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The Dukan Diet – J Lo’s Fat Loss Secret Revealed!

The Dukan Diet is the hottest fat loss diet in the world right now.

 

 

J Lo and supermodel Giselle say The Dukan Diet helped them lose their baby weight.  Kate Middleton is reportedly following this fat loss diet as she gets ready for her Royal Wedding.  Not everyone is a fan, though, as the British Dietetic Association called The Dukan Diet "one of the top 5 most dangerous diets in 2011."

Dukan Diet - J Lo's Fat Loss Secret Revealed!One thing that can be agreed on — The Dukan Diet is sweeping the world and is starting to make waves on this side of the ocean as well.  So what is this fat loss secret that ‘all’ the celebrities seem to be following?  Let’s take at look a little deeper into what The Dukan Diet is all about.

Created by French physician, Pierre Dukan about 10 years ago, the diet is broken up into 4 ‘phases.’  The length of phases depends on the amount of weight you want to lose.  Phase 1 is short, but Phase 2 can last weeks or months if there is a lot of weight lose.  Phase 3 is the "in between" of weight loss and maintenance, then Phase 4 is supposed to be the lifelong part of this.

All phases are heavy on protein and light on carbs, similar to another famous ‘diet doc’ in the States, Dr. Atkins.  And all phases are low in calories (because of this strict rules), though you’re not asked to count calories and can eat as much as you want, whenever you want.

Phase 1 — eat as absolutely much lean protein as you want, take 1.5 TBS of oat bran daily, and drink 1.5 L of water (about 6ish cups).  That’s it.  No veggies.  No fruits.

Phase 2 — stick with the unlimited lean protein, but this time every other day you can add in unlimited non-starchy veggies (like green leafy veggies and celery are examples).  And, up your oat bran to 2 TBS per day.

Phase 3 — you know the drill — unlimited lean protein, veggies are now allowed daily, 1 piece of fruit, 2 slices whole grain bread and 1 or 2 "cheat" days where you eat whatever you want.

Phase 4 — this is where you’re supposed to maintain.  There are no "rules" per se, outside of 1 day per week going back to one of the all protein days in Phase I and continue with the oat bran, 3 TBS/day at this point. 

Oh yeah, and exercise.  According to the book, 20 minutes/day of walking is all it takes. 

Fat loss made easy with The Dukan Diet.

Not so fast.  Will you lose weight?  Absolutely.  It’s an insanely restrictive diet.  Any time you restrict that much, you’ll lose.  But what will the composition of that weight loss be?  Muscle?  Fat?  When it’s too rapid and without the right exercise, it will be a lot of important muscle. 

Is it in the least bit healthy, smart, or effective in the long term?

Nope.  None of the above.

We’ve said it before but it bears repeating — there is not a worldwide epidemic of obesity because everyone started eating SO many vegetables and fruits, they gained weight.  Quite the opposite.

Any time a diet suggests eliminating veggies and fruit and other good for you nutrients, even if in the short term, it’s junk and not based on one bit of science.  You can take all the pills, supplements and potions in the world.  None will ever replace a variety of colorful veggies and fruits, healthy fats, and other smart foods we need daily.

The Dukan Diet — Fat Loss Miracle or Dangerous Diet?

This is not a fat loss diet we’d recommend.  At all.  It’s too restrictive.  Not building long term habits.  And not a smart strategy for permanent fat loss success.

But one thing we always try to do is find the parallels — where do we agree vs. where don’t we.

So here you go.

The oat bran is there as a source of fiber.  That’s great.  Oat based fiber is fantastic and we should all aim to eat more.  Oatmeal and oat bran are both great sources.

Eating more lean protein — another smart move.  In our opinion, most eat too many junk carbs, so replacing them with lean protein sources is smart and has been shown to be effective for fat loss.

And that’s about all we agree with.  Eat more fiber and replace junk carbs with lean protein.

There are certainly smarter, more effective, and safer ways to lose fat.  The Dukan Diet gets a 2 Thumbs down from Team Mohr.

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25 Responses to The Dukan Diet – J Lo’s Fat Loss Secret Revealed!

  1. Chris March 25, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Could not agree more with “Team Mohr”. How sustainable is this diet? Highly unlikely that any of these people can sustain this, not to mention the nutritional deficiencies that they will face. NO vegetables and fruits! I could go on and on, but it is sad to think how many people will begin to follow this.

