Doin' the Dukan

Have you heard of the Dukan Diet? I had never heard of the diet until Kate Middleton was spotted in a bikini, and everyone was a buzz about how steller she looked.  Reports that weight loss by anyone who is anyone in Europe was accomplished using this diet, including Miss Middleton's mum in preparation for her daughter's induction into the royal family in April.  The diet, created by Dr. Pierre Dukan, is popular in France, before launching in the UK, and has sold 3.5 million copies of his first book. Many haven't heard of it here in the states, but that's about to change.

The Dukan diet is set to launch stateside next month in a book titled "The Real Reason the French Stay Thin." Stay tuned, as promotional materials and advertisements are about to hit Facebook, twitter and a magazine near you any day.

The high protein, low-fat approach, which has been compared to the Atkins diet, is broken down into four phases: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization.  The first phase allows dieters to eat mostly high protein, low-fat foods, no alcohol and throws in oat bran and copious amounts of water.  The second phase, cruise, brings in veggies, but no fruit.  The third phase, affords the dieter two slices of bread, a serving of cheese, one serving of fruit and two servings of carbs per day, with a two "celebration" meals that include wine and dessert.  The fourth and final stage sets up an eating pattern for life where "anything goes" for six days and one day of protein only, as seen in the first attack stage.

Along with a strict adherence to the food, the dieter must follow an exercise routine of daily 20-minute walks and total elevator avoidance.  Can you imagine if you worked on the 30th floor of a building? I wondered if the trek up the stairs, which just might take me 20 minutes, counted towards the walking time as well?

Critics say, much like Atkins, that while it is possible to lose weight in the early stages, it is hard to sustain weight loss and is tough on your kidneys.  The diet most likely wouldn't work for vegetarians or vegans, with the high concentration of proteins, most coming from meat and is recommended to all dieters to check with their doctors before starting a diet regimen.