The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever

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Devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like.
 
Originally published in 2000, the Dukan Diet swept across France, championed by people who successfully lost weight following its unique four phase regime. The Dukan Diet has helped millions in France, where it has been number one for more than ten y

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  1. 420 of 436 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This diet worked for me., October 13, 2011
    By 
    LMR

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    This review is from: The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever (Hardcover)
    I will keep this review very simple. This diet worked for me.

    I am only 5 feet tall and, since the age of 15, have always been a very careful, healthy eater and a regular exerciser. However, in the past ten years, my weight just continued to creep higher and higher. No matter how much I tried, I simply could not lose the weight. I had my hormones checked and my thyroid checked and just about everything else checked and the weight simply continued to pile on slowly and regularly.

    Please don’t say that a “better” diet and “more exercise” would have worked. It simply did NOT work for me, and my diet was about as balanced, low-fat, and healthy as a diet could be and I walked and exercised nearly every single day. Yet, I got fatter and more sluggish as time went on.

    All those scientists and nutritionists and doctors out there who are telling people not to follow the Dukan Diet, please tell me why I gained so much weight if I ate only good foods, watched my calories carefully, never (and I do mean never) ate junk, and exercised regularly? Was I supposed to accept the theory that it was “menopause” or “aging” or something else that I couldn’t control?

    Out of sheer desperation,and thanks to a suggestion from my sister, I bought The Dukan Diet book and I started the diet. I have lost 22 pounds, and I now weigh about what I weighed when I was only 18!! I went from a size 8 to a size 4 (and sometimes 2), I have energy and muscle tone, and I feel great.

    There are some carbohydrates in this diet (the oat bran and wheat bran) and there are also the natural sugars that occur in the dairy products that (thankfully) are “allowed” on the diet. In the third phase, one would add in fruits, pasta, bread, etc., once again.

    I am now in the third phase of the diet, in which these foods are added back in.

    While I would guess that this diet could be quite unhealthy if you stayed on it forever, this is really a short-term diet with a long-term plan for healthy eating and weight maintenance. Everything that Pierre Dukan says in the book makes a lot of sense to me. I am not a doctor, not a scientist, and not a nutritionist. However, I don’t know a single person who went on a calorie-restricted diet and did not gain the weight back after reaching his/her weight goal and then eating like a normal person again.

    It makes sense to me that if you go on a calorie-restricted diet for a period of time and simply resume eating regularly after you lose weight, you will most likely gain the weight back. If you use the Dukan Diet, follow the diet through its first two phases, and then begin to add foods back in slowly, it seems to make sense that you will most likely maintain your weight. Better yet, you will have accomplished something wonderful and focused on your health and well-being as well as on your eating styles.

    What I liked best about this diet, besides the fact that it WORKED, is that non-fat dairy products are allowed (and there is a lot to choose from these days) and certain soy-based burgers are allowed. Additionally, the first phase, the attack phase, in which you eat only proteins, is really for only a short time. Then, you can add in vegetables once again.

    I did not like many of the recipes in the book; however, by reading the ingredients, I was able to create recipes that worked and still fit within the parameters of the diet. For example, I could not stomach the thought of the Dukan Pizza with salmon; however, I took the portion of the recipe that made the “pizza crust” and made two pancake-sized crusts instead. I was able to use that like bread, and darned if it didn’t satisfy any desire for bread!

    I am proud of myself for accomplishing my weight loss goal, and I am thankful to Pierre Dukan for creating and sharing this very easy to follow diet.

    By the way, I found the Dukan approach to be less boring than what I was doing every day before I started the diet. Want to know why? Because I IMMEDIATELY began to lose weight! Losing weight by eating every day and walking for only 20 or 30 minutes was surely a lot easier and more exciting than counting/restricting calories, taking an aerobics class, and wondering how much more I would weigh the next day despite watching what I ate and exercising.

    Following a particular diet is a very personal choice, and many of my friends took one look at this book and said they couldn’t possibly follow this diet. I found it easy to follow.

    Because I am still in the third phase of the diet, I honestly cannot comment on the long-term result. However, I can, with all honesty, say that, if it weren’t for the Dukan Diet, I would still be 22 pounds heavier!

