Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )
The Dukan Diet  is one of the most popular diet plans in France. It is a protein based diet designed by French MD, nutritionist and dietician, Dr Pierre Dukan. Although Dr. Dukan has been promoting his diet for over 30 years, it has only been since 2000 that the Diet has really grown in popularity and is now widely accepted. His book The Dukan Diet is a permanent best seller in France with over 3 million copies sold. The book has since been translated in 14 languages and published in 32 countries. It has been released in the UK in May 2010.
As with some other diet plans, Dr. Dukan has launched an online coaching service as well as online shops.
In 1975, Dr Pierre Dukan was a general practitioner in Paris when he was first confronted with a case of obesity. At the time, being overweight or obese was thought to be treated by low calorie and small sized meals. Dr Dukan thought of an alternative way to prevent patients from regaining their lost weight. He designed a new approach in 4 phases, including stabilisation and consolidation. After 20 odd years of research Dr Pierre Dukan published his findings in 2000 in his book Je ne sais pas maigrir  (I don't know how to lose weight) which became a best seller.
The diet is based on a 100+ allowed foods list, as well as four specific ground pillars also known as phases.
3. Consolidation, and
Phase I: The Attack phase will enable the dieter to rapid lose 2 to 3 kilos in 2–7 days by kick starting his/hers metabolism. The dieter is allowed to eat as much as he or she wants of 72 protein-rich foods.
Phase II: The Cruise phase, allows to achieve more gradually the true weight you aim for by eating protein-rich foods with the addition of 28 specific vegetables. The length of this phase is usually calculated as 1 kg weight loss per week but this is based on specific personal conditions. Tolerated foods are also allowed as per the program but any weight gain will ban some of these.
Phase III: The consolidation phase helps in preventing any future massive weight gain. During this phase, fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods are being reintroduced into a normal diet five days a week leaving two days for celebratory meals as directed by the plan. The consolidation phase helps in preventing any future massive weight gain.
Phase IV: The last step, the Stabilisation phase is when the dieter can basically eat what he or she wants without gaining weight by following a few rules, including a protein day once a week as well as eating oat bran a couple of times a week. According to Dukan, one shall follow this last phase for the rest of oneís life to prevent regaining weight.
What do you think? I might try it.....sounds kind of interesting.