Review of the Dukan Holiday Diet Pre-Holiday 5 Day Meal Plan
I’m fortunate that I know a lot about the Dukan Diet and I think I have a fairly sound understanding of the diet but anyone reading the series of articles about the Dukan Holiday Diet in the UK newspaper the Daily Mail could end up very confused indeed.
I’ve already pointed out the very large number of whole eggs that the 5 Day Meal Plan uses in my post How Many Eggs Can You Eat on the Dukan Diet? but there are a number of other areas which make the meal plan unsuitable for the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet.
The main problem is that the Meal Plan is put together for readers to follow in both the Attack Phase and the Cruise Phase which have different rules. What the Meal Plan does do exceptionally well is demonstrate just how varied and interesting your meals can be while following the Dukan Diet.
Areas where the Meal Plan is unsuitable for the Attack Phase:
- Day One uses two tablespoons of oatbran to make the Cookies for the snacks but only 1 and 1/2 tablespoons per day is allowed. The ingredients given for the Lemon Cheesecake don’t make it clear that you should be using fat free fromage frais, quark and cottage cheese.
- Day Two uses two teaspoons of cocoa powder in the Chocolate Coffee Meringues but the recipe doesn’t make it clear that you need to use a of reduced fat, no sugar added, cocoa powder and this should be a tolerated item so shouldn’t be allowed until the Cruise Phase. “sonja” from the Dukan Diet confirmed this information in the online chat of 13 July 2011 at www.dukandiet.co.uk when in answer to a question she advised “Actually you can have one tea spoon of low fat sugar free cocoa per day as one tolerated. Enjoy”. The plan also uses oat bran sprinkled on your yogurts for breakfast as well as using 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran in the lunchtime Savory Pancake again exceeding the 1 and 1/2 tablespoon daily limit.
- Day Three exceeds the oat bran limits again and the ingredients for the Rosemary burgers include Chinese Plum sauce and Worcestershire sauce both of which contain sugar and should therefore be off limits in both Attack and Cruise Phases. On 29 June 2011 there was a question asked in the on line chat at www.dukandiet.co.uk about Worcestershire sauce and “sonja” for the Dukan Diet advised “For Worcester sauce you are right to ask as it’s not allowed I’m sorry.”
- Day Four overdoes the oat bran using 2 tablespoons in the muffin and it uses protein powder as an ingredient in the Choclate Panna Cotta as well as again not making clear that the cocoa powder used needs to be low carb. One of the snacks in stewed rhubarb which is a tolerated item only added in the Cruise Phase.
- Day Five continues with excessive oat bran using 3 tablespoons for breakfast and this would also be excessive for the Cruise Phase. The tzakiki is off limits in the Attack Phase as it contains cucumber although it does explain to the reader that vegetables and salads should be avoided in the Attack Phase.