Dukan Diet Attack Phase : 72 Protein Foods You Can Eat

The 72 High Protein Foods for the Dukan Diet

The Attack Phase, which is Phase 1 of the Dukan Diet, is based on 72 high protein, low fat foods which can be eaten without needing to count either calories, carbs or points.

These 72 proteins are not only eaten in the first phase of the Dukan Diet they also are key to all the other three phases.

Cruise, phase 2 of the diet plan, alternates between PP (Pure Protein) days when you eat from the list of 72 pure proteins and PV (Protein and Vegetable) days when you eat from the list of 72 protein foods and the list of 28 permitted vegetables.

Consolidation, the third phase of the diet is based around the adaptation of 6 PV days and 1 PP day.

Stabilisation, the final phase which you follow forever, you eat normally for 6 days a week with 1 PP day

Dukan Diet Oat Bran – A Key Food in the Dukan Diet

In addition to the list of 72 high protein, low fat foods, there is of course, a very important “73rd” food that is eaten throughout the Dukan Diet.  This is oat bran and Dr Dukan recommends that you eat 1.5 tablespoons oat bran every day whilst you are on the Attack Phase.  The amounts of oat bran eaten each day increase as you progress through the phases.

Oat bran is a key ingredient of the Dukan Diet and incorporating oat bran into your diet on a daily basis can be quite daunting.  The Dukan Galette or Oat Bran Pancake is probably one of the most popular ways of achieving this and a recipe is included in my post Dukan Diet Attack Phase – Recipes and Tips #1. I’ve provided other recipes and suggestions for using oat bran in my later posts.

The List of 72 High Protein Foods for the Dukan Diet

You can eat almost all of the high protein foods without restriction but they must be prepared without any oil or fat and have any visible fat removed.

Although Dr Dukan actually lists just 72 high protein foods (and 28 vegetables) in his list of 100 Natural Foods that Keep You Healthy, as you learn more about the Dukan Diet you will find out that there are quite a few other high protein foods (and vegetables) that can be eaten as well.  You will find the 100 foods detailed in the post Dukan Diet List: Dukan Food List of 100 Proteins & Vegetables .

  • Seafood – This makes up a large part of the protein food list as you can eat any fish, shellfish or crustacean provided it is not in breadcrumbs, oil or in a sauce containing oil or fat.
  • Meat, Offal and Game Animals–You can eat low fat, lean cuts of beef, veal or venison, low fat slices of ham with all rind and fat removed, fat reduced bacon, calves  liver and kidneys, rabbit or hare.  You can also have Bresaola a form of air dried beef.  The US version of the Diet also allows tenderloin of pork which is a very lean meat.
  • Poultry and Game Birds – Provided you remove the skin before eating you can eat, turkey, chicken, poussin, pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse , quinea fowl, quail and ostrich without any limitations.  You are also allowed to eat chicken livers.
  • Dairy Products – Any virtually fat-free dairy products such as skim milk, quark, fromage frais or yogurt can be eaten if they contain no added sugar or fruit.  The US version also has free free cream cheese and fat free ricotta in their list of allowed proteins.  Read the post How Much Dairy Can You Have on the Dukan Diet? to find out how much of these foods you can eat each day.
  • Eggs –  Eggs should be limited to 4 whole eggs a week if you have problems with raised cholesterol, or 7 if not, but egg white can be eaten without restriction.  You may find my post – How many eggs can you eat on the Dukan Diet? of interest.
  • Vegetarian/Vegan Protein – Although the Dukan Diet can be followed by vegan and vegetarians with the addition of lentils and a couple of other adjustments (see my post Can Vegetarians follow the Dukan Diet?) it can be quite boring as this choices of foods to eat are quite limited. The vegan and vegetarian proteins allowed are tofu, plain Quorn and textured soy products.  This can be used by meat/fish eaters to provide a little more variety in their menus.

There are also some additional items that you are allowed and you can find out about all of these in my post “ What Else Can You Eat and Drink on the Attack Phase”

If you are looking for menu ideas for the Attack Phase why not check out my posts:

Dukan Diet Attack Phase Menu – Day 1

Dukan Diet Attack Phase Menu – Days 2 and 3

Dukan Diet Attack Phase Menu – Days 4 and 5

Dukan Diet Attack Phase Menu – Days 6 and 7

425 Responses to “Dukan Diet Attack Phase : 72 Protein Foods You Can Eat”

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  • Kim on June 11, 2017

    Hi. Can duck and goose eggs be eaten during attack and cruise phases please? Kim

    • Amber on June 11, 2017

      Hi Kim

      The English version doesn’t allow either Duck or goose eggs as a source of protein but the US version does allow Duck Eggs. I would suggest avoiding goose eggs altogether and only having goose eggs very occasionally if at all.

