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The Dukan Diet And How It Helps You Lose Weight
Dec 2018
Dr Panchali Moitra
Nutrition Expert, Weight Management Consultant Kolkata

No matter what the rules of the game are, if you are guaranteed a win, you are sure to jump in! Most commercial weight loss diet plans tempt seekers with big wins at the end, but often fall short of research backed evidence and nutritionally sound advice.
The Dukan Diet, also referred to as the Dukan method was conceptualized by a French nutritionist, Peter Dukan in the early seventies to help his clients lose weight, without counting calories or staying hungry. Essentially a high protein, low fat, low carb diet, the Dukan Diet promises quick weight loss and is a big craze across the world, especially in Europe.

How It Works
The Dukan Diet is based on the principle that if one cuts carbohydrates in their diet, then the body will start burning fats and proteins for energy, thus resulting in a drastic reduction in weight. The diet plan is quite restrictive and prescribes a set of foods that can be consumed during the four phases of the Dukan method as given below:

  • Attack Phase - This is the initial stage where dieters are given a list of high protein foods (eggs, meats, dairy, soy) that they can consume, but must exclude all carbohydrate sources such as breads, rice, potatoes, beans. However, a tablespoon and a half of oat bran is allowed. This phase kick-starts the metabolism and usually lasts for five to ten days and can help to lose up to two to four kilos.
  • Cruise Phase - Non-starchy vegetables including leafy greens, cucumber, mushroom, capsicum etc. are allowed gradually in to the diet, along with lean protein foods. A day of only protein foods must be alternated with a day of protein with veggies only. Fruits and breads are still restricted. The phase can be continued for 10-15 weeks till the dieter is able to reach the desired weight loss goals.