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Book Description

20 Dec 2010

The Dukan Diet is a unique 4-step programme, combining two steps to lose your unwanted weight and two steps to keep it off for good:

Step 1: Attack

For 2-7 days eat as much as you want of 72 protein-rich foods.

Step 2: Cruise

Continue eating the protein-rich foods with the addition of 28 vegetables.

Step 3: Consolidation

Add fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods, and 2 celebration meals a week, allowing 5 days for every pound lost.

Step 4: Stabilisation

Eat what you like without regaining weight by following 3 simple rules, including the famous 'protein Thursdays'.

Devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently, The Dukan Diet is the culmination of thirty-five years' clinical experience. Easy to follow with no calorie counting, The Dukan Diet offers clear simple guidelines, menu planners and delicious recipes for long term success.

Beyond its immense success in France, The Dukan Diet has been adopted by 20 countries and translated into 10 languages. Many international observers agree that this is the method most likely to put a stop to the world's weight problems. For more information visit

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (20 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444710338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444710335
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (792 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fat attack French women swear by (Grazia)

The ultimate diet. The French have kept it secret for years... Today, more than 1.5million women swear by its dramatic - and long-lasting - results. (Daily Mail)

The secret that keeps French women slim. (Bella)

It's a four-stage plan that offers the ultimate fast track to weight loss and maintenance with delish French-inspired recipes to keep your taste buds entertained. (She)

Politicians, film stars and high-profile models... live the Dukan life. (Daily Mail)

How do you fancy getting the legs and curves of Jennifer Lopez without having to go on a diet of lettuce? ... More than 1.5million French women already swear by the slimming regime devised by nutritionist Dr Pierre Dukan ten years ago. (Daily Mirror)

All over France right now, women are talking in hushed reverential tones about a certain Pierre Dukan... he is in fact, currently the biggest name on the French dieting scene. (Grazia)

French women don't get fat... But now we know the real reason why. for the last ten years, thousands of women across the channel have been following a plan called the Dukan Diet. And the results have been astonishing. (New)

Want to know why French women seem to be able to enjoy long Mediterranean-style lunches but still stay slim and gorgeous? It's all down to a diet formula worked out by eminent French doctor Pierre Dukan, based on four different eating phases that follow on from each other but result in speedy weight loss while eating unlimited quantities of real food, six days a week. (Reveal)

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1,021 of 1,034 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dukan Diet Book 17 Jun 2010
I'm really glad I bought this book.
I am on the Dukan Diet and was eager to start it based on website reviews. However, while there is a lot of free information out there about the diet, none of the information was complete or even completely accurate. Many sites that claim to give you the facts on the diet actually contradict each other, and so after sorting through it all, I ended up with more questions than answers. The diet is new here, making its way from France and the UK mostly by rumor and word of mouth. The official website is not yet fully functional.

If you are not completely familiar with the diet it consists of 4 phases.(I will simplify here:) The first phase lasts an average of 5 days and is nothing but lean protein and water. The second is alternating days of protein only days and protein plus vegetable days and this phase lasts until you are at your goal weight. Phase three is where you continue as in phase two but add in specific foods to your diet (bread, cheese, fruit)and get "celebratory meals" 2x a week. The final phase is where you eat whatever you want everyday except Thursday which is a protein only day. This is for life. Those are the basics in a nutshell - but there is a lot more to know about what is allowed or not allowed and it is well-laid out in the book. Sticking to these foods, you can eat as much as you want whenever you want - and don't worry, there are plenty.

The book took a while to get here but it was worth the wait. Despite the language differences, it is well-written and very easy to understand. The diet seems to be well structured and the reasoning and science is well-explained and easy to "get". It also addresses specific issues that women face when trying to lose weight - which has been a question mark in other diets.
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151 of 155 people found the following review helpful
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Felt the urge to write this review to share my own personal experience of this diet and this book.
I saw a colleague a while back now and thought she must be ill as she had lost such a lot of weight so quickly. It is then that I was introduced to this book.
Perhaps you have heard and read loads of negative stuff about this book. My advice is just to ignore all these scaremongering people; who are normally size 10 and quite happy to see you stay at your size 14 or more!
I am a women over forty; fast approaching fifty with two kids. Was I fat; yes; obese; no not really but those size 14 clothes were starting to feel tightish and I was not one bit happy with my chunky look, chunky arms; mumsy look; almost felt well there was nothing to do about it; with age; with the kids.
I am not an enormous eater but picking here and there had put on 10 kg, about one and a half stone in weight over eight years.
So got the book and started. The first day was quite hard as I don't eat red meat; just chicken fish and eggs and I did feel hungry
Followed the first part of the plan for five days; lost weight
Then the second part of the plan; lost more weight
Now on the third consolidation part of the plan
Still losing weight. Now lost one and a half stone reasonably simply I would say
and back to my nine and a half stone look; look skinny almost; feel light and healthy.
What I would say is buy this book if you are serious about getting back to a normal weight. If you are over forty with kids it is perfect. You can and will lose weight
and if; and this is very important; IF you are prepared to follow the plan to a tee; drink the water; eat the oat bran; I make a porridge in the morning; walk; not everyday if you dont want but a few times a week; don't cheat and just hold your head up high and get on with it you will definitely losee weight and keep it off; good luck. Fat and forty - buy this book!
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686 of 722 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to set a few things straight! 19 July 2010
By Krissii
Right oh, having read lots of the reviews for this book, some great, some scathing, I decided to write my own review which I hope will help people decide if this is the book they want to follow or not.

First off, I am (unfortunately) a yo-yo dieter. I have tried pretty much everything out there, Atkins, Slimming World, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, the GI Diet, The Holford Diet, Somersizing, you name it, I have the book. Some of these diets I had no success with, some moderate, and some great! But all the time, and all my own fault, I have put it back on :(

I have only been doing this Dukan Diet for 3 days, even though I bought the book about a month ago! I wanted to make sure I didn't just 'jump in' without really knowing what I was doing. I wanted to read this book properly and really understand it's concept.

The diet is split into 4 phases, Attack, Cruise, Stabilisation and Consolidation. Obviously only having been on it for 3 days, I can't talk about the last two parts, or their effectiveness, but the first two I can most definitely comment on!

Attack at first glance is very similar to the Atkins Diet. until you realise that Dr Dukan is only telling you to eat HEALTHY cuts of meat, unlike Dr Atkins who advocated eating all meats, cheeses, creams, anything no matter how high the fat content. Dr Dukan only wants you to eat lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish and pretty much all non or very low fat dairy products. Cheese and cream are out, as are oils of any kind. This might sound harsh, but come on, it's only for about 5 days depending on how much weight you want to lose! Is that such a price to pay to kick start your diet?

Typically you can eat non fat yoghurts (even fruit ones like Mullerlights!
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