The Dukan system is a 4-stage diet that relies on high-protein and low-carbohydrate foods.
Origination of the Dukan Diet
French physician Pierre Dukan created this treatment over 10 years ago to treat obesity. The Dukan diet book claims that over 5 million people in France have lost weight by following this plan.
The Dukan diet follows 4 phases.
1/ Attack Phase
The first phase, called “attack” lasts for approximately one week. During this phase, lean proteins can be eaten in any amount. These proteins include low-fat meats such as fish, poultry, and eggs, as well as soy and nonfat dairy products. About 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 liters of water will also be consumed everyday.
2/ Cruise Phase
Phase two is called “cruise.” This builds upon the previous phase but includes unlimited amounts of non-starchy vegetables every other day. Oat bran will be increased to 2 tablespoons per day.
3/ Consolidation Phase
Phase three, called “consolidation,” builds upon the previous 2 phases and includes meats that were previously not allowed, particularly pork and lamb. Vegetables can now be eaten every day. One portion of low-sugar fruit, 1 portion of hard cheese, and 2 slices of whole grain bread are also allowed. Per week, up to 2 servings of starchy food are allowed, as well as up to 2 “celebration” meals which can be compromised of anything. During this phase, one day a week should be committed to eating only phase 1 foods.
4/ Maintenance Phase
The maintenance phase, phase four, is called “stabilization.” Doctor Dukan claims that you can eat anything you want so long as you eat spend one day a week eating only phase 1 foods, along with 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day. Dieters must also walk 20 minutes daily.
As with any other high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, weight loss can occur quickly and in vast amounts. The highest amount of weight loss will occur during phases 1 and 2. When switching from a carbohydrate-heavy diet to a protein one, dieters often feel hungry and unsatisfied after a meal. Doctor Dukan says this should pass after 3 days of being on the diet.
Potential Side Effects/Issues from following the Dukan Diet
This diet focuses on eating a certain food type. Fatigue and bad breath can occur when relying on protein for energy. Although Doctor Dukan suggests that practitioners of this diet take a multi-vitamin, even the best supplement will not make up for the loss of nutrients and vitamins when fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are greatly cut out of a diet. Weight loss that occurs so suddenly can also lead to muscle loss and gallstone formation.
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