Did you know that the Dukan diet is just one of the most popular eating plans of 2014? French doctor Pierre Dukan formulated his self-titled diet in the mid-1970s which is based on four different stages to help people control their weight.
The four phases of the Dukan diet include attack, cruise, consolidation, and stabilisation which help dieters to easily achieve their target weight through the consumption of protein-rich foods. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
Here is everything you need to know about the Dukan diet, the effectiveness of it’s four phases, and how this can help you lose weight.
How does it work?
The Dukan diet revolves around 100 allowed foods, which are then broken down into four very different phases that we briefly touched upon earlier. Here is what they actually mean:
The first phase is called attack, and helps dieters to lose weight fast by boosting the rate of their metabolism. This means that the diet at this point consists of primarily protein-rich foods which are eaten at every single meal.
The second phase called cruise, focuses on introducing 28 specific veggies into the already protein-rich diet, but avoiding certain starchy or fatty vegetables such as potato or even avocado. The dieter will lose up to 1kg a week during this phase – that is if they stick to the strict list of approved vegetables.
The third phase called consolidation is one of the most important thus far, since it helps to avoid any further weight gain. Now is the best time to slowly reintroduce starchy foods such as bread and wheat, along with dairy and fruit.
Finally in the fourth and final phase called stabilisation, dieters are encouraged to eat whatever they want without gaining weight. However there are just a few rules that must be followed to ensure that this phase actually works. This means that protein and oats must be eaten once per day. Light physical activity is also encouraged to avoid further weight gain.
Similarities to the Paleolithic diet
The diet teaches you healthy eating habits by proving that the body doesn’t require copious amounts of starch, sugar and fat to sustain itself. Although some of the phases might be considered somewhat harsh and difficult to maintain, they can be applied to your own diet plan after finishing the program.
Dukan notes that there are similarities to the paleo diet, the most obvious of which is the emphasis of high-protein and high-fat foods in the first 2 phases. Fruits, dairy and grains are kept to a minimum since these are the foods which cause problems such as bloating.
Both the Paleo and Dukan diet are very much plant-based eating programs, but is also evident within the highly popular Atkins diet as well.
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