Body – The Dukan Diet

I have been a skinny girl my whole life…until my last child that is.  I never completely lost the baby weight.  It was easily disguised until I hit about…well, let’s just say “mid-30’s”.  In a confluence of circumstances, I went from a position that had me on my feet most of the day to one that required a lot of traveling, to a desk-based position.  The last two not helping in my attempts to maintain, let alone lose, weight.

We have an amazing wellness team in my company, and for months I watched as co-workers slimmed and toned.  I finally tired of complaining and decided to try the diet.  I especially liked that results happened quickly and there was a plan that extended beyond the “diet” phase.  In a nutshell there are 4 phases.

The Attack Phase – this phase lasts up to 10 days (you choose the length).  In this phase, you eat only lean meats, fish (including shellfish), poultry, eggs, and fat-free dairy products in any quantity. (There are vegetarian/vegan modifications).

The Cruise Phase – this phase lasts until you have reached your desired weight.  You follow the Attack Phase options, but every other day you can have (most) vegetables.

The Consolidation Phase – the length of this phase is 5 days for every pound lost.  You follow all the options of the Attack and Cruise phases but can add 1 serving of (most) fresh fruit/day, 2 slices of whole grain bread/day, 1.5oz of cheese/day, 1 or 2 servings of starchy foods/wk in addition to weekly “celebration” meals.

The Final Phase – this is the “rest of your life” part of the diet.  This simply requires you to follow the “Attack Phase” rules once per week for the rest of your life.

This is a somewhat oversimplified explanation of the program, so I recommend getting the book in hardcopy, Nook or Kindle format.  The only main additions are drinking lots of water each day and walking for 20 minutes every day.  I lost 25lbs in about 3 months.  Every body is different, but if you’re looking for something, I’d recommend trying this one.

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