Dukan Diet was developed by French nutritionist and medical doctor Pierre Dukan over ten years ago. Apparently it has also been used by models and celebrities including Giselle Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez. The Dukan Diet is based around eating high-protein foods while severely limiting all carbohydrates including fruits, starchy vegetables, legumes and whole grains
Four Phases of Dukan Diet
Attack Phase: Eat only very beef, chicken and turkey (white meat, no skin), fish and shellfish, eggs, fat-free dairy products, and lots of water. The phase should not exceed 10 days.
Weight Loss Phase: In 5 days cycles, alternate consecutive days of eating protein along with non-starchy vegetables and eating only protein (again) until you reach your goal weight. Drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Do not use butter or oil.
Stabilization Phase: Eat one serving of fruit, two slices of whole wheat bread and 1.5 ounces of cheese per day. Twice a week, eat two 5-ounce servings of starch and all of the usual proteins – as well as pork and lamb – without butter and oil. Twice a week, eat two unrestricted meals with wine and dessert, followed by a day of only protein. Do this for the number of days that equals 4 days for every half pound lost.
Cruise Phase: Eat whatever dieters want with one day a week of only protein.
Drawback of Dukan Diet
- Highly restrictive and requires elimination of many healthy foods including fruit, grains, legumes and nuts.
- Some dieters can experience fatigue, mood swings, constipation, headaches and bad breath on high-protein diets.
- Dukan diet also encourages consumption of artificial sweeteners and diet soda.
Review of Dukan Diet
The Dukan Diet is an extreme approach that emphasizes low-fat protein. This diet is not suitable for those with a history of gout, high cholesterol, kidney disease or eating disorders..
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