The Dukan Diet has helped millions get in shape – or, after gastric sleeve surgery, stay in shape.
The Dukan Diet was created in the late nineties and soon became hugely popular. After a patient has undergone gastric bypass, it is importantthat they follow a healthy dietary program. However, after the first two months, conventional diets may become unsustainable; the Dukan Diet may be an option worth taking into account.
The Dukan Diet was first introduced in France by Pierre Dukan and was released in theUSin April this year. Even though the diet is relatively new in the United States, approximately 1.5 million Europeans successfully use it to maintain a healthy weight; it is a best-selling book translated into 14 different languages with more than 10 million copies sold and is endorsed by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez.
Good For Gastric Bypass Patients
The Dukan Diet is ideal for people who have had a gastric bypass surgery a few or more months prior, and are seeking for a diet to follow. It is based on a high protein intake, so its design follows the recommended diet for people who have undergone a gastric bypass procedure.
The phases of the Dukan Diet
The Dukan Diet consists of several stages: Attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization.
- Attack is the first phase, designed to induce rapid weight loss. Dieters are allowed to eat as much of the 72, specifically chosen protein rich foods. It is expected that as many as ten pounds will be lost in the first week.
- The cruise phase is designed to soften the steep weight loss curve started in the first stage. The weight loss process is now slower and more gradual; patients are allowed to alternate protein-only foods with some vegetables.
- Phase three, consolidation, starts when the patient has achieved the desired body shape. It is a maintenance stage, meant to prevent massive weight gain in the future. Patients are now allowed to eat bread, cheese, fruit and starch.
- The last part, stabilization, will allow dieters to eat whatever they like, but with some rules to follow. This is the ongoing lifestyle phase and guarantees that patients will keep their goal weight as long as guidelines from the consolidation phase of the Dukan Diet are followed.