Friday, December 9, 2011

Understanding The Dukan Diet: Is It For You??

By India Durling

The Dukan Diet has been very talked-about in France for the past decade or so and is now getting more famous in the US and United Kingdom. It is very similar to the Atkins diet, suggesting that you consume lots of protein and severely limit your consumption of carbs. As with many restrictive diets, you will definitely shed pounds, but will the pounds stay off? And is this type of weight loss good for you?

There are four phases to the Dukan diet: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization. The attack phase is the fast weight loss period, which you follow for one to ten days. During this time, you eat nothing but lean protein and a few big spoons of oat bran. The cruise phase adds a range of veggies every alternate day and increases the oat bran; you stay in this phase till you attain your ideal weight.

The consolidation phase introduces fruit, two slices of whole grain bread and one piece of hard cheese a day. This phase also begins the core of the diet: one day per week of eating just lean protein and oat bran powder. Finally, the stabilization phase is meant to be followed for life. It consists of eating what you need, but continuing with nothing apart from protein and oat bran one day a week.

The most fast weight loss will happen in the attack phase. You will also shed pounds during the cruise phase, just at a slower pace. Consolidation is considered the most critical period for the final success of the diet, because this is when it is quickest to regain weight. According to Dukan, if you stay in the consolidation phase for 5 days for each pound you have lost, you won't gain the weight back.

Any person following a diet like this could be prepared for a few complications, eg listlessness, bowel obstruction and halitosis. Your body just needs to become used to manufacturing energy through protein and the burning of blubber instead of from carbohydrates. Everyone is different , but for many individuals the Dukan diet may be worth trying.

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