The Dukan Diet - Effectively Add Protein To Lose More Weight
So, you want to lose weight but not give up the foods you love. What if there were a way to do that? Let me introduce you to the Dukan Diet. If there was ever a diet to claim “eat as much as you like,” it would be the Dukan diet.
Founded by French nutritionist, Pierre Dukan, the Dukan diet combines 68 forms of animal protein and 32 vegetables, giving you the 'green light' for 100 foods. This gives you a diet based on what the human species evolved on, and keeps us feeling happier and healthier. Let's take a closer look at the Dukan diet and why it might be the right one for you.
The Dukan diet uses four different phases. By walking through these four phases, you can shed weight quickly and then make lifestyle changes so you don't gain the weight back. Here are what the phases look like:
1. The Attack Phase – This phase is brief, lasting only a couple weeks with immediate results. In the attack phase, you are allowed to eat from a choice of 68 high-protein foods which the body digests quickly and effectively. Vegetables and other carbs are very limited during this time. This phase is not meant to be long term, but is considered a 'kick start' to your metabolism.
2. The Cruise Phase – Once you have attacked your weight loss goal, it is time to put the pound-shedding on autopilot. This phase allows you to begin incorporating 32 vegetables into your diet. The days alternate between your Pure Proteins (PP phases), which you were given in the attack phase, and Proteins accompanied with recommended Vegetables (PV phases). This phase allows you to continue to shed weight on a consistent basis.
3. The Consolidation Phase – This phase lasts 5 days per pound lost in the cruise phase. For example, if you lost 6 pounds during the cruise phase, then you would be in this phase for 30 days. During this phase, the body prepares for the return to a balanced diet. In this phase you have monitored freedom which helps you overcome the willpower issue when establishing a freshly conquered and yet vulnerable ideal weight.
4. The Stabilization Phase – This is the phase you live in for the rest of your life. During the first three phases, you learned how to eat healthy and have taught your body the right way to keep a healthy pattern. In addition to the simple rules for stabilization, there are three non-negotiable rules:
a. Consume 3 tablespoons of oat bran per day.
b. Choose to take the stairs whenever possible.
c. Have a pure-protein Thursday, i.e. Attack Phase menu.
Why all those Oats? The first obvious question has to do with the 3 tablespoons of oat bran you must eat every day. The oat bran swells 20 to 30 times its volume when inside the stomach, making you feel satisfied. It also “confiscates” calories within the small intestine and takes them down into your bowels. The amount of calories lost by consuming the oat bran is not relevant to immediate weight loss, but they do add up over time as this process is repeated.
What are the Cons to this Diet? As with all low-carb, high-protein diets, the program warns that dieters may suffer from some disturbing side effects, such as bad breath, constipation, dry mouth, and fatigue as your body gets used to its new way of life. One of the best ways to help with all of these conditions is to drink plenty of water, take a good multivitamin, and get between six and eight hours of sleep a night. And, of course, exercise daily. A 20 minute walk each day will help digest your food and burn calories. But, be aware that vigorous exercise requires carbohydrates, so during the Attack Phase, you will need to limit your exercise to a moderate degree.
If you are looking for a diet that will get the pounds off quickly, then moves you into a lifetime of healthy weight management, the Dukan diet may be the right diet for you. You get to eat lots of good food while your body learns how to metabolize it properly. That's what the real purpose of a diet is all about.
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