The Dukan diet was invented by a doctor by the name of Pierre Dukan over 30 years ago. Born in 1941 Pierre is a French nutritionist and practicing medical doctor.
The Dukan diet was first dreamed up to avoid low calorie diets or diets that require very small meal sizes. it was also the choice of the duchess of Cambridge before her wedding…she lost two dress sizes.
Like many fast weight loss systems the diet relies on a staged approach and it relies on you cutting something out of your diet. The Dukan diet relies heavily on protein, you eat lots of it!
Dukan Diet Stages
The diet is arranged into four stages, each with a key role to play in the overall weight loss and each stage is designed to keep the weight off once it is gone. Protein is the aim of the game and lots of it, you won’t feel hungry on the dukan diet but you might get sick of eating protein!
The attack stage uses a list of protein based foods that you can eat. The dieter can eat as much as they want off this list as long as they only stick to the foods listed. The idea is to jump your metabolism into overdrive. You can expect to lose 2.5 kg in the first 5 days during the attack phase! Prepare to be amazed at how much weight drops off.
Duration: 7 days.
In addition to the protein allowed in the attack stage a further 28 vegetables are available to you in the cruise stage. The type of veg is very specific and is designed to avoid starchy or fatty vegetables. Not only does it have a cool name, the cruise phase is introduced once you have lost 2.5 kg and will shed a further 1 kg for every week you stay cruising.
Duration: 3 days for each pound you want to lose, average is usually about 5 weeks.
The consolidation phase is introduced when you are nearing your target weight. Cheese, bread, starchy foods and fruit are allowed back into your diet…And you are also allowed 2 meals that are a celebration of your success! The consolidation stage is to introduce you back to a more normal way of life but still sticking to a healthy diet.
Duration: 5 Days for every pound lost in the cruise phase.
The final stage allows the dieter to follow a few simple rules and eat what they want! The rules are:
- For one day of the week, eat only protein
- Eat oat bran every day…Probably for breakfast would make sense
- Take a walk whenever you can, or indeed any exercise really, exercise is not only good for weight loss it is great for overall fitness and keeping your metabolism going.
The stabilization phase will continue for the rest of your life and will help you keep the weight off, live healthy and stay the weight you want to be.