The Dukan Diet was developed by a French medical doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan. With his original emphasis on neurology, he switched his emphasis to clinical nutrition in an effort to help solve the obesity epidemic. His American Dream was to help solve the weight related problems of the Western World.
The Dukan Diet is made up of four separate phases. It is a “high protein, low-fat, low-carb diet based on proteins and vegetables. Dieters can choose from 100 foods in total and eat as much of them as they like. It does not 'guarantee extreme results in record time'.” The Dukan Diet works on what they call your true or realistic weight that you will be able to maintain for life.
Phase 1 of the Dukan Diet is called the Attack Phase. “The Attack phase consists of pure protein and creates a kick-start to the diet. During this phase, you can eat 68 high-protein foods that produce immediate and noticeable weight loss.”
Each Phase is specific to your true weight. For example, someone who has to lose about eleven pounds will only spend two days in the Attack Phase. It is during this phase that he/she is expected to lose approximately 1.63 pounds. During the Attack Phase you will eat such meals as The Watercress and Celery Salad or Dukan’s Tasty Turkey Burgers made with fresh garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper and a protein-rich egg. They are barbecued and served with plain, fat free yogurt on top.
“The Cruise phase adds 32 vegetables and will take you to your True Weight. You will gradually but steadily lose weight by alternating Pure Protein days and Protein + Vegetables days. The average length of this phase is based on a schedule of 3 days for each pound you want to lose." For the eleven pound goal participant, The Cruise Phase will then last about 18 days, resulting in 3.94lbs. weight loss. A protein - vegetable day includes recipes such as the Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Skewers served with a fresh green salad.
The Consolidation Phase will result in the rest of your weight loss and using the eleven pound goal as a continued example, will take about 25 days.