Many people get confused between The Dukan Diet and The Atkins Diet, they are both similar in many ways. The dukan Diet plan just like the Atkins diet is low in carbs, high in protein and low in fat. The old Atkins plan was high in fat, but now it has been touched up.
The Dukan Diet prides itself on changing your eating habits not just for the short term but for lifelong goals of weight maintenance too. It states that you could lose over half a stone by the end of the week. It’s that time of year again where we are all struggling on a last crash diet in time for our summer bodies, going down to the beach with bikinis on and tops off to show everyone our washboard stomachs.
British Princess Kate Middleton’s mother used the diet to get into shape before her daughters big day.
Just like many other diets, The Dukan Diet is split up in to separate phases, this diet in particular has 4 phases. Just like the Atkins diet, depending upon your weight loss goal will determine in which phase you are in and for how long.
The first phase of The Dukan plan is The Attack phase, this is to give you the boost and kick start you need. In the attack phase you will be eating mainly just protein, this will get rid of all of your excess water retention and you will be less bloated and will give a feeling of a flatter tummy. In the attack phase you are given a list of foods you are allowed to consume, these foods and only these foods must pass your lips. The protein must be lean and free of any fat. Proteins that are not allowed in this phase include lamb and pork as these meats have such a high fat content. Proteins that can be eaten involve all off the following minus any fat and skin;
- Seafood, such as oily fish, tuna, cod etc…
- Eggs (limited to 2 a day)
- Dairy (has to be 0 fat)
- plenty of water
Within each phase you should incorporate plenty of exercise a day also, like walking.
Stage or phase 2 is the Cruise phase, this like the Atkins is the stage you will stay in for the majority of your weight loss goals. In this phase there are 2 key days to alternate between to suit your life, they are pp (pure protein) days and pv (protein and vegetable) days. These days must be divided up in your eating plans to see weight loss. For example you can have from one to five days of doing pp so it will just be like attack stage again and then 2 pv days. Whichever you think will see best weight loss results.
In phase 2 your pounds lost will eventually slow right down to 1 maybe 2-3 lbs per week, unlike stage 1 where you probably lost on average 7 lbs. This is completely normal, obviously you have introduced vegetables in phase 2 (32 different types), so you are bound to see it stalling a little, this is the best way. Weight loss should not always be rapid, the faster you lose the weight the more likely you are putting it all back on plus a little more too. The slower your weight loss the longer it will stay off.
In the cruise phase you need to make sure you are keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids such as water and also doing moderate exercise. You must consume 2 tbsp of oatbran also. Make sure if you are feeling a little hungry to eat something, there is no point in starving yourself, diets only work if you eat, the more often you eat and the smaller the portions the more weight you will lose, doesn’t sound true does it, well it is!
Moving on to the consolidation phase (stage 3). This is where you need to be careful in what you eat, this is where if people do it incorrectly regain the hard work they have lost. In this stage you must and that is a must make sure that you still have one pp day, a pure protein day on a Thursday. In this stage their will be gradual food introduction, in the first part of the consolidation stage you will see yourself eating;
- a piece of fruit a day (excluding high sugar one e.g. bananas)
- whole grain bread (2 pieces per day)
- a portion of a starchy food (per week)
- 1 ½ oz cheese (hard rind)
- 1 full works meal per week
In the second half of this stage you will be eating;
- 2 pieces fruit per day
- 2 slices bread (wholegrain a day)
- 2 starchy food portions (a week)
- 1 ½ oz cheese (hard rind)
- 2 full works meals (celebration)
Last but by no means least, probably the most important stage, the stabilization phase. This is what you will take into account for the rest of your life in order to keep your weight loss ongoing.
Basically the last stage to the Dukan diet is to take all that you have learnt from each phase and put it all together and continue with it for the rest of your life. The Dukan Diet is such a great diet for weight loss and weight loss maintenance. A lot of people will probably move from The Atkins Diet to The Dukan diet as it is much easier overall.