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Can the Dukan Diet Do It?
Date:4/5/2011

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 5 (HealthDay News) -- No doubt timed to coincide with the collective angst about the upcoming swimsuit season, a best-selling book detailing a trendy new diet made famous by the French is due out in the United States later this month.

Already, The Dukan Diet has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide, according to the Web site of Random House, which is publishing the book here.

Created by French physician Dr. Pierre Dukan, the diet is reportedly popular with high-profile French citizens. And word has it that Carole Middleton, the mother of soon-to-be British royal bride Kate Middleton, has adopted the diet in preparation for her daughter's April 29 wedding.

The promise on the book's jacket cover sounds simple: "2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever."

But some nutritionists in the United States have some concerns about the eating plan.

In a nutshell, the diet's four steps include the "attack phase," the "cruise phase," the "consolidation phase" and the "stabilization phase."

During the attack phase, you determine how much you want to lose. Then, for two to seven days (depending on how much weight you want to lose), you eat only lean, unlimited protein (reminiscent of the Atkins diet) and daily oat bran.

Then it's on to the cruise phase, where you alternate days of pure protein foods with days of protein fare and healthy vegetables. This continues until you reach your target weight.

The consolidation phase allows unlimited protein and vegetables, with bread and other carbohydrates re-introduced.

The final phase -- the stabilization phase, which lasts as long as you do -- is the maintenance part of the plan: You're allowed to eat whatever you like on all days of the week but one. Once a week, you revert back to the protein-only menu.

Exercise is also encouraged. At the least, Dr. Dukan advi
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