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The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet

A French diet that has helped many A-list celebrities lose weight.

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  • Established: Book published in 2000 after over 20 years of research
  • Founder: Dr. Pierre Dukan
  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Accessibility: Book and online coaching
  • Diet Type: Low-glycemic index, high protein and low-carbohydrate
  • Gender: Male and female
  • Celebrity Endorsements: Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen

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The Dukan Diet is a French-based weight loss plan that was rumored to be followed by Kate Middleton, model Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez, following their pregnancies.

Created by Dr. Pierre Dukan, the diet is the number one weight loss plan in the UK attracting women of all shapes, sizes and ages to help them lose weight. It is also referred to as the "Je ne sais pas maigrir" ("I don't know how to lose weight") diet plan.

The plan is centered around eating protein-based meals in a four-cycled program. The four cycles are: Attack, Weight Loss, Stabilization and Cruise.

The Dukan Diet is a remastered version of the Protein-Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF), which is a high-protein diet that was created over three decades ago for obese individuals.

The Dukan Diet has been criticized for being a fad diet as well as a diet that may be dangerous because of its strict guidelines.

You can expect to lose three to five pounds per week while following it.

There is both a Dukan Diet website and book that lays out very clearly what the diet entails including what you can and can't eat, portion sizes and the length of time you should remain in each phase in relation to your weight loss goal.

A new English language edition of Dr. Dukan's book was released on April 19, 2011. It is called The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever and claims to be "The Real Reason The French Stay Thin." There is also a companion cookbook.

  • Will result in weight loss
  • Can help to jump-start a sluggish metabolism
  • Includes a daily exercise plan

  • Strict guidelines are likely to cause weight regain
  • May be dangerous for some who are at risk for electrolyte imbalances
  • Considered a fad diet
  • Likely to produce moodiness and lethargy especially during the first phase

The Dukan Diet is comprised of four specific phases that cycle the kinds of protein and carbohydrates you consume. The reason for this cycling is to dip into fat stores for energy and trick the metabolism into an efficient fuel-burning machine.

Few starchy carbohydrates are allowed except for those in the form of low glycemic vegetables like lettuce, spinach, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radishes and broccoli. In addition, oat bran should be consumed each day. Its amount varies according to the phase of the diet you are in. Oat bran is also a staple ingredient in many of the Dukan Diet recipes.

Here is a breakdown of the four cycles:

  • Attack Phase: Only very lean veal, beef, chicken (skinless) and turkey (skinless), fish and shellfish, eggs, fat-free dairy products are allowed. Greek yogurt with 0 percent fat and plain yogurt are considered great choices for dairy. Tons of fresh water is also required. This phase should not be followed for longer than 10 days.

  • Cruise Phase: Alternating in five-day cycles, you cycle back and forth between eating protein and non-starchy vegetables and eating only protein. No butter or oil can be used and tons of fresh water is required. Follow this phase until your goal weight is attained.

  • Consolidation Phase: One serving of fruit, two slices of whole wheat bread and 1.5 ounces of cheese is allowed each day. Two times each week, you are allowed to eat two 5-ounce servings of starch, like potatoes, rice or another grain. Protein is also a mainstay. In addition, two times a week, you can eat a cheat meal including wine and dessert. But the day after these cheat meals, you can only consume protein. The Stabilization phase is done for the number of days that equals four days for every half-pound lost.

  • Stabilization: Normal eating is resumed with one day a week devoted to consuming only protein.

A quality vitamin and mineral supplement must also be taken in order to maintain proper nutrient intake. Spices, moderate amounts of diet soda, artificial sweeteners are allowed. No added sugars, fats, oils or sugary condiments are allowed.


Walking is the form of exercise that is strongly encouraged within each phase. You are expected to walk 20 to 30 minutes a day, depending upon the phase you are in. The book also includes several strength-training exercises you can also incorporate into your daily routine.

