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Unlimited Meat and Bad Breath: Another Day on the Dukan Diet?

Ava Lawson | November 14th, 2012

In our never-ending quest for diets that work, Americans will try just about any weight loss plan that promises quick results. Created by French physician, Dr. Pierre Dukan, the Dukan diet is getting its day in the spotlight, with A-listers like Jennifer Lopez and Giselle Bundchen raving about their slim post-pregnancy figures, thanks to its low-calorie plan.

The diet’s basic elements may sound familiar – especially to those in the Atkins camp. At its core is protein, and plenty of it, along with an extremely restricted food list. Among its side effects are constipation, bad breath, dry mouth and fatigue; and if that weren’t enticing enough, 35% of Dukan diet followers can expect to regain those lost pounds within a year, according to a recent French study.

As with many fad diets, the weight loss is often short-lived, since healthy lifestyle changes have yet to be addressed. The most effective plan for weight loss success is one that is specialized under the guidance of a trained weight loss physician, like those at The Center for Medical Weight Loss. By integrating nutritionally-sound dietary plans with physical activity, doctors can customize programs that are simple to follow and encourage long-term sustainability.

Four phases of the Dukan diet

  • Attack phase: A lean protein free-for-all, plus 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 liters of water.
  • Cruise phase: Unlimited amounts of non-starchy vegetables every other day in addition to as much low-fat protein as you want, and 2 tablespoons of oat bran.
  • Consolidation phase: Unrestricted protein and vegetables every day, plus 2 slices of whole-grain bread, 1 serving of cheese and 1 piece of fruit
  • Stabilization phases: In this maintenance phase, you’re allowed to splurge on anything you want, as long as you follow the Attack phase at least one day per week, and take 3 tablespoons of oat bran daily. The plan also includes 20 minutes of walking every day.

While some Dukan devotees have experienced notable weight loss in the initial phases of the diet, many question the plan’s long-term effectiveness and nutritional deficiencies. With any highly restrictive protein diet that affects the metabolism, dieters may fall victim to the yo-yo effect, continuously losing and regaining the shed pounds. The real secret for people who lose weight successfully never really changes – it’s just obscured by popular diets with celeb status and overrated claims.

Physician-directed diets that work

Medical experts agree the best approach to losing weight safely is to make positive changes in eating habits and lifestyle that are easy to maintain. With the guidance of trained doctors at The Center for Medical Weight Loss, patients can shed pounds and keep them off for good. Personalized programs are tailored for each patient’s nutritional needs and weight loss goals, promoting lasting results.

According to a study in the American Journal for Medicine, physicians at the Center helped patients lose  an average of 11.1 percent of their total body weight in the first 12 weeks, and over 95% kept the weight off after one year.

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