The Dukan Diet
Nutritionist Dr. Peirce Dukan is the creator of this 10-year-old French diet which has claimed to have helped over 5 million French people lose weight. The book based on the diet, The Dukan Diet, has been a best-seller over seas for many years. But now, with Jennifer Lopez and Giselle Bundchen having supposedly lost their baby weight from the Dukan diet, it is gaining recognition in the United States.
The Dukan Diet is similar to the Atkins. It consists of 4 phases and focuses on high protein and limited carbs. The first two phases promote weight loss and the last two promote weight maintenance.
Phase 1 of the Dukan Diet: Attack
Phase 1 is called the “Attack Phase”. This is the high-protein, no-carb phase. There are 72 lean protein food choices that include eggs, nonfat dairy, and fish. During this phase, dieters are allowed to eat all they want, whenever they want, so long as the food is on the approved list. Along with consuming a daily 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 liters of water, dieters must take a 20 minute walk every day. Dr. Dukan says that dieters will lose 1-2 pounds a day during the first week.
Phase 2 of the Dukan Diet: Cruise
The second phase continues with unlimited lean protein, but adds unlimited non-starchy vegetables every other day. The serving amount of oat bran is bumped up to 2 tablespoons and the 20 minute walk is still included. There are 28 vegetable choices, not including peas, carrots, corn, and potatoes. This phase continues until the dieter reaches his or her goal weight.
Phase 3 of the Dukan Diet: Consolidation
Carbs are slowly added back into participants’ diets during the third phase. Pork and lamb are now included in the list of approved protein sources and vegetables are allowed every day. Also included in the new daily diet is a serving of low-sugar fruit, a single serving of hard cheese, and 2 slices of whole grain bread. This phase is when “celebration meals” and starchy foods are allowed 1-2 times a week. Dieters will also pick one day a week in which they will return back to phase one. Weight loss isn’t expected during this phase. However, the phase shouldn’t be neglected because this is when the body is most vulnerable to weight gain. The phase should be adhered to 5 days for every pound lost.
Phase 4 of the Dukan Diet: Stabilization
Dieters are allowed to eat whatever they want. But it is promised that weight gain will not occur if the dieters continue to resort back to phase 1 one day a week, eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day, a take a daily 20 minute walk.
Spices, vinegars, sugar-free gum, and artificial sweeteners are allowed throughout the Dukan Diet and daily multivitamins are highly recommended.
Dukan Diet Side Effects
The Dukan Diet warns of side effects that include constipation, dry mouth, fatigue, and bad breath.
However, experts say there more side effects to worry about than what the book claims. Even though weight loss is most likely to occur, other side effects include nutrition deficiencies, kidney problems, gallstones, and muscle loss.
The Dukan Diet
This book should be available in the United States in May 2011. It has been translated in 10 different languages, aside from the original French version. The English U.K version had reached No. 1 in multiple categories before being released in May 2010.
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