I am a devoted gourmet/gourmand, totally passionate about eating well. So I have taken full advantage of eating extraordinarily well for the past ten years since I moved to Lyon. The sheer volume and variety of outdoor markets, as well as the exceptional quality of restaurants, traiteurs, boulangeries, patissieres and chocolatiers, has been enough to keep me taste testing new delights year after year. I haven’t touched bottom yet.
But as with many pleasures comes inevitable penalties. As my weight slowly mounted over the decade due to my indulgences, I tried all the latest and greatest diets from North America. You name one, I’ve tried it. But after a few months I failed at every one, or rather every one failed me. Frankly, what are those perpetrators of suffering thinking? Can someone like me really submit to eating such tasteless food day in and day out? I had pretty much resigned myself to never winning this battle over my taste buds. It took a Frenchman, the nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan, to convince me that I don’t have to choose between being slim or eating well, but that I can have both.
I was introduced to the Regime Dukan by a French friend, who had successfully lost weight. Honestly, I did not really expect it to work for me, given my track record. However, I’m always willing to try something new, so I researched it online. The thing that hooked me was the promise that I would never have to diet ever again. That this would be the last diet I would ever have to follow. It was a stretch for me to believe that, but it is what I desired more than anything. I liked eating too much to always be distracted and distressed by dieting.
So on July 15, I began. In the past three months I have lost 25 pounds and reached my goal weight. Even I can hardly believe it. Not once have I felt hungry or deprived. And not a day has gone by that I haven’t tried a new recipe, most of them delicious. In fact, I have even discovered all sorts of new fish, meat, vegetables, desserts and ways of preparing food that even a foodie like me didn’t know about. Sure I had to give up a few things during the weight loss phase, but I knew going in that it was for a short, predetermined time, not forever. Now as I enter what Dukan calls the consolidation phase, I get to reintroduce a new range of foods, and basically nothing is denied me. Certainly there are still parameters to follow, but none of them are onerous or tasteless. Actually, I find that I am enjoying food more than ever, and eating is now blessedly guilt free.
Dukan himself claims that what is most important to human beings is the pleasure of nourishing themselves. To ask anyone to give up that pleasure is asking them to give up something quintessentially human. His diet parameters reflect that spirit every step of the way. It is clearly designed by a man who is passionate about food for people like me who share that quintessentially French passion.