Thursday, 9 February 2012

You Have Started the Diet & Feel Like Crap - Normal?

So, you have decided to start losing weight, you are following the Dukan Diet and you feel... well like crap.

Yes, this is normal.

Dr Dukan says that the feeling tired should go away after day 2 of the diet, and the feeling should be replaced with 'dynamic energy'.

Neither Prawn or I experienced any 'energy', especially not dynamic, at all in this diet, up to this day.

In fact, I could get 12 hours of sleep and still feel tired, I promise. It's ridiculous.

I started taking vitamins to see if it would help and I will be honest, it did. Just a multivitamin, no big deal.
So now I don't feel completely exhausted, just a little tired all the time.

Is it normal to feel cold during the diet, to feel freezing?

Yes! It is. I am always cold. & I actually know why this is. Your body goes into a 'hibernation' mode when it is experiencing rapid weight loss. It tries to save on energy by doing a couple things:

Your hair and nails start growing less rapidly, you feel tired all the time because your body now needs more sleep and your body stops spending energy to keep you toasty warm. So you are just absolutely freezing constantly.

Also, in my experience, you bruise easier and if you get cuts or scrapes they heal very very slowly.

Don't get a piercing on this diet, I promise it will take AGES to heal. Ridiculous.

Also, being cranky. Yes, the diet makes you crabby, and easily irritated. I wish I knew why.

I have talked to several women and men who have gone through minimum a couple weeks on the diet, they all say the same thing, in a bad mood, irritable, easily upset.

I don't find this has gone away with time either.

(Thanks to a reader for the question)



  1. Hi! I just started the diet 4 days ago and can only say this ARRRGGGGHHHH! I have lost weight before on other diets ( about 20 kilos and only gained 10 back) but this protein only is rough! Maybe when I am able to get my veggies in I will feel better but now I am always thinking about food and always so cold!!!! I am also menopausal so I think this is probably why I haven't been successful losing the 10 kg I put back on but now I am shooting for a 15 kilo loss.....think big is what I say! I thank you for this blog and especially for your before and after pictures....I look at them whenever I think about cheating! Thanks!

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