Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Importance of Portion Control & Prawns Progress (Finally!)

OOH MAAAAH GOODNESS! Finally, finally FINALLY after a very long and excruciating 3 month long plateau, yes, 3 months of weighing himself day in and day out The Prawn has broken his plateau.
Not only that... k wait, I need to say this again... PRAWN HAS BROKEN HIS PLATEAU!

My little discouraged partner, finally! I'm so relieved.

Not only that, he not only broke it, but he has finally caught up to me at 110 lbs lost! Oh no! Soon he will beat me! That bugger.

The determination of my Prawn impresses even me, he weighs himself every day you know?

Now I can guarantee you he doesn’t cheat on the diet. That isn't to say he wasn't doing anything wrong, the whole point of this post is a little thing I like to call "Portion Control".

This is so important, especially if you have been following the Dukan Diet for a long time. I find your body gets used to your new way of eating and it stops the weight loss completely. You need to do something different. It isn’t enough to cut out the sugar and carbs, you need to also cut down on your portions, switch it up a little so your body can remember it’s supposed to be losing weight.

Now Prawn hit his first 2 month plateau around month 7 of us following Dukan, I hit my 1 month plateau around the same time. What got me out of my plateau and through to my target weight? I cut down on my portions and cut out dairy.

Prawn was getting incredibly discouraged with this latest weight stagnation. Was considering going into an altered phase 3 where he could enjoy daily cheese and a weekly celebration meal. Just getting desperate for either weight loss or some overall change. I told him I would prepare his meals for a week, and that if he cut down on his portion size for that week he would lose.

Would you look at that, as usual I was right. He really should start listening to me. :P

So congratulations Prawn! Keep up the great effort, you know what works now so keep losing!

To all of you having followed Dukan for a long period of time, who have stopped losing, before considering moving onto Consolidation you should try doing what I got Prawn to try, it worked for both of us. Now remember, we were on Dukan eating A LOT of food for 7 months before our first plateau. We are currently at just under 11 months following Dukan.

Prawn also lost 100 lbs before his first plateau and I had lost about 90 lbs. We are both in our very early twenties so take all this into consideration, your results might not be the same as ours.

Also, by cutting down on portion sizes I am ABSOLUTELY NOT condoning starving yourself or ever being hungry. Be reasonable, and most certainly do not give up!



  1. that is such a long plateau, well done to Prawn for sticking with it, that is will power!! and good for you too for encouraging him all the way!

  2. Awesome job sticking it out!! I'm six weeks in, and have been hovering around the 25 pound loss mark. I'm older, however- 45. That means the big M word is coming (menopause), and though it's not started, I think it's trying to. I'm thankful that I read Dr. Dukan's book thoroughly before starting, because he talks a LOT about water weight and hormones- so I knew to expect it, and I'm seeing patterns already. I'll be down a few pounds (or more) next week, as the pattern has gone, so I'm encouraged. I'm not on the scale as much, but I do check to be sure the numbers aren't climbing beyond the normal variations that I've been seeing. I know I'll be reading this post more and more often as time goes on !!! I love reading your blog every day- the encouragement is awesome!

  3. I'm so glad you posted this, I just broke through a plateau thanks to a decrease in portions yesterday! I was getting frustrated, but 1 month is not nearly as long as 3 months! Kudos to him for prevailing.

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