The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.
I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week! The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet. I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before. This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..
It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat. This is not the case with the Dukan program. It is very low in fat as well as carbs.
There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:
The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack. This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.
In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.
This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal. This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.
This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules. Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.
Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet
Rapid weight loss
Easy to follow, eat until full
Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss
Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)
It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.
Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow. Look forward to your comments!
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