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Everything You Need To Know About The Dukan Diet

Published by Rédac Teemix
Published on 9 November 2007

If you haven't heard of this top diet yet then we're not sure where you've been - ever since 2010 the Dukan Diet has been everywhere and when we say everywhere, we're talking Hollywood a-lister, Jennifer Lopez to royal princess, Kate Middleton. But what's so special about this diet, and does it really work? Ladies, here's everything you need to know about the Dukan Diet...

What is the Dukan Diet?

Followed by royalty (that's right, Kate Middleton herself) and celebrities around the world, the Dukan diet is one of the biggest diets to come out of the 21st century and for GOOD reason.

This high-protein diet was created by French nutritionist and eating behaviour specialist, Dr Pierre Dukan about 30 years ago in France. But since the book The Dukan Diet was translated into English back in 2010 it's fair to say the diet has become a phenomenon in the UK.

Every woman wants to feel good about herself, right? In fact a lot of us aren't happy with our bodies. A recent survey conducted by the diet showed that 96% of women asked didn't think they had a good enough body to go to the beach.

So for anyone who's looking to a confident beach bod just in time for summer, Dr Pierre Dukan says that TODAY is the official start for Dukaners to commence their Beach Body Countdown. Here's how to get started...

How does the Dukan Diet work?

Similar to a high protein diet, the Dukan Diet has a 4-phase programme. It's high in protein, low in calories and also reduces your appetite. What’s more, the body’s absorption of protein leads to high calorie expenditure and allows weight loss without loss of muscle strength.

The programme also takes the post-diet period into account and helps you avoid putting weight back on when you return to a normal eating pattern. Now that's what we like to hear.

How much weight can I lose?

The Dukan Diet isn't about being super skinny, it's about finding your true weight and reaching it. Calculate your true weight for free here. Simple as.

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The Dukan Diet Phases

Foods allowed during phase 1:
Meat (beef and veal), poultry without the skin on (apart from duck and goose), lean ham, fish, seafood, fat-free dairy products, water, tea and coffee can all be eaten in whatever quantities you want. All other foods are cut out.

Foods allowed during phase 2:
The above mentioned foods and vegetables (apart from potatoes, rice, sweetcorn, peas, lentils, green beans and avocados).

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Here's a typical day during the Dukan Diet attack phase...

Does the Dukan Diet work?

The attack phase guarantees substantial weight loss, but what about the longterm effects?

To really get an idea of what the diet has to offer you we teamed up with in-house nutritionist at leading health and fitness app Lifesum, Lovisa Nilsson who told us the good and the bad. Here's our expert's views.

The pros...

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The cons...


As with any diet, there's a risk of nutritional deficiency. Consult your doctor for advice on vitamin and mineral supplements. There are always going to be pros and cons so don't take our word for it, try the diet out for yourself and see if this is the one for you!

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