Dukan Diet Attack Phase Length:How Many Days Should It Last?
So you want to know how many days to follow Phase 1 of the Dukan Diet for, well you know the saying you can’t have too much of a good thing, when it comes to the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet this saying doesn’t apply, you can have too much of a good thing.
The Attack Phase is definitely a good thing and it is one of the features of the diet which helps attracts dieters to the Dukan Diet. It seems like a magic bullet that promises to provide a large weight loss in a short period of time. The first phase of the Dukan Diet does provide faster weight loss results than the other phases of the diet but too many people are increasing the length of the Attack Phase and expecting it to deliver the same rate of weight loss over a longer period and are then disappointed and disheartened when this doesn’t happen or they are unable to complete this phase.
The average length of the Attack Phase is 5 days and this is length which Dr Dukan considers produces the “best results without encountering resistance from the body’s metabolism before the dieter becomes weary of it.”
The resistance Dr Dukan refers to is a natural, in-built defense mechanism that our bodies have to cope with shortages of food. After a few days of eating less food the body starts to get concerned that a famine has started and it decides that it needs to do something to help ensure its survival until food is more plentiful again. It does this by turning down the metabolism which reduces the rate at which calories are burned. This of course is the exact opposite of what any dieter wants to happen.
Although there are 72 high proteins foods to chose from, eating pure protein for more than a few days at a time does become very boring and monotonous and boredom with food is one of the dieter’s worst enemies. It has been the reason for the failure of many diets.
The problem with a new diet is that it is usually started start with great enthusiasm and the intention of following this new diet exactly as it should be. Very often unrealistic targets are set and one of these unrealistic targets is to follow the Attack Phase of the Dukan Diet for what should be the absolute maximum of 10 days (or sometimes even longer) without medical advice and then when the dieter finds themselves unable to reach this target they often fall off the diet.
How long should I follow the Dukan Diet for
|How Much Weight Needs to be Lost||Number of Days for the Attack Phase|
|Up to 10 pounds||1|
|More than 10 pounds but less than 20 pounds||3|
|More than 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds||5|
|More than 40 pounds||5 (but can be extended up to 10 days on medical advice)|
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