      Best wishes


  • Cookie Delossantos on April 12, 2017

    Hi Leah,
    I just heard about the Dukan diet and I am awaiting my book in the mail should be arriving today. I want to get started as soon as possible, so my question is: are there any vegetables allowed in the attack phase 1, Day 1?

    • Amber on April 15, 2017

      Hi Cookie

      You can have a medium onion, a tablespoon of chopped tomatoes and a couple of dill pickles.

      Best wishes


  • Berrak on March 22, 2017

    I thought almonds are proteins so I ate a couple of almonds. It is the 3rd day of my attack. Should I start over ?

    • Amber on March 22, 2017

      Hi Berrak

      No don’t start again just continue making sure you are eating the correct foods.



  • Danny on March 17, 2017

    Can I eat lean steak on attack phase? Been eating only chicken breast and fat free Greek yogurt the last 5 days.

    • Amber on March 19, 2017

      Hi Danny

      Yes you can. There are lots more foods that you can enjoy just check out the post above.

      Best wishes


  • Leah on January 18, 2017

    From the US. Thanks for all your great info. Wondering if any beans, black, pinto, garbanzo, cannelloni, are allowed? Thanks!

    • Amber on January 18, 2017

      Hi Leah

      These beans are pulses and aren’t a protein used on the Dukan due to the high levels of starch.

      Kind regards


      • Lynette on January 31, 2017

        Hi, can I eat peanuts in the attack phase?
        Also Apple cider vinegar in water for IBS?

        • Amber on January 31, 2017

          Hi Lynette

          Peanuts are a no but Apple Cider vinegar is a yes.

          Kind regards


  • Teodora on January 6, 2017

    Can you pls tell me if the Dukan diet is appropriate when breast feeding


    • Amber on January 7, 2017

      Hi Teodora

      I don’t recommend any dietary restrictions during pregnancy or if breast feeding. You need to ensure your growing baby gets the very best start you can by ensuring you are eating a balanced and varied diet.

      Best wishes


  • Low Fat Diet Gallbladder Attack – Fat Loss Quick on November 26, 2016

    Very interesting post.


  • Natasha on November 25, 2016

    Hi Amber… apart from the veg you mentioned carrots artichokes can we eat the others without limit?? Also I have found no yoghurt that has no sugar all seem to have sugar which one is best in UK?

    • Amber on November 26, 2016

      Hi Natasha

      Beetroot should be treated the same as carrots and artichokes but all other vegetables listed can be eaten freely, on the appropriate day of course.

      All yoghurts contain sugar as milk has a naturally occurring sugar called lactose. You need to look for those yoghurts that have 7 g of carbs per 100 g/ml.

      Best wishes


  • Martina on November 24, 2016

    Hi Amber, I thank you very much for your website, it is of great help!
    I wonder if buttermilk and kefir (0% to 0,5% fat) is permitted?

  • Mo on April 14, 2016

    Can you use Knorr Stockpots (UK ) in the Cruise phase

    • Amber on April 17, 2016

      Hi Mo

      OXO cubes would be better – Stockpots are quite high in carbs and fat.

      Best wishes


  • Amira on February 19, 2016

    I Amber can I have Quaker Oats porridge macdonalds thanks

    • Amber on February 23, 2016

      Hi Amira

      Sorry no. Quaker oats are not made from oat bran.

      Kind regards


  • Leah U on February 19, 2016

    Hi Amber,

    I’m on the 5th day of the Attack phase. Yesterday I could not resist a quarter of an egg sandwich. Which I know bread is not okay! I read in the Dukan Diet book that going off track is like putting a needle into a balloon.

    My question is, what do I do now that I’ve popped my balloon lol.

    Do I have to start over or can I continue with my attack phase which I was meant to do for 7 days.

    Today I’ve been on track.

    • Amber on February 23, 2016

      Hi Leah

      Just keep going with your planned Attack Phase of 7 days ignore the slip.

      Best wishes


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