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Pierre Dukan, M.D. – exclusive interview

The renowned nutritionist Pierre Dukan, M.D, in an exclusive interview for the Bulgarian National Television: There is no one hurt by the protein diet.

•    Teenagers should not follow any diet programs. Prevention is paramount for them.
•    The attack phase should last 7 days maximum.

This recommends the author of the best seller “Je Ne Sais Pas Maigrir” Pierre Dukan, M. D. in an exclusive interview for the Bulgarian National Television.

Pierre Dukan’s book released in Bulgaria with logo “Colibri”, caused a revolution among the female population. This success had the counter effect – Bulgarian nutritionists declared that the diet in question is very dangerous for the kidneys and lever and it can cause permanent damage to the population that follows its course.

Pierre Dukan as a specialist in healthy eating and nutrition offers an addition to its book called “My diet in 350 recipes” which has been recently translated and released to the Bulgarian market. There the doctor shares his personal experience accumulated during the years of study, research and testimonials.

– Dr. Dukan, you diet has become quite popular here in Bulgaria. However, there are critics, which brand your diet to be extreme. What can you answer to them?

– I am confident that the people saying that are not read or understood fully my diet. They accuse my diet of being only protein, which is wrong. The diet composed on four phases. Only the first phase – “attack” is based on protein consumption. However, this first phase last only 2 days for people trying to reduce their weight by 5 or 6 kilograms, and 5 or 6 days for people which are seriously overweight.
What are the proteins? There are not drugs but just a daily portion of what the primitive homo-sapiens daily intake – meat, fish, eggs, and milk. There are not poison. Eating only proteins for 5 days is not dangerous but has a rejuvenating effect. Following the “attack” phase is the so-called “weight loss” phase, which last until the target weight is reached. During that phase the average weekly weight loss is 1 kilogram. This means that if you want to lose 10 kilograms you should maintain this phase for 9 weeks. It does not include only proteins but all vegetables, which means that you can consume at least 100 different types of food. 72 are animal products, 28 – plants. The great thing to say here is that the person can eat these 100 types as much as they want. This fact gives the diet its strength.
Everyone knows that they cannot eat every food that they want to but that can consume as much as they want from these 100 allowed foods.
Fact is the vegetables and meat are hard coded into our bodies from thousand years.

– Should pay attention to something, in order to keep our health during our diet.

– No. I am putting this diet on practice for 30 years now and I do not a single patient that had even a slightest complaint or got ill. Of course, vegetarians or patients with kidney problems cannot use this program. However, such cases are rare and such people are in all case not overweight. There is not a single case that someone got ill by following my program.

– What about people with high cholesterol or predisposed to it?

– I treated 25000 people with high cholesterol. In all cases their cholesterol level was decreased due to the fact that in the diet program fat meats, butter, cheese and all fat food are avoided. If you follow the program strictly your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will improve and also the overall body condition. The diet should not be mixed up with Atkins diet, which allows all fats. My plan decreases the fat intake dramatically.

– There is something curious in your diet plan, though. You allow the intake of light Coca-Cola. By comparison all other diet programs forbid aerated beverages.

– In all countries Coca-Cola light is approved by all organizations. It contains aspartame, which is harmless. Our government allows even pregnant women to consume it. The obesity is treat, which cannot be compared with the treat of aspartame. So it does not harm if we drink a few cups of Coca-cola light. I don’t want to promote Cola-Cola since I even do not like this company. Let’s say that every aerated beverage or milk with sweeteners can be consumed.

– Do you recommend your diet for teenagers?

– No, absolutely not. I do not recommend my diet for children or teenagers. By principal they do not get fat. Nowadays, it happens as a result from too much time in front of the TV or computers. I am not supporting dieting in such early stage. It is best to try and prevent future obesity. Teenagers can drink aerated beverages because they do it all the time. However, it is best they drink such without sugar. Normally, young people are very radical and they are prone to hold the “attack” phase for too long. No, no – I do not recommend the diet for them.

