Is The Dukan Diet Right For You?

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There seems to be tons of low-carb diets in the past few decades, and one of the lesser-known of these diets is the Dukan Diet. The diet was created by Dr. Pierre Dukan, who was a general practitioner in France whose specialty was weight management. 

Oddly enough, even though many people have never heard of Dr. Dukan, his diet was actually created in the 1970s. He claims an obese patient who wanted to give up all foods except meats to lose weight actually inspired the diet. 

In the year 2000, Dr. Dukan published a book that described the diet and detailed the weight loss stories of many of his patients, and since then the diet has become hugely successful. So, is the Dukan Diet right for you? Let’s find out.

Is the Diet Like Other Low-Carb Diets?

Like the Atkins and Paleo diets, among others, the Dukan diet stresses low carbs and high proteins that it claims allows people to lose weight quickly without them being hungry all the time, and it’s this latter claim that has a lot of people attracted to this diet. 

Let’s face it, we’ve all been on diets before, and one of the most difficult parts of dieting is dealing with being hungry all the time. The Dukan diet promises to eliminate this unpleasant side effect, and according to most people who have been on the diet, feeling full is one of its many benefits.

Like the Atkins diet, there are different phases of the Dukan diet – four altogether – and the amount of time you spend in each of these phases depends on your weight-loss goals and how much you need to lose before reaching your ideal weight, called your “true” weight in this diet plan.

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I love the Dukan Galette which is super easy and tasty - 1 egg, 1 tbsp oat bran, 1 tbsp plain yogurt, Italian herbs (I added grated cheese to this one). You can eat it in the Attack Phase.

What can you eat on this diet? Just about all of the lean proteins you want and most non-starchy vegetables. You can eat fish and shellfish, limited amounts of non-fat dairy products, tofu, and items such as diet gelatin, artificial sweeteners, and others. You have to eat a small amount of oat bran each day and you can have limited amounts of foods such as pickles and lemon juice.

Easy to Follow

The Dukan diet is easy to follow because of the foods you are allowed to eat and the fact that you can eat as much of them as you like. In fact, this is one of the things that makes this diet so easy to follow. There is no counting calories or points, and the few foods that are limited give you very specific amounts that are easy to calculate. For the most part, however, you can have any amounts of the “allowable” foods that you wish to eat, which makes it super easy to follow the diet.

Because the first stage is so short – up to one week only – and the second stage so long – up to 12 months – the second stage adds a few foods that aren’t allowed in the beginning, including some whole-wheat bread, cheese, fruit, and some starchy foods. Because of this, you don’t feel as deprived or restricted once you’re finished with the first phase. 

In fact, this is one of the things I like the best about the Dukan diet – the fact that you can eat so many different foods starting in the second stage that in essence you don’t even feel like you’re dieting!

Another thing I love about the diet is that you don’t feel nearly as hungry as you do on most other diet plans. Remember, you can eat all the lean proteins and vegetables you want, with only a few exceptions, so any time you start to feel hungry, you can just eat a few veggies or slices of fresh meat. 

By the time you get to the final phase, the stabilization phase, you can eat a lot of foods; so many foods, in fact, that you’ll be eating nearly all of your favorite foods without realizing it.


Some experts are concerned about the high fat content in some of the foods allowed on the Dukan diet, but according to most studies, the low-carb/high-fat combination seems to work perfectly together. 

Oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to affect numbers such as cholesterol and other health factors, so if you want to lose weight fast and stay healthy, the Dukan diet might work for you.

As I am a big fan of LCHF eating, I try and adopt the Dukan principles as much as possible. Tim Ferriss in his book, The 4-Hour Body, also advocates the banishment of carbs (anything white) from your diet. When I did my 60 day Insanity challenge, I alternated between the Dukan Galette and the 4-Hour Body breakfast as well as taking on many of the other high protein and veg minimal carbs eating suggestions.

Is the Dukan Diet right for you? It might be a bit extreme for some, but it shares a lot of the same principles with most effective diets today. The most important take-away would be to try not eat anything white, as Tim Ferriss also urges. 

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I recommend getting The Dukan Diet book as well as the cook book so you can make your low carb meals as tasty and easily as possible. This will definitely help you stick to the diet.

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