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Can the Dukan Diet help you lose weight?

Wondering how super model Gisele Bundchen and world renowned singer Jennifer Lopez lost their post pregnancy weight? Apparently they practiced and followed the Dukan Diet. And they sure look amazing post pregnancy. But is the Dukan diet a healthy option for weight loss? How does the Dukan diet affect your body? Let’s find out.

What is the Dukan diet?

A French nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan first evolved this diet for an obese patient in 1975. That’s when his tryst in search of the perfect weight loss diet began. He designed a four phase protein-based diet that helps you shed the kilos.

The Dukan diet has a list of 100 food items that you should have during the four stages. These stages are:

1. Attack

2. Cruise

3. Consolidation

4. Stabilization

Caution: This diet is not recommended for those with kidney problems, high cholesterol, gout and eating disorders. Diabetics need to consult their doctors before they follow a new diet.

List of proteins you can consume – 100 in all

Meat and offal

Beefsteak, breasola/air-dried/wind dried beef, calf’s liver, Fat reduced bacon, fillet of beef, game, kidney, pre-cooked ham slices (without any fat or rind), rabbit, roast beef, rumpsteak, sirloin steak, tongue, veal chop, veal escalope


Chicken, chicken liver, guinea fowl, ostrich, pigeon, poussin, pre cooked chicken and turkey slices, quail, turkey


Bass, cod, seafood sticks, dab/lemon sole, dover sole, grey mullet, haddock/smoked haddok, hake, halibut/smoked halibut, herring, mackerel, monkfish, plaice, pollock/coley, red mullet, salmon/smoked salmon, sardines, sea bream, skate, swordfish, trout (rainbow and salmon), tuna, turbot, whiting


Calamari/squid, clams, cockles, crab, crayfish/crawfish, dublin bay prawns, lobster, mussels, prawns/shrimps, oysters, scallops, whelks.


Hen’s eggs, quail’s eggs

Dairy products

Cottage cheese (low fat), fat free fromage frais, fat free Greek yogurt, fat free yoghurt, Quark (low fat), skimmed milk

Vegetable “proteins”

Konjac, oat bran, tofu


Artichoke (globe), asparagus, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery/celeriac, chicory, courgette, cucumber, fennel, French beans, kohlrabi, lamb’s lettuce, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, palm hearts, peppers, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, soya bean sprouts, spinach, tomato.

Basic stages of the Dukan diet

Attack: What does the diet include?

This stage involves the consumption of 72 high protein foods that spike metabolism. It also requires you to consume 1.5tbsp of oat bran and drink plenty of water. This stage abolishes fat and carbohydrates. You can lose 3 kilos in approximately a week’s time.

Cruise: What does the diet include?

As the name suggests, this is the duration where you take your time to achieve your weight loss goal. At this stage 28 vegetables are added to the list. The cruise stage can take months.

Consolidation: What does the diet include?

When you lose the weight, you don’t want it back. This is the stage that ensures you maintain your weight and return to a balanced diet. This is the stage where you can indulge in two festive meals per week.

Stabilisation: What does the diet include?

Now that you have lost the weight, you have to maintain it. Hence the key to stabilization is follow the protein rich diet once a week, eat oat bran daily and exercise.

Disadvantages of the Dukan diet

1. Since it is a protein rich diet, other nutrients and minerals are sidelined.

2. When you rapidly lose weight based solely on a diet, you may experience muscle loss, kidney problems and gallstones.

3. Constipation, bad breath, headaches, insomnia, dry mouth, and fatigue are some of the indicator of a bad unhealthy diet, therefore a poorly balanced Dukan diet will cause much discomfort and unhappiness.

4. In the long run it may not be foolproof, especially if you give up the diet plan.

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