I much time should the “attack” phase continue?

If you target is to lose up to 10 kilograms, I recommend 1 or 2 days. Then 1 day with vegetables and again 1 day with vegetables. If anyone wants to lose 10-20 kilograms, the “attack” phase should last between 1 and 5 days. For people weighing over 100 kilograms can keep up the phase up to a week’s time. However, after 1 week the phase loses its effect.

– Please, say a few words for the people who are practicing your diet program.

Speaking as nutritionist with more than 30 years of experience, after researching in details all present programs and in my role a chairman of the International Nutritionist Organization, I truly believe that my diet program is the best.

Important recommendations:

•    You should drink a lot of water – 1,5 to 2 liters a day. The water has many advantages in all diet programs and in this one particularly.  The water cleanses the organism and improves the diet program results. The combination – water and clean proteins has a great effect on skin cellulite. Drink water during your meals. It fills your stomach and dampens the hunger.

•    It is good to eat oath meals – better done in the morning. The goals are two: relaxing the intestinal functions and increase of calories intake. Two possible ways for this are eating the oath meals with water or low fat milk. The only setback is that oath meals are difficult to find on the market. There can be substituted with wheat meals but you can experience stomach swell.

•    There are no limits in quantity that you consume from all foods allowed during the diet program. This is the place to say one of the most important rules: “In order to lose weight, one must eat”. Do not miss a meal, ever. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are mandatory. The best thing to do is to eat every 4 hours.

The path to success:

•    Be patient. The program works slowly in small steps. There period during which you lose weight, and ones when you keep you current one.
•    Measure your body. The program will help you decrease your measurement faster then your weight. Measurements are more important than kilograms.
•    Listen to your body. Different things work for different people. Often removal of milk products from the daily diet increases the weight loss. The last to exclude is the yogurt.
•    Be mindful of your daily salt intake. It leads to holding water in your body and slows the weight loss process.
•    Read food labels. Many meat products often contain ingredients like salt and other that will slow down your progress.

Translated from Bulgarian by Ivan Georgiev.

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  2. dagdamor
    August 6, 2008

    The part when Pierre Dukan says “There are no limits in quantity that you consume from all foods allowed during the diet program…” is not clear for me. How can we lose weight if eat as much as we want? Even if we eat the right foods during our diet – the number of calories is still important. I will try and contact the guy at [email protected] – found it in google.

  3. allanon
    August 8, 2008

    Hi, it is not clear for me either – there should be a limit of the number of calories the we consume. It is a matter of simple math.
    Btw, Dagdamor, did you send your inquiry to Mr. Pierre Dukan?
    Either way – Pierre Dukan advices and recommendation are excellent.

  4. nataliehh13
    August 12, 2008

    I cannot lose weight if I eat more calories than I am spending. The whole business with eat as much as you want during your diet is completely wrong. Everyone who has successfully lost weight knows it.

  5. Richard
    September 12, 2008

    Well, I did this diet and lost 55pounds in less than 4 months, 2 years ago. I gained back 10 pounds since then but 2 kids changed a bit my lifestyle :D.

    Honestly it is an all-you-can eat diet, as long as you respect the rules (so not an all-you-want-to-eat :D). Take the time to read the book or f you can’t read french, find some other resources on the web and it will come clear.

    There’s something IMHO not clearly captured in this interview: you’re changing your eating habits and eventually intakes needs. I know it sounds completely orthogonal to all those calories counting diet – which are very frustrating – but it does work.

    Good luck,


  6. Kristine
    September 14, 2008

    I didn’t read anything about alcoholic beverages, is it allow to use some alcohol during the diet? Thanks in advance!

  7. Kristine
    September 14, 2008

    I would like to ask about the Physical activity. In the case the physical activity is high-like fitness, dances, gym etc. so the diet is not recommended?

