the dukan diet

The Dukan Diet – 2017 Facts and Observations

Among diet trends, you can find trends of trends if you’re looking, it’s just choosing the one that is right for you. Most everyone desires the easiest way to lose more weight in the least amount of time. Diet trends, or fads, are often used as that route to weight loss.

Rapid weight loss can be successful if executed properly, temporarily. The problem with fad diets is that they don’t last. As quickly as the weight comes off, the pounds return. One of the latest trending diets is the Dukan Diet.

The Dukan Diet is a trend — a fad diet considered by some, created by nutritionist Pierre Dukan whose idea was to eat more protein under controlled circumstances in order to control the appetite and lose weight. The Dukan Diet’s incentive is to lose at least 10 pounds in one week without regaining them back.

Basically, you can eat unlimited quantities of food, as long as they’re on the approved foods list, which includes very few carbs if any.” Also, exercise and the consumption of certain food including water helps the body burn fat.

What you can eat while on the Dukan Diet — plenty of protein like nuts, beans, red meats, fish, poultry without the skin, and pork. You must also drink plenty of water, at least 6 cups per day. Though this diet requires the somewhat high consumption of protein, there can be problems with consuming so much protein and not much else.

Some high-protein diets restrict carbohydrate intake so much that they can result in nutritional deficiencies or insufficient fiber, which can cause problems such as bad breath, headache, and constipation.” Protein diets may also increase your risk of heart disease and cause the kidneys to function at lower levels due to the body’s inability to eliminate the waste products of protein metabolism, according to WebMD.

The Dukan diet has four phases:

  • Phase 1: eat plenty of protein, as much as you want. Drink plenty of water, at least 6 cups daily
  • Phase 2: add “non-starchy” vegetable every other day, include oat bran
  • Phase 3: considered the consolidation stage, eat vegetables every other day, plus oat bran, fruit, and bread. It is during this stage that you can eat whatever you want as a celebration.
  • Phase 4: the final stage called “stabilization” which in essence is maintenance. “You can eat whatever you like, except for one day a week when you follow the all-protein rules from the diet’s “Attack” phase. In this phase, you also eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day and walk 20 minutes every day.Sugar-free gum, artificial sweeteners, spices, and unsweetened coffee and tea are allowed.” Though this is a trendy diet plan, the weight loss is not expected to be regained.

Diets require preplanning and research to make sure this is something that is manageable and that the weight loss goal is obtainable.

Because the Dukan Diet requires the consumption of so much protein, the health effects can be of concern, so it is preferable that you speak with your medical professional before attempting this plan.

About Mary Parsons

Mary Parsons. I have a master's degree in health sciences, a bachelor degree with a certificate in bioethics. I am employed by a large healthcare facility. I enjoy writing and covering various topics in particular health.

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