The Attack phase of the Dukan Diet throws new dieters in at the deep end. There is a reason why Dr. Dukan called this phase the Attack. For the first few days of the weight loss regime you will be in the most restrictive phase of the diet. Those of you used to calorie counting diets will find themselves deep in unfamiliar territory. Anyone, who like me before I experienced the Dukan diet, will be eating meals without carbohydrates for the first time. Here are some of the things, positive and negative, you should expect from the Attack phase of the Dukan diet.
No hunger or low hunger
Everyone is different and so people will have different experiences of the Dukan diet. For some, they will find that their appetite is totally suppressed and they rarely feel hunger. Others will still feel hungry but nowhere near as much as they expected to. If you are on the Attack phase (or any phase of this weight loss regime) and you feel hungry then the solution is simple: eat more. Many people used to hunger while they’re on diets expect to feel hungry on the Dukan diet. Accordingly, they deliberately but mistakenly, restrict the amount of food they eat until they feel hungry. The mistake comes with thinking that in order to lose weight you must feel hungry. This is not true.
No or low food cravings
Now feeling hungry and wanting to eat are not necessarily the same thing. Many people who are overweight will be well aware of this. You can feel totally full and still crave more food. So you’d be forgiven for thinking that even if you didn’t feel hungry while on the Dukan diet you may still be undone by simply craving the delicious treats and snacks you’re used to. Well this may surprise you but while you’re following this regime not only does hunger diminish but the desire to eat and eat and eat does too. When I first experienced the Attack phase I was really surprised by just how little my desire to eat fatty, sugary foods actually was. It was hard to believe that just a few days previously I didn’t think I could get through the day without such treats.
Fast weight loss
Again people are all different and some people lose more weight than others during the Attack phase. But most people who’ve been on the Dukan diet agree that during this phase – even though it is only a few days long – a lot of weight comes off compared to other diets. Looser jeans, tops and jackets feeling less tight and only after a week on the Dukan. This was a very pleasant surprise for me and could be for you too.
Tiredness and headaches
Things aren’t all easy going on the Attack phase however. Remember, it isn’t called the Attack for nothing. As you are getting used to the new diet menu you may experience slight headaches and increased feelings of tiredness. For almost everyone these symptoms only last the few days they are on the Attack phase and completely disappear when they enter the next phase of the Dukan.