  8. allanon
    September 15, 2008

    Hi Kristine, about alcohol – I’d advise you to try and refrain from consuming any during your diet. And if it is absolutely unavoidable, do your best not to eat anything when your drink. The worst is to eat and drink at the same time.
    Concerning, physical activity; it is the best thing – exercise boosts up your metabolism; sweating during exercise cleans you from toxins, and so on… Try and exercise whenever and wherever you can 🙂
    If you exercise a lot you will need carbs. Since Pierre Dukan’s diet (The Protal Plan) is reducing your carbs significantly, if you do not consume more carbs, during exercise you will loose your stamina and become tired more easily. If you are following Dukan’s diet strictly, do not exert yourself too much at the gym. I hope I was able answer your questions. 🙂

  9. Carole
    January 24, 2009

    Thanks to the Dr. Dukan, I lost 55 pounds in 10 months and eating with satiety. This is a easy to do.

  10. Nath
    February 2, 2009

    I seem to be addicted to this diet and cannot go back to eating normally because I immediately put some weight on. Can you help?

  11. Kola
    March 10, 2009

    Hi All,
    I am new to the Forum but I am already in the second phase of the diet.
    My goal is to loose 10 kg. After almost 4 weeks I have lost 3 1/2 kg.
    I noticed that some of you are using Splenda as a substitute for sugar.
    I use Xylitol often used by diabetics.
    If you need more info just Google it.

  12. redeemer
    March 10, 2009

    Hey, Kola. Welcome. Congratulations for the lost kilograms.
    Concerning sugar substitutes; to be honest I am generally against artificial sweeteners since most of them are very dangerous even though, they are recognized as safe e.g. aspartame. It is just me but I have reduced my sugar intake instead of using replacements but that is just me.

  13. Kola
    March 10, 2009

    Hi redeemer,
    Actually Xylitol is not artificial sweetener. It is all natural it can be found in fruits or trees. Is recommended by Dentist.
    This is why I have suggested reading on the subject.

  14. redeemer
    March 11, 2009

    Hi again, Kola, and 10x. I did not check about the Xylitol. However, after a short research I found out that there is an abnormal elevation of ulric acid related to Xylitol consumation. I will do some more research and get back to you. For the moment, it looks like this substitute is at least much better than any artificial ones.

  15. Emi
    March 11, 2009

    Hi i’ve lost 9kg since january,i have a book which is really helpfull.You can eat as much as you want but only the good protein.when you eat protein your body burning more calories then with other food.For example if a chicken fillet is a 100 calories after you eat it it will be a 70,thats why it works.

  16. manuella
    March 14, 2009

    please can i know in wich website i can get the recepies in english language

  17. Doug
    August 28, 2009

    Eat as much as you want is relative.

    This is a ultra-high protein food diet. Very few calories in protein foods. No sugars, no carbs, no alcohol – at least in the weight loss phases.

    A few days in, and you stomach obviously shrinks as you are not hungry between meals and you eat very reasonable portions. Between meals you can snack on chicken ham slices or lean surami for example.

    I started at 135.8 Kg and have now lost 14.7 Kg on day 45. I am aiming to get down to 85.5 Kg or thereabouts and I should get there at the beginning of July 2010 if things go as they have been.

    I have a few links to English sites on my blog and I’ll put up some recipes over the next few weeks.

  18. Chris
    January 1, 2010

    I have a friend on this who has done very well. He mentioned a type of possibly wheat germ or oat germ? Can someone tell me exactly what to use in English since that was somewhat unclear and how often?

  19. Rocteur
    January 12, 2010

    Doug has a good article on the oat bran Chris:

  20. Russel
    January 19, 2010

    I have been on the Dukan diet since 4th Jan. I was 85 Kg when I started and as of today am 81, so 4 Kg down. While on the diet I have stopped the heavy workouts in the gym. Only light run on the threadmill for about 15 min a day.

  21. shela
    March 10, 2010

    pls pls, help. anyone got this book in english.

