Maxine F., United States, lost 50 lbs

I am 65 and have always been slim until the age of 50. I’ve been up and down for the last 15 years. My biggest challenge has been starting and then maintaining a healthy weight. It took me 6 months and reading the Dukan Diet book 3 times before I began. The turning point was after I saw pictures of myself at my nephew’s wedding. I knew about this wedding for a year and had the book but my brain just wasn’t ready. Once I started it was smooth sailing and I never looked back. I followed the diet exactly as written. Everything in the book worked for me but better. I lost more weight than my true weight stated I should. It also was faster. I took 2 vacations during this time and lost weight on both trips I started the diet September 1, 2011 at 165 lbs. by the end of December I had lost 50 lbs.

I am still 115 lbs a year after beginning the Dukan Diet I found every phase of the book is important but most of all the Consolidation Phase . This is where I began experimenting with food. I have the Dukan book in hard cover and downloaded to my iPad and iPhone. I still read portions every week. It’s my little diet bible. I also gave away every bit of clothing that is too big. During the year I saved and have been carefully buying new clothes. I never realized how many smalls are on the sale racks compared to large and extra large.

My favorite support Dukan food: Roast Chicken
My Dukan treat: Fat free frozen yogurt
My favorite form of exercise: Walking, walking and more walking.
The nicest compliment I’ve been paid: Told me my 3 year old daughter was beautiful. It’s my granddaughter. I’m 65.
What keeps me going: Scale, reading the book when I need a boost and remembering how miserable I was heavier.
The advice I’d give to other « Dukanians »: Keep the foods on the diet handy. Don’t worry about eating out or special occasions and holidays. No one cares what’s on your plate. And remember a few seconds of pleasure of eating the wrong foods isn’t worth it. To the women on the diet my advice is. To buy one pair of inexpensive jeans a few sizes too small.

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