Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Pierre Dukan's diet has grown in popularity since 2000. His book, The Dukan Diet, was released in May 2010 in the UK and in April 2011 in the US. It has been translated into 14 languages and is a best seller in his home country of France.
I've been trying to wrap my head around it for a while now, reading features and analysis about the Dukan diet in glossy magazines has led me to think that it's a hard diet where followers eat either a galette or a steak for every meal. But it seems surprisingly lenient with a list of 100 allowed foods and four solid phases in order to stay focused and working towards a desired weight.
The first phase (the "attack" phase) of 2-7 days long starts up a faster metabolism and dieters can lose as much as 4.4 to 6.6lbs in this time. The "cruise" phase allows dieters to eat protein rich foods with 28 specified varieties of vegetables; 2.2lbs can be lost every week. "Consolidation" and "stabilization" phases are planned with keeping the weight off in mind. Fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods are reintroduced as long as dieters have a "protein day" once a week and eat oat bran a few times a week.
Although there are side effects such as "flu" symptoms and ketosis, it has been seen to work through celebrities such as Kate Middleton who lost two dress sizes through the diet.
What are your views on the Dukan diet? Are you currently following it, what are your experiences so far and how is it working out for you?