  22. isy6195
    May 6, 2010

    Hi 21 shela go to amazon – have just received my book from them £8.95. However, if you search there is an really really good website called the “Dukan Diet” programme. Its really useful and sets out all the criteria for each phase. You don’t really need the book unless you want the recipes, and I have both!

  23. nykee
    May 9, 2010

    Hi, I just started this diet 4 days ago. I lost 3 lbs so far. I don’t really understand the oat part. Am I allowed porridge with skimmed milk because I have had that 2 days in a row for breakfast. Is that ok? Also am I allowed a glass of orange squash, low sugar one with water? Surely thats better then diet coke? I have searched everywhere for a list of meat I can have as I dont eat fish. At the moment I am eating chicken breast and steak everyday for lunch and dinner. with a boiled egg. any suggestions. thanks in advance for anyone who helps me 🙂

  24. Hughieboy
    May 28, 2010


    I’d like to echo nykee’s comment above, sounds like a familiar question! I bought oat bran in Holland and Barrett so that’s covered. But I’m sick of diet coke/pepsi etc after four days, would much rather drink some kind of squash. Also, any links to decent recipe ideas would be a great help, much as I like steak and chicken breasts and yoghurt with mustard it’s getting boring………..

  25. Shannon
    June 23, 2010

    Hey guys I’ve just started and I’ve read most of the book. With food there are ways of mixin it up. Buy more spices to add to your meat. Mix it up a bit make an omlete with egg, sliced ham garlic seasoning chilli powder and mixed herbs… Mix up an egg with your oat bran and minced meat and all your spices again roll them up and fry them for meat balls… You can make oat bran pancakes the recipe is in the book… Now with alcohol I am unsure the book only makes mention of wine really… Wat about spirits with diet coke? Surely that can’t be too bad??? The diet is great but only being 22 I find it hard not to drink in social situations!!!! Helllllp! Shan

  26. Kevin
    July 2, 2010

    Hi Shannon,
    Am in the same boat. Have just finished the attack phase and will be drinking (in relative moderation!) vodka and soda at the weekends. I can’t see this being extremely detrimental just maybe slowing the results a little. There needs to be a balance in everything in life in if weight obsession takes over completely at the expense of social fun then it’s not a good thing.

    Good luck

  27. kathy
    May 4, 2011

    I just started the Dukan diet today, I cant not find the oat bran anywhere is wheat germ okay to use instead or oatmeal. I am also a big time coffee drinker how much coffee is allowed on this diet.

  28. Donna
    May 6, 2011

    I found the oat bran at my local health food store…just finishing the first stage…moving on to the next…my husband has lost 13 pounds so far…I have lost 5…satisfied so far…hoping to lose at least 60 more…

  29. Courtney
    May 29, 2011

    Hey Dukan lovers!

    About the OAT BRAN- I found it at my local grocery store… its in a small bag which seems to have lasted me about a month for less that $3 (CAN)! It can not be substituted with oatmeal or wheat germ as OAT BRAN is a completely separate part of the growing process for wheat… OAT BEAN contains more fibre and less carbs.

    It is light brown in colour and found in the baking isle or cereal isle in a grocery store- I would recommend making the galette. I’ve made it both sweet and savory. As I am missing sugar and crave it in the evening, my favourite consists of:

    1 1/2 tbsp OAT BRAN
    1 Egg
    2 tsp vanilla (non fat) yogurt
    pinch of cinnamon
    A few drops of Vanilla
    1/2 pack of splenda
    turn your burner to medium-high, one minute on each side to get the perfect pancake look 🙂

    ENJOY!! Totally halts my carb and sugar cravings in the evening 🙂

  30. Alice
    July 18, 2011

    ASPARTAME IS VERY BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH!!! -(google it and see!)

    It is found in most ‘sugar free’ drinks and gums.. be careful!

    SIDE EFFECT: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

    CAN TRIGGER / WORSEN: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

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