Dukan Diet Phase 1: 15 Key Points of Dukan Diet Attack Phase

Although I have written quite a few posts already about the Attack Phase I wanted to write one which summarized the key points of the first phase of the Dukan Diet in a format that will be easy to read and understand.


15 Key Points of the Dukan Diet Attack Phase 

  1. Oat Bran – Eat 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran each day, preferably in one serving.
  2. Water – Drink a minimum of 1.5 liters/litres of water daily
  3. Exercise – Walk briskly or exercise for at least 20 minutes a day.
  4. Fat Free Dairy Products – Try to have less than 1 kg of fat free dairy products or 700g if using soy/soya “dairy” products.
  5. Permitted Proteins – Eat as widely as you can from the permitted list of 72 protein foods .
  6. Additional Extras – Make full use of the additional items which are allowed.
  7. Nothing Else – Do not eat anything which is  not listed as a permitted protein or an allowed additional item
  8. Sodium – Try to keep your salt intake down to prevent water retention.
  9. Wheat Bran – Use the optional 1 tablespoon of wheat bran allowed each day to help avoid constipation.
  10. Meals – Eat three meals a day plus a mid morning and mid afternoon snack.
  11. No Missing Out Meals –  Do not be tempted to skip meals.
  12. No Added Sugars or Starches – Ensure that the food that you are eating has no hidden sugars or starches
  13. Weigh In – Weigh yourself once a day first thing in the morning before breakfast but after going to the bathroom
  14. Vitamins – Take a daily general purpose multi-vitamin tablet
  15. No Extension – Do not be tempted to extend the Attack Phase beyond the recommended number of days.


129 Responses to “Dukan Diet Phase 1: 15 Key Points of Dukan Diet Attack Phase”

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  • Dew Drops on November 9, 2015

    Hello Amber,
    I just got to know about Dukan diet recently and I got so excited to start. all my live I’ve been a chubby, overweight girl. I started dieting since I was 15.. now that I am 37 and I am still overweight. I never reached my ideal weight, I always quit and get bored and depressed specially in the past couple of years that my body is not responding to diets anymore. I work 10 hours/day… I am a mother for 2 kids.. not much time to workout but I still go to the gym and try to workout whenever possible but it’s not regular!

    I am starting my attack phase today but reading that some people didn’t lost in their attack phase kind of put me down.. if people didn’t lost due to constipation and water retention, if they managed to solve these issue in the cruise phase do you think they will lose more in the second phase??
    any tips you have to maximize the results of the attack phase? and not feeling hopeless in the cruise phase?

    thank you

    • Amber on November 10, 2015

      Hi Dew Drops

      Where the lack of weight loss is due to water retention or constipation fixing the problem solves the lack of weight loss. If you have already been following a diet before starting the Dukan the impact of the Attack Phase is reduced.

      Rather than start the Dukan looking for a quick fix approach it as a overhaul in the way that you eat and look upon it being a journey towards a new way of eating that will help you achieve and then maintain your target weight. There will be set backs along the way but it is how you deal with them which dictates whether or not you will be successful.

      Best wishes


  • Sara on October 21, 2015

    Hi Amber

    I’m doing the Attack Phase and wondering if you can help me. I can’t have dairy, that includes lactose-free. Can I have soy milk in my tea or coffee and is there a yoghurt you can suggest. I have previously had co-yo coconut yoghurt which has no added sugar but is high in fat so not acceptable for Dukan

    Thanks I have learnt a lot from the advice you have given previously


  • Aanton on October 17, 2015

    Hi Amber, i am following the diet for five days, did three days attack phase and today is my second day of cruise phase, i am doing one day pp and another pv. I didnt lose any lb although i followed all the advices. I came out from doing ten days of Cambridge diet maybe this is the reason, please advice as i am thinking to stop following it. Thanks

    • Amber on October 19, 2015

      Hi Aaton

      The Dukan will not produce the same result if you were following another diet close to or immediately before starting the Dukan. If you were on a very low calorie Cambridge Diet you need to take care not to slow down your metabolism so I’d suggest keeping on Cruise for another couple of weeks before passing any final judgement on whether the Dukan works for you or not.

      Kind regards


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