"In many respects, the Dukan Diet in a lot like the Atkins Diet with its' high-protein, low-carb approach...On the plus side, the plan does encourage consuming a lot of water and non-starchy vegetables, so dieters might end up monitoring their hydration levels and eating more fiber than they would typically do following on a low-carb, high-protein diet."
At a Glance
This four-phase program (created by French medical doctor Pierre Dukan) is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that allows dieters to eat unlimited amounts of protein-rich food selected from Dukan's pre-approved list of 72 lean, low-fat protein sources. Gradually, dieters are allowed to begin eating unlimited portions of non-starchy vegetables every other day, then eventually encouraged to eat whatever they want, so long as they follow three simple rules: eat nothing but protein one day a week, consume three tablespoons of oat bran daily and walk 20 minutes each day.
- Cost: Average.
- Meals Provided: No.
- Diet Duration: Initial weight-loss depends on how much weight you have to lose. After you've hit your goal, the program is mean to be a life-long commitment.
- Fitness Requirements: You are expected to walk for 20-30 minutes each day.
Time Commitment: Average.
- Eating Out: Possible.
- Alcohol: No (during the first two phases), acceptable during the last two phases.
- Vegetarian Friendly: No.
- Strict/Flexible Eating Plan: Fairly strict for the first three phases; more flexible during phase four.
The Dukan Diet
The Dukan Diet