Over the last few months, I've seen The Dukan Diet mentioned in magazines and newspapers over and over again.
It's a high-protein/low-carb diet that has taken France and England by storm. The book was just released here in the United States, and since protein diets work really well for me, I've decided to try it out.
I only want to lose a few pounds before swimsuit season, and I'd love to do it quickly. This diet, with an average weight loss of 5-7 pounds in the first week, seems to perfectly fit the bill.
But after reading about the diet's first phase, I have to admit that I'm a little bit ... scared.
In fact, I went to bed and had stress dreams all night long about this diet.
Want to know why? Keep reading!
While my old standby, the Atkins diet, allows an unlimited amount of meat, fish, butter, and olive oil, along with a limited amount of vegetables, the first phase of The Dukan Diet is far more restrictive.
Basically, it's protein only, without any butter or oil for flavor. Or cheese. Or romaine for salads. All of these things have been staples of my Atkins success.
However, in the interest of giving new things a try, I'm going to ATTEMPT to get through 5-7 days of this protein-only phase of The Dukan Diet. After that, I'm supposed to alternate protein-only days with protein-and-vegetables days until I reach my target weight loss. Next, I slowly reintroduce carbs and starches and sugars into my diet, and finally, I keep the weight off forever by sticking with one protein-only day per week for life.
I love the idea of one protein-only day per week to trick my body into keeping the weight off (one protein-only day takes off between 1.5 and 2 pounds, thus "correcting" any weight you may have gained each week), but I'm not thrilled about what I have to do to get to my target weight.
Will I make it?
We'll see ... I'll keep you posted!
In the meantime, would you try The Dukan Diet?
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