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The Dukan diet is by far one of the most popular diets in the world. Although it is most popular in France, dieters in other parts of the world are beginning to pick up on its many benefits. Once you learn more about this diet, including how it works and what it can do for you, there is a good chance that you’ll like it enough to try it at some point in the near future.
The Dukan diet was designed by Pierre Dukan, a well known French dietician and nutritionist. Although he has been promoting this diet for more than 30 years, it only began to take off over the past decade. While it has been in existence for a very long time, it has evolved a little bit here and there over the years. Before you actually do the diet you should buy a copy of the book and read it to get a full understanding, this site provides overview so you can see if you like the sound of it. This is a best seller in France and has sold more than 10 million copies all over the world, has been translated into 14 languages and made available in 32 countries.
Dukan Diet Core Values
On the Dukan Diet you can eat as much as you like, as long as you stick to the allowed foods list which contains over 100 foods, in other words, you do not have to starve yourself in order to lose weight. Eating natural foods is central to the diet, as is exercise (a daily walk of 20-30 minutes at a minumum). The diet is based around how much you want to lose and can last as long as necessary, even if you have the odd hickup.
The four pillars that Dukan refers to as: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization are the four phases that are going to help you reach all of your weight loss goals. Here’s a brief description of each.
During the attack phase, you are going to lose weight rapidly, hopefully at a rate of 4.4 to 6.6 pounds (2-3 KG) over the course of two to seven days. During this time, you are kick starting your metabolism – this is easier than it sounds. Believe it or not, you can eat as much as you want of 72 foods during this time. As long as they are protein rich and on the approved list, you can continue to eat as much as you want. Does it get any better than that? This is not something that most diets can stake claim to. Read more about the Dukan Diet attack phase.
Moving on, the cruise phase is next. This is designed to allow you to gradually lose weight by eating protein rich food along with a list of 28 vegetables. During this phase, you are expected to lose roughly 2.2 pounds (1 KG) per week. Of course, this is based on your personal situation and how your body reacts. These figures are averages, you may lose more or less. During this phase, there are tolerated foods that you are allowed to eat. However, if you gain any weight during this period, these tolerated foods must be banned. Read more about the Dukan Diet cruise phase.
The consolidation phase is third. This is designed to help prevent massive weight gain in the future. It is during this phase that you are reintroduced to a normal diet that includes bread, cheese, fruit, and starchy foods. These are the types of foods that most dieters think they will never be able to eat again. Fortunately, this is not the case with the Dukan diet. Instead, you are going to be introduced to these foods once again. Doing so in the appropriate manner will ensure that you don’t pack on any weight. As directed by the plan, you are allowed to eat two celebratory meals per week. Again, this is something that makes this diet quite unique when compared to others. Read more about the Dukan Diet consolidation phase.
The final stage is known as stabilization. During this time, you can eat whatever you want without gaining weight. There are some rules that you need to be aware of, though. For example, you have to eat only protein one day per week, you have to eat oat bran every day, and you must be committed to following this stage for the rest of your life. If you truly want the Dukan diet to work, you cannot finish the four stages and then go back to your old way of doing things. Instead, you need to follow this final stage the rest of your life – this will help you avoid any future weight gain.
Is it Easy?
Just like all diets, you need to be aware of what you are putting into your body and what it could potentially do to you. This is a low carbohydrate diet, some people find it diffuicult for a few days while the body suffers from withdrawal from carbohydrates. Some of the symptoms that are associated with the early stages could include: lethargy, nausea, headaches, and loss of concentration. While this may be difficult to deal with, symptoms should only last for a short period of time.
The Dukan diet has been proven successful by millions of people, you can be successful with it too!
Once you know the ins and outs of the Dukan Diet, you can decide if it is right for you. Interested? You might find the Dukan Diet FAQ useful.
Here’s a great overview of the diet and an interview with Pierre Dukan that was originally shown on ABC Nightline.