The Dukan Diet
Do you always want to have a body just like a slim actress? Have you ever wondered how do some women manage to stay in shape even after 3 kids? Well, we are going to reveal that secret in the post below.
So ladies and gentlemen! Fasten your seatbelts as this post will highlight how you can get the sexy body just like these actresses using the Dukan Diet.
What is The Dukan Diet?
The Dukan Diet has been designed around a decade ago by a French GP and a dietitian, Dr. Pierre Dukan. The aim of the diet was to allow the dieters to drop 10 pounds in a week and never gain it back.
The French practitioner claims that this diet is based on the nutritional approach that contains high protein yet low in calories. Just like Paleo Diet, this diet also based on the healthy eating plan on how primitive hunter-gathers used to eat.
The Dukan Diet includes a list of 100 foods – from which 72 are sourced from animal sources while 28 are sourced from plant sources. The dieters can eat as much as they want, but the condition remains intact that they eat from this list of 100 foods. Great, isn’t it? Moreover, it is also suggested that this diet works on the theory that a lot of protein can help a person to lose weight, while the carb intake is restricted.
The 4 Phases of The Dukan Diet
There are four phases of the Dukan Diet. These include:
- The Attack Phase
- The Cruise Phase
#1, The Attack Phase
This phase lasts between 2 to 10 days that aims at rapid weight loss. This phase is set to be a way to kick-start the metabolism by consuming unlimited protein plus 1.5 tbsp. of oat bran per day.
The protein, however, can be chosen from 68 lean protein sources in the list of 100 foods. The best part about this diet is that there is no calorie counting and the dieter can eat as much as he wants. The protein can be any kind of meat but it should be low in fat.
The reason to add oat bran in this phase is that it is rich in fiber, so it suppresses hunger and makes you feel full. In addition to protein and oats, this phase also recommends adding at least 1.5 liters water per day with an addition of 20 minutes exercise as well.
#2, The Cruise Phase
This phase aims at providing the gradual body weight goals to the dieters by adding 32 vegetables to the diet. Fruits are not at all allowed in this phase.
This phase is based on alternate days with only lean proteins one day and lean protein along with non-starchy vegetables, the next day. Both these alternates are taken with the addition of 2tbsps of oat bran per day. During this phase, the dieter will continue to consume 1.5 liters of water with 30 minutes of exercise, as was included in the attack phase.
#3, Consolidation Phase
In this phase, the person aims to maintain his weight, instead of trying to lose more. In this phase, a person can consume:
- Unlimited quantities of protein and vegetables
- One piece of low-sugar fruit
- One portion of cheese
- Two slices of whole-grain bread
This phase also involves 25 minutes of exercise on a daily basis.
#4, Stabilization Phase
This one is the last phase, but the long-term phase of the Dukan Diet. In this phase, a person should not expect to lose or gain weight. This phase is simple and dieters can eat whatever they want and whenever they want while following some basic rules. These rules include:
- A Protein day each week
- Three tbsps. of oat bran each day
- 20 minutes of exercise per day
- Not to take elevators and escalators
Since this phase is long term maintenance, so this phase should become a part of a person’s lifestyle. The dieters following the Dukan Diet are also advised to take multivitamins with minerals for a healthy body.
The Bottom Line
True to its claims, The Dukan Diet produces fast weight loss with minimal side effects. However, if you are suffering from hyperuricemia or CVDS, it is recommended to consult your doctor before trying this diet out.