Most diets help you lose weight. But more often than not when you return to your old habits, you gain all that weight back… and more.
The Dukan Diet will redesign your eating habits and help you permanently stabilize your weight.
The Dukan Method is a high protein, low fat, low carb diet. It proposes a healthy eating plan based on proteins and vegetables, 100 foods in total. And what’s best, it’s “Eat as much as you like.”
Method for Losing & Stabilizing your Weight in 4 Distinct Phases
The Dukan Diet does not guarantee extreme results in record time. Based in medicine, it promises that with a strict adherence to its instructions you will be able to reach your True Weight, a realistic goal that you can attain & maintain for the rest of your life.
You can (and should) calculate your True Weight and see if The Dukan Diet is right for you.
Phase 1 – Attack
The Attack phase consists of pure protein products and creates a kick-start to the diet. During this phase, you can eat 72 high-protein foods enabling immediate and noticeable weight loss.
Phase 2 – Cruise
The Cruise phase will take you to your True Weight. During this phase you will gradually but steadily lose weight by alternating Pure Protein days and Protein + Vegetables days. The average length of this phase is based on a schedule of 3 days for each pound you want to lose.
Phase3 – Consolidation
During this time you are at your most vulnerable stage and the body has a tendency to quickly regain lost pounds. The Consolidation Phase is designed to prevent the rebound effect by gradually returning previously forbidden foods and allowing for two “celebration” meals per week. This phase follows a strict timeline – 5 days per every pound lost in Cruise Phase.
Phase 4 – Permanent Stabilization
This phase is the rest of your life! To keep your newly found body, you must follow these three simple but non-negotiable rules:
- Consume 3 Tablespoons of oat bran per day.
- Choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
- Have a pure-protein Thursday, i.e. Attack Phase menu.
Oat bran is ideal for breakfast as hot oatmeal or with yogurt or cottage cheese, oat bran can also be used to make savory pancakes, pizza crust, muffins, cookies and much more!
As the only source of carbohydrates during the Attack and Cruise Phases, oat bran brings an extra element of variety to the diet.
The French medical community, much like those in other Western countries, feels helpless as they are faced with the steady rise in obesity that the World Health Organization describes as the “first non-infectious epidemic.” Medicines to treat it are rare and of limited use, sufferers try diet after diet demonstrating the absence of consensus on any one effective method.
General practitioners in France and abroad, struck by the results obtained by their patients and especially by their long-term weight stabilization, adopted the Dukan Method, either by learning it and applying it to their patients, or by recommending The Dukan Diet book.
Does it Work?
Yup, so far. Jane and I started this regimen on June 5, 2011. As of today, October 31, Jane has lost 33 pounds and I have lost 40 for a combined loss of 20 percent of our total body weight. I have lost 4 in. from my waist and have new jeans (was 40 in, now 36 in). Jane just got new jeans again (size 6), and looks snokin’ hot. We just completed the Cruise Phase (2), and have begun the Consolidation Phase (3). At no time did we feel tortured, and we discovered many delightful recipes that are not just good for diet fare, but also good for any fare.
I will report back here from time to time with further progress.
High protein diets can become boring, especially for gastronomes. I will be adding recipes in the Recipe Category here (both regular and diet). Coming soon will be a Béarnaise sauce recipe with no fat or sugar. I have been developing this to go with such goodies as steaks, planked salmon, and asparagus. Hollandaise will appear soon. And I will be experimenting with a no-fat Maryland Crabcake.