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The Dukan Diet for Quick, Permanent Weightloss

Updated on February 13, 2012

The Dukan Diet for Quick Weight Loss

What if you found a diet where you would:

  1. lose weight fast
  2. not be hungry
  3. have a precise roadmap to reaching your goal, and
  4. a proven maintenance plan that will bring lifetime success?

Would you be interested? Sure you would. Me, too! This is what The Dukan Diet promises!

Dr. Pierre Dukan is a French medical doctor who admits that he had no understanding of, or interest in, weight loss years ago. A longtime patient pressured the good doctor to "make him" lose weight. The very obese gentleman had tried everything, to no avail.

When the doctor quizzed him about his eating habits, he discovered that the man had only one absolute. He had to eat meat. Meat was his passion and any diet that limited it was impossible for him to sustain. So, the doctor told him to eat as much meat as he wanted and nothing else, except for water. He did just that and lost substantially. Twelve pounds in just five days! Remarkable. Next, he was told to add a variety of proteins and continue to drink plenty of water. His weight loss continued.

Dr. Dukan knew that a lifetime of eating meat exclusively would be unhealthy so he honed his new plan to gradually introduce low carbohydrate vegetables and, finally, whole grain breads, fruit and dairy...everything a balanced diet should be. The end result became a 4-step process that, when followed, will give bring lifetime results. A key to this approach is that, in the beginning, the dieter enjoys quick weight loss. That initial success is meant to generate the excitement and motivation necessary to carry it on to completion.

What does "completion" look like? Reaching your ideal weight, eating a balanced diet with lots of variety, enjoying two lavish meals a week and returning to Phase 1 one day per week. Do this and you will keep the weight off. That's it.


The Dukan Diet Comes to America

Dr. Dukan's diet debuted in his native France in 2000. So, why are we just hearing about it now? The obvious answer is that his book has been newly released here in the U.S.

Additionally, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is said to have gone on The Dukan Diet, along with her mother, just prior to her royal wedding to Prince William. Mother and daughter both lost a substantial amount of weight.

It is also reported that beautiful actresses Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz have also been very successful on the plan. No wonder people are interested!

ABC News and Dr. Oz have both featured The Dukan Diet, as well. 

The Four Phases of Dukan

There are four phases of The Dukan Diet that are strategically planned with your ultimate success and good health in mind:

Phase 1 The Attack Phase is the most stringent of phases. It starts the dieter out with a strict high protein, low fat selection. With the addition of oat bran, this is all that you can eat on this first phase for 1 to 10 days, depending on the amount of weight you need to lose. Quite probably you will want to at least do 3-5 days.

The benefit of the Attack Phase is a very rapid weight loss that is exciting and encouraging. If you've lacked motivation, a couple of days on Phase 1 should cure that.

Phase 2 The Cruise (or Weight Loss) Phase adds some variety, every other day. What is the addition? A list of healthy vegetables. The days in between will remain the same as Phase 1.

Phase 3 The Consolidation Phase is a transitional period. Go ahead and add whole wheat bread, cheese, fruit and additional types of vegetables for 5 days per pound lost. i.e. if you lost 20 pounds, you would stay with Phase 3 for 100 days. In this phase you can add 2 "celebration meals" per week.  Anything you want to eat, in moderation.

Phase 4 Permanent Stabilization. The bottom-line of this phase is that you can eat anything that you want as long as you always, without fail, do one day per week of Phase 1.

How Much Can You Lose?

A better question might be "how quickly can you lose?" Dr. Dukan says that you can lose all of your excess weight, if you are faithful and persistent in following the plan.

The quickness of the initial weight loss is the feature that first makes it so appealing. It is possible, in the beginning, to lose a pound a day. Or, in the case of Dr. Dukan's very first weight loss patient, 12 pounds in 5 days!

So what's with the Oat Bran?

Isn't oat bran a grain and, therefore, full of carbohydrates? Yes, it is. Yet, it is a recent add to the very strict Phases 1 & 2 of the plan. Dr. Dukan explains in his international bestseller "The Dukan Diet" that the addition of 1 to 2 tablespoons of oat bran to the diet once per day actually improves results.

