French nutritionist Pierre Dukan goes back in time to bring you a diet that might sound strange in the modern world, but was the norm hundreds and probably thousands of years ago. The Dukan diet plan is modelled on what hunter-gatherers used to eat, most of which is protein and vegetables. The whole process involves going through four phases, each requiring changes in diet. What makes this eating plan to stand out head and shoulders above the rest is its primary principle: you don’t have to count calories, eat as much food as you like.
So what’s the catch? You can eat as much as you want, provided you eat the list of foods outlined in the Dukan diet plan. The recommended foods are nothing unusual and are in fact some of the healthiest foods in the world. They are very nutritious and will help you lose weight.
This diet follows four phases namely the Attack, the Cruise, Consolidation and Stabilization phases. The first phase is rightly called the attack because it kicks off your weight loss and you can lose up to 6 pounds in the space of 10 ten days. The only foods allowed in this phase are pure proteins. These includes meats that don’t have too much fat, fish, poultry, eggs, low-fat dairy, certain vegetables and sea food. There is no limit on how much of these foods you can eat. You probably will not be able to eat much because protein is filling and it takes a while before you are hungry again.
The next phase is called the cruise. This is when you alternate between days of pure protein only and combining protein with vegetables. Here, you don’t lose weight as rapidly as you do during the attack. Weight loss is steady at a pound or two a week. The consolidation phase is about reintroducing other normal healthy foods. These may include meals with healthy fat and small doses of starch. You are allowed to enjoy the foods you love but under strict supervision because you will not yet be settled into your new weight. The last leg of the Dukan diet plan is stabilization. This is when you have to follow rules and restrictions in order to learn how to maintain your weight.
All the high-protein and vegetables required for this diet are all in his book. There are over 70 protein-rich foods and almost 30 vegetables he recommends for the diet plan. Anything that is not on the list does not make it into your mouth.
The Dukan diet plan is a short term solution with long term results. Many are tempted to discontinue the diet after losing the initial weight in the attack phase. This is not a wise thing to do because you will regain the weight very quickly if you don’t follow the rest of the program. There are plenty of testimonials you can browse through to see how well the diet works but do not begin without your doctor’s permission.