The Dr. Dukan Diet- A Diet Fit For Royalty

It looks like there is a new diet hitting the streets and your dinner table soon- The Dukan Diet!  The new craze has been quite a rave in France and has been compared to the Atkins’ Diet that was popular some years ago.  This latest hype in fat loss and weight loss diets is causing quite a stir-The Dr Dukan Diet.  What is it? Is it just hype or a solution to everyone’s fat loss needs? This article looks at whether it is the real deal or a bust.

The diet was created by Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French doctor, and has been labeled the French Dr. Atkins.  In his book, Dr. Dukan outlines his high protein, low calorie diet… yes, definitely Atkins- esque.

Here is an outline of the 4-phase program:

Phase 1: Eating non-fatty protein (skinless chicken, fish, low fat beef, turkey breast), 1.5 teaspoons of oat bran and drinking plenty of water.

Phase 2: Veggies are then included in the diet along with the foods in phase 1.

Phase 3:  along with the items already mentioned twice a week the following is permitted, two slices of bread, a serving of cheese and fruit and two servings of carbs a day, also wine and dessert.

Phase 4: The diet is no longer strict and can eat anything he or she pleases but has to eat strictly according to Phase 1 once a week.

Blame It On The Royals For Making This Popular

Apparently this diet has become the latest rage thanks to the future Princess (perhaps future Queen), Kate Middleton.  Kate Middleton has been on it- along with bridal bootcamp– after her mother tried it and reportedly lost 4 pounds in 4 days. (source: Yahoo)

T- Rex Would Have Loved The Dukan Diet

Okay, that’s the British super group T-Rex… here is the other T-Rex

The Dr. Dukan Diet has become a hit especially among people who love their meat.  It is not restrictive and the ability to eat beef, turkey, chicken and fish sounds like a better option than counting calories, going vegan or eliminating favorite foods.

Dukan Diet critics have stated that the diet is low in vitamin C, fiber and is high in salt and can lead to increase risk in cancer and heart problems.  Dr. Dukan stands by his diet and argues that it is effective for losing weight and that there isn’t research to claim his diet is harmful and can be EXPENSIVE.

Why I Believe The Dukan Diet Is Not The Solution

As with most fad diets there are problems.  Although most diets tend to be restrictive, this one is not so much, which makes it appealing.  However, one thing that is not emphasized is the benefit of working out.  Dr. Dukan has stated that all you need to do for activity is light walking. (Did I mention that Kate Middleton is doing a “bridal bootcamp”).

I am a fan of walking as a method of exercise but there are ways to truly burn more fat and it includes strength training using weights, bodyweight workout routines and strength training with resistance bands.  Building muscle by strength training, burst training and interval type cardio like running stairs and sprint workouts are a great way to melt the fat away.

The True Factors Behind Fat Loss

One thing I want to stress is the need to get away from a weight loss mentality and move to a fat loss mentality.  Losing fat is what makes anyone look healthy, look like an athlete, have a cover model type body, etc.

As mentioned above, certain types of workouts, strength and cardio are effective as burning fat.  The important contributor to fat loss is an INCREASE IN GROWTH HORMONE.  These types of workouts achieve increases in growth hormone.

You Don’t Have To Give Up Carbs Or Fat To Lose Weight/ Fat

The Atkins Diet and the Dukan Diet place a big emphasis on increasing protein and avoiding carbs and fats.  As we all know the really delicious stuff contains both of these.

There are actually approaches to losing weight and losing fat that do not eliminate fat or carbs but actually promote eating what ever you please.  The program, “Eat, Stop, Eat,” by Brad Pillon is one approach that has been considered extremely effective at burning fat without having to follow a difficult and restrictive regimen.

Fad Diets Are Just, Well, Fads

The problem with fad diets is they are popular today and tomorrow they start falling out of favor when they are too tough to follow or something else comes along.

It is important to have a balanced diet but honestly, it is not so much about what you eat but really about quality of calories.

There are long term programs that are not restrictive and have been show to give real results and give great results when paired with a great workout routine.  It is not about restricting oneself to a difficult diet.

I guess we will be hearing more about the Dr Dukan Diet.  In the meanwhile stay healthy and may the Royals have a happy life.

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  1. I recently heard about the Dukan Diet as well…here we go again! Another weight loss fad that will consume us until everyone gets bored. For me, it’s just overly complicated. Why go through the hassle when something like Eat Stop Eat is so easy to follow? Plus, walking as the only activity is a pretty weak recommendation. Everyone could use some moderate to intense exercise every once in a while. Thanks for the viewpoint!

  2. I don’t know how true it is but I heard the tested women on this diet also used weight loss supplements? But for sure all diets are a battle of wills before something breaks’s like how long can you hold your breath ..then you have to come up for air and Bang back to where you started. I agree Eat Stop Eat is very effective and doesn’t interfere with normal life.

