The Dukan Diet For Weight Loss
There are myriad forms of diets that claim to help you lose weight. Some are effective while some are not. Today I am going to discuss a French diet called Dukan diet.
The Dukan Diet For Weight Loss
Theory of the diet
This diet was created by a French Doctor named Pierre Dukan. The chief theory behind this diet is limiting the consumption of carbs so that the body is forced to burn the stored fat. Protein is consumed more because it is a weight-loss powerhouse. It’s filling and takes time and work to get digested than carbs, and has comparatively very few calories for each gram of food. If the Dukan diet is followed, it is claimed that a person can drop about 10 pounds in one week. That would be 4.5 Kilos! Sounds quite promising, right? The diet includes a 20 minute walk everyday too!!
Phases of the diet
The diet includes a lot of protein and oat bran. The diet has four different phases that are as under.
The first phase is called the “Attack” phase. It lasts for 10 days. During this phase, you are allowed to eat all the lean protein possible along with1.5 tablespoons of oat bran. Water intake should be at least 6 cups daily. For protein you need to eat protein rich food (common sense ;)) like eggs, chicken and fish. To this you can add cottage cheese and skimmed milk. The vegetarians can have a tough time here.
The second phase is called the “Cruise” phase. It lasts for several months. In this phase, you can add unrestrained amounts of non-starchy vegetables every alternate day along with an extra half-tablespoon of oat bran. Veggies falling in this range are tomatoes, salad leaves, pumpkin, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers, onions, celery, carrots, broccoli and mushrooms. So, now you can have protein, oat bran and veggies that don’t have starch.
The third phase is called “Consolidation” phase. This phase depends on the amount of weight you have lost. It lasts for 5 days multiplied by the number of pounds lost. When you reach this stage, you can eat veggies every day. What gets added is one piece of fruit, two slices of whole-grain bread, and little hard cheese. This phase allows 1-2 servings of food that contains starch. You can also enjoy a cheat meal or a celebration meal that is restricted to1 or 2 times.
The fourth and final stage is called the “Stabilization” phase. This phase is a maintenance phase. You can relish whatever you like, except for one particular day in a week when you have to follow the rules from the diet’s “Attack” phase. So, on that day it is an all protein diet. In this phase, you have to eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day and also walk 20 minutes every day.
You can have sugar-free gum, spices, and unsweetened coffee and tea when you are on this diet.
Yays of the diet:
- It helps you lose weight.
- There is no portion control.
- There is no calorie counting.
- You allowed having a few cheat meals.
Nays of the diet:
- It can cause constipation, and increase your cholesterol if you are on red meat.
- Body may feel withdrawal symptoms as carbs are completely removed. These symptoms may last for just 3-4 days though.
- It can put a little stress on kidneys and liver.
- It can cause a deficiency of nutrients.
Hope you found it useful!
Stay healthy and make your own choice!