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How does the Dukan Diet work?

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The Dukan Diet is similar to the Atkins diet in that it relies heavily on low carbohydrate consumption. It is a weight-loss plan written by Dr. Pierre Dukan. There are four phases in this low-calorie, high-protein diet. They include the attack phase, cruise phase, consolidation phase and stabilization phase.

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In the first week of the diet, or the attack phase, only lean protein and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oatmeal are consumed. Fat-free dairy products are allowed, but no carbohydrates. About 10 pounds of weight loss is possible during the attack phase. In the cruise phase, non-starchy vegetables are added to the diet of lean protein, fat-free dairy and oat bran. This phase can be continued until the target weight is achieved. Carbohydrates are introduced back into the diet during the consolidation phase. Unlimited lean protein foods, non-starchy vegetables and limited amounts of whole-grain bread, fruit and cheese can be consumed for six days. However, on one day of the week, only lean protein foods may be consumed. The last phase is the stabilization phase, which has three rules to be followed for life. The rules are to consume oat bran daily, use the stairs instead of elevators, and eat an all-protein diet once a week. The Dukan Diet is a restrictive diet and is not recommended for all individuals. It can result in kidney damage and gout, and may not be a long-term solution to weight loss.

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