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Hi Raymond,
      That is the problem with most weight loss diets. The weight either comes back or more weight is gained than when the person started.
      With Eat Stop Eat you bring up something that is very true- it does not interfere with normal life and makes it easy to follow and have as a part of your lifestyle.
      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Interesting post. It’s my first time hearing of this Dukan Diet but it definitely sounds similar to the Atkins one.

    I’ve never been a fan of diets. They’re not long-term solutions. Someone doing the Dukan Diet may lose 4lbs in 4 days but gain 8 lbs back after getting off the diet.

    The solution is building healthy eating habits. At least in my opinion 🙂

    • Sam Munoz says:

      Healthy habits is huge for anyone who wants to become fit and stay fit.
      Healthy habits that include healthy eating and exercise, hopefully with a well structured program, is they key.

  4. Wow, you couldn’t make it up…..but Mr Dukan already has it seems. Its frightening to think how much time and effort people will spend on trying to stick to the rules. I wonder if there is something about being able to just switch off mentally and do as you are told that appeals to people? It never worked for me.

    I always think of that one about how if you give a man a fish he eats for the day, while if you teach him to fish, he eats forever. Diets like this are just temporary solutions, at best.


    • Sam Munoz says:

      You are right, these diets are just temporary solutions. It doesn’t solve a problem or offer a solution to weight loss but simply is a quick temporary fix.
      The best approaches to weight loss are not fad diets, but rather, solid programs that work, like sensible eating and exercise.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Interesting. I’ve heard about this diet recently and it’s supposed to be jumping the pond soon, with the author and publisher set to really start promoting it here in the U.S. I’m curious to learn more about it, but the realist in me figures it’s a diet just like all the rest: a simdgen of scientific proof wrapped up in faddishness and hyperbole.

    • Sam Munoz says:

      I’m afraid you’re right. It is a fad and unfortunately many will jump on this diet hoping it will be their solution when it is really just a temporary solution.


  6. I usually feel bad that I don’t keep up as much as I should with all of the latest hype. (You know, writing a fitness blog and all, you would think that I would pay more attention!) This just proves that you could shut your computer off for a year and never pay attention and then when you turn it back on, nothing will have changed.

    It will be the same silly things with a different name! Just another marketer trying to sell another product. I wish people would just try Eat-Stop-Eat and be done with it.

    If the industry was smart, someone would rip off or copy Brad’s Eat-Stop-Eat, and call it something else. They could market it as the next big thing and then at least it would be something that worked!

    I might make up a new weight loss system.

    It will be from some little known doctor from a distant country. His name will be Schkam Ardist (Scam Artist) and he will some how have stumbled upon the true secret to losing weight! It will consist of sending me money, drinking unheard of amounts of water, scratching your right ear at exactly 12:03 pm every day, and whistling the tune to the “Andy Griffith” show twice before eating anything.

    The sad part is that someone would actually try it!


    • Sam Munoz says:

      You are so right! Every year it’s the same story. A new diet with rehashed ideas being pitched as the answer to all fat loss problems.
      Actually maybe I should market something like the “All You Can Eat Til You Puke Diet.” These days it seems like anything sells.
      I have to agree that the Eat Stop Eat Diet program is bar none the way to go. Hopefully it is a matter of time before it catches fire and more people go for it.


  7. Nothing seems to get people fired up like nutrition. Everyone seems to have a different take on the subject based on personal experience. I think for people that have never been overweight it’s easy to forget the lack of knowledge out there. Not to mention the inconsistent messages from supposed “health authorities”.

    If it was in the best interest for governments to have a society full of lean healthy people, they would find a way! It’s just not lucrative to have a fit society. Money is made selling “fake food”, and treating “new illnesses”, that is the bottom line. When a major government health authority starts to recommend intermittent fasting we will know when we have finally succeeded in getting the message out!


    • Sam Munoz says:

      You are very right on all these points. Unfortunately when someone sees a title of authority on a product, in this case it’s a Doctor, many people assume that it has to be good. These authorities may be excellent doctors, don’t get me wrong, but the diets, supplements and products that are pitched don’t offer a real solution only a band aid quick fix to a problem.

      You bring up a big point with the role governments play in the health of its general population. This is a topic that warrants an in depth discussion but it reminds me of things like nutrasweet and other sugar substitutes that took over sugar as a supposed healthier alternative. Unfortunately what was really at play was the role of effective lobbying for an industry.

      Thanks for bringing up a such an important topic in this discussion.


  8. Sam, I totally agree that this is a fad diet. Any diet that completely eliminates 1 or 2 food groups is just too difficult to maintain and not very healthy in the long run. ESE is great because it allows for more balance in terms of lifestyle and nutrition.

    I would never fall for another “diet” again. ESE is it!


    • Sam Munoz says:

      I like that you placed the word diet in quotations. It can be a misleading term, especially with fad diets, as it is not usually a healthy way of eating but a way to cheat yourself out of a healthy lifestyle.


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