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23 August 2011

The French Have Finally Given The World Something Of Value- The Dukan Diet

I am shocked and pleased to announce that the French have finally, after over a thousand years of nearly unmitigated suck, decided to give the world something useful.  That thing, as it happens, is a book about nutrition- The Dukan Diet.
I realize that the above statement makes about as much sense as an announcement to the effect that a  New Guinea tribesman has just made a breakthrough in quantum physics, but I am actually quite serious.  The French will surprise us from time to time, as they have over the course of the last 100 years produced Charles Rigolout, Rise of the Northstar's song "Protect Ya Chest", and the Dukan Diet.  In much the same way as the other two French products were excellent, the Dukan Diet is a damn fine nutrition book.



As a bit of background, the Pierre Dukan, progenitor of the Dukan Diet, is considered to be France's answer to Dr. Atkins.  Like Atkins, he's regarded as a saint by some (notable celebrities like the broad who married into British royalty, the ridiculously nicknamed J-Lo, and Gisele swear by the diet) and a devil by others (including another popular dieting author who essentially said that Dukan's poisoning the minds and bodies of the French).(Nazar, Pichi)  Additionally, Dukan is a legitimate doctor, and he seems to have developed his diet after years of receiving diet questions from his patients and combining what he found through research with what he saw working in real life.
Body by Dukan.

Though someone to whom I recently described the diet responded with something akin to horror at the perceived complexity of the diet, I think it's unbelievably simple.  The diet is broken down into four separate parts, all with very simple-to-follow rules:
  • Attack Phase- this is a pure protein diet utilized to kickstart fat loss
  • Cruise Phase- pure protein days alternated with quasi-paleo days on which you can add select vegetables
  • Consolidation Phase- intended to prevent rebound, this phase is a bit looser than the cruise phase
  • Permanent Stabilization Phase- basically, eat whatever the fuck you want, with one protein day
In my opinion, it hardly gets simpler than this.  Additionally, this appears to be the ultimate [effective] female diet (the ultimate female diets will be outlined in a soon-to-be-released "Dumbest Fucking Diets of All Time" blog series), as it eventually allows the women to eat their much sought-after carbs after training them and their brains how they should focus their dieting efforts.  
That's one of the most genius parts of the Dukan Diet, as it has built in game mechanics that essentially allow users to "level-up" and get access to tastier foods.  Additionally, this diet is far less draconian than anything I follow on a regular basis, requires little to no calculations, and keeps its food rules fairly simple.

Before I dive into the phases, I figure I'll give those of you who could give a fuck about this diet some interesting highlights:
  • On determining one's ideal weight:  it's better to ask yourself what weight is realistic and at which you'd feel good than to fantasize about looking like a celebrity.  Abstractions in shit like this generally lead to failure.  
  • Your body's biological memory of your most common bodyweight can never be erased.  As such, you should focus on losing weight gradually, rather than in big jumps- big jumps will waste the willpower you'll need to stabilize your weight at a reasonable level, rather than momentarily hitting a new high or low.
  • The DD includes a true weight calculator, which is pretty interesting, and Dukan notes that a man's stable bodyweight increases 2.6 lbs per decade, and a woman's increases 1.8 lbs.
  • On a diet, you should refrain from using too much salt- this will reduce water retention and help keep your appetite at bay.  Salt intake increases salivation and gastric acidity, which trigger feelings of hunger.  Also, Dukan mentions that an increase in water with a concomitant decrease in salt will reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Fats are public enemy #1, and simple carbohydrates are #2.  I, of course, disagree with this sentiment for strength athletes (see last blog for more info).

Attack!!!