    • Jenna August 25, 2011 at 5:03 am #

      If any of you had actually read the diet itself rather then someone elses opinion of what the diet is you would realize that 1. it is a jumpstart for weight loss which is a HUGE problem for people in america… it allows people to see progress almost immedialtely which helps people stick better to the diet 2. it is not dangerous at all and actually builds people who do not normally eat healthy into a much better way of eating 3. As someone who has actually read the book and researched the diet you all sound ignorant and I feel sorry for you that you would actually thnk you know what you are talking about all from what you read in an opinionated article… which like obesity is just another problem with the ignorant american society today… nice

  2. Tracy March 25, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I totally agree with Team Mohr. I used to be one to look for diets that would work fast, but through tips and articles from Team Mohr, and a couple of others, I have learned the best and safest way to lose weight AND keep it off. I would go crazy on a diet like this now, I have to have my oranges. Thanks for the great article and keep up the good work.

  3. Sharon Johnson March 25, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I totally agree with you guys. Any diet that eliminates fresh fruits and vegetables is ridiculous. Thanks for debunking this for people.

  4. Mary West March 25, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I cannot believe that an intelligent person would be foolish enough to actually try a diet so drastic to their body. Everyone knows these so-called quick loss diets are quite dangerous and can set you up for possible diseases in later years, due to the lack of necessary nutrients for a healthy body.

    • Tracy March 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      Mary,

      There are people that don’t realize what a diet like that can do to them. Look at high school girls, they just don’t know. It doesn’t mean that they are not intelligent, it means that they don’t know any better. That’s why we have people like “Team Mohr” to help us.

  5. Molli March 25, 2011 at 11:03 am #

    I agree with Team Mohr! You always keep us up on the current issues!
    Way to go! People are always too concerned with the scale !
    The benefits of fruits and vegetables outweigh the rules of this restrictive diet!

    a

  6. Janalyne March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    I agree as well. Diets like this can look tempting because of the fast weight loss and because of all the celebrities who follow them…but in the long run with the muscle loss and state of your metabolism it’s not going to be worth it. Best to be balanced and sensible all along the way to your goals.

  7. Terri March 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Health professionals (not pointing at anyone, just in general) are quick to poo-poo any diet that doesn’t fit the USDA’s model of the ideal diet. A diet can’t be considered sustainable or healthy if it doesn’t include healthy whole grains, fruits, and vegetables (which most of America doesn’t eat anyways). They label them “fad diets,” which is a term the public really buys into. The truth is, if you actually break the diet down, it is not all that bad. Phase 2 and 3 actually look like plans I have seen RDs give in their books and online. Most savvy RDs these days recognize allowing people to eat starches is opening Pandora’s box. They typically restrict starches to premeasured things like a whole grain bread or pita and maybe the occasional 1/2 cup of rice. There isn’t anything in fruits that you can’t get in NS veggies, which from phase 2 onward you can eat as much as you want.

    Phase 1: This is where I can see a legitimate argument against the diet. Not because it is restrictive, but because eating solely LEAN protein will make you sick. This is because when protein is used for fuel, the nitrogenous portion must be dealt away with. The body has several methods to do this, but a build up of ammonia in the tissues is possible. If the meat was fatty, then there wouldn’t be a problem. Dietary fat and body fat could provide fuel for the body including the brain (as ketones) and while some protein would need to be used for glucose, it could also be used for the skeletal muscles/enzyme repair, etc. A high-fat, moderate protein diet has been proven safe by numerous studies.

    • Wayne March 30, 2011 at 6:31 am #

      Terri,

      I don’t think that this is poo-pooing a diet that is not USDA approved. I think it’s more about being smart in the approach to dieting so that you actually lose weight while providing your body the nutrients it needs.

      Why would one even consider this diet when you look at phase 1 and phase 2. Why not just eat the protein and the vegetables, and eliminate everything else. You will lose just as much weight and not have to worry about the harm you may do to your body by depriving it of nutrients.

      There are many diet protocols that are high protein low-carb that are a much better option.

