Dukan Diet

Updated on October 19, 2013
D.K. asks from New York, NY
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Has anyone tried Dukan diet? Have you lost weight? Would you recommend it?
As far as I know I am healthy, the last analysis confirmed it. I only have low blood pressure (100/60).and get dizzy if not eat enough.
I am thinking about trying this diet....anyone out there who tried it???

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answers from Portland on

The long-term, maintenance stage is remarkably close to the way I've learned to eat now that I'm officially a "senior" and diabetic. I gained almost 50 lbs. over several years following menopause, which can do terrible things to women's metabolisms. I lost close to 30 lbs 4 years ago using the Atkins approach (but using everyday grocery purchases instead of expensive "plan" foods).

The Dukan diet does appear to be very similar. And I've had success keeping the weight off; in fact (and this could be related to my age), it's actually become easy to maintain, and in the past 2 months, I've lost an additional 6 lbs almost without trying.

But Wickerparkgirl doesn't express the whole Atkins diet correctly; it's not "eating just protein," but it does encourage increasing protein foods AND fiber AND healthy fats AND complex carbohydrates to significantly slow the absorption of meals in the digestive tract. Many people I know use "atkins" as an excuse to eat all the steak and bacon they want, and skip the vegetables. This is a gross misinterpretation of what the diet is trying to accomplish.

I suspect that if you really pay attention to the diet's intention, which is to cut back on low-quality carbs while balancing the rest of your foods carefully, you'll have success in the short run. And the long-term IS DOABLE – I seldom feel deprived on the 5-6 small, balanced meals a day that I enjoy now. And it hasn't been extra work or expense – I usually cook enough for a meal that I can have small servings of leftovers for a couple of days afterward.

Whatever approach you try, I wish you dazzing success.

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answers from Washington DC on


Personally - I've never heard of the diet. What you need to do is go to your doctor and have a full physical done....with a fasting blood work (Potassium, iron, cholesterol, AST (liver enzymes), blood sugar, A1C and kidney function. Ask your doctor if you need to lose weight and if so - how much - and what does he/she recommend?

If you have low blood pressure - you need to have a full physical done to figure out what is causing it...liver or kidney issues....and if you get dizzy regularly? Heart problems.

One thing about dieting? You MUST make lifestyle changes...this isn't about losing weight...this is about making HEALTHY CHOICES. LIFESTYLE choices...not just some diet to see if you can lose weight.

Good luck!

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answers from Chicago on

I hadn't heard of it, so I googled. It's basically the Atkins Diet, which is incredibly successful initially, but generally can't be sustained by most people as a lifestyle change.

Once you stop eating just protein you'll gain the weight back you lost.... Unless you go on a maintenance version.... Which, again, is incredibly difficult for most people to maintain.

How much weight are you wanting to lose? Why are you overweight to begin with? What is your support system? How active are you? Those are the beginning questions that would need to be answered before you can determine what type of weight loss will be successful long-term.

Anything else is really unhealthy and likely to fail.

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