With the Dukan Diet, you move through four distinct phases: “Attack,” “Cruise,” “Consolidation,” and “Stabilization.” How long you spend in the first three diet phases depends on how much weight you want to lose.
For example, the first phase, “Attack,” typically lasts two to five days, and you’re only allowed to choose from a list of 68 high-protein foods, such as beef tenderloin, chicken, seitan, reduced-fat bacon, and fat-free dairy products (fatty meats and full-fat dairy products not included).
In the second phase, “Cruise,” you can add 32 different kinds of veggies to your diet (think: kale, lettuce, artichokes, squash, spinach, and tomato, although the last one is technically a fruit). According to the Dukan Diet website, the average length of this phase is three days for every pound you want to lose. What’s still not allowed? Grains. Of any kind.
The third phase, “Consolidation,” is designed to prevent the rebound effect we’ve all experienced as we’ve gone “on” and “off” diets. In it, you slowly reintroduce previously forbidden foods by giving yourself two “celebration meals”…