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Dukan Diet

dukan diet book cover  Here is another craze that’s emerging from Europe: the Dukan Diet by Dr. Pierre Dukan that has become a phenomenal success in France. It is said that there are over 1.5 million members of this diet in France alone with more joining in its international programs in other countries around the world.

There are many celebrities and prominent figures using the Dukan Diet (also known as the Paris Diet) including Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez.

Now, after 10 years of being solely used in Europe,anyone can get this book in various book stores and on Amazon.

People report varying degrees of success on this diet, with some claiming a loss of 10 lbs or so in a short time.

The 4 Phases of the Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has 4 phases that you need to go through in order to shed the most weight possible and to keep it off for a long time afterwards. In all the phases, the diet is high in protein and low in carbs. This high protein approach is something that a lot of plans advocate (the EODD diet is an example of one such plan) so this is not a novel approach.

However, the transition between one phase to the next may make the Dukan Diet easier for you to handle and stick to for as long as you need to get to your target weight. For instance, you begin with an all protein phase but soon enrich this limited diet with fruit, vegetables, bread, potatoes, and even some alcohol. However, the focus on protein remains.

Note: You can eat a spoonful of bran oats on each day of the diet. However, I doubt if this is going to satisfy any carb lovers.

Attack Phase The diet begins with the attack phase, a short 1-10 days phase in which you need to kickstart your weight loss in a fast way. The attack phase is an all protein phase.  You’re only allowed to eat fish, eggs, steak, fat free dairy products and so on. The length of this phase depends on how much weight you need to lose overall. For instance for a weight loss of 7-8 lbs a single day should prove enough. For 20 lbs or so, 3-4 days will do nicely. After you finish with the attack phase you can move on to the next phase…

Cruise Phase On the cruise phase you introduce vegetables to the diet and alternate between protein only days to protein + veggies days. During this phase you may lose about 2 pounds a week. It is also a much easier phase to handle than the attack phase as you get more food choices and can satisfy your taste buds a bit more. You should stick to this phase until you reach to your target weight.

Consolidation Phase

On this phase the focus is on getting you back to eating more normally while making sure you maintain your new and reduced weight. This is actually the biggest challenge a person can phase: maintain the weight once you’ve lost it. This phase of the Dukan Diet is for that.

On the consolidation phase you introduce more foods into your diet such as fruit, bread, pasta. You’re also allowed two free meals each week which may include fattening foods as well as dietary ones. However, the focus is still on protein.

Stabilization Phase

The fourth and final phase of the diet is the Stabilization phase which can, in theory be continued for life. On this phase you need to eat a full protein day each week while the rest of the days have more freedom. Dr. Dukan recommends making Thursdays your protein only days.

Dukan Diet Pros and Cons


  • Has a lot of positive testimonials.
  • Affordable and simple to follow.
  • Protein can help you feel full and produce a short metabolism boost.
  • Does allow freedom in later stages of the diet.


  • May be too restrictive for some people in the early stages.
  • Does not place enough focus on physical exercise

In Conclusion

The Dukan Diet does have merit and it does include steps to help the average person change his/her eating routine to that of the diet. However, there is no denying that this is a restrictive diet in many respects, especially in the early stages.

If you can get by the two initial phases, you should do quite well on this diet plan.

Date published: May 24, 2010. Last modified: July 14, 2011


  1. Daniella says:

    This diet is amazing, my partner and I have lost 2 stone in 2 months. We have had a little break from it the last couple of weeks and havent gained a single pound. I am starting again today as I still have another 1.5 stone that I want to lose. Cannot recommend this diet enough.

    • Jonathan says:

      Hi Daniella,
      Thanks for sharing your awesome results. Can you share some tips that you think can help other people do as well as you did?

    • hi my name is rita .I want to lose weight because of my health. I gave birth like 9 months ago to my second baby girl, but I have like 20 pounds to lose. Please can you help me?

  2. I have lost 30 lbs in less than 10 weeks despite going on holiday, Easter and meals out! I had almost given up on ever being slim again as all other diets left me hungry and obsessing about foods I couldn’t have. No longer a prob. I actually enjoy this diet and embrace the challenge of getting creative on attack days! My husband has also lost all his extra weight and is now consolidating.

    • Jonathan says:

      Hi Julie,

      I’m glad to see that you two have done so well. Can you share some tips for other people who want to use this program?

  3. Marilyn Mills says:


    This sounds very impressive. I am a type 2 diabetic so not sure that I can do all protein days?

  4. I lost 20 pounds before I heard of the Dukan Diet. When I started it, I felt I hopefully could lose a few more pounds. Never dreaming that I could actually lose as much as I need to. Since starting the diet, I have lost an additional 53 pounds in 3 months with very little exercise due to a medical condition. This diet is a lifesaver.

  5. i’m curious to know if in one month (each week of the month will take me one phase to do) is going to make me lose 22 lbs ?

    • I’ve been on for 6 days. Lost 10 lbs and have my time of the month to top it all off. Don’t get me wrong it’s not easy but it works just don’t run out of cooked food and take food with you in a cooler. My husband is down 9lbs as well and not walking as much.

  6. I want to really try this diet, but I am a pure vegetarian, so is this diet meant for me or not and if yes what all items can i eat, thanks a lot in advance…

  7. My husband and I have been on this diet for 4 weeks now. I have lost 19 pounds and he has lost 15 pounds. I want to loose a total of 40 pounds and my husband wants to loose 20 pounds. I am already almost half way there and my husband only has to loose 5 more. I was a very small person up until 30 years old and had gradually put on the extra 40 pounds over the last 15 years. I had tried several things over the years without great results. This has been the greatest plan ever and quite easy to follow. It takes alot of planning, but because you see quick results it keeps you motivated to keep going. Walking is key I think as well. If I only loose 5 pounds per month from here forward I can reach my goal by Sept. Day 3 and 4 were very hard – I had cut out caffiene as well and that with the lack of carbs and sugar – I thought my head was going to explode, but I endured and by day 5 I felt wonderful. My husband and I both feel like we have way more energy and excited for our future results. Good luck to anyone out there trying this diet.

  8. Suzanne Nitschke says:

    Hi. I have tried to order the program for $47 but was unable. You had no place to put my address to send the program to me. My bank card said I had a mistake but all information was correct. I am dissapionted I guess I will have to miss out. I was eager to learn more. Sue.

  9. I lost 25lb in less than 3 months on this diet and I’m on consolidation phase now. It is really simple and efective, but drinking lots of water IS very essential. Because of lack of carbohydrates the cravings (aka insulin imbalances) are literally gone. It teaches you to enjoy food for nutrition (rule of 5 meals), not pleasure. There is a mistake in this article – Dukan recommends 2 bran tablespoons – only for intestines transition, not for carbs intake, as the diet hasn’t much of fiber. So I’d also add to the list of Cons risk of constipations, monothony (solved by my new addiction to herbs:D) and higher costs of food (meat and seafood aren’t cheap).

  10. A couple of my family member are doing this and are preaching about it to all and sundry. I’ve been researching and reading up as much as I can and plan to start on Monday once I’ve been shopping and stocked up on seafood. I have a lot of weight to lose and so will try the attack phase for 10 days. I’m nervous and excited!!

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