The Dukan diet is becoming increasingly popular and is probably already have heard of it. Among its advocates are among other Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez who claim that they were of great assistance in postpartum recovery . Has been devised by Dr. Pierre Dukan, and the book explaining the principles of the diet is among the best sellers in many countries. Why this diet is reaping so popular?
Basically because it provides an initial weight loss very fast (what motivates you to keep the system weight loss) and because it does not caloric restriction (not hungry). But do not forget that this is achieved by a diet high in protein , which is not very healthy and has its cost.
Want to know how the Dukan diet? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
The Dukan diet works through 4 phases.
1. Attack phase
The first phase is where you really lose weight. This is a very effective stage, which lasts between 3 and 10 days, in which most people see their weight down to 6 or 7 kg (in 10 days). This makes many people use this phase to lose weight at certain times and dispense with the other (so that after further rise of weight).
This first phase consists of a pure protein diet, ie you can only take protein (fish, seafood, some meats, eggs and milk).
This protein diet based on achieving a strong start that motivates people who are trying to lose weight, and without appropriate fasting or a diet low in calories (not hungry, eating alone because both proteins it is an appetite).
2. Cruise phase
Besides eating food from the previous phase can also start eating some cooked vegetables (not fruit). This phase lasts until you get the ideal weight.
3. Consolidation phase
Once you have the ideal weight (if this is achieved), the goal is not to recover the lost kilos. To do this, start to eat some carbohydrates (restricting the amounts and according to a list of foods), and this phase will last 10 days for every kilo lost.
4. Stabilization phase
You can enter a normal balanced diet, but one day a week (and this is important) will be exclusively protein diet of the attack phase.
What are the drawbacks?
One of the main drawbacks is that it does not teach healthy eating and balanced , but to have an unhealthy relationship with food, and forgetting that eats the body's nutritional needs. So with this diet is necessary to take dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals.
Furthermore, the first stage causing ketosis which is a risk that occurs with diets of less than 80 g per day of carbohydrates. Although ketosis promotes fat burning, do not forget that this is a pathological state also generates kidney problems, fatigue, weakness, nausea, headaches, bad breath, and even arrhythmias. It is therefore essential that if you follow the diet Dukan you first contact your doctor and do it under their supervision.
Finally, the risk of rebound effect is high when you start eating "normal."
Have you tried the Dukan diet? What is your opinion?