Cruise Phase and lost another 2.4 pounds – plus I saw an amazingly good blood pressure reading

- I have finished my fifth week in the Dukan diet cruise phase and lost another 3.0 pounds – and now I know the secret to avoiding calories in an Italian restaurant

- In my sixth week on the Dukan Diet Cruise phase I lost “only” 1.8 pounds, and I am now halfway to my 50 pound goal

- Today I finished my seventh week on the Dukan Diet cruise phase and lost 2.6 pounds – I have almost broken through the 200 pound barrier

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase Week 8 – wherein I learn the perils of parties

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 9 – I’ve lost 32.0 pounds with no “plateaus”

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 10 – Lesson: Don’t eat smoked turkey legs!

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 11 – Are my kidneys failing? Is my cholesterol exploding? Plus vacation.

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 12 – Vacation transgressions take their toll and I gain weight for first time

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 13 – I get back on track and lose 3.2 pounds in a week

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 14 – I lost 0.4 pounds this week

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 15 – I lost 2.8 pounds this week, 40.2 pounds since starting diet

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 16 – I lost 2.0 pounds, have reached my Dukan target weight

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 17 – I lost 0.8 pounds, learned to stay out of Cici’s

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 18 – I lost 3.4 pounds, now in striking range of the 170s

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 19 – One really good day and one really bad day

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 20 – I tasted the 170s for one day and it felt great

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 21 – I hit the 50.0 milestone and reaffirmed the power of asparagus

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 22 – Yikes! I gained 2.0 pounds rather than losing weight

- Dukan diet Cruise Phase (Phase 2) week 23 – I lost 3.6 pounds and now fit into 32-inch pants

- What is your “ideal weight” if you want to be healthy?

- What if everything that we are taught about carbs is actually propaganda?

- How much does the Dukan Diet cost per day?

- Today I officially reached the “50.0 pounds lost” milestone on my Dukan Diet journey – and you can too

- How does your appearance change when you become obese?

- Drew Carey loses 80 pounds with a no-carb diet

- Would you like to lose weight? Video shows the latest science on what works and doesn’t

- How to do proper crunches to (theoretically) get six-pack abs

- What can you do when you “get stuck” at some weight plateau on the Dukan diet (or any diet)

- How Carbohydrates Don’t Work – in fact, carbs are probably causing the obesity epidemic. If you are overweight, it is probably the carbs.

- All the dire warnings I have gotten about the Dukan diet have turned out to be wrong

- Very cool calculator for calculating your specific dietary needs – Protein, carbs, fat, vitamins, etc.

- How Treadmills and Exercise Bikes Don’t Work – if weight loss is your goal, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a better option

- This has got to be the easiest weight loss tip ever

- When a person is fat, how is the fat distributed in the body (amazing x-rays)?

- Why America is obese #1 and Why America is obese #2 and Why America is obese #3

- How Seitan (also know as Wheat Meat) Works – a vegetarian form of protein made from wheat gluten

- How to make tofu

- How to make Greek yogurt at home and cut your yogurt costs in half and I made half a gallon of Greek yogurt this weekend – talk about cheap and easy! And Tasty!

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