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This week I looked at The Dukan Diet Book, the current “diet du jour”. The book has been appearing on best sellers lists for more than a year. Created by Dr Pierre Dukan, a Parisian physician, the book is a world wide sensation– particularly in Korea and Bulgaria.
Its basically low carb diet and a VERY strict one at that. Not only is it low carb, it is low salt and VERY low in fat. In its first “attack”phase only lean protein is permitted. No bread, no potatoes, pasta, rice, sugar in any form, no vegetables, wine or fruit. No additional fats are to be added to the food. According to Dr Dukan this phase should last 3-5 days. Even he admits that its going to be 3-5 rough days with fatigue, bad breath, and constipation.
The next step is the “Cruise” phase where 1-2 servings of vegetables are now allowed. This is to followed until you lose the necessary weight, or you can’t take it anyone. ( His concept, not mine). The third and final phase is called “transition” when other foods are added back albeit in very limited quantities–eg two slices of whole wheat bread and one fruit per day.
So far the Dukan Diet is a pretty familiar very low carb diet, but it does have a really interesting ( strange?) additional concept– you can increase weight loss when you are cold. About half way through the book he recommends drinking cold liquids , eating cold foods, sucking on six ice cubes a day, taking cold showers, lowering the heat in the home, and even wearing fewer sweaters and blankets. Dr Dukan claims that following all these suggestions can burn an additional 500 calories a day. Maybe its worth a try– you can lower your carbon footprint and lose weight at the same time.
From a beauty point of view the Dukan Diet gets a mixed report card. The high protein and low sugar means that you’ll avoid skin- aging glycation and the low sodium helps avoid under eye swelling. However because of its very limited servings of fruits and vegetalves, it is woefully low in vitamins A and C– the collagen building nutrients. The absence of oils makes the Dukan diet seriously low in linoleic acid- a true beauty nutrient.
The Dukan plan is a tough-love low carb diet and I bet if you can stick to it, you will indeed lose weight. Have you tried it? Did you lose weight? Was it as hard to stay on as it seems? And most importantly, did you try the ” freeze yourself thin” concept?