Oat bran absorbs water and is, therefore, very filling. This increases a sense of satisfaction for the dieter. Oat bran also "flushes out the calories", so to speak and, being high fiber, promotes regularity.

Dr. Dukan explains the benefits of oat bran extensively in the Phase 1 section of his book, along with providing a great recipe for the "Dukan Oat Bran Galette" as well as "Dukan Oat Bran Pancake" made with oat bran, egg and protein-rich Greek yogurt.

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parenting magazine and professional blogger on Ducks 'n a Row. Please feel free to leave a comment or subscribe to her RSS feed to be updated on new hubs and articles that she publishes. Click for more: Sinea's profile


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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    "Hungry horrors" is a great term. I love it. Thanks for the good weight control advice, alphagirl.

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    alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

    Diets do not work long term. Life style changes do. I would start with cutting one serving a of bread or pasta a day, no diet sodas and veggies for a snack. Slowly integrating the change. Then walk 30 minutes 3 x a week. Go anywhere you can walk for 30 minutes. again slow changes. After a month add another change. Changes in our lives have to be slow integration but steady to be a life style change. Nothing happens over night. I cut out breads, pasta, milk. I sub mines with rice, coconut milk, and I eat hardly any pasta. Pasta and any breads raise insulin levels and cause the hungry horrors. It is the reason why after you eat a bagel you are hungry sooner.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks tillsontitan for the vote UP and useful. This does give dieters a super-charged start!

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    Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

    The jump start is the most appealing part of this diet. As you said, if you start losing weight quickly you are more motivated to keep on the diet. You've explained it nicely not to mention being living proof! Congrats on your weight loss. Enjoyed the way you wrote this as well. Voted up and useful. Thanks for SHARING.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Me neither. Seems like something that gives me a big jumpstart is a good way to go. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

    Thank you for sharing Sinea Pies. It sounds like a good eating plan and I like the structured approach. I like the idea of the accelerated weight loss at first. That really would inspire me to keep going. I find as I get older I do not lose weight as quickly as I once did :( Oh well.. I guess that's just the way it is.

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    glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

    This feels like what I do regularly, so I guess that's a good sign :) I like a small number of manageable steps. I'd never heard of this before. Thanks!

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Exercised it off? I am impressed! Good job.

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    Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

    Hi, I could definitely have used this recently, I put on nearly a stone in weight! luckily I have exercised most of it off now, but I would certainly try this in the future, thanks for the info, cheers nell

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    Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

    one of the better hubs I've rad on this subject. I have yet to use this diet but am thinking of it.... great job well done.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    It does curb hunger but it can get boring. You have to be very determined!

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    rachelsholiday 6 years ago

    Definitely very interesting. I don't usually eat a lot of meat because it's kind of expensive (I only eat hormone free, free range, organic meat.) Maybe I should try harder to up my meat consumption and lower my carb consumption, haha.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States


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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    I had never heard of the Dukan diet before. Thanks for this detailed review. Well-done! :)

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    ged123 6 years ago from U.S.

    Well done on your weight loss Sinea, a great hub, I have linked to you.


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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Pamela99. I tried it. Definitely the attack phase needs to be short term. We need our fruits and veggies!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    I had read a little about this diet and you explained it very well. I think there is plenty of proof that it is effective, but I don't think I would want to be on it long term as I love vegetables and fruits. I'll have to think about it. The hub was great - Rated Up!

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    Mimi721wis 6 years ago

    I may try this. Contemplating.

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    Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Mimi721wis, I totally understand. That's been my story too.

    I decided to try this out. Started Monday and as of today have lost 5 pounds (today is Friday so I have completed 4 days). Yesterday I couldn't do it completely right but it was close. I had a granola bar and 1/2 slice of ww toast but still lost another pound. We'll see how it goes longterm.

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    Mimi721wis 6 years ago

    My will power can be quite low at times. I always find a way to talk myself into eating what I want.

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    A very useful and well informed hub.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Take care