Month: November 2017

The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet

Created in the 1970s by the French general practitioner Dr. Pierre Dukan, the Dukan Diet is another low-carb diet that promises rapid weight loss.

The good thing about this diet certainly is that you don’t have to weigh foods or count calories and you can even eat as much as you want of certain foods.

This diet though for sure is something no vegetarian would ever choose as during the first phase you are supposed to eat mainly animal protein.

The whole diet is divided into four phases. The first is the Attack phase and you can eat as much animal protein as you want. You can choose from lean meats, eggs and non-fat dairy, have 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran every day and drink 1.5 litres of water. The length of this phase depends on how much you want to lose and can last up to 7 days.

The second phase is the Cruise phase. During this phase 28 non starchy vegetables are added every other day. And the oat bran intake is increased to 2 tablespoons.

The third phase is the Consolidation phase in which more foods are added again. Meats such as pork and lamb, low sugar fruit, bread and cheese. You can also include starchy vegetables and even celebration meals in which you can eat whatever you want, once or twice a week.

The last phase is the Stabilisation phase in which you can eat whatever you want, if you stick to eating 3 tablespoons or oat bran every day, eat only protein foods on a Thursday, walk for 20 minutes every day and never take lifts or escalators.

This diet might indeed lead to a rapid weight loss, but are the amount of animal protein and lack of vegetables really healthy. I think I’d rather see a diet with more vegetables and added lean meats and fish as a base. I mean aren’t we told these days that to much meat is no good and we should rather have 10 than just 5 of our daily fruit and veg?

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