Dukan Diet Exercises: Dukan Thigh Squats

This is the fourth and final Dukan Diet exercise and I call my version “Dukan Thigh Squats” whilst Dr Dukan calls his “The Thighs Special”.  I’ve left this exercise until last quite simply because I really don’t understand the exercise as given in the book.  It seems to have lost something in translation.  How can you stand in front of a mirror while placing your hands on a sink or table?  As you’ve probably already worked this is an exercise to tone up your thighs.

Dukan Thigh Squats

  • Stand up with your feet about 18 inches apart.
  • Keeping your back straight, your feet flat on the ground and your knees directly above your feet slowly bend at your hips and knees as if you were going to sit down on an imaginary chair and changed your mind before you sat down and slowly stood up again.
  • You need to keep your head up and looking forwards and may need to hold on to a chair or table to steady yourself.
  • This is quite a difficult exercise so it might take you some time to build up to the recommended 30 repetitions.


  • Don’t forget to consult your doctor or medical practitioner before embarking on any new exercise regime.

4 Responses to “Dukan Diet Exercises: Dukan Thigh Squats”

  • Yanita on November 23, 2014

    Dear Amber,

    First of all, thank you for your website which is pakced with useful information and answers to so many questions I wanted to ask.

    I am only getting ready for the Dukan diet and about to start in 1 or 2 days ( or maybe tomorrow). I am a pescatarian, so I eat fish and dairy but personally hate eggs. Seeing that my attack phase will mainly consist of fish and 1kg of fat-free dairy a day, is there a limit to how much fish I can have?

    I am a bit worried to get on a diet as I saw comments about gaining weight in the Cruise phase, mainly because of adding vegetables. My daily diet consists of vegetables. ful stop! steamed, stir-fried, baked and garbanzo beans (chick peas), and very rarely brown rice and buckwheat. Therefore, it will be quite difficult for me during the first 4-5 days, but I am ready for a challenge. The only thing I am worried is the level of sugar; feel quite dizzy if I don’t have something sugary and lately something ( well, a lot of) sweet stuff has been mandatory and a massive craving.

    Just not sure if this diet is for me. Any advise?
    I dont mind protein as I am ‘quite scared’ of carbs (suffered from anorexia and bullimia), but it’s the amount of fish that scares me during the attack phase and the weight gain during the cruise phase.

    Any reply will be appreciated.


    • Amber on December 14, 2014

      Hi Yanita

      In view of your previous eating disorders I’d recommend that you speak to your doctor before embarking on the Dukan Diet. You need a diet that is going to give you stability to help reduce cravings and I’m not sure that the Dukan will be able to do this for you.


  • Stephanie on March 12, 2014

    I am in the Cruise phase of the diet with 2 lbs left to lose before I can start the Consolidation phase. I just started a 4 week of bootcamp class – 2 times per week. I had signed up for this bootcamp before I started the Dukan diet. The bootcamp instructor advised to add a serving of carbs to my diet but I am worried I will not be able to lose the last 2 lbs to reach my goal weight if I do. Should I add a carb portion to my diet even though I’m still on the Cruise phase?

    • Amber on March 12, 2014

      Hi Stephanie

      The addition of some carbs to undertake extensive exercise is likely to be a necessity or you won’t have the energy. Try adding a portion of pasta to your evening meal the day before you are going to bootcamp class and have a small orange juice to sip during and after exercise with water.

      You might need to adjust your target weight slightly as if you increase your percentage of muscle you might not lose so much weight as the same volume of muscle weighs more than the same volume of fat.

      Best wishes


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