The Dukan Diet
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I've been shopping around for a diet. I read the book "The Dukan Diet" by Dr. Pierre Dukan. I was utterly enchanted by his writing style. His somewhat stilted Gallicisms are adorable and I love being addressed as "Dear Reader".
Some of the things I like about his plan are its specificity, the smattering of recipes included seem good, and the book is well-indexed. Dukan does not make grandiose promises and exercise is a must with his program.
But I wonder about the validity of his claims. Would one stalk of celery really interfere with and sabotage a pure protein day? His first phase, "Attack" is nothing but protein. Unlike Atkins, no cheeses or butters are permitted. Only the most dedicated vegetarian could succeed on this diet.
I decided to give it a try. Following the plan for almost the entire day, I had eaten very few calories and was feeling a bit anxious and irritable. I broke down in the evening and ate a few celery stalks and much enjoyed the sinfulness.
I am going to keep this diet in mind. The ATTACK phase typically lasts from 1-8 days and then one moves into a "Cruise" phase wherein some non-starchy vegetables are permitted every other day.
I worry that the diet is simply too low-cal for me. I worry that there is a lack of nutrients. I worry about any diet in which a radish is "verboten". Fiber is virtually non-existent. I think that if a person was younger than I am and in better fundamental health, this diet could work. Once you get to your desired weight you can move to the Consolidation Phase, which last 5 days for every pound you have lost. It includes some (finally) fruit and cheese and bread.
Once you have "consolidated" you then follow the ATTACK all-protein phase one day a week (he recommends Thursdays). You also get to have two "celebration"meals a week--but only in a "reasonable quantity".
I suspect that if you loyally follow this plan you will lose weight more quickly. You will also be terminally constipated! My one day flirtation with Dr. Dukan did not work out but it made me realize that I could greet celery sticks as manna from heaven. I had a low-cal day and I had a really low-carb day but I don't think I can follow such a strict plan. I think I must accept the fact that at my age, I will lose weight slowly and that I should have a "celebration" blog to think that I so quickly got to the point where a celery stick was my sinful treat!
Onward to more diet books. Gratuitous picture posted for my own pleasure.