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Skinny Like the French: More than Just the Dukan Diet

Unfortunately, Europeans have a lot to say when it comes to North American eating habits. When they think of us, they imagine huge porkers, spending most of our time on the couch devouring McDonald’s latest supersized meal. If it were up to them, we would probably be donning curly little pig tails and a snout. We, on the other hand, are always wondering how the French can drink copious amount of wine, white bread, and fatty meats and cheeses, yet still maintain an enviable slim figure.

The Dukan Diet Plan:

Perhaps, Americans will finally learn the French secret to staying slim with the release of the Dukan diet. These diet books, which provide recipes and promises for a smaller waistline, will be released in North America sometime next month. There’s been a lot of hype about the new French equivalent of Dr. Atkins, Dr. Dukan. A 69-year-old neurologist gone nutritionist, Mr. Dukan has become the go-to guy for quick weight-loss.  He has already sold 3.5 million books. In fact, even Prince William’s mother-in-law to be is trying this diet to shed some extra pounds before her daughter’s wedding. If it’s good enough for the royals, it has to be good enough for Americans right?

The answer is: Not necessarily. This diet is basically a polished, improved version of the Atkins diet. With an emphasis on lower carbohydrate intake, the eating plan is likely to leave you craving a piece of cake or white bread just as much as any other high-protein diet. However, if you are able to permanently relinquish bad carbohydrates from your life, this diet could work.

Are Americans looking for some kind of savior to help them change their eating habits? With all the fad diets on the market, it seems we are looking for an easy fix that may never come. These diet books do have one thing right: they usually tell readers that eating right is a LIFESTYLE change. Although we all look for quick ways to shed some extra pounds, to stay slim, you DO have to make permanent changes.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up all the foods you love. Look at the typical French lifestyle, pre-Dukan, pre Atkins, pre-South Beach. They were STILL skinnier than us. Their country is host to tons of great wine, pastries, bread, and meat. However, have you ever seen them eat a whole loaf of bread for lunch or dinner? What about a whole rump roast? Their portion sizes for one meal are probably 50% of our normal meals (if not less). Europeans have found a way to stop eating when they’re full. They don’t have to worry about eating that pound of food on their plate, because there never is a pound of food on their plates.

Does the Dukan Diet Work?

Dukan may have worked for some people, and it may work for MANY more people in the future. However, if you are looking for a way to lose weight and keep it off, you have to remember weight loss is NOT rocket science. You have to burn more calories or eat fewer calories to shed those extra, unwanted pounds. If you wait for any Dukan, Zone, or South Beach diet to change this fact of life, you may be waiting a very, very long time.


This guest contribution was submitted by Tara Miller, who regularly writes for the website, Psychology Degrees.  She especially loves hearing back from her readers. Questions or comments can be sent to: [email protected]

Tara Miller, a freelance writer, who has completed her Bachelors in Psychology. She regularly contributes to about positive thinking, health, green living, motivation, career topics.


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    November 24, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Absolutely top notch info about the dukan diet.Tara, thanks for your post about the Dukan Diet plan. I’ve been amazed at how many people have been searching Google for a “Dukan diet review.” Great stuff!

  2. astha

    August 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    well. . .i m nt exctly gtng all dz . . .i m jst 17yrs . .an average lukng . .bt stl wnt to loose sum weght . .frm belly bottom . .plz sugest sumthng . . .

  3. Doc M

    July 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve been on the Dukan Diet for two months and have lost over 30 pounds. Diet means Lifestyle change. After a diet like the Dukan Diet, you cannot go and right away eat pizza and fries. The key to making any and all diets work, is the consolidation period you follow after to prevent the weight from re-gaining. With any diet you must follow the rules and follow them exactly as they are written. This means if you are doing the Dukan Diet, you have a consolidation program to follow after you loose the desired weight. This consolidation you MUST follow exactly. It states 7 days for every pound you loose. If you cheat or don’t play by the rules then your opponent, the fat, gains and the diet does not work. Not all diets are for every one. If you are unable or unwilling to follow the rules and directions then by all means no diet will work for you. If you can and are willing to follow the rules, The Dukan Diet will be a winner. I still have not Gained the weight back. Actually I’ve lost a few more pounds.

  4. Jarret Morrow M.D.

    May 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Tara, thanks for your post about the Dukan Diet plan. I’ve been amazed at how many people have been searching Google for a “Dukan diet review.” Great stuff!

  5. gabi

    May 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    want to know if the dukan diet really works ? check out my blog, I committed myself to the diet and i will post my progress everyday and everything to help people to follow the diet.

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  7. Cori

    April 9, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I’m French and one of my friend tried the Dukan diet. She lost 20 pounds in 2 months. But when she was on this diet she was always constipated… and when she stopped with the Dukan diet she craved for French fries and all kind of cakes.. Now, she’s almost gained back all the weight she lost. So, I wouldn’t really recommend this diet… I also lived a year in the U.S. and I was always stunned by the quantity I was served at the restaurant: it was the equivalent of three meals for me… For me, the best way to stay slim permanently is to have a healthy diet (I never eat junkfoods between hours) and exercise daily.

  8. Barry Jarvis

    April 3, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Absolutely top notch info about the dukan diet.

    Thanks for a very informative website.

  9. Jake

    March 26, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Dukan Diet Plan is one of the best diet plans which are available today, I like the fact that there are different Dukan diets, they are based on the same thing, but they are still a bit different.

  10. Jasmine

    March 25, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I like your post. I agree with you about portions, that is a huge difference, even here in the states you can see a major shift in proportions recently. I have always been a big believer in indulgence with a conscious. Sure, a piece of pie is fine, if you can just enjoy one piece and do not binge on an entire pie! Self-control is the best diet I’ve found.

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