Pure Protein Days in the Different Phases of the Dukan Diet
I put this post together to answer the following question.
I’m just wondering about the differences between attack and PP DAYS on cruise,consolidation and stabilisation phases. I’m really confused about it. Thank you in advance.
Here is my response.
Many people believe that the food that you can eat on pure protein days in all the various phases of the Dukan Diet remains the same. Whilst this is the case for many of the foods there are some subtle differences.
As you would expect for Dr Dukan’s cornerstone oat bran, you eat this every day whether it is a pure protein day or a protein and vegetable day. The difference for this food is in the quantities eaten. In Attack or Phase 1 you are allowed to eat one and a half tablespoons each day and this increases by half a tablespoon as you progress through the other phases. Cruise or Phase 2 has 2 tablespoons, Consolidation or Phase 3 is 2 and a half tablespoons and Stabilisation or Phase 4 has 3 tablespoons.
The tolerated foods are not allowed in the Attack Phase and they are also best avoided on Dukan Thursday or whatever day you chose to have as your pure protein day each week in Stabilisation. The reason for avoiding the tolