Dukan Diet Gets Put To The Test

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s the diet of celebrities and possibly princesses, and it just hopped the pond.

The Dukan Diet was used by Princess Catherine’s mom to lose weight before the Royal Wedding. There are even suspicions that Princess Catherine used it too.

The diet book was just released a few weeks ago in the United States and KDKA-TV’s Kristine Sorensen recruited a local woman to try it out.

Kate Middleton, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Nicole Kidman have reportedly used the Dukan Diet to lose weight.

It claims there will be no hunger, no portion control and no counting calories.

“It’s basically a lower carbohydrate, high protein diet that goes in phases,” UPMC Dietician Leslie Bonci said.

Phase one is the Attack Phase.

“The purpose of the attack is it’s the attacking of the fat,” Bonci said.

You do that by eating only lean meat, fish, eggs, certain fat-free dairy products and oat bran, and drink a lot of water.

“You’re [going to] see fluid loss, lean mass loss, but also fat loss and that’s the big number,” Bonci said.

After answering some questions on the website, it diagrams how many days to stay on each phase and how much to expect to lose.

After about a week on the attack phase, you start the Cruise Phase.

Now, you can add non-starchy vegetables every other day.

Again, there is no limit on how much you eat, but the choices are still very restrictive.

The Cruise Phase could last a couple of months. The next step is the Consolidation Phase.

The Stabilization Phase is last. That’s when Dr. Pierre Dukan promises you can eat whatever you like, if you do the Attack Phase one day a week, continue eating the oat bran and exercise.

The question is, does it work and is it livable?

Ginny Corbett from Sewickley was willing to give it a try because she wants to lose 40 pounds.

Corbett lost six pounds in the first six days of the Attack Phase, just like her computer model said she would.

She’s now in the Cruise Phase and has lost two pounds a week for the first two weeks.

“I don’t feel hungry or tired. At first, it was frustrating because there aren’t a lot of choices. So, I can’t eat that and can’t eat that,” Corbett said. “But, there’s some freedom in that because you don’t have to make any choices.”

The very restrictive nature of the diet may be the best and worst parts of it.

For breakfast, Corbett eats omelets with non-fat cheese and turkey bacon.

For lunch, she eats turkey or chicken and Greek yogurt.

For dinner, she eats red meat with non-fat feta on top with lots of water. She’s now adding in some veggies.

“At the end of the day, whether you’re doing this in France or here in Pittsburgh, you’re consuming fewer calories and that is the bottom line for success with weight loss,” Bonci said.

Bonci said the oat bran is fiber, which can help with gastrointestinal issues that can be a problem on many high protein diets.

The computer program said Corbett should reach her goal at the end of August.

Sorensen plans to follow up with her to see if she can hang in there on this restrictive diet.


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  • diabetic

    This is a BAD diet for anyone. First of all, it is too much protein. You can lose a gallbladder that way, Second, even diabetics know, you need carbs in order to balance your blood sugar. Not good, not at all.

    • A Reader

      It is only for 5 days!!!!! Read the book before you say this is a bad diet…damn people just don’t read anymore..

      • A believer

        I’ve been on this for 1 1/2 months and have lost 10 pounds so far. Like the person above says…READ the book!!!

  • Nooner News

    Another worthless story from the KD does it really do that investigators

  • Mark Klingensmith

    i agree i lost 65 lbs the old fashion way changing eating habits and eating better and working out have to do something even walking thats where i started now i can jog 10 miles not saying everyone can and will do this start slow…

    • A Understanding Person

      but what if you are extremely obese and you need to lose a certain amount of weight before surgery….if not you would die….what would you do? Take it slow….please read the book before you knock it….it only for 5 days!

  • kevin

    everyones looking for the easy way out……quit eating junk food…eat healthier and just exercise tadaaa the weight will come right off…..common media tell the truth

  • http://www.thefitnessanddiet.com Ashton Wehrman

    Cardio for weightloss the idealway

  • bt68

    drink beer

  • ROB

    Just sounds like another version of the “Atikins” no carb diet. As they say when starting any diet plan or medication “Check with your doctor to see if there might be any side effects.

  • Stanley Aftanas

    Sounds good

  • Stanley Aftanas

    Need to try before

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    i like turtles

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