Saturday, 25 February 2012

The Dairy Challenge

There is a 'Challenge' I have seen a couple times on a few blogs dedicated to the Dukan Diet, the Dairy Challenge. This involves cutting out dairy products for 30 days while on the diet.

It seems to be generally accepted that when you cut down on dairy while on this diet, you lose more weight. In fact, during the last month of phase 2, I cut out dairy completely to ensure I would lose the weight faster, and it worked.

Of course, when I went onto phase 3 I had a dairy-free-for-all the following week, I celebrated by eating as much yogurt as I could and eating snacks after supper.
I had decided I wouldn't weight myself once I got onto phase 3, but I did. On that 8th day I weighed myself and, to my surprise, had gained 7lbs. Woah.

Realising I need to make a change, so that in 110 days I wouldn't have gained back my 110lbs lost... I decided to start a little Dairy Challenge of my own.

So, after a week of following the challenge I am back down to almost my start weight for phase 3. So that means I have lost 7lbs in 7 days by following this Challenge. I really would like to continue, so I will chart my progress here and you can follow me along! :)

I am really not a person of great willpower, and I would use yogurt as a sweet treat, as an easy snack, and as a way to tell myself I was not being deprived on this diet. I will still eat my portion of cheese a day, since I am on phase 3 and it's important that I follow Dr Dukans instructions for this phase, but I will not touch any yogurt, no greek, plain, or flavoured. I will also be trying my best to not eat a single snack after supper, no food at all just water and diet pop. All this for 30 days.

Wish me luck!

February 15th - Start Date.
February 25th - 1/3 Complete.
March 4th - 170g of yogurt at my grand-mamans request.
March 5th- 2/3 Complete.
March 10th - 2x 170g of yogurt at my grand-mamans request.
March 11th - 170g of yogurt at my grand-mamans request.

As I'm sure you can imagine, The Dairy Challenge kindof went bottoms-up after March 10th, I ate between 170g of yogurt and 340g of yogurt every day between March 10th and March 15th.

March 15th - End Date.

So I guess you could say I was successful for 22 days of the Dairy Challenge (with one cheat). I'm ok with this considering I originally only wanted to do this Challenge for 21 days. Also, I was on vacation begining the 3rd March and ending the 15th, so, all in all, a success.
Now to not go overboard while returning to my yogurt at home.
Maybe I will limit myself to only one 35 cal tub a day. Maybe I will restart another Dairy Challenge.

I'll keep you posted as always.


  1. Thanks for your compliment on my pics! You also look amazing - like a totally different person. Congratulations on all your success. Keep your motivation going! PS - no dairy?! no yogurt, no eggs, no nothing? Yikes!

    1. I do eat eggs, I never was a big milk drinker so that's no problem... it's really just the yogurt.

      I was eating way more than the daily recomended allowance on the Dukan Diet. But with me its either cutting it out completely or running the risk of binging every once in a while. I guess I'm a very all in kindof person.

      So far I have spend 13 days without any yogurt at all and I find I don't miss it or crave it. I have no idea how come I was eating so much of it. I really don't miss it out of my diet. So weird.

      Hopefully when I get back to eating yogurt after the 30 days I wont go back to binging and will have develloped the good habit of controlling my yogurt consumption.


    2. What can you eat instead of dairy as a treat ie at night or a desert? I have not lost any weight for a couple of months although I did lose 20lbs originally. I still have around 18 more to go. Thanks.

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