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The Lifelong Commitment of the Dukan Diet

posted 5 months ago

Weeks into the marriage of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge toPrince William, the bride’s mother introduced the Dukan diet to her daughter. The rest as they say was history not just for the future queen but for the highly successful protein diet.

The Dukan Diet is a type of protein diet that was invented by French doctor Pierre Dukan in 1975. But unlike other diets that require starvation to achieve weight loss at the shortest possible time, Dukan Diet’s goal is a healthier kind of weight loss. It is achieved through balanced diet that can be pursued for a long period of time. This comes as a contrast to most protein diets that promise to deliver fast results in exchange for a more grueling process.

At the time when Pierre Dukan came up with the idea, obesity cases in France was generally treated with low calorie meals. In coming up with the alternative to this contemporary practice, the famed doctor’s train of thought focused on prevention of weight gain especially after dieters’ painstaking efforts to lose it. From this idea, he created the four phases of the diet, which was followed by two decades of arduous research. In 2000 he published his findings in the best-selling book “I Don’t Know How to Get Slimmer,” which saw multiple sales yet again after the historic royal wedding.

It has more than 100 allowable foods on its list. What is more specific are the four phases of the diet which includes: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization. The first phase, Attack, is meant to jump-start metabolism allowing dieters to take in from a list of protein-rich foods. This phase will witness rapid weight loss by up to 3 kilograms or 6 lb in a matter of 2 days to 1 week. The next phase is the Cruise whose main objective is to allow the dieter to attain ideal weight. This is achieved through an additional 28 specified vegetables with the previous protein-rich diet list. The weight loss at this stage will be more gradual with an approximately 1 kilogram or 2 lb of weight loss in seven days. And as long as it does not result to weight gain, some foods outside of the list are also allowed.

The Consolidation stage of the diet makes sure that future weight gain is prevented. This is achieved by putting starchy foods into the diet and skipping the diet plan’s twice-a-week celebratory meals. Lastly, Stabilization marks the fourth phase of the Dukan diet. Specified rules for this phase are to be followed for the rest of the dieter’s life. This includes having oat bran every day, one protein day a week, and making the commitment to exercise.

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