Low Carb - when will the cravings disappear? Acting like a complete animal!

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SergeantS

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 10:55
Hi all,

I started on the Dukan diet (low carb/low fat/high protein) on New Year's day, so now (8 days in) I am still finding myself wanting to lunge at people with any chocolate or sweets in their hands! I've done my research and it would seem that most cravings should go within 3-4 days but mine really haven't and if anything, are getting worse because I am getting more obsessed with the food I can't have.

I've never been like this in my life! I have literally spent about 80% of my day at work either discussing food, complaining about how much I want the ferrero rochers that someone has kindly brought into the office (!) or day dreaming about nutella and tiger bread - and even went as far as asking my colleague if I could inhale the smell of pick 'n' mix from her empty sweet bag!

I'm wondering if there is something I can do to stop me from acting like such an animal? Anyone else ever had it this bad? I haven't ever really had cravings in any of my previous diets but to be honest, this is probably the most restrictive diet I have ever been on...any advice much appreciated!

S.S x

Sweat like a pig, look like a fox

August 13th 2012: 202lbs (starting weight)
Christmas Day 2012: 169lbs
New Year's day 2013: Starting the Dukan Diet at 169.8lbs
1 Feb 2013: 160.4lbs
1 August 2013: 146lbs
Bbody1972

Joined: Dec 12
Posts: 97

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 11:12
I'm on day 9 of dukan and although it is not in the list of dukan friendly food, I have a chocolate whey shake (premier nutrition protein shake from costco...30 g protein and 1-2g of carb) after my morning work out (I've been having this for months). It has not stopped my progress and I don't have cravings....although mine stopped during the first day of attack. You could find a 100% whey protein ISOLATE (very low fat (Dukan plus) and high protein (Dukan plus) and low carb (Dukan plus) in chocolate flavour and drink it with either water or soy milk(which is allowed). I know he doesn't really like the idea of drinks such as whey but it has not held me back either. I put whey vanilla isolate powder in my plain greek yogurt for flavour.
Preggo38

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Posted: 08 Jan 2013, 11:19
I'm in the last phase of Dukan and I agree with Bbody... I used a chocolate 100% whey protein isolate chocolate flavour when I needed a chocolate fix. I mixed it with a low fat soy milk if weight loss was going well or with water if weight loss was slower. I had a vanilla one as well to add to greek yogurt since I don't like the flavour of plain. It took about 2 weeks for my cravings to go away and I had to rid the house of everything because I felt like some kind of sneaky chocolate-sweet fiend looking for stuff in the cupboards. Once it was gone...the shake was all I needed to let it pass. I would heat it up if I wanted a warm hot chocolate drink. I also knew that when cruise was over I was going to enjoy a slice of chocolate cake for my first celebration meal and that kept me for trying to find low sugar..icky..alternatives. Keep at it. You will get GREAT RESULTS if you stick with and get through this. Make sure you are eating when you are hungry because sometimes hunger can cause cravings. After a workout I too had a shake to maximize my recovery. This WOE rocks! trust me.
SergeantS

Joined: Dec 12
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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 06:17
Thank you for your replies!

I went on a huge fish/shellfish binge yesterday and actually, for some bizarre reason, that seems to have helped a little. I'm going to start taking some multi vitamins and mineral supplements just in case it is being caused by a deficiency of some sort. The carb cravings went fairly quickly, it's the sugar cravings that seem to be sticking around - I can cope with bread being around and although I want it, I can shut it out but the sweets/chocolate thing is very unlike me.

I actually have a near full tub of Optimum Nutrition Whey protein powder in a chocolate flavour from when I was doing weight training a couple of months back, I didn't think about drinking that as I'm going on the Dukan 'allowed foods' list 100%, but I will have a look at the nutritional information as I'm unsure about the carb content, I should think it will be pretty low..Good idea! I loved that powder and used to drink it every morning!

Also, good idea about adding the powder to greek yogurt, I had some this morning with my oatbran and have to say, wasn't one of my favourite experiences. Adding skimmed milk to the powder should be okay though I'm assuming? I used to have it with water - a trainer at the gym recommended water as the protein is absorbed quicker that way than it is when it's mixed with milk...but it's much nicer with milk!

