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Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

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:

Attack Phase

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.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

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.

Permanent Stabilization

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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49 Responses to Review of The Dukan Diet

  1. Amanda McMahon says:

    i hadn’t heard of this diet before. it is always good to learn new things 🙂

  2. Robin Rue says:

    I’ve never heard of this diet before, but I think it’s common to have a huge weight loss like that on any diet because you’re shedding water weight.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Yes, the first week is going to be water loss! That said, I did find lots of testimonials of large weight losses. I just don’t think I could do it that long!

  3. Terry My Journey With Candida says:

    This one is new to me. My Hubs is on a diet but he wants to go slow and steady.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Slow and steady is a lifestyle change. I would only do this one again if I needed to lose 10 pounds super fast!

  4. Shasta Spivey says:

    Interesting book. I generally try to stay away from any diet that promotes quick weight loss because it usually leads to quick weight gain after you go off of it.

  5. 10lbs in 1 week? Now I need this diet. I’ve been wanting to lose 15lbs of baby weight for the past couple of months but haven’t been able to. I would try anything at least once.

  6. C'mon Get Crafty says:

    New one to me too, but I have such a hard time sticking to these kinds of diets – I don’t have the discipline. 🙁

  7. Motherbugs says:

    Never heard of this before, I think 10lbs in a week is not healthy though…maybe I’m wrong. I think there are so many kinds of diets it may be really overwhelming to some

    • anitabreeze says:

      Usually the first week is a lot of water. And yes, so many diets. I get notified almost every day about something new. I can’t keep up with the reviews!

  8. Katherine Bartlett says:

    I just got this book in the mail to check out. Sounds interesting!

  9. HilLesha says:

    I never heard of this particular diet, but it makes sense since French women are known to be thin. I’m just wondering if it’s water weight that’s being shed though, because a lack of water can lead to constipation.

  10. Amberlee Cave says:

    I have never heard of it, but it sounds like it would work. I do agree with you that it would be hard to follow long term though. Thanks for sharing!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Thanks for reading and ya it was tough for that one week. But I know the people who stick with it had great results.

  11. mail4rosey says:

    I haven’t heard of this, but I’ve gained a good 10lbs over the last year that I really need to get working on (not just thinking about).

  12. cyndie says:

    I need to try this diet! I have gained a few pounds and this might just help me

  13. Theresa says:

    Interesting diet! As an ulcerative colitis sufferer, I have to be very careful on how I approach weight loss. If I could, I would totally try this one out. It sounds like it’s effective!

  14. Dawn Spatulas On Parade says:

    I have crohn’s so I know this is not for me. Too much protein and my body goes crazy. Besides, everything in moderation. We were not made to eat all meat.

    • anitabreeze says:

      I agree, I did not like the all protein days at all! That said, tehre have been a lot of interesting studies done on the Inuit people who do eat a high protein diet. However, their diet is also very high in fat, but it’s the high omega 3 fat from fish. Interesting stuff!

  15. MELISASource says:

    I’ve never heard of this before — very interesting!! Sounds like I may need to take a closer look at it- I’m working to get some weight off!

  16. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen says:

    I had never heard of this diet before. It is so hard for me to diet being a food blogger!! LOL

  17. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    I have heard the name before but I didn’t know what it involved. Thanks for giving the details!

  18. Lean Lacaba says:

    Very interesting and different. Great tips!

  19. Mel Cole says:

    Wow, where can one get oat bran? Every info helps, thanks for sharing this diet tip.

  20. PamIW says:

    I have never heard of this one. Seems like it could work if you are disciplined and hopefully the weight won’t come back.

  21. I have never heard of this diet, thanks for sharing the French “secret” hahahha!

  22. kristenione says:

    I have read this book but then never tried it. I think cutting out carbs is so hard but I know that’s how you really lose the weight.

  23. Noor Unnahar says:

    I have never heard of it before but now , it sounds too French 😉

  24. Lee-Viccy Howe says:

    This is new to me – sounds interesting, and may use a few of the key elements to help with my weight-loss journey 🙂 Thank you

  25. Tiffany Hathorn says:

    I don’t particularly like diets because I can never stick to the restrictions, but I’m glad that you had some success with it.

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