By using thekatrinaruthshow.com, you consent to our use of cookies.

News

The Dukan Diet: Is It As Good As They Say?

You may not be clued in yet, but the latest diet craze to hit the world of wanna-lose-fat-wanna-lose-it-fast is the Dukan diet. Celebrities like J-lo swear by it, French women have apparently been doing it for years, Doctors are endorsing it, and the Herald Sun Body and Soul just gave it a 2 x double-page spread. But this is no flash in the pan. The Dukan diet (designed by medical doctor Pierre Dukan) has slowly but steadily risen to fame over a couple of decades, and is most well-known in France. And it promises up to 20kg of rapid and lasting weight loss.

The Dukan diet is basically a(nother) high-protein, low-carb diet, but with some pretty specific rules. Now as you know, I’m a follower of mostly Paleo eating, so on first glance Dukan’s wonder-diet seems like it would fare well on my check-list.

Hold that thought for just a moment while I quickly outline the diet for you.

Phase One: Attack

For 1-10 days (the choice is yours, but aim for longer is suggested if you have more weight to lose) you eat nothing but lean animal protein. Fatty and farmed meats are off the menu. You may eat no other food, and absolutely minimal oil – even for cooking. Herbs, spices, seasonings are okay.

Phase Two: Cruise

In the Cruise phase you get to introduce vegetables. That’s nearly all veg except potato, but starches in general are to be minimised. In this phase you alternate a protein-only day with a protein and veg day.

Phase Three: Consolidation

The goal here is to teach your body to adapt to a new set point. You get to add some fruit, dairy, and even starch. You also get two celebration meals (cheat meals, definitely an important part of any structured fat loss regime) each week.

Phase Four: Stabilisation

In this phase it is assumed that your body now knows how to stay lean; that you’ve changed your set point. You get to eat whatever you want (the assumption being you’ll stick, for the most part, with your new and healthier habits), the only rule being that on Thursdays you must have a protein only day – for the rest of your life.

Whilst following this diet you are also encouraged to perform at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise (like walking) each day, and are allowed a tablespoon or more of oat bran fiber each day.

Kat’s Review

Truth be told, this is one of the better diets I’ve seen reviewed in a mainstream publication, or touted as the ‘next big thing’. But there are a few fairly glaring holes that I’d like to address.

Firstly, I believe that where there is protein there must be fat. Jonny Bowden talks about this in his book Living the Low-Carb Life. He cites a year-long study in which a protein-only diet was compared with a protein and fat diet. The diet high only in protein led to constant illness, fatigue, lethargy, gout, and even mental upset. Weight loss occurred, but at an extreme cost. The diet high in both protein and fat resulted in an ideal outcome – both weight loss and excellent health and vigour. In nature, fat always occurs with protein and I fully believe our bodies need fat in order to lose fat and be healthy. In fact, fat deficiency has been said to kill more people than breast cancer each year!

My second issue with this diet is that whilst vegetables are introduced after the initial phase, they are not given much importance. Any basic reading in the field of paleo nutrition will teach you that a vegetable (fiber) free diet is a sure recipe for disaster. Fiber binds to toxins (fats) as they leave your fat cells, and drags them out of your body, and it’s also necessary to a healthy intestinal system among other things. One tablespoon of fiber is not enough to deal with all that meat, regardless how good and grass-fed it is!

Thirdly, the idea of reaching a new set point in such a short-time is not realistic. Charles Poliquin teaches that with a good BioSignature protocol, you can in fact switch your metabolism over to being lean for life no matter what you eat, but it takes at least 18 months of eating clean and being lean for that to happen. Definitely worth the wait I’d say!

Aside from that, I actually do agree with much of Dr Dukan’s advice. Unlimited protein is fine for anyone who is eating a diet low in sugar and carbohydrate, and (in that case) will not lead to weight gain. And limiting carbohydrate 100% for just a few days is not going to have much of an adverse effect (truth is your need for carbohydrate for survival and health is actually zero), so in terms of forcing you to emphasise protein it’s not a bad idea. But 10 days would be pushing it in my opinion. I’d suggest no more than 2 protein-only days – definitely with fiber added – and then alternating green-veg-only days with days where you can have a few other coloured veg, rather than alternating all veg with no veg. I can’t over-emphasise how important it is to eat fat if weight loss and true health is your goal. One thing which I really didn’t like was that the diet outed avocados (yet included starchy pumpkin!) I’d suggest fat from nuts and seeds (in small amounts), coconut oil, organic meat fat, olive oil, and definitely avocado as absolutely essential to good health, along with a good omega-3 supplement of course!

The long and short of it

All in all, you could definitely add just a few tweaks to the Dukan Diet and use it as a foundation for kick-starting correct eating habits and breaking the carb cycle.

