The Dukan Diet

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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The Dukan Diet [1] 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.[2][3]



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 [4] (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.



1. Attack,

2. Cruise,

3. Consolidation, and

4. Stabilisation.





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.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dukan_D...



What do you think? I might try it.....sounds kind of interesting.

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Iridescent - posted on 03/18/2011

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Yup. That's why a low glycemic index diet is usually supported first by doctors, and encouraged for metabolic disorders. It's high in complex carbs.

Veronica - posted on 03/18/2011

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two types of carbs ladies -- complex carbs are your veggies for instance -- they are packed with nutrients and fiber, take longer to digest, therefor giving your body time to turn it into energy for your muscles. Then there are simple carbs - or sugar/refined/processed junk/food/high glycemic -- these carbs digest fast, giving your body no time to process it, therefore its stored as fat.

Carolyn - posted on 03/18/2011

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The main thing is that we ( as in most people) over eat in the carb department. So any drop to 20ish grams of carbs per day is going to accomplish the same thing : shock your system into weightloss haha ! If i wasnt nursing, i might give the 2 week induction a shot again just to lose those few first pounds to get me motivated again. Weight watchers worked wonders up until christmas, but apparently according to my current diet, im still on those "4 naughty days" i allowed myself at christmas ! sigh :(

Iridescent - posted on 03/18/2011

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Lol! Iceburg lettuce is also 0.17. A lot of people count it as 0. It just depends how carefully you track, but the fact is that there are carbs in it. Some people honestly think 0 means none, and it doesn't most of the time.

Carolyn - posted on 03/18/2011

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yep and you can have 20 grams of carbs per day and then 40.... Im not currently doing this, if you read, i did it 4 years ago. so if i forgot that something was 1 carb instead of 0 carbs... please, forgive me... thats where "looking up nutritional info" as i wrote comes in ;)

Iridescent - posted on 03/18/2011

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Yes, it does send your body into ketosis.
http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Da... - Please tell me if you have a different list that says otherwise, but a vegetable IS a carb. None are not. They are not solid protein, and they don't have much for fat, so the bulk of their content is carbohydrate.

Carolyn - posted on 03/18/2011

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Well with atkins ( unless it has changed in the last 4 years) you can have 20g of carbs per day for the first 2 weeks, after that you get 40g a day.

the first 2 weeks, i ate lots of meat, eggs and cheese ( bacon and eggs for breakfast best diet ever !!! jk !) You can get low carb breads, some vegetables have no carbs or very low carbs. It was really about reading labels, looking up nutritional info for fruits and vegs and just counting the carbs. You could have all the flipping fat you want in the world, but have to watch them carbs. I also had things like those sugar free 5 calorie jello things topped with some coolwhip stuff like that. Watch out for those no sugar added candies out there, some of those are worse than laxatives ( alot of them say "may have a laxative like effect) and the farts, oh me oh my .... hahaha the memories ! those little "sugar free" candies... i would just stay faaarrrr away !

The first 2 weeks are the induction phase, which is where you send your body into ketosis ? ( i dunno my mom did atkins for a good while, and she gave me these sticks to pee on which would tell you if it was working or not) you lose a bunch of water weight, and can continue to lose up to like 14lbs or someshit in those first 2 weeks.

Now im not saying its healthy by any means. It gave me HORRIBLE breath ! but I had a dress to fit into, and by god i did it. 25lbs in 5 weeks ( i was also doing a really hardcore boxing class 2 nights a week, walking and training with my punching bag in the garage)

Veronica - posted on 03/18/2011

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Cutting carbs isnt good for anyone -- its food for your brain - i watched some family members on atkins - and they had a lot of mood/emotional issues - and ended up falling off the wagon cause they were 'starved' of nutrition.



Edited to add: Complex carbs - not simple carbs. (complex - veggies, etc. simple - sugar/junk foods)

Mrs. - posted on 03/18/2011

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Sounds like a diet. I'm not into diets. They always seem to take off weight rapidly by eliminating one or more things, it's cool for awhile and then people end up gaining back the weight and then some.

At least that's the way it is for my mom who's been on every diet known to man. Oh and most of my female friends.

Veronica - posted on 03/18/2011

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I dislike this and Atkins as well. If you are going to get better results - you are best going for a low-glycemic lifestyle - not a diet. The low-glycemic lifestyle is based on your blood sugar - which is the key factor to weight gain or loss - because it determines whether your food will be stored as fat or used as energy. It worked for me, and for many others. When I first went for this type of program, I didn't follow it 100% - but I still lost nearly 10 lbs. within 12 weeks, along with some significant inches off my waist, and hips. This program focuses highly on health too, not just weight/inches -- detoxing, vitamins, and supplements are very important. I have thyroid issues too - which makes weightloss a struggle - so for this to help, was great for me.
Like Amy says, you have to be careful with any program, and you have to make sure your health is in check, and that you are getting the right nutrition/vitamins. Def. consult doc.

Iridescent - posted on 03/18/2011

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It doesn't sound safe for me, but I don't process protein correctly. It could work for others. Be careful though if you do try it, and make sure you have your vitamin levels monitored closely as high levels of protein does bind with calcium specifically and remove it from your body, and contribute to kidney stones. It's also lower in fiber and can cause bowel problems (constipation). It would intentionally be putting your body into a positive nitrogen balance. Talking to your doctor is obviously the most important first step before any major diet change.

Carolyn - posted on 03/18/2011

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I did Atkins to drop a few quick pounds before the wedding. Worked like charm. I dont know if its something i could pull off in the longterm, I dont like feeling like i cant have something, it makes me want it all the more and it taste that much better when i do get it LOL.

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011

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I guess it's supposed to be a bit similar. Have you ever tried Atkins?

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