The attack phase of the Dukan Diet (heretofore D.D.) lasts 2-7 days, based on personal fatness, the average of which is 5 days.  During this phase, you limit yourself to foods that are as close to pure protein as possible- lean meats, skinless poultry, 90% lean ground beef or better, veal, pork, game meats, seafood, eggs, nonfat dairy... essentially, anything but duck, goose, and ribs.  This can be prepared any way you like, but without butter, oil, or cream.  As I mentioned, poultry has to be skinless, though it can be cooked with the skin on to preserve the meat's moisture as much as possible.  If you're eating eggs, you should limit yourself to two yolks during this phase, but you can eat unlimited portions of the rest.
Did I mention the dairy?  I found that to be the most interesting part of this diet, and especially to the fairer sex, who is forever fucking whining about the lack of cheese, milk, ice cream, cheese, and ice cream in their diets.  Also, ice cream.  Anyone who's ever tried to help chicks with a diet has suffered through this, as chicks tend to whine about ice cream a fucking lot.  In any event, no sugar added dairy is right at the top of the fucking list for Dukan, who somehow believes lactose to be more or less harmless.  As such, fat free cheese can be eaten in unlimited amounts, skim milk can be drunk, and sugar-free yogurt can be eaten.  This makes life fairly easy for most chicks, as they all seem to love cottage cheese, and you can pretty much make this phase the cottage cheese phase if you so choose.  In retrospect, I suppose it doesn't necessarily allow ice cream, but dairy is dairy in my mind, so all of you dairy aficionados can suck it the fuck up.  Also, there's an end around on the ice cream thing, as provided by the good people over at My Dukan Diet.
The only hard and fast rules on this bitch is that you must consume 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran every day (he recommends making it into a galette), drink 1.5Q of water per day, and eat as much of the allowed foods as you want.  Insofar as duration is concerned, he recommends a 3 day attack for people looking to lose less than 20 pounds (total), a 1 day attack for people looking to lose less than 10 lbs, and 7-10 days for Walmart fatties. Finally, he recommends 20 minutes of walking a day, but quite frankly if you think 20 minutes of walking constitutes exercise, then the series of odd decisions you've made in finding this site leads me to believe that you're probably here for the porn.  

Cruisin'

The cruise phase essentially takes the attack phase and adds veggies.  Like I stated earlier, this diet is so simple, the fucking book could have been written in crayon and Simple Jack could have understood it without  a problem.  This phase is continued without a break until the dieter hits their target weight, and just alternates pure protein days with protein and vegetable days, all in unlimited amounts.  The average length of the phase is three days per pound of bodyweight lost, which is actually pretty reasonable, and retains the same oat bran and water prescription from the previous phase.


Vegetables that are ok'd by Dukan for this phase: tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, spinach, lettuce, asparagus, leeks, green beans, cabbage, mushrooms, celery, fennel, eggplant, zuccchini, summer squash, peppers, and provided they're not at every meal, carrots and beets.  No amount of whining, pleading, cajoling, or other tomfoolery will make potatoes or corn vegetables.  They're not.  It's science.  Accept it and move on with your lives.


Consolidate Your Position

At this point, you've conquered your body like Hitler raped France, and you've got to install your own puppet regime.  Instead of enlisting the help of the Vichy, you've got to continue the Cruisin' diet with minor modifications, and add in some "celebration" meals.  This is where the diet gets "fun" in female parlance.  At this point, you get to add two slices of bread and a portion of fruit every day.  Additionally, you can have two portions of starchy carbohydrates a week, and two planned cheat meals.

At this point in the diet, you should have a pretty fucking good idea of what got you to where you are, a healthy respect for that knowledge, and a desire not to blow the whole goddamned thing because you've already broken your ass dieting for a month.  This phase takes that and rolls it into a ball with what regular (FAT *cough* FAT) people consider a "normal"/"balanced" diet.  The idea here is to train yourself to have portion control so you maintain your weight.  Your body's not taking that shit laying down, however, and will fight tooth and nail to regain its lost fat.  At this point, people find they're cold, tired, constantly hungry, and have increased caloric absorption... essentially, it's a big bag of bullshit.
Beat your body like this guy.

To get your body to fuck right off with that nonsense, Dukan reintroduces whole grain bread, certain fruits, and the wondrous cheat meal.  I've already outlined the myriad reasons why cheat meals are awesome (here and here), and Dukan agrees with my sentiments.  He does, however, add limitations I do not, and which might well prove useful to a lot of you who are struggling with fat loss:
  • eat anything you want, but you only get a single portion, and your portion size should be moderated by reason
  • eat one of every one of the haute-cuisine courses to provide yourself with a full  meal experience- 1 appetizer, 1 entree, 1 dessert, and 1 glass of wine.
  • cannot have two celebration meals in a row
As I stated, this is in many ways similar to my suggestions about cheat meals, though my suggestions lack the effete trappings of that esteemed French gentleman's.  In any event, they're reasonable.  In addition to the above, he suggests that you have a single day of pure proteins per week, and recommends that the following fruit hierarchy to guide your decision making there:
Apples> Strawberries and Raspberries> Melon> Grapefruit> Kiwis, peaches, nectarines, mangoes.