      Wayne

  8. Divi March 27, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I did lose 50% of my extras by eating only fruits and veggies for a month with no salt whatsoever. That was about 20 lbs. Then I returned to eating more chicken and fish too. I still eat rice (basmati) coz I am Indian (South Indian, to be precise) and there is no way I can live without rice, though I have cut intake to twice or thrice a month. Inability to workout properly has slowed things down a lot, but it is a work-in-progress. I will be returning to the gym next month, adding to my daily 5 km walks and other little exercises I do on a daily basis. I am seeing results at the slow and steady pace. :-) As far as dieting is concerned, as long as people are willing to restrain themselves and add variety to the ingredients of their meals, things should work out (wistful thinking, eh!?)!!

  9. Laarni March 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Definitely, lean proteins are better to eat rather than empty calorie foods. Eliminating fruits and vegetables poses you to a greater health risk since it is essential to your body’s regulation and they are packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. The point is you need to eat a variety of foods in moderation with balance in each meal. 

  10. Laarni March 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Definitely, lean proteins are better to eat rather than empty calorie foods. Eliminating fruits and vegetables poses you to a greater health risk since it is essential to your body’s regulation and they are packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. The point is you need to eat a variety of foods in moderation with balance in each meal.

  11. Britt May 1, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I am actually on the diet now and it only restricts veggies and fruits for the Attack Phase (which is less than a week)! The Attack Phase includes lean meats from every category, nonfat dairy products, oat bran, and a number of ways to spice up your food (spices, lemon juice, onions, etc.). Then comes the consolidation phase where veggies are re-introduced again. After you reach a healthy weight, everything else is slowly introduced into your diet. By the 4th phase, you are basically able to eat anything you want in moderation. This is NOT like the Atkins diet! It does not say you can only eat fatty meats like sausages, etc. And you are only on lean proteins for less than a week! That’s the most restrictive part of this diet, and for a sweet-lover like me, it really isn’t that restrictive!

    Another misconception people have about this diet is that it doesn’t require exercise. WRONG! Did you even read the book?! At least 20 minutes of walking is required a minimum of 5 days a week! I’m sorry, but all the arguments I’ve heard against this diet seem empty. It’s as if people heard “You can only eat lean meat while on it” and went nuts. No, people, you only eat lean proteins for 3-5 days to jump start it, then everything is slowly re-introduced. By the end of this “diet,” you have learned to eat sensibly and to exercise at least 20 minutes every day.

    This is not some “miracle diet.” I’ve been on it for a while and it takes some self-control and ambition. I force myself to resist sugar, unhealthy fats, sodium, etc., even though I am craving it. I force myself to exercise at least 20 minutes every day, because I know if I don’t, I won’t lose weight and be healthy. I’ve gotten regular check-ups since starting this diet, and all of my levels are great. My doctor told me to keep doing what I’m doing. I am honestly in the best shape in my life! After 2 months on this diet, I feel and look great! And it doesn’t seem like just another fad. It’s been around in Europe for quite some time. Americans have been ordering it on European websites for a while as well. It’s only becoming popular in America just now because we Americans seem to flock to anything that’s being used by someone well-known (Kate Middleton).

    In conclusion, before you knock this diet, or take the word of anyone else, actually read the book. (The ENTIRE book, front to back).

    • KAREN ENGH September 12, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      I’M ON DAY 4 OF PROTEIN ONLY AND MAN DID I EAT UNHEALTHY BEFORE. YOU CAN DO THE PROTEIN ONLY FOR A DAY-7DAYS THAT’S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL. I CHOSE 5 DAYS AND THEN VEGGIES AND PROTEIN. I FEEL GREAT I HAVE LOST 7LBS AND AM WALKING 20MIN+ PER DAY. WAY HEALTHIER TO EAT PROTEIN FLUSHING OUT KETONES WITH INCREASED H20 THEN TO EAT THE JUNK WE ALL HAVE BEEN EATING SERIOUSLY FOLKS. IT IS CHEAPER FOR ME TO LOSS WEIGHT THEN TO BUY BIGGER CLOTHES. PS ALL THOSE GASTRIC BYPASS FOLKS ARE LOSING 1LB A DAY=7LBS A WEEK SO THIS IS NOT AS RAPID AS THAT

  12. Britt May 1, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I am actually on the diet now and it only restricts veggies and fruits for the Attack Phase (which is less than a week)! The Attack Phase includes lean meats from every category, nonfat dairy products, oat bran, and a number of ways to spice up your food (spices, lemon juice, onions, etc.). Then comes the consolidation phase where veggies are re-introduced again. After you reach a healthy weight, everything else is slowly introduced into your diet. By the 4th phase, you are basically able to eat anything you want in moderation. This is NOT like the Atkins diet! It does not say you can only eat fatty meats like sausages, etc. And you are only on lean proteins for less than a week! That’s the most restrictive part of this diet, and for a sweet-lover like me, it really isn’t that restrictive!

