Dukan Diet Challenge – Join In!

Spring seems to be here. And summer is just around the corner. Does the thought of stripping off layers of winter clothes and wearing light summer clothes freak you out? Are you going to be covered up “cos I burn easily” yet again? Now is the time to make a start!

I love the Dukan Diet, which I have used successfully in the past (How on earth did I let those pounds creep back on?!) because you can see the results practically immediately. None of this – Lose A Pound A Week! stuff. If you have a lot to lose, like me, this just doesn’t appeal. We want it off like right now!!

Remember that this is a war on your excess weight and, like any good general, you need to have a strategy. You have to prepare yourself to start the diet. First, you need to work out just how much weight you want to lose so that you know how long you should stay on the first phase – the Attack Phase. But you can’t do this unless you know how much you weigh. I have just got on the scales and weigh 84 kilos (far, far too much!!)

Now you need know how much you should weigh. This is often a point where a lot of people give up before they start with excuses such as – There is no way I will lose all that!”. Or, “I have never weighed so little”. Or, “I will look ill if I lose so much weight”. So you are defeated before you start. Don’t let that be you.

Height / weight charts usually give a maximum and minimum weight and, in my opinion, it is always better to aim for the higher weight especially if you have been overweight for a long time. Once you have reached this goal weight you can always reassess your target weight. You might feel good at this weight or decide, if you have a small frame, that you need to lose a few more pounds or kilos.

You can find a weight calculator here: http://www.askauntyann.com/blog/fj76

You really do need to bite the bullet and take this crucial step. So, weigh yourself and either post it here or if you are reluctant to post send it to me via email so I can keep a record for you,

Basically if you need to lose about 10 pounds you need to do the Attack Phase for only one day. If you need to lose between 10 and 20 pounds stay on it for three days. Between 20 and 40 pounds means you stay on this Phase for five days and over 40 pounds means between seven and ten days. .I know people always tell you this but it is true – if you are heavily overweight, you should consult your physician first..

This is very important – don’t make the mistake after seeing great results of thinking you can stay on this phase longer. The diet has been carefully worked out so once you finish the recommended Attack Phase move onto the next one – Cruise

(Although you will be able to find a lot of information here it is always a good idea to get the official book. I myself have most of his books and find them very useful especially for new recipes to keep me going when I get bored eating the same old thing over and over again).


Ask Aunty Ann

Am I an apple or a pear shape?

apple and pear

Are you an apple or a pear shape? What your body shape is can indicate any health risks you may have. Although a lot of women lament that all their extra weight goes to their hips it is, in fact, healthier to carry the extra weight there rather than around your waist. So measure your waist.




You are a pear shape if your waist / height ratio is between 0.4 and 0.5.





You are an apple shape if your waist / height ratio is between 0.51 and 0.6



Download the free chart to find out what your waist / height ratio is.

Measure your height and waist in inches

As always, any comments or questions you have will be personally answered by me.

Ask Aunty Ann



Aunty Ann’s Dukan Diet – Attack!

If you haven’t heard of the Dukan Diet you must have been living in a cave and perhaps following the Paleo Diet!  More on the in another post as I am interested in looking into other diets to help you choose the best one for you.

This is the one that has worked for me. I lost a lost of weight but, I put it back on again. It wasn’t the fault of the diet – I didn’t get to the end and went back to my old way, my bad, –

If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. To get what you never had you must do something you never did. 

but when I followed it I lost a lot of weight in a short time. I was so successful that many of my coworkers and their husbands joined in. Read on to find out more

Track your weight loss with your measurements – free chart

The scales don’t lie – but they don’t always give you the whole picture. You may have lost a lot of water and therefore you will probably feel less bloated.

Your stomach may well feel a wee bit flatter so you eagerly jump on the scales – only to be very disappointed with your low weight loss. Be don’t be disheartened and want to throw the towel in and give up. Your measurements will tell the truth.

Photo: Pixabay
Keep reading to find out how to download a free chart

My weight loss journey – Day 3 – Nearly 6lbs in 3 days!!

OMG! I am sooo happy! Got on the scales today with a certain amount of dread – I knew I wouldn’t be psyched  to continue unless I had registered a good weight loss – and I did!!

2.6 kilos which is 5.7 lbs! Pretty good and worth the “sacrifice” or staying on and following my crash diet.


That is really really good and, if I had been doing WWs – I used to be a WWs leader – I would have nearly got my first gold (or silver depending on where you are) star. Who cares if it is “only” water – a weight loss is a weight loss.

 Photo: Pixabay