You cannot have bananas, grapes, cherries, dried fruit, or nuts.  Additionally, you still cannot have starchy "vegetables" like corn, potatoes, or yams, unless it's one of your starch meals.
Speaking of which, the plan for the starchy meals is not too dissimilar from the cheat meal plan- it's governed by reason and common sense.  During the first half of the consolidation phase, you can only have one serving a week, and then you bump it up to two servings once you hit the halfway point.  As for what you can stuff down your gullet at these meals, you can have an 8 oz (cooked) serving of pasta, corn, breads, coucous, polenta, or lentils, 6 oz of white or 8oz of brown rice, or a baked potato without butter.  While it's not quite an evening at the Olive Garden, it's something for those of you who love their carbs.

At Least Your Weight Will Be Stable

The DD is structured so that you never have to return to a life of bulimia to manage your weight, and the Permanent Stabilization routine is the key to the whole shitteree, according to MM. Dukan.  This phase is actually simpler than the rest, as it involves eating whatever the fuck you want 6 days a week (provided you're still getting your 2TBSP of oat bran a day, eating the pure protein diet one day a week, and never using an escalator or elevator again in your life.  The latter recommendation only really works in sub-saharan Africa or a country that is bombed flat by its neighbor twice a century, but would likely be suicidal if you lived in the Burj Khalifa or wanted to stand at the top of the Empire State Building.  
Even Lance Armstrong would call bullshit on climbing the stairs in this motherfucker.


According to Dukan, however, this thing will keep you slender as a baguette-eater for the remainder of your days, and apparently does not require that you own a beret to do so.

Questions I Have Been Asked About This Diet Already
Q:  Is oat flour the same as oat bran?
A:  Nope.  Oat flour is entirely different from oat bran, and could be considered the yin to oat bran's yang, or the Skeletor to bran's He-Man.  On this diet you will have to eat oat bran, which is apparently hard as all fucking hell to find in some stores.  It should be located, however, in the cereal isle.  You can also get it cheap on amazon if you so choose.


Q:  I can't find sugar-free yogurt!!!  HELP!
A:  Yogurt, like all dairy foods, contains sugar.  This sugar is called lactose, and is the alleged culprit when any person shits their pants after drinking a glass of milk.  According to one study, "Approximately 70% of the world’s population has primary lactase deficiency", which means they are at least moderately lactose intolerant.  That fascinating sidebar aside, there's no way to get sugar-free yogurt.  What you want is "No sugar added" yogurt, which is sweetened with artificial sweeteners.  No honey, no agave, and no other hippie faux sugars are allowed either- you want good, old-fashioned chemical sweeteners if you're going to have yogurt, or just eat it unflavored.


Q: Where should I go to get recipes/more information/anything else because I'm too fucking lazy to read the book?
A:  My Dukan Diet seems to have some good recipes and breaks shit down a bit.  Thus, if you've got a member of the family with Down's syndrome but who wants to lose some weight (and when was the last time you saw someone with Down's who couldn't stand to get their ass around the block a couple of times?), or you want recipes, go here.


Q:  Is cum allowed on this diet? [Editor's note:  I very literally was asked this question.  Twice.]
A:  Yes, cum can be a very important part of any diet for anyone who wishes to partake (edited for the hyper literal readers out there).  This means that gays, bisexual guys, guys who like to eat their own cum, and straight or bisexual chicks can benefit greatly from the addition of cum to their diet.
"Although cum may look creamy and opaque, it contains very little fat, and few calories. One teaspoon of cum contains about 5 calories, and the average ejaculation produces about a tablespoon of semen, for a total of 15 calories. Because of the sugars in seminal fluid, we'd guess that it has a few carbohydrates, but considering the relatively small volume of semen per "serving" we'd guess the total amount to be negligible.Given that cum is a high-protein, low-carb snack, you'd think the Atkins Diet people would be all over it by now. Plus, when you factor in the calories expended in performing oral sex, chances are you're burning off much more than you're consuming. The only way that swallowing during a blow job will make you fat is if you cover your lover's dick with whipped cream and chocolate syrup." (Don't Spit)
Per Wikipedia: "Semen is primarily water, but contains trace amounts of almost every nutrient the human body uses.[citation needed] It has somewhat higher amounts of commonly deficient minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and selenium. One typical ejaculation contains 150 mg of protein, 11 mg of carbohydrates, 6 mg fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 7% US RDA potassium and 3% US RDA copper and zinc." 

