“The Dukan Diet has taken France by storm, selling 3.5 million copies in 14 different languages and being hailed as a life-long weight loss answer.” - Huffington Press
The Dukan Diet is an effective diet at achieving significant weight loss and is great for people who crave sugar and starches. Dr. Dukan has created a system that he has been using with people for the last 25 years in France. His book was released in the United Kingdom last year, and in the United States in early 2011. We have seen, the diet work well for our patients. It appears that Dr. Dukan has taken the painstaking time to develop a diet with phases, to accelerate weight loss and then stabilize your weight loss. A great bonus is he is not counting calories, or counting carbohydrates! I also like that he is not recommending premade foods. He is recommending that you get back to the basics. The main reason for the effectiveness of the diet has to do with removing the starches and sugars from the diet, and focusing on protein and vegetables, which significantly lowers the insulin response.
This concept was introduced by Dr. Melvin Page in the 1940’s. Dr. Page is most well known for the amazing results he had with cancer. He would remove grains, and have his patients eats animal products, vegetables and fruits. (See the link on my website under Nutrition for more info).
Dr. Atkins was a cardiologist who took Dr. Page’s work and made some changes and showed very good results in combating obesity and reversing heart disease. Dr. Atkins emphasized how a high protein, high fat diets, low carbohydrate diet would stop the sugar and starch cravings, and cause significant weight loss. He is famous for calling insulin “the fat hormone” and by following his diet you will minimize the insulin response. He further debunked the idea that saturated fat caused heart disease, as he used the diet to reverse heart disease, in thousands of people. He however, would recommend some unhealthy things along with his diet such as artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) & saccharine (Sweet n Low).
Although, we do recommend using Dr. Dukan’s Diet system when you need to lose more than 20 pounds of weight, it is important to distinguish the information in his book that may not be true health advice.
For Example, Dr. Dukan makes the following statements:
“In the case of diet soda, I consider them to be great allies in the fight against weight problems.” Pg 34
“Fats are the number one enemy… Animal fats pose a risk for the cardiovascular system.” Pg 22
I don’t recommend artificial sugars at all. Over time they all get shown to have some substantial side effects. If you want to learn about the neurological problems aspartame (aka NutraSweet) causes, there are a host of books available including a movie called Sweet Misery. Sucralose (aka Splenda) is sugar that is run through chlorine, and then they “remove the chlorine.” A Duke University study has shown that Splenda actually to contributes to obesity. And the Journal of Head and Face Pain has linked Splenda with migraine headaches.
Dr. Dukan also seems to have a fear of saturated fat. Its understandable, as this is the position of many medical doctors. However, if you take the time to uncover the data, read the books, check into healthy traditional societies as Dr. Weston Price did, review Dr. Atkins work, you will see that saturated fat is not the evil that it is made out to be. The longest running health study looking at the relationship of diet to health is called the Framingham study. It showed that for every 1 mg/dl per year DROP in cholesterol levels during the first fourteen years of the study, there was a 14% increase in cardiovascular death and 11% increase in overall mortality during the subsequent 18 years. Yes, this is not a typo, read it again…this of course is exactly opposite of what you have been told.
As a matter of fact, to be healthy we need to get healthy fats in our diet, and this includes saturated fat. To learn more about the truth about saturated fats, you can read books like G Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes as well as Eat Fat Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, as well as The Cholesterol Myth by Uffe Ravnskov and The Cholesterol Con by Anthony Colpo. Also another great book to understand the difference between fats is called Know Your Fats by Mary Enig.
With this said, if you need to lose more than 20lbs, Dr. Dukan has put together a great plan of action to help you lose that weight
. We have seen it help many people who are addicted to sugar. He brings you thru 4 different phases to achieve your results. Phase1 called the attack is an all protein portion for 3-10 days to jump-start or accelerate your metabolism and your weight loss. Phase 2 is called Cruise, which alternates between all protein and protein and vegetable days. Phase 3 is called the Consolidation, which slowly introduces previously “forbidden foods”. Phase 4 is called Permanent Stabilization, which you commit to having a pure protein day once a week for the rest of your life, as well as continue on daily oat bran. You can learn more about the Dukan diet at www.Dukandiet.com
I do recommend purchasing the book, just filter out the above mentioned information.
Remember, to have Dr. Dan Kuehne coach you through any diet choices, as well as proper supplementation to help you get the best long term results.
About Our Show Advisor: Dr. Dan Kuehne has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rutgers Business School and a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University. He also has earned the distinction of Applied Clinical Nutritionist, after hundreds of hours of postgraduate education. Dr. Dan achieves remarkable results with his patients because of his dedication to serve his patients. Dr. Dan learned early on the importance of customizing the care for each patient. Dr. Dan uses the 7 Pillars of Health and the biofeedback system called, System Strength Analysis to achieve results with his Customized Clinical Nutrition program. Using whole food supplements, herbs and empowerment education, Dr. Dan facilitates you reaching your health goals, naturally. Dr. Dan Kuehne also is a gentle and specific chiropractor. He uses instrument adjusting, and light force chiropractic techniques to restore the body’s vital life force from your brain to your body (every cell, tissue, muscle and organ) without any cracks, twists, or pops. Dr. Dan motto is “Empowering People to Reach their God Given Potential.” To learn more about Dr. Dan Kuehne and the techniques he uses visit his website at www.DrDanWellness.com.