It's diet flavour of the month with fans including Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Lopez. So what's the secret of the Dukan Diet?
You've probably read about it, heard people talk about it, maybe even thought about going on it. So what is the Dukan Diet all about?
Who is it for?The Dukan Diet is aimed at people wanting to lose more than 10lbs. As with any diet, you are recommended to seek advice from your GP before you start.
How does it work?A high-protein, low-carb, low fat diet, Dukan is based on 100 natural foods, 78 protein rich foods and 28 vegetables. Followers are instructed to undertake a four-phase eating plan; in phases 1 and 2, you lose weight, then in phases 3 and 4 you learn to maintain it.
Phase 1: A brief ATTACK phase with immediate results - lasting from two to seven days whereby you can eat as many of the 100 protein foods as you like.
Phase 2: CRUISE phase that continues uninterrupted until your goal weight is reached. Pure protein days are alternated with protein and vegetable days with an average weight loss of 2lbs per week.
Phase 3: CONSOLIDATION phase lasting five days for every pound lost. This phase is designed to reintroduce dieters to the 'pleasure' of food whilst preventing the rebound effect that occurs after any rapid form of weight loss. You can start to introduce cheese, bread, fruits, starchy food and 'celebration' meals to your eating regime.
Phase 4: STABILISATION phase based on three simple principles to counteract any mild weight gain:
Is it hard to follow?The Dukan Diet is relatively simple in that you can eat as much as you like from a list of allowed foods, reducing the risk of your diet failing through sheer hunger (a stumbling block for many dieters).
As well as simply eating according to Dukan guidelines, you are also advised to up your exercise levels to aid weight loss, increase energy levels and take your mind off the frustrations of dieting.
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Posted: 09/03/2012 at 23:24
Posted: 14/03/2012 at 11:15
I bought the Dukan Diet book simply for the nutritional information it has on each of the foods. I like the way each food has an info page and an associated recipe. Most of the foods in the book any healthy person eats regularly anyway. Being recently introduced to fish and seafood, it's a great book for me to understand how much oily fish I'm getting in my diet. I haven't spotted some of the other foods I love in my diet so I'd love a book that has a similar format but includes nuts, seeds, avocado, more veg etc. Any recommendations welcome!
Everything in moderation I say. Eat a variety of healthy foods, avoid cutting out whole food groups... and get your booty off the couch! *
Posted: 29/10/2012 at 15:24
Posted: 29/10/2012 at 16:41
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