I mentioned yesterday that I had seen a couple of references to the Dukan Diet in my newspapers of choice recently.
The first was a very short piece in the Guardian on 31 May which you can read at http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/may/31/dukan-diet-not-all-bad/ .
This seemed to me a reasonable summary of the benefits and dangers of the Dukan Diet, and his conclusion that ‘I’m eating normally again now, but more moderately – more consciously – and I’m not putting weight on’ chimed with my own experience.
But very soon after that this article appeared in the sister paper: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/05/dukan-diet-obesity-catherine-bennett/ .
I add this link somewhat reluctantly, because this article is typical of the sort of journalism that I dislike intensely. It is misinformed and under-informed; but also it depends for its interest on a sneering, mocking, contemptuous approach to almost any subject which passes for a form of humour all too often here in the UK.
The one quote I will grant her is this one: ‘the diet industry is built on the repeated, utterly predictable and necessary failure of its own products’. If she had actually read Dr Dukan’s diet book, she would know that he is well aware of the likelihood of failure, and warns his readers/dieters of the dangers. He even quantifies them at different stages of the diet. In particular, for those of us like John Henley and me who have come through the complete diet (6 months+ in my case) he warns that we certainly will fail if we revert to the eating patterns we had before undertaking his diet regimen. So Henley has taken this on board by eating ‘moderately … consciously’ and so, I am sure will I. Dr Dukan also urges us to continue walking daily and to live our lives as though lifts and escalators had not been invented.
So the Dukan Diet has proved very effective as far as weight-loss goes, and it offers sound advice for maintaining a more healthy weight. And as Henley suggests, this is advice which we probably received before, but now find ourselves much more likely to follow because we have now felt the benefits of losing our excess weight and want to continue that way. But in the end it does all boil down to taking more exercise and eating more moderately; for need rather than always for pleasure, perhaps, or for comfort.
I certainly challenge Bennett’s ‘utterly predictable … failure’. As John Henley says at the end of his article: ‘But, you know, we’ll see’.
(Incidentally, I am surprised that Bennett makes no reference to Henley’s article. Don’t journalists read the stuff their collleagues produce?)
Up at 6.45am: weighed in at 81.3kg; pre-cycle instant coffee (+ fat-free coffee-mate) and 3 small oat biscuits.
Breakfast, at 9.15am: porridge sprinkled with ground cinnamon (whole rolled oats and oat bran); 2 slices home-made bread made with oats and oat-bran, butter, marmite and home-made marmalade (very low sugar); filter coffee.
Lunch: 3 slices grilled bacon, 2 eggs scrambled (in semi-skimmed milk — no oil or butter), 1 apple.
Evening: grilled salmon with chili sauce! 1 more apple.
Oh, did I mention the double-scoop farmhouse ice-cream on my way back from the Devon Vihara? Ms Bennett would be saying she told me so.