The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet was created by Dr. Pierre Dukan in an effort to help reduce the overweight and obesity health problems in our world today. This diet is high-protein, low-carb, and low-fat and is broken into four distinct phases. Recently, it has been popularized as the diet that Kate Middleton may be following to achieve her desired weight.

Phase 1 and Phase 2

Phase 1 is called the Attack Phase and aims to help you boost your initial weight loss. This phase consists of 72 different high-protein foods that you are to consume to achieve faster weight loss.

Phase 2 is called the Cruise Phase. In this phase, the aim is to reach your true weight, the weight that you can realistically maintain during your life. This phase focuses on alternating days of pure protein consumption with days of protein combined with vegetables.

Phase 3 and Phase 4

Phase 3 is called the Consolidation Phase and aims to gradually introduce new foods into your diet. It allows for two meals a week that can be a “cheat”.

Phase 4 is called the Permanent Stabilization Phase and is the phase you are to follow for life. The rules of this phase include consuming 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day, having one day a week of eating only pure-protein-rich foods, and taking the stairs frequently during your day.

Oat Bran

Oat bran is the only source of carbohydrates you can eat during phase 1 and phase 2 of the Dukan Diet. This carbohydrate-rich food is rich in soluble fiber, and, according to the Dukan Diet official website, can reduce your levels of “bad”, or LDL, cholesterol. This food is also included because fiber can help keep you satiated, and therefore prevent overeating.

In phase 1, the amount of oat bran consumed is 1.5 tablespoons per day, while in phases 2 and 3, the amount eaten is 2 tablespoons per day. In the final, and lifetime phase, the amount of oat bran consumed is 3 tablespoons daily.

Physical Activity

The Dukan Diet recommends that you exercise daily in order to help you achieve a healthy weight loss, experience increased energy, and help you break through your initial weight loss struggles. Walking is the recommended form of exercise because it is a natural activity to do. In addition, walking can decrease your chance for injury, is simple and requires no expense.

Preparation

The Dukan Diet recommends you read the book in order to prepare for this diet. In addition to the book, the Dukan Diet also has U.S. and U.K. websites in which you can access information and personal coaching.

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