What is the Dukan Diet for weight loss?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Not since Atkins has a diet made such an international splash. The Dukan Diet shares Atkin's pillar of low carbohydrate consumption. However, this new fad encourages eating anything you want 6 days a week. How does it work? The Dukan Diet breaks down into 4 phases.

1. The Attack Phase: This phase lasts between 1-10 days depending on how much weight you have to lose (around a week for people who have to lose about 25 pounds). During the attack phase, there are no calorie restrictions. Your diet consists mainly of lean protein and allows virtually no carbohydrates. Your meals also include fat-free dairy products and the "secret weapon" of the diet -- oat bran.

Proponents of Dukan maintain that 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran a day allow people to feel fuller, while the fiber efficiently cleans out their system.

2. The Cruise Phase: During this phase, you continue to eat foods from phase 1 (lean proteins, fat-free dairy and oat bran), only now you add non-starchy vegetables every other day. You maintain this phase until you reach your target weight.

3. The Consolidation Phase. Dr. Dukan, the creator of this diet, maintains that this phase is where the Dukan Diet sets itself apart from the competition. The Consolidation Phase focuses on adding back the carbohydrates into the diet. Additionally, you can have 2 "celebration meals" a week where you can eat anything you want -- but no binging on a regular basis. Once a week, you must go back to eating only lean protein.

4. The Stabilization Phase: The final phase of this diet focuses on applying the 3 rules to live by:

- One day a week eat just eat protein. It must be the same day each week.
- Eat 3 tablespoons of oat bran a day for the rest of your life.
- Never take elevators or escalators. Walk 20 minutes a day.
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