There seems to be a new fad diet starting every week these days; it’s hard to know which, if any, we should trust. My only other experience with a diet (other than a balanced one) prior to this was a disastrous experience with the Atkins diet. I saw excellent results at first, but couldn’t/wouldn’t maintain the program for a longer time and I completely messed up my eating habits when I came off, more than gaining any weight I had lost. I was young and didn’t come off it properly when I found that it was not for me, so the blame for that lies at least partially at my door, but it left me very wary of trying anything like it again.
Stage One: The Attack Phase
Stage Two: The Cruise Phase
Stage Three: Consolidation
Stage Four: Stabilisation
A Little History
The Whys and Why Nots
Why you might like it:
The Dukan diet is a low-protein plan that allows you to eat as much as you want within the allowed foods. The high-protein low-carb diet turns your body into a fat burning machine while the protein continues to nourish the muscle from maximum weight loss. The initial stage switches your body’s metabolism to fat burning while killing your cravings and clearing out the excess water in your system, while the vegetables maintain your body’s need for vitamins and minerals. The latter two stages of the diet slowly readjust your body to a normal balanced diet thus insuring that you don’t regain the weight that you’ve lost, the weak point of many diets.
Why the diet might not be for you:
In the attack phase you may experience tiredness, dizziness or headaches as your body gets used to the new diet. It is highly recommended to take vitamin and mineral supplements to avoid these deficiencies. Some people will try to say that the these diets allow you to eat what you want but the reality is that I would probably be eating a pint of ice cream a day if that were true, but if you can be happy with a variety of meats, vegetables and zero fat dairy then this diet is for you. The first week may also lead to some constipation as your body adjusts. You may find it a chore to maintain the diet if you don’t enjoy experimenting with various condiments on your meet the kitchen.
As always you should consult with your doctor before you start the diet like this or any diet. You may want to get a blood test done to make sure that everything is in order before you begin.