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The Dukan Diet is a high protein weight loss plan that cycles you back and forth between a protein-based diet that allows for certain kinds, quantities and frequencies of carbohydrates.

The diet is a mega hit in the Europe as well as with some celebrities. And while it receives a few gold stars for its clear guidelines and its capacity to help you lose weight, it probably won't result in long-term weight loss and it may even cause health problems or at the very least, moodiness and dreams of bread, particularly during the Attack phase.

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Started this diet today at 18stone. lets hope i can start getting rid of this.

So far i managed 2 boiled eggs for Bfast, Steamed chicken with black pepper for lunch with cottage cheese ( cant say im a grat fan of this!) for lunch.
as a PM snack - tuna with Greek Yoghurt ( fat free) and for dinner Steamed Chicken again and seafood sticks. with a few tbsp of greek yoghurt afterwards

so far there is not a great variety. however, tomorrow im attempting a DD chicken curry, and stroganoff on wednesday. tuna (egg white ) omlette tomorrow am. not sure about lunch yet. :)

posted Jan 7th, 2013 6:50 pm


I have been on DD since May 4, 2011. I have lost 74 pounds on DD and 38 prior to DD. It took me 3.5 years to loose the 38 pounds on the "eat to live diet" and my blood sugars were insane. I lost the 74 pounds in 8 months on DD my blood sugars are normal as well as all my other blood work. I no longer need to take medicine for diabetes. I am in the consolidation phase part 1 (240 days so far) and will enter the 2nd phase of consolidation in 40 more days). I would say that this has become a lifestyle for me and I love how I feel. I am 65 and never dreamed after 35 years of trying to get the weight off that it would ever happen for me. I am thrilled, my doctors are thrilled and I thank Dr. Dukan everyday for bringing this diet to the USA

posted Dec 26th, 2012 10:54 pm


It has been 15 days since I'm on this diet and I lost only 5.5lb. I stayed 5days on the attach and I'n on cruise phase for the last 10 days. I have missed a couple of walk-excercise otherwise doing it strictily. Seems slow, I don't know why?

posted Jul 15th, 2012 8:02 pm



I am trying this diet right now, and so far it is successful. I have lost 11kg in 7 weeks without too much effort and never starving. I do have to take some extra vitamins as I can see my body react to reduced vitamin C intake. I also do quite hard work-outs 2-3 times a week, so that probably also helps. Anyway, this is the best diet I have ever tried, and I would suggest it to anyone who has tried losing weight but not succeeded before.

posted Jun 29th, 2012 9:03 am



I love this diet

posted Jun 27th, 2012 8:25 am



The first diet that has worked for me in 15 years!!

posted Jun 24th, 2012 8:39 pm

jj alexander


Today I have been on the diet for 3 weeks and have lost 17 pounds. I am a 62 year old woman and for me the most difficult thing is preparing food for my husband who is NOT on the diet. There is a good range of food and it is not as difficult as I thought doing without fats and carbs. The results are impressive and I am very pleased!

posted Jun 9th, 2012 12:36 am



I am mid dukan diet and... It is really working for me! I have been following it with ease, and have actually been eating a little bit more than I used to when I was trying to be 'healthy'. I have had no problems whatsoever. The attack phase was simple: I didn't feel tired at all and I'm extatic that I am halfway to my goal already! I really recommend it

