Dukan diet is fast gaining grounds as one of the most effective diets to reduce weight. It was introduced by French dietician Pierre Dukan, from which the name of the diet was derived. In 2010, Dukan published his book I Don’t Know how to Get Slimmer, which chronicles his years of research in dietetics and nutrition. Ultimately, his book introduced the Dukan Diet in the general public. That was when the popularity of the Dukan Diet came into a jumpstart.
In a short period of time, Dukan Diet has already gained a huge following from diet aficionados. This is because this diet follows a systematic process which is easy to follow and does not need detailed understanding. Some people found the principles of the Dukan Diet very easy to grasp, thus very ideal for people who just don’t want to crack their head on plain things such as dieting. Moreover, Dukan Diet is perhaps the most “considerate” form of diet because it allows the consumption of a large variety of foods, unlike it some diet plans, which restrict their followers to few, sometimes unflattering, foods.
Dukan Diet has four phases: Attack Phase, Cruise Phase, Consolidation Phase, and Stabilization Phase. These phases are strategically designed to make sure that Dukan Diet followers gain weight the fastest, easiest and safest way.
In the Attack Phase, followers see a rapid loss of weight. Some followers reduced 2 to 3 kilograms from their weight after only a week. Some even report that they have lost 10 pounds in just a week! How is this done? Followers are allowed to eat only protein-rich foods. The plan provides a list of 72 foods which followers can only consume during the Attack Phase.
In the Cruise Phase, 32 more foods are added in the list of consumable foods by diet followers. Slight weight increase may be observed in this phase. Also, followers must now adhere to a stricter diet pattern which includes a schedule for protein food and fiber food consumptions.
The third phase, Consolidation Phase, is said to be the most crucial phase, because followers may gain weight rapidly if not proper diet is followed. Slowly by slowly, followers are allowed to consume previously forbidden food such as bread and cheese. Followers are also allowed to eat whatever they want (called Celebratory meals) on two occasions a week.
The last phase, Stabilization Phase, provides the diet plan followers must stick to for the rest of their lives. This includes the consumption of 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day, and one pure-protein meal per week. But of course, in this phase, followers are allowed to eat whatever food they want, provided they also consume the aforementioned diet. In this phase, followers must use the stairs as frequently as possible to avoid gaining weight.