This is the most restrictive diet I've ever done in my life so hoping to see good results sometime soon! A 41 lb loss to be exact! Thank you all for your help!
Sweat like a pig, look like a fox

August 13th 2012: 202lbs (starting weight)
Christmas Day 2012: 169lbs
New Year's day 2013: Starting the Dukan Diet at 169.8lbs
1 Feb 2013: 160.4lbs
1 August 2013: 146lbs
Preggo38

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 121

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 13:19
The first two phases are restrictive...I agree. The other two bring back what you've been missing. Trust me...stick with it...you'll get your reward! I now eat pretty much what I want and portion control just sorta happened.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 13:32
you added chocolate flavour to greek yogurt?...ack. I would have gone for a strawberry or vanilla myself (which I do). I know it is not on Dukan's list but after a workout or when I'm super hungry but super busy with the kids I don't have time to sit and eat a meal so I use the isolate powder when I need an alternative.
Fidodog

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 13:55
Taking the supplement l-glutamine will make your sugar cravings disappear. It really works! I had a bad sugar craving the other day and took l-glutamine and the craving disappeared right away.
eKatherine

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Posted: 09 Jan 2013, 16:51
The Dukan diet is a low fat diet. Low fat diets don't work for everybody. I find after not too many days on a low fat diet I start craving fatty food, and chocolate is one of the ones I dream about.

That diet is not for everybody.
Preggo38

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 07:31
Only the attack and cruise are considered low fat. But in actuality if you plug in all the foods, 20-30% of your daily caloric intake is fat....not so low fat after all. Choosing lean protein does not eliminate fat....... Consolidation allows more foods...bread, fruit, full fat cheese, etc....so again 20-25% of my calories came from fat. So not really low fat. It just doesn't have the gobs of fat that atkins has.....i didn't lose on atkins
SergeantS

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 07:49
Thank you all for your responses.
For some bizarre reason I honestly think I have found a cure for my newly developed sweet tooth that the Dukan diet triggered: fish. I don't know why or how but since that first day where I was lingering next to the box of Ferrero Rocher in the office and ended up devouring prawns and salmon for my dinner, I haven't craved anything sweet *too much*. Don't get me wrong, I still want chocolate but it's no-where near as bad as before. I was craving sweets again last night and again, had the prawns and some cod, and it disappeared. I have no idea if this is related or just something in my brain?! But it works, so I'm sticking with it (plus I can have as much fish as I desire!).

I have heard about gallstones / kidney stones / kidney problems that are related to eating a high protein/low fat diet and to be honest, there are more people who I know have stuck to the diet and gotten the results than there are people who developed any of these issues. In fact, I don't know one person who ended up with any of the issues I just described on either the Dukan or Atkins. Plus I like to think my body is pretty strong and healthy and could handle it! For me, it's risking it with the Dukan or risking becoming obese (and all the problems that come with that) so I'm okay for now, touch wood.

I think that as Preggo38 mentioned, I was having slight -toilet issues-
when on the attack phase because of the low fat/high protein combo but since getting onto cruise phase they have disappeared completely. I haven't actuall been tracking the carbs/fats etc that I'm eating so I can't be sure, I'm only eating what's on the Dukan allowed foods list so I'm assuming it should all be fine! I may start adding my food intake on here just to make sure I'm not over-eating!

Thanks again everyone Smile
Sweat like a pig, look like a fox

August 13th 2012: 202lbs (starting weight)
Christmas Day 2012: 169lbs
New Year's day 2013: Starting the Dukan Diet at 169.8lbs
1 Feb 2013: 160.4lbs
1 August 2013: 146lbs
Preggo38

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 121

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 12:15
My doctor recommended me Dukan and gaffed at the kidney and gallstone issue. She said you would have to have pre existing issues to make that an issue. Then the question....is obesity better? ...is prediabetes or diabetes worth the risk of not losing the weight?
Gary Maher

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 13:59
You need to eat regularly, if you don't and you get hungry your body craves food and mainly sugar as that's the quickest to ingest. Try to eat something even a couple of nuts or berries, every hour or two, also, make sure you have a bottle of water with you when you can.
eKatherine

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013, 15:01
Research has shown that medical concern about a high protein diet causing kidney problems was misplaced. Those with kidney problems already should carefully listen to their doctors' advice, but those without kidney damage are not harmed by higher intake of protein.

The only time I get mad cravings is when I am low in fat or protein. I could survive on a low carb diet indefinitely without craving carbs.

Craving something does not mean that is the thing your body needs, as you found out. I spent many years craving and eating massive quantities of cheese, and it turned out the way to shut off the cravings was to eat more meat.



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