The Twinkie Diet, Detox Diet, and even the Beef and Bacon Diet. Fad diets have been around for generations…but let’s face it: they just aren’t healthy!! And well-known diets such as the Atkins Diet and Dukan Diet are no exception. Yes, you may lose some weight, but do you want to compromise your health just to lose those few extra pounds? Hitch Fit to the rescue!! We’re here to warn you about the Dukan Diet and its harmful effects on your body.

What is the Dukan Diet?

The Dukan Diet was originated in France by Dr. Pierre Dukan. Since its inception, the Dukan Diet has grown wildly popular in Europe.  Even celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bündchen have jumped on the Dukan bandwagon. The Dukan Diet is a new and improved Atkins Diet. It revolves around 4 phases: attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization.

In the attack phase, patients load up on protein rich foods and fat free dairy products. This is to kick start the diet and weight loss.

Next is the cruise phase. This is when patients alternate between two different cycles: purely protein days and protein with non-starchy veggies days. It is recommended to alternate every 3 days.

The consolidation phase is designed to combat weight gain. The rules are strict; each day you’re allowed 1 serving of fruit, 2 slices of whole wheat bread and 1.5 ounces of cheese. But you get 2 “celebration meals” per week to eat whatever you want.

Finally, the stabilization phase. This is the recommended diet for the rest of your life. Eat somewhat healthy, but you have to consume 3 Tablespoons of oat bran each day, take the stairs when possible and make Thursdays pure-protein days.

Why Not?

The guidelines seem healthy enough, but don’t let it fool you! The Dukan Diet is a high protein diet that limits carbohydrate intake. Sticking to a high protein diet can have serious side effects, like liver and kidney failure. In an article about the Dukan Diet, a woman commented saying she now suffers from worsening kidney function caused by the diet.

And if you have a metabolic disorder, like OTC deficiency, the Dukan Diet can do worse than just make you sick—it can kill you. Ashley Harrison, a London resident, fell into a coma after only 2 days on the diet because of his metabolic disorder. Harrison’s doctor, Dr. Nick Moran, says high protein diets are misguided and “if you have OTC deficiency or a similar disorder, they are potentially fatal”. Does the diet sound fun and easy now? We think not!

The Dukan Diet, along with other “quick fixes”, are not healthy ways to lose weight. The only reasonable option is a balanced diet (remember the Food Guide Pyramid?) and exercise. Before you start a diet, make sure you do your research. We believe no one should risk his or her health for a few lost pounds!