Can I Use Oil or Fat Whilst on the Dukan Diet?
Whether you can use oil or fat on the Dukan Diet is another question that people often ask and I think it is because people think of the Dukan Diet as being a variation of the Atkins Diet. It has been described in the Press as “warmed over Atkins” or “Atkins with a French twist”. Whilst Dr Pierre Dukan the author of the Dukan Diet will freely admit that the Atkins Diet did influence him there are some significant differences between the two diets.
One of these differences is on the use of oil and fat. The Atkin Diet does allow followers to use oil but the Dukan Diet restricts the use of oil to one teaspoon a day. (This guidance was amended by Dr Dukan in December 2011 to one teaspoon. He had previously amended it in November 2011 to two teaspoons from the longstanding previous guidance of using just 3 drops of oil in the Cruise Phase). This is because although the Dukan Diet is a low carb, high protein diet like Atkins, it is not so high in fat. One of the ways it achieves these lower levels of fat is by restricting the consumption of fat and oil. This is also the reason why you can only eat lean meat, why you need to remove skin from chicken and why you have to trim any visible fat from your meat.
So now knowing that very little oil is allowed on the weight loss stages of the Dukan Diet this has probably prompted another question, how am I going to cook my Dukan Oat Bran Pancake? The answer is that you dry-fry using a non stick frying pan and this method can be used to cook meat and fry eggs and omelettes. There are two ways to dry-fry you can either place a few drops of oil in the pan and then wipe it around the pan using a piece of paper kitchen towel or you can use spray oil. You can either buy a spray oil or buy your own sprayer in which you can use the oil of your choice. I prefer to use my own sprayer as it allows me to add herbs to the oil providing some additional flavor. I use two sprayers, one with herbs added and the other with just plain oil.