    Another misconception people have about this diet is that it doesn’t require exercise. WRONG! Did you even read the book?! At least 20 minutes of walking is required a minimum of 5 days a week! I’m sorry, but all the arguments I’ve heard against this diet seem empty. It’s as if people heard "You can only eat lean meat while on it" and went nuts. No, people, you only eat lean proteins for 3-5 days to jump start it, then everything is slowly re-introduced. By the end of this "diet," you have learned to eat sensibly and to exercise at least 20 minutes every day.

    This is not some "miracle diet." I’ve been on it for a while and it takes some self-control and ambition. I force myself to resist sugar, unhealthy fats, sodium, etc., even though I am craving it. I force myself to exercise at least 20 minutes every day, because I know if I don’t, I won’t lose weight and be healthy. I’ve gotten regular check-ups since starting this diet, and all of my levels are great. My doctor told me to keep doing what I’m doing. I am honestly in the best shape in my life! After 2 months on this diet, I feel and look great! And it doesn’t seem like just another fad. It’s been around in Europe for quite some time. Americans have been ordering it on European websites for a while as well. It’s only becoming popular in America just now because we Americans seem to flock to anything that’s being used by someone well-known (Kate Middleton).

    In conclusion, before you knock this diet, or take the word of anyone else, actually read the book. (The ENTIRE book, front to back).

  13. Jeannie May 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m on the Dukan Diet now. I actually exercise everyday now. Helps me get off the couch. The attack part only last a few days. I never eat fruits so the 2nd phrase will have me eating fruit and more veggies. Keeps me away from McDonalds, pizza and all the tempting junk foods. All and all I’m exercising and will be eating better than I was before. That’s my opinion, listen or not. Good luck to all who are trying to lose weight.

  14. Jeannie May 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m on the Dukan Diet now. I actually exercise everyday now. Helps me get off the couch. The attack part only last a few days. I never eat fruits so the 2nd phrase will have me eating fruit and more veggies. Keeps me away from McDonalds, pizza and all the tempting junk foods. All and all I’m exercising and will be eating better than I was before. That’s my opinion, listen or not. Good luck to all who are trying to lose weight.

  15. SW June 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Did anyone actually read the book before they started bashing? Or even check into the facts before publishing this article? Skim milk and nonfat yogurt and some other dairy products ARE allowed throughout this diet. The all-protein phase lasts only a few days — my 77 year old mother did THREE days, big whoop, it was a breeze. Most people do 3 to 5. It’s not going to kill you unless you have a kidney disease and it’s VERY clear that you are not to do this diet if you do have a medical condition like that. It is only a sort of detox to get the sugar and crap out of your system so that you can go on to do the REAL diet which is lean protein, nonfat dairy and oat bran every day with vegetables added every other day if you choose the strictest form. Those without as much to lose can choose to do only a couple of all protein days per week until they reach goal (my mother does this, I do every other day). Afet goal, the restrictions are less strict and it does teach you to use a maintenance program which is more than most diets do.
    I like the diet, I’ve lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks and I’m not missing what I’m not eating — if I want fruit, I can have 2 nonfat yogurts with fruit puree per day in addition to all the non fruit added yogurt I want.
    Last time I checked, simple sugar and bleached white flour bread are not a food group.
    Check your facts before you start preaching about how stupid people are for following this diet. I’m sticking to it.

  16. SW June 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Did anyone actually read the book before they started bashing? Or even check into the facts before publishing this article? Skim milk and nonfat yogurt and some other dairy products ARE allowed throughout this diet. The all-protein phase lasts only a few days — my 77 year old mother did THREE days, big whoop, it was a breeze. Most people do 3 to 5. It’s not going to kill you unless you have a kidney disease and it’s VERY clear that you are not to do this diet if you do have a medical condition like that. It is only a sort of detox to get the sugar and crap out of your system so that you can go on to do the REAL diet which is lean protein, nonfat dairy and oat bran every day with vegetables added every other day if you choose the strictest form. Those without as much to lose can choose to do only a couple of all protein days per week until they reach goal (my mother does this, I do every other day). Afet goal, the restrictions are less strict and it does teach you to use a maintenance program which is more than most diets do.
    I like the diet, I’ve lost 15 lbs in 6 weeks and I’m not missing what I’m not eating — if I want fruit, I can have 2 nonfat yogurts with fruit puree per day in addition to all the non fruit added yogurt I want.
    Last time I checked, simple sugar and bleached white flour bread are not a food group.
    Check your facts before you start preaching about how stupid people are for following this diet. I’m sticking to it.