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  2. 580 of 637 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Lifestyle change everyone should want, May 30, 2010
    By 
    Glenda Evans “Bibliofile” (Citizen of the World) –
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    I am 5’9″ tall. When I started the diet I forgot to weigh myself, so I am not sure exactly how much I weighed or how much I have lost, but I can tell you this. I went from a size 14 clothes to a size 8. I started the diet on April 15, 2010 after reading an excerpt in the London Daily Mail. I even pre-ordered my book from Amazon.uk. Absolutely everyone has notice the difference. One thing that I do because I work five days a week is I cook my food all on one day and place in containers in the refrigerator. This way I always have something to eat. One of the quickiest ways to fall off a diet is when you have none of your available food ready, this is one way to avoid this issue. I have had no issues with the diet and it really works. I recommend this diet to anyone. So far two friends and three relatives have also started the diet with great success. I wanted to come back and add that today is 2/2/2011 and I am still a size 8 still working the diet. I did succumb to some parties during the holidays and gain 6 lbs, but went back to the beginning of the diet and some all protein days and I am back. I wish I could post pictures for all to see. 4/23/11 A friend just started the Dukan diet two weeks ago and she has lost 13 lbs. A year ago, I told her about the diet and it was not good enough til she heard about it on the news recently because of the Middleton’s going on the diet and now she is a convert.

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  3. 76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Why I really like this diet, February 29, 2012
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    catherine TB (Los Angeles, California United States) –

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    This review is from: The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever (Hardcover)
    Update March 2013
    I am able to keep to weight of but have to stay very vigilant.

    Update december 2012 : lost 70 pounds and feeling great! I am done, the hardest part is keeping it off. I have been able to do that by weighting myself every day. When I regain 2 pounds I get back to a proteins day or 2 and re loose it.

    Merci doctor Dukan ! , You probably saved my life and for sure saved my sanity!

    Posted last April:
    I have been on this diet for 4 weeks and lost so far 15 pounds on it.I have been very serious so far, very little cheating.
    This is why I personally really like this diet:

    1 I am never ever hungry while on this diet, I cannot take starvation diets
    2 I am loosing weight which is not easy for me and loosing fast which is thrilling.
    3 it does not cost me anything but the price of this book. (no gimmicks funky products needed.)
    4 No boring meeting to attend
    5 do not need to pump up iron, no need to hire a trainer, no gym subscription, walking is the exercise prescribe.love it!
    5 I do eat only “natural food” no pre prepared industrial frozen, no can food , no liquid cans, no fake proteine bars.
    6 No need to weight my food , no calories counting or cabs and no time consuming diary….
    7 I can cook for myself healthy proteine as well as vegies and add some rice for my family, everyone end up eating healthy and I do not have to prepare special food
    8 it is actually easier for me to never have the food that I love such as bread and chocolate than to eat small portions of this food and feel all the time deprived.
    9 I feel much better since I do not eat any sugar and carbs.

    To the people who say that this diet is un healthy I would say, maybe it is not nutritionally perfect but who eat nutritionally perfect anyways? Most people rarely eat nutritionally perfect on a daily base.
    This diet is very comfortable, and sustainable, getting thin and feeling good in your boddy while eating fish, chicken, salads tomatoes etc in probably 10000 times healthier than being fat.

    To the people who claim to be bored with this diet, I really do not see why. There is a large variety of food and I use a lot of herbs and spices to flavor my food. You just have to use a bit your imagination. On the contrary, Dukan is very much for flavoring your food in order to be satisfied. Of course if all you eat is deli turkey and chicken breast, you get bored but that is not what this diet is about.
    If you really do not like to cook or do not know how, use the recipes from the book. Actually you may start to enjoy cooking. For mr it is fun.

    Cons:
    if you cheat even a tiny bit, you gain the weight back so before you start make sure that you are very highly commited.
    If you need some carbs or fat in your diet, do not get this book. Eating any carbs or fat while on the Dukan will ruin the diet at best and make you gain some weight at worst. So in this case, you would be better off with another diet that allows some carbs or fat.
    I do not think that I would get into this program if I had anything less than 15 pounds to loose.
    If you enjoy to eat out a lot ( I don’t) it may be difficult to find restaurant that cook without fat.
    What I end up missing the most are fruits cannot wait to be done and eat 1 fruit a day!

    Tricks for surviving this diet:
    I buy 0% Greek yogourt by the bucket and flavor this with a bit of stevia and vanilla extract
    I have a large variety of teas: black, green white, jasmin, earl grey etc…
    A large variety of mustards flavored with tarragon etc..
    Take a daily vitamin supplement and use lemon to flavor your salad to get vitamins C
    Treats:
    Cappuccino with 0% milk, smoked salmon, scallops, hearts of palms, artichoke hearts
    Drink lots of water

    Good luck all !

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