The French nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan introduced the Dukan Diet a decade ago and because it promises dramatic weight loss, its popularity rapidly grew with people all over the world. Dukan diet may seem similar to Atkins because of its four stages, however there are important distinctions between the two.
The low-fat, protein only element of the diet is one distinguishing mark. Lack of calorie counting, portions and doses is another one. The first phase is a short and sharp attack phase where you have to eat nothing but protein and non-fat dairy products. This phase is very effective and produces immediate and obvious results, people can lose seven pounds in just five days. You may try this first phase for one day, but you can also stick to it for as long as ten days. This protein rich regime makes you lose excess water, dulling your appetite. Eating only protein foods makes your body produce ketonic cells that are natural appetite suppressants.
Proteins are low in calories, compared to fats and carbohydrates and their complex structure makes it more difficult for the body to digest them. Thus you will burn up more calories while processing proteins so weight loss is inevitable.
The next phase is the cruise phase, in which you can alternate pure protein days with days where you can eat unlimited vegetables together with meat, fish or non-fat diary products. In this phase you can still lose around two pounds per week.
Once you reach your ideal weight, you can add fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods back on the menu. You should not expect to lose weight in this phase, bu you should not gain weight either. The last stage, consolidation is designed to keep you away from any former eating habits and to set your body’s equilibrium.