posted Apr 8th, 2012 11:52 pm


To be honest, this is the most effective diet I have ever been on...and I have tried almost all of them over the past 45 years! Call me the 'star' of yo-yo dieting! But, I have the feeling (I know) that this one is really changing my life. It certainly is saving me from undergoing a gastric bypass!
I signed up for Dukan's online coaching on Feb 21, weighing in at 119.8kg (264 lbs) for a height of only 155 cm (5ft. 1in). My Attack Phase lasted only 3 days, so it was very doable - not difficult at all. I was delighted when I saw that I had lost 3.8kg (8.4 lbs) already!
True - I was quite tired in the first week or two, but I kept going, switching to the Cruise Phase on Day 4, and now, just under 6 weeks since starting, I have lost a total of 11.4 kg (over 25 lbs) and I am feeling great - so full of energy! My blood glucose levels have fallen back into fully normal range after being pre-diabetic for years! Compliments are flowing in re how well I look!
To everyone saying that this is an unbalanced diet, if you follow it under medical supervision (check with your doctor first), sign up to the on-line programme (the daily reporting and feedback are really supportive and motivational), apply the principles properly (not necessary to use all the menus suggested - you can substitute your own), drink-drink-drink...water, of course (and/or tea, herbal teas, coffee, etc) to flush out the toxins, have the daily bran (porridge, pancakes, muffins, bread...recipes galore on Dukan website) for intestinal transit and take your daily exercise...then you will see how easy and effective it is! What could be so dangerous about the Dukan Diet, especially since in Phases 3 and 4, there is a gradual transition back to 'normal' eating - whatever you want - except for one Pure Protein day per week?
Frankly, I would rather press on with Dukan than undergo obesity surgery with all its irreversible short-term and, especially, longer-term risks which are only now being revealed!

posted Mar 31st, 2012 12:04 pm


Hi There
I have started this diet from today. Am hoping to lose at least 7 kgs by 12 days. Is that possible??

posted Mar 25th, 2012 10:37 pm



Hey All,

I started the Dukan about 9 days ago.
Needed 3 days to get properly into it, as I still used sugary ketchup and a spoon of oil. But then after 3 days I was fine to start the strict regime.Lost 2 kg up till now and I hope for more to melt, as I am now in the cruise phase.
I quite like it, as your body is forced to go back to the nutrition state instead of just feeding it with things I crave.
What is the most effective way to do the PV and PP days intervals?
I have planed to do 5 days of PV and 5 days of PP.
What did you gys to to achieve the most?


posted Feb 27th, 2012 12:38 am


I modified a few things but overall I love this life change (I refuse to "diet:)

posted Feb 20th, 2012 6:55 pm


Two friends of mine did this diet; one suffered with kidney stones and had to go into hospital and the other suffered with chronic constipation and had to be treated for heamoroids. Aspartame is a chemical. Some people are happy to take it - even 'pregnant women' but I would prefer a natural sweetner like guava. After reading the book and researching the Ducan Diet I have decided to follow a healthy food regime which includes all food groups, like the Food Doctor Diet.

posted Feb 19th, 2012 3:21 pm


Call me insane or looney but on the first day that I tried it, the next day that I woke up, I lost 5 pounds!!!!! And then another 3 pounds on the day...I thought it was just water weight but then when I tried on some of my clothes that didn't fit me before, I was surprised that I could fit into them already!!! Before I started this diet, I was already a size 4...I couldn't be any happier now that I'm shrinking more. All my life, I've been into yo-yo dieting and went to my heaviest at size 8 at one point..That was horrendous for me!! THank God, I found this diet..My advice is to strictly stick to the plan and if you feel hungry or you're having some cravings for forbidden foods, drink some diet coke, water, and coffee w/o sugar and cream..It works!! I'm definitely recommending this diet to the ones that I care for :)

posted Feb 19th, 2012 12:26 am


I started this diet a year ago and lost 30lbs in a month and a half. Unfortunately, I didn't make it to the 3rd phase because a friend of mine died suddenly and I said the heck with the diet. I'm re-starting the diet and am excited because I know that I will lose the weight again and this time, make it to the consolidation phase. The attack phase isn't much fun. Especially since I only eat seafood and eggs when it comes to meat. I'm on my 3rd day of the attack phase and to be honest, I haven't lost anything yet, BUT it's also that time of the month. I remembered from my last experience that the water weight will shed, so I'm not discouraged. I already feel the difference in my energy levels and feel confident that I will see the "hidden" results once my period ends. I'm so looking forward to eating vegetables again. Once you get to the cruise phase, the diet is pretty much a breeze. I was really motivated and would walk 45 minutes to an hour right as I began the diet. Then I was able to start running for 5-10 minutes sometimes, which was impressive to me since I really haven't ran for long periods of time since high school. Lol. I tried WeighNot and became very aggravated with it. I was seeing results, but having to weigh my meals, take pills, drink gagging beverages and counting my steps was just a pain. So I'm back for round two on Dukan and am positive I'll be satisfied with my results. I think you will be too.

