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

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

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  • Sara on October 31, 2015

    Can anyone help me understand this diet plan please? Phase one is all about protein which I get but can I add (boiled/steamed/grilled) vegs with my protein? or is it only protein with some spices? And if you’re looking to loose weight rapidly is phase one better or pages two? Please can someone guide me :'( thanx in advance

    • Amber on November 5, 2015

      Hi Sara

      You need to spend a little time reading the posts on my website so that you can gain a better understanding of the Dukan Diet.

      Kind regards


  • Ashleight on October 26, 2015

    Hie amber

    I am writing from Zimbabwe. Instead of eating bean oats can i substitute with torlitas whole wheat grain. The brown one not white. Just one a day?

    • Amber on November 5, 2015

      Hi Ashleight

      There are no substitutes for oat bran. If you can’t get itor don’t like it you just leave it out.

      Kind regards


  • Patricia on October 20, 2015

    Can we use 100% pure coconut water?

    • Amber on November 8, 2015

      Hi again.

      Sorry the answer is no.

      Best wishes


  • Patricia on October 20, 2015

    Can tempeh be eaten during the Dukan diet?

    • Amber on November 8, 2015

      HI Patricia

      Tempeh is higher in calories than tofu so would be best avoided.

      Kind regards


  • kath on September 18, 2015

    also is Mornflake oatbran ok to use?

    thanks :)

    • Amber on September 25, 2015

      Hi Kath

      Yes – this is the brand I use:)


    • dev on November 8, 2015

      can i have carb free gefilte fish on the pv days? it has white fish mullet eggs onions water salt and spices. per 55 grams (one slice) it has 70 cal 4.5 g fat and 0 carb thanks!

      • Amber on November 9, 2015

        Hi Dev

        This food does contain added canola oil which would strictly count it out but as it only has just over 8% fat content it is something which could be eaten to give variety, just don’t over do it1

        Best wishes


  • Riham on August 30, 2015

    I can’t find oat bran anywhere what’s the alternative for a snack or when it’s mentioned in a meal ?

    • Amber on September 6, 2015

      Hi Riham

      Sorry there is no substitute for oat bran. If you can’t get it you will need to use recipes and eat foods that contain allowed foods that you can find.

      Kind regards


  • Ell on June 13, 2015

    Hey Amber,
    Is it okay if I use regular organic oats instead of oat bran, because I can’t find them anywhere.

    • Amber on June 16, 2015

      Hi Eli

      Sorry it’s oat bran or nothing.

      Kind regards


  • sandy on May 8, 2015

    Can we have fruit baby food on the diet? they are fat free but not sure about how much sugar we can have.

    • Amber on May 9, 2015

      HI Sandy

      No fruit is allowed in the two weight loss phases of the orginal version of the Dukan Diet apart from goji berries and rhubarb.

      Best wishes


  • betty on April 27, 2015

    is coco powder alowed is 100% coco about 1-2 tea spon please email me

    • Amber on May 4, 2015

      Hi Betty

      Sorry I don’t reply to comments by email. Dr Dukan uses de-fatted cocoa powder.

      Kind regards


  • betty on April 26, 2015

    is any sauce allowed on attack phase .with 0.1 sugar and 1 %fat

    • Amber on May 4, 2015

      Hi Betty

      This isn’t a rule in the Dukan Diet.

      Kind regards


  • kanwal on April 15, 2015

    Can nursing mothers follow dukan diet.how much milk can be consumed in such a situation…

    • Amber on April 16, 2015

      Hi Kanwal

      No it is not recommended – you need to make sure your breast milk is as good as it can be for your baby.

      Best wishes


    • Marta on April 27, 2015

      i was nursing and doing dukan there is a chapter in his book how to use the diet when nursing u need to eat low fat dairy. instead fat free ect….

      • Amber on May 4, 2015

        Hi Martas

        Here is a direct quote from Dr Dukan

        “Breastfeeding. However much weight you have put on at this stage it is inconceivable to follow an overly strict diet that would affect the newborn baby’s nutrition. I recommend eating as if you were managing your weight during a normal pregnancy, following the Consolidation diet made easier by: having two portions of fruit per day instead of one – using semi skimmed milk and milk products instead of skimmed fat products – leaving out protein Thursday.”

        Consolidation is the part of the Dukan diet where you maintain rather than lose weight and even with adding the additional foods you can’t guarantee getting all the vitamins and minerals needed so I wouldn’t recommend using it.

        Kind regards


  • Nina Salazar on April 7, 2015

    Hi Amber..!
    I Heard that fat free milk should be limited to 250g (one cup) a day.. But it’s in the 72 unlimited foods.. This makes me confused..??

    • Amber on April 10, 2015

      Hi Nina

      Skimmed milk is an unlimited food – you can have a glass of soy milk as a tolerated item.

      Best wishes


  • Nadia Manookian on February 1, 2015

    Hi Amber
    I’m so glad I asked this question
    Pre workout gives you more stamina whilst at the gym
    I’m thinking best to stay away from it
    I was shocked with the weight also
    no not on HRT doing it naturally
    After reading how it can be difficult to lose weight whilst going thru menopause
    I increased my walks to an hour straight away
    And I go to the gym 5 days a week
    I mix it up with cardio and weights
    Never realised how unfit I am
    But getting there thanks to the Dukan diet
    This is my new way of life

    • Amber on February 1, 2015

      Hi Nadia

      Not taking HRT will certainly make it easier but you are definitely doing all the right things.

      Best wishes


  • Nadia Manookian on January 28, 2015

    I’m starting cruise phase
    And am going to the gym
    My question is am I allowed to have a pre work out before the gym
    And also a protein shake when I finished my workout
    By the way loved the attack phase
    I’ve lost 4 kilos in 10 days
    Also going thru menopause it’s such an achievement

    • Amber on January 28, 2015

      Hi Nadia

      What do you mean by a pre work out?

      Dr Dukan doesn’t approve of protein shakes so this wouldn’t be allowed.

      You have done very well to lose such a large amount whilst going thru menopause, are you taking are HRT?

      Kind regards


      • Ted on November 1, 2015

        Hi Amber,

        I also have the same question about pre-workout before I go to the gym and the one I use is amino energy. It doesn’t have much stimulants in it but it does have low amount of caffeine in it that comes from green coffee. Is it ok to take?

        • Amber on November 5, 2015

          Hi Ted

          Minor changes are allowed to help with intensive exercise. You should have no problem incorporating this drink before exercising as it is quite low in calories per serving.

          Kind regards


    • Georgia on May 4, 2015

      Hi Nadia

      I am currently studying a Holistic health course and need some feedback on the Dukan diet as part of a assignment. Do you mind contacting me with your personal experience with regards to this diet please. I have followed the diet as far as I could and have given my own testimonial, but I need one from another person whom I found on a forum.

      Your help would be kindly appreciated. You can contact me on georgiaj_25@yahoo.com.

      Thank you, Georgia :)

  • Rebecca on December 20, 2014

    Hi, Amber.
    I have a question about the rhyme of the Cruise Phrase. If I began to choose a rhythm alternating every 3 days at first, and then I change it into the one alternating every 5 days? Is that allowed?
    Thanks a lot!

    • Amber on December 21, 2014

      Hi Rebecca

      Provided you balance the number of pp and pv days, changing around the rhythm is fine.


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