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Post by Mandri on Mon 20 May 2013 - 8:27

There is A LOT of controversy regarding this diet, but wanted to find out what you think about it? I'm going to give it a try just because I am not in the mood for Weigh Less, maybe when I lost some weight I might switch back to it.

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Post by elleznom on Mon 20 May 2013 - 8:38

I have never heard of it. Will google to see what it's about?

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Re: Dukan diet

Post by Mandri on Mon 20 May 2013 - 9:39

The Dukan Diet has been hugely popular in France. Devised by French medical doctor Dr Pierre Dukan, it promises to help you lose weight permanently. But does it really work? DietDoc takes a closer look.

I was recently asked to review 3 books that explain the principles of popular slimming diets. The first in this series, is The Dukan Diet by Dr Pierre Dukan, which is advertised as "The French medical solution for permanent weight loss". Dr Dukan writes competently and convincingly and his book is easy to read. The basic principles expounded in this book are based on the Atkins Diet, with certain modifications as explained below. Dr Dukan divides his diet into 4 phases, which he calls the Attack Phase, the Cruise Phase, the Consolidation Phase and the Stabilisation Phase. Let’s see what each phase entails.



The Attack Phase

This initial phase is relatively short and drastic. Patients who want to lose weight are instructed to eat only certain protein foods for a period of 1 to 10 days, or 5 days on average.

The following foods are allowed:

Lean meats like beef and veal, grilled or roasted without fat
Offal such as liver, kidneys
All poultry, except duck and goose, without any skin
All fish and shellfish
Eggs
Fat-free dairy products like yoghurt or milk
(Dukan, 2010)

In addition Dukan Diet users are encouraged to drink lots of water, reduce their salt intake and have 1 ˝ teaspoons of oat bran a day.

Dr Dukan also stresses the importance of doing exercise every day.

During the Attack Phase, patients tend to lose a large amount of weight very rapidly, which, as Dr Dukan rightly points out, is highly encouraging to most slimmers.

The Cruise Phase

The second step of the Dukan Diet is called "The Cruise Phase" and consists of 1 day of Attack Phase eating alternated with 1 day of eating lean protein and certain selected vegetables. The latter are mainly vegetables with a very low carbohydrate content such as lettuce, cucumber, spinach, etc. (i.e. the so-called "negative energy" vegetables). Dieters are encouraged to continue drinking plenty of water, use oat bran on a daily basis and do exercise (Dukan, 2010).

Dr Dukan stresses that this second phase of his diet regimen is the most important and should be followed until the person using it has reached his/her desired goal or true weight. Considering that Dr Dukan predicts an average loss of 0,5 kg every 5 days, the Cruise Phase could last for rather long in the case of patients who need to lose 20 or more kg.

The Consolidation Phase

This phase, which Dr Dukan also calls the "crucial Transition Period", allows the addition of one fruit, 2 slices of wholewheat bread and 1 serving of cheese per day, plus 2 servings of starchy foods and 2 so-called celebration meals (eating any foods desired in moderate quantities) per week. The length of the Consolidation Phase is calculated according to the amount of weight a dieter has lost during the previous 2 phases, e.g. 5 days for every 0,5 kg or 10 days per 1 kg lost (Dukan, 2010). Thus someone who has lost 20 kg in Phases 1 and 2, would have to stay in the Transition Phase for 20 x 10 = 200 days or nearly 7 months.

The Stabilisation Phase

At this point, dieters will have reached their true or goal weight and will have adapted to the high-protein and selected vegetable diet and are including some fruit, starches and the occasional treat. In the final phase, Dr Dukan advises that individuals who have completed the previous 3 phases of the diet, can return to normal eating, but should reserve one day a week , namely the famous "Protein Thursdays" on which they eat only Attack Phase foods (i.e pure proteins). Dr Dukan prescribes three simple rules of this final phase: Protein Thursdays, taking 3 tablespoons of oat bran for the rest of one’s life and doing daily exercise (Dukan, 2010).

Will this diet work?

Dr Dukan writes very persuasively and many people who have tried and failed to lose weight in the past will probably use his diet with varying degrees of success. I can imagine that most dieters will definitely lose weight during the 1-7 day Attack Phase because research indicates that eating only lean proteins tends to suppress the appetite due to ketosis, improve satiety, prevent cravings and cause a diuretic effect (LaRosa et al, 1980). Patients would also only use the Attack Phase for a very short period of time, which in most cases should not lead to serious negative side-effects.

However, I doubt that most individuals would be able to stick out the Cruise and Transition Phases which could last for months on end depending on how much weight the person has to lose. Ask yourself if you could eat (and afford) only protein, a few selected vegetables and a small portion of oat bran for a long period during the Cruise Phase. And afterwards, could you eat the restricted diet of the Transition Phase for months and months? Research studies have indicated that the fall-out rate for high-protein diets is very high because people tend to get very tired of eating only proteins and a few vegetables (Foster et al, 2003; Stern et al, 2004). As omnivores (not carnivores), humans tend to need a varied diet which also includes carbohydrates.

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Re: Dukan diet

Post by Adele S on Mon 20 May 2013 - 9:52

My one friend just told me that her colleague did it, she did well on it.

I guess it differs, some people can do operation starvation diets, like me, I cannot and I don't like Weigh-Less, it seems the more variety I have, the quicker I deviate from my programme. I don't have a sense of balance and when to stop and to have enough. So I blossom on strict diets.

You can do it. Good luck

I am back on the Operation Starvation again today

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Post by sweetpea on Mon 20 May 2013 - 10:11

i have it - works really well

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Post by Mandri on Thu 23 May 2013 - 8:26

Okay so been doing it since Monday.

So far lost 2.2kg. Tomorrow will be my last day of only meat then I can eat some veggies! Never knew I would be so excited about veggies... blink

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Post by sweetpea on Thu 23 May 2013 - 18:01

The eat as much as u want is cool for the first few days because if I felt hungry I knew I was aloud to eat,but it wears off eventually & you end up just eating standard size meals.the first few days is nice because the weight drops easily.my husband lost almost 5kg in week.im going to start again Smile

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Post by Mandri on Fri 24 May 2013 - 6:36

Have to say me too, since day 3. Still stuck on 2.2kg, think I reached a plateau, but tomorrow I introduce veggies then hopefully I will loose some more.

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Post by Honey on Mon 27 May 2013 - 12:22

I think it works well BUT I cant see how that much protein can be healthy?
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