Dieting FTW.

Sources:
Don't Spit, Swallow.  Cum Nutrition Facts.  http://www.dontspitswallow.com/cum_nutrition.shtml
Dukan, Pierre.  The Dukan Diet.  New York:  Crown Archetype, 2010.
Nazar, Robyn.  Dukan Diet: New Weight Loss Fad for Celebs.  http://www.emaxhealth.com/4214/dukan-diet-new-weight-loss-fad-celebs 
Pichi, Chuan.  War Plans: Dukan Lost to Cohen.  http://ya20.com/2011/07/05/war-plans-dukan-lost-to-cohen-2/

16 comments :

  1. Followed this diet in 2005, and lost 15kg in 3 months (92k -> 77k).
    Unfortunately, I've since got back everything (and more).

    I recently read about keto diets and how you're not supposed to remove all fats from your food like Dukan does for no good reason (except that fat = calories, but then again, we still need to eat, don't we ? ), and I tend to think now that his diet forbids too many things.

    Make yourself a favor and read into keto diets, you'll lose as fast as with Dukan, but at least, you'll be able to eat tasty food and not hate you for eating insipid stuff.

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  2. I'm a big fan of keto diets and have blogged about them like crazy, actually.

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  3. Reminds me of the ABCDE diet you blogged about previously, only with some interesting caveats.

    "Yes, cum is a very important part of any diet."

    Really? REALLY? I should hope you're not suggesting I down a quart of jism over the week.

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  4. I'm sure you could down that much in a day Dray.

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  5. too complicated i couldnt be fucked reading most of that, let alone doing it

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  6. Excellent! I have this book. Very similar to Atkins, with more protein less fat.

    Going to give it s go. Can't squat for 6 weeks(fractured foot) don't need to eat much to bench.

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  7. I'd call this the common sense diet - centered around the most important macronutrient while making calorie reduction possible without killing yourself.

    Then again, where's the sense in the age of the twinkie diet haha

    But a nice post Jamie and it's really amusing that you had to go all the way back to Rigoulot to find a badass french guy as a header haha

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  8. As much as support Alexis Texas, this blog is in dire need of Kelly Divine and Monica Santhiago.

    Thanks for the summary on the diet.

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  9. I've just realised that my full body workouts last for approximately 2 hours. it's that supposed to be that way? I take no more than 40 seconds of rest between sets. I'm seriously thinking on switching to a legs/push pull split.

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  10. Hey Jamie. What kind of diet would you recommend to someone who tries to get leaner and stronger and who squats heavy everyday (John Broz style)? I thought about the keto diet but it seems alot of people complain about losing strength on it and I'm wondering if it's overkill if you squat for 2 hours everyday and cut out carbs. Thanks for your answer.

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  11. grabs0n--

    From my experience, I'd say not to worry too much about doing strict keto.
    When I started daily lifting to max, I ate 3 times a day and kept all the meals protein-centric.
    So... basically Leangains+paleo+occasional junk food gorge.
    Kept my weight steady without any effort on my part.
    Pendlay wrote an article on diet:

    http://glennpendlay.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/food/

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  12. http://www.cookingwithcum.com/ <---FUCKING HILARIOUS

    Jamie, don't you think you're being harsh on the French? They did keep the world supplied with a good, steady supply of lesbian porn back in the 1920's.

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  13. Who among us was alive to be able to benefit from that smut in the fucking 1920's?

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  14. How did i miss this gem. Fucking informative and hilarious. A lad in my class is doing the ducan thing and getting sponsored to do it! He has lost 30 lbs already and hasnt cheated. Proud of him so i thought id diet harder too! Yeah that stabilization thing is something alot of fat offseason bodybuilders battle with...but its a great discipline to learn!

    A lad in the gym today flat out said "paleo is the only way to do things". Nonsense. I wish he'd try and break that statement down logically! HE threw my packet of runner beans on the floor when i gave him a look (joking of course). My packet of runner beans in my hand was a big step up from the monster ripper the week before!

    My diet for the past while has been as follows:

    Protein + peanut butter for 3 meals.
    3 cups of coffee
    Steak/Steak burgers+ low carb salad sauce and spinach leaves+ herbal teas.
    Tuna can
    Bit of chicken.
    Vitamin.
    Melatonin.
    Bed.

    Although today i thought id buy dark chocolate rice cakes and throw them in post workout.

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