The Dukan Diet was developed by French nutritionist and medical doctor Pierre Dukan over ten years ago and has gained incredible popularity since its creation.
According to media reports over 1.5 million French women rely on the diet to maintain their figures and apparently it has also been used by models and celebrities including Giselle Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez.
Until recently the diet has only been available in France but the English version of The Dukan Diet officially went of sale in 2010. In the UK it immediately went to the top of Amazon’s diet book list, and the online program is now available. The Duken Diet officially released in the USA in April 2011.
The Dukan Diet is based around eating high-protein foods while severely limiting all carbohydrates including fruits, starchy vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Unlike the Atkins diet the emphasis is on sources of protein that are low in fat such as fish, poultry and reduced-fat dairy products.
Phase 1: The Attack Phase
The first phase of Dukan is followed for one to ten days depending on how much weight you have to lose. Dieters are told they can expect to lose between seven and ten pounds within the first five days.
Dieters are warned that they may experience bad breath and a dry mouth during this phase.
Phase 2: The Cruise Phase
This phase is followed until you reach your target weight. Dieters can expect to lose up to two pounds a week on this phase.
Phase 3: The Consolidation Phase
This is the maintenance phase and commences once you have achieved your goal weight.
Phase 4: The Stabilization Phase
This is the ongoing lifestyle phase of the Dukan Diet. In this phase you are instructed to go back to eating whatever you like while continuing to use the rules of the Consolidation Phase as a guideline. One day of the week dieters are instructed to eat only protein.
Some complaints about The Dukan Diet is that it is too complicated. The folks at Dukan took this to heart and created a new plan called Duken Diet Made Easy. It offers an easy way to do this diet and includes all the tools needed for success.
Lean beef, lean ham, rabbit, veal, chicken liver, chicken breast, turkey, fish, seafood, fat-free yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, skim milk. egg whites, tofu, seitan, green vegetables, onions, herbs and spices, mustard, sugar-free ketchup, oat bran, coffee, tea, diet soda, Stevia, Silverspoon Sweetener, sugar-free chewing gum.
The following is an example of a meal plan for a protein and vegetable day in phase two:
8 oz non-fat cottage cheese
4 oz non-fat yogurt
1 slice ham
Exercise is considered an essential component of The Dukan Diet and is non-negotiable. Dieters must walk briskly for twenty minutes each day in phase one and this is increased to thirty minutes a day in phase two.
In the UK: The Dukan Diet retails for £12.99.
In the USA: The Dukan Diet retails for $26.00.
The Dukan Diet is now selling snack bars, cookies, soups, and supplements via their website. They range from $7-$23.
The Dukan Diet is an extreme approach that emphasizes low-fat protein. While dieters can expect to lose weight following this plan, it is highly likely that weight will be regained upon a return to normal eating habits.