Have you or anyone you know actually tried it? I’d love to hear from someone who has!

Don’t forget –

Life is Now. Press Play.

Kat x

P.S.

🔥🔥 FIRED UP & FINANCIALLY READY TO EXPLODE is here! Eeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkk and a HALF! I have not been this, well, FIRED UP & READY TO EXPLODE in a LONG while.

https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/firedup

You know when something just comes through you?

And it’s HOLY FREAKING FLOW YES and all the things?

And you FEEL the fire and the gold and the energy and the NOW?

Well,

this is that.

AND THEN SOME.

I’m so proud to invite you in to this brand new course with me! I will be teaching this in a LIVE Facebook group with twice weekly livestream trainings (+ more!) – something I have not done in a very long while.

When you say yes to soul-

life says yes to you.

Fired up and Financially Ready to Explode is the NEXT level wealth and mindset strategy for the already successful woman who is done playing small!

Here’s the thing –

There are very clear reasons why you never quite get to that FULL inhale-exhale state of money freedom, even as your income and lifestyle goes up.

You can bet your sweet ass we gonna talk about those reasons. Understand them. And learn how to roll with them. BECAUSE YOU GET TO BE ABLE TO BREATHE FULLY BEING YOU.

And OMG. So much more. And a LOT of it comes down to understanding that the MONEY WORKS FOR YOU WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO ROLL WITH YOUR OWN CHANGING NEEDS.

And? That there are a million freakin’ ways to make money and there is ALWAYS money there that gets to come from flow. So for women like us … one of the biggest FOOLHARDY AF things we can do .. is try to make our business flow respond to things we think should work, things that did work, things that are working for others, etc!

What we need instead is simple:

A clear freaking understanding of where today’s money is at. This week’s. This months. The long-terms. And how to do it all in a way where true wealth growth becomes automated and inherent to who you are. Where you can breathe fully in your creative needs each day. AND, where it’s ALL fun and yes whilst making a crazy impact on those you want to help!

In short?

You need to get FIRED UP AND FINANCIALLY READY TO EXPLODE with me.

And that’s what we’re gonna do here:

FIRED UP & FINANCIALLY READY TO EXPLODE

– Next Level Wealth Mindset & Strategy for the Already Successful Woman Who is Done Playing Small –

We begin Thursday Feb 18th, US time.

https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/firedup

30 days together.

Bi-weekly livestream trainings in our closed Facebook group. (Yes! I have not done this in absolutely AGES!)

Q&A sessions after each live training (times will vary to account for the multitude of timezones, all sessions recorded)

Daily conversation and asskickery and added learning in the Facebook group (I can’t wait!)

Journal prompts + homework to follow each training

Complete understanding of the different ways money should be coming in, covering over 30 different considerations for where money comes from and why it’s NOT coming in when it’s not!

Tailored to you pathway for understanding your blocks, setbacks, why you would NOT want what you say you want, and exactly where the biggest ‘bang for your buck’ moves are to be made in order to open up receiving.

Tailored to you pathway for understanding how to flow with the above based on your changing needs, energies, goals, and desires!

I’m teaching you exactly how I always know how to roll with my OWN ebbs and flows, and the exact way that I do that. This is why it’s tailored! I teach you how to design the process for YOU, and how to always know when things need adjusting or fine-tuning

Here is my all in all purpose and intent for you with this brand new course:

1) You understand how to get money to show up from you via automated and systematic ‘cash machine’ sources, in a way that is fully aligned and flow yes for you and your brand AND your peeps

2) You understand how to roll with the day to day living breathing moving changing multi-passionate VIBE of the thing, namely how to pluck down money from the great beyond like the supernatural badass you are DEPENDING ON WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE AND WHAT IT IS YOU NEED TO BE DIALED IN AND SWITCHED ON THAT DAY. Etc.

I can’t wait to spend these 30 days with you! We begin We begin Thursday Feb 18th, US time.

This? Is the fire and gold and holy freakin’ rainfall you’ve been waiting for. LET’S GO.

https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/firedup

PPS.

The pre-work is hands on and practical AF! 🔥 Join today and receive immediate access to a 1 hour+ previously private client only audio I recorded on the 11 Ways We Make More Money Consistently in my company. You can implement all of this now, it’s one of the most powerful trainings I ever recorded.

And!

I’ve included a Join Today Bonus!

Every day up til our start date I will be emailing out a photo of my journaling from that day, and an insight into why / what I journaled, plus a prompt or three for you. This is a join today bonus on TOP of the pre-work! Fun!

Psssst there are other badass bonuses as well. But you’ll have to read the page to see 😉

https://thekatrinaruthshow.com/firedup