There’s nothing like a diet plan being utilized by high profile celebrity figures to start a buzz going to see what it’s all about. The Dukan diet has recently been used by Kate Middleton and J-Lo to successfully slim down.
The Dukan diet was designed by Dr. Pierre Dukan, from France, and he has been promoting his diet for over 30 years. It is one of the most popular diets in France for people who want to lose weight.
The book, The Dukan Diet, after it was already well established in France, was released in the U.K. in 2010 and here, in the U.S. in April of 2011.
The basis of the diet is that it is a high protein, low fat, low carb weight loss plan. The Dukan diet consists of four phases.
In the first phase, called the Attack phase, the dieter loses weight quickly and is permitted to eat as much as they want of 72 protein rich foods.
In phase 2, called the Cruise phase, the dieter may still eat the protein rich foods and may add 28 specific vegetables. Weight loss in this phase is more gradual.
Phase 3 is named the Consolidation phase in which fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods are brought back to the diet for 5 days of the week.
The other 2 days of the week allow for celebratory meals as permitted within the plan. This phase is designed to prevent future weight gain.
Phase 4 is called the Stabilization phase and it is designed for maintenance of weight for the rest of the dieter’s life.
In phase 4, the dieter can eat what they want but they must adhere to a few rules. They need to include a protein day once a week and eat oat bran several days per week.
There are warnings, symptoms and side effects to watch out for from any high protein diet.
Flu-like symptoms can occur as your body switches from carbohydrates to protein and it’s own fat reserves to fuel the body.
The high protein diet causes you to burn your own body fat for energy and that process is called ketosis. Ketosis can put a strain on your liver and kidneys in some cases.
A high protein diet is not recommended for people with kidney problems, adolescents, pregnant or breast feeding women or diabetics.
The Dukan diet is often compared to the Atkins diet. They differ in the fact that the Dukan diet does not allow fats and oils as the Atkins diet does.
The Dukan diet has an online coaching support system to be used in conjunction with his book.
The Dukan diet has been effective for weight loss in France for many years and now, in the U.S. and the U.K., many more people have been helped to achieve their weight loss goals.
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