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New Diet Craze: the Dukan Diet

Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 02:03 PM

There’s a new fad diet on the block, come to challenge its South Beach, Atkins, and Slim Fast peers. The Dukan diet, which gained popularity in Britain, is the diet craze of the moment that promises to help you shed pounds of fat through a high-protein and low-carb eating plan, reports Mygloss.com.

The Dukan diet was created more than 10 years ago by French nutritionist Dr. Pierre Dukan, and has come into the spotlight after Kate Middleton and her mother, Carole, reportedly used it to slim down for her  high-profile nuptials. The diet is split into four phases that help to drop weight and keep it off for good.
Phase One: The Attack Phase: The Dukan diet’s first stage is the most intense. It focuses on pure, low-fat proteins that are low in calories but keep you feeling fuller longer. Dieters can choose from a list of 68 foods and are allowed including beverages like water, coffee, and tea during this phase. Foods like egg whites, beef, poultry, seafood, and some dairy products are allowed in the attack phase.
Phase Two: The Cruise Phase: The diet’s second phase adds some veggies into the mix for more variety. Dieters follow phase two according to how much weight they want to lose — three days for every pound. During the cruise phase, pure protein days are alternated with protein and vegetable days.
Phase Three: The Consolidation Phase: Phase three adds even more foods into the diet, aiming to ease dieters back into a more natural and inclusive nutritional plan. The consolidation phase lasts five days for every pound already lost on the Dukan diet.
Phase Four: The Stabilization Phase: The fourth and final phase of the Dukan diet marks the end of dietary restrictions, hoping that dieters stick to a good nutrition plan by their own choosing. Though Dukan dieters are now free to eat whichever foods they want, there are three rules that go along with phase four:
· Eat three tablespoons of oat bran per day.
· Take the stairs whenever possible.
· Every Thursday, stick to a pure-protein diet (described in the attack phase).

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