The Dukan Diet was created by Pierre Dukan, a French physician, over ten years ago. His book claims that over 5 million French people have lost weight with this diet plan. It’s gained some popularity recently with endorsements from the likes of and Jennifer Lopez who claims to have used the Dukan Diet to lose their pregnancy weight. Basically, the Dukan Diet consists of a four phase plan…
[UPDATE] I had originally said that Giselle Bundchen also used the Dukan diet, but it turns to not be true. While researching for this article I had seen the claim on many reputable sites (including webmd), but after posting it we were contacted by Giselle’s assistant who said that Giselle Bundchen has never done the Dukan diet.
Dukan Diet Phases
- Phase one (Attack) will bring back memories of the Atkins Diet with its focus on high protein intake. No calorie counting, just eat as much as you want as long as it is from the approved lean protein sources. You’re also required to eat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran and 1 1/2 liters of water each day.
- Phase two (Weight Loss) adds in some non-starchy vegetables and continues with mostly low-fat protein. Both are allowed in unlimited portions.
- Phase three (Stabilization) still allows unlimited amounts of protein and vegetables but with more variety, plus you get a little fruit and grains.
- Phase four (Cruise) promises that you can eat whatever you want without yo-yoing as long as you eat three tablespoons of oat bran, follow this high protein diet, walk 20 minutes per day and always take the stairs.
Okay so that’s how the Dukan Diet works. Sounds reasonable and well thought out. I guess I can see why so many people would find the this diet appealing. Unlimited portions, no weight regain, 20 minutes of easy exercise all sound so simple and easy to do, but you can check it out for yourself if you like.
I had originally posted a pretty negative review of the diet posted and still stand by the statements that I made, but I decided to remove most of it for two reasons.
First and foremost, the whole page was taking on a negative tone that I didn’t like. Some commentors where rational and explained why I wrong in a calm clear manner and I will leave those comments up. Others though were rants and diatribes that had no useful purpose. Those were removed. It’s my own fault of course, my strong words attracted too much negativity and that’s not the tone we want for this site.
The other reason is that so many people came to the defense of the Dukan Diet and nobody agreed with my opinion that I must be wrong and should give it a second look. We would love to continue to hear from those who have tried it and can offer an opinion as to it’s effectiveness.
The comments here have been all positive, but click the book and check out the reviews on Amazon. Most of them agree that the Dukan Diet is pretty good, but there are a number of people who agree with my original opinion that it is not. No one single diet is for everyone though so check it out for yourself for now. I will try to update my review soon. Maybe a second read will fill in some of the inconsistencies and issues I saw the first time round. Or maybe I’ll come up with the same opinion and reword it in a less offensive way… we’ll see.
Randy “Humble Pie” Lee