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5.0 out of 5 stars well-written and works for me! NOT unhealthy at all., 7 Aug. 2012
This review is from: The Dukan Diet (Kindle Edition)
I found this book in a library and find it very good indeed. I hadn't even heard of the Dukan diet before seeing it in the library, and initially was dubious. But having looked it up on the internet and found my'true weight' via the Dukan website, I decided to get the book on loan and try it out.

Fabulous! Not every diet suits everyone, and I have tried Atkins before - and while I lost weight on Atkins I didn't find it to be a workable long-term solution. Atkins stipulates that you must eat fat (these can be good fats, such as in olive oil and oily fish) while Dukan stipulates low fat. Both are low carb. For me, the Dukan diet works because it allows so much dairy, and also the oat bran. I make my own fat-free yoghurt in a thermos flask (tastier and milder than the shop-bought stuff) and make delicious oat bran 'scotch' pancakes every morning. The rest of the day is protein and vegetables, but I am never hungry and in fact have to keep an eye on my caloric intake just to make sure I eat enough! (If I eat too little, say less than 1000-1200 cals per day, my body is likely to try to hold on to its fat.)

I am not sure why anyone says this diet is unhealthy; the pure protein phase (during which you are still eating the oatbran) is only for a few days. Fruit is banned during the weight loss stage, but remember that this is SWEET fruit; fruits such as tomatoes, courgettes and peppers are not banned (yes, these are fruits, not vegetables!). During the weight loss phase Dr Dukan advocates alternating between pure protein days and protein-and-vegetable days, but I eat a moderate amount of vegetable every day and am losing weight incredibly fast. My caloric intake is low, but this is because I am not hungry on the diet, not because I am trying to starve myself. I have lost well over a stone in three weeks. (This rate of weight loss may even be too fast, and is something I am attempting to monitor!)

As for the book itself, I find it easy and interesting to read, I enjoy Dr Dukan's style and also like the gallic recipes included in the book. As someone who has a mild intolerance to wheat, I enjoy the emphasis on oat bran and find the recipes very useful alternatives to wheat-based foods. The stages of the diet are very well-explained, and I like the way Dr Dukan explains that there is no 'magic' behind many of his stipulations, but psychology; his rules (such as Protein Thursday) appeal to people who want a clear structure to follow.

In other words, if the psychology appeals to you, the diet will work for you. If it doesn't, it won't. It works for me, though. Brilliant.
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