posted Feb 16th, 2012 9:18 pm



I LOVE this diet already! I'm on day 5 and have lost around 3 kilos!!! I feel great, really energised and I'm never hungry! A hint would be stock up on good foods before you start- I bought so much roast chicken before starting and I'm glad I did because otherwise this diet would've been finished after day 1!

posted Feb 15th, 2012 9:08 am



I had lost 25# on Atkins last year, stabilized for 6 months - and then was stuck. So I signed up for the website coaching with Dukan.
They wanted my goal weight to be about 8# more than my insurance company wants, and more than I would have liked, but given my history (you fill out a detailed history) they feel it's a weight I could maintain easily. We'll see!

I was very skeptical about the short amount of time they felt I would reach my goal weight - about 6 weeks for 15#, and those last pounds are always the pits. But, I'm a week from Consolidation, and I'm only about a pound from my goal, so there you go.

Pros: Really works if you stick to it and do the exercises. And seems to work in the allotted time - a real surprise to me. Having been promised all kinds of things by lots of diets, having one that worked as predicted was a revelation. And I've tried LOTS of diets in the last 30 years.

Having to sign in and put in my weight and measurements every day has helped me stick to it. Knowing I need to get on the scale and get the tape measure out every morning helped me keep going, even though my weight and measurements went up and down almost every day.

You're rarely hungry - you can always have a boiled egg or a yogurt with Stevia if you're feeling peckish. And I found some of the flavored waters to be just the ticket to help out.

My doctor is delighted I've lost weight, and I was able to go off my B/P meds. She was impressed!

Cons: the recipes are totally worthless if you live in a small town not on one of the coasts (lots of seafood). And most of them are not what I'd eat anyway. They include a dessert with every meal, which is OK if you're hung up on desserts, but since I hardly ever eat desserts, I just skipped them.
The website will not take into account what foods you have available, - the menus appear to be canned - no surprise there.So plan on finding things you can make with the foods you have available. Took me a couple of weeks to get the hang of this. Be patient, and scour your stores for possibilities.

Will do nothing if you have a big pot-belly. I am now a very fit person if you don't look at me from the side. I've lost almost nothing on my belly- lost everywhere else. If you're looking to lose belly fat, this diet may not help much - but then none of them do.

Questions can be asked on the website, and the answers vary depending on who answered. I found some folks to be much better than others at answers.

On the whole, I'd say this is much better than the usual diet, and you're not hungry all the time. I'm hopeful that with the continued coaching (when you sign up, they take you through consolidation) I'll be able to stabilize at this weight and stay here.

posted Feb 8th, 2012 12:31 pm



If you have a blip on phase 2 of the diet, can you restart Dukan Diet at anytime? dukan diet

posted Feb 7th, 2012 4:24 pm



I started the diet Jan 29/2012. I have stuck to the restrictions of what I can and can not eat. I have done a minimum of 20 minute walk everyday. I am excited for my body to retrain how to eat. I am in my early 20's and I have about 40 pounds to loose in total. From the unreliable scale I have it says I have lost 3 pounds so far but I will be picking up a new scale this evening. Reading the reviews there are a mix of good and bad and I don't understand why people are bashing it saying it doesnt work and its no good. Not every diet is going to work for everyone. However I appreciate the feedback. If anyone has some recipes they would like to share that would be greatly appreciated!

posted Feb 1st, 2012 6:24 pm



extremely unhealthy. I would never recommend this diet! Losing weight is a fact, but it destroys your organism.

posted Jan 18th, 2012 4:07 pm


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