  17. Reese July 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    It is a shame that these doctors did not do their homework before writing this completely erroneous article. By the way they refer to this program, I could bet they have never read this book…at all. I have been on this program for 8 months and I have lost over 60 lbs. This program works! This is NOT another high protein diet. It is a program geared to help overweight people lose the extra weight AND teaches how to keep it OFF. I am very disappointed to see how these people smeared a program of which they obviously know nothing about. This plan has helped many, many people to get healthier and to live better lives…I, for one, owe a lot to Doctor Dukan and his wonderful program.

  18. Debbie January 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I disagree with the article because like others have shared there’s so many misconceptions given. I’ve been on the Dukan Diet since Thanksgiving 2011 and I only needed to lose a little weight. It’s been the best program I’ve tried because it’s easy to follow. The protein only (Attack Phase) only was 4 days for me and it definitely helped jumped start my weight loss and I continued taking my multi-vitamins. The protein + veges (Cruise Phase) was about 1 month and it certainly got me to eating more veges. How can they say in the article that vegetables are eliminated in this diet? Anyway, the rest of the phases still continues to encourage eating vegetables and eliminating or limiting starchy carbs and simple sugar. So before anybody else base their opinion on the Dukan Diet from this article I would suggest to research about it yourself.

  19. Robyn February 15, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I totally disagree with this article. I was on the dukan diet for 3 months and in this time lost 2 stone. I had never been able to stick to a diet for more than a few weeks before, but because there were such clear boundaries this was really easy. I had more energy, felt amazing about myself, had fantastic skin and never felt like i was missing out because i couldn’t eat fat filled junk food. I eventually had to come off the diet because I was living in spain for 3 months and every restaurant i went to they cooked with a large amount of oil and because I hadnt had oil in so long, it made me feel sick. this obviously happens everytime you dont allow your body something and then suddenly re introduce it. If people actually took the time to read about the diet and learn how it works im pretty sure they would think differently and probably try it. vegetables are not allowed for the first 2-7 days depending on how long you do attack for, and then are intriduced in the second stage, fruit is not allowed untill the third stage, but you can get all the vitamins you need from vegetables. it really annoys me when people say its a rubbish “fad” diet, when its not.

  20. MINKY March 21, 2012 at 3:01 am #

    And if you do decide to read this book you will note that on the attack phase you are even allowed some onion!!!!

    I have been on the diet for 3 weeks and have lost 10lbs and i suffer with seriously underactive thyroid. I drink more water than i ever did before, have more energy, no headaches, and no backache, and am never Hungary. I am eating an omelette with mushrooms, asparagus, onion, tomatoes who said you can’t have vegetables. Only during attack phase vegetables are prohibited. This really works, I have not stuck to it a 100% and i have still lost weight .You can have salt but only can be added whilst cooking not after!!! Also the condition of my skin has improved dramatically; I used to suffer with mild eczema and psoriasis ALMOST ALL GONE. I honestly think that if you follow this diet and use your common sense (i.e. if you’re desperate for some fruit have a piece BUT DO SOME EXTRA EXERCISE) YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT .

  21. redcat80 September 24, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I looks like maybe all these moreresults and other want to attack thee program which really works in order to stay in business. Yeah, it’s like if too many people would follow the Dukan Diet who will be interested in their stuff? Nobody.

    I do not agree with criticisms in this article because it is not consistent with the books – it only gives part of the truth and this is misleading (as many commentators have already showed).

    The only thing that i can agree with and which is not mentioned here at all is that i do not have any much data on a long-term research on the efficiency of the diet, say in 3-4-5 yrs period of time.
    There was one reference I came accross in the internets as to a French research for about 5000 (yes, five thousand) ladies on this diet saying that 80% of them gained all their weight back over some time but i think that it is not a pretty accurate interpretation of the results because people gained the weight back but then the research said that 2/3ds of participants did not follow the stages 3&4 of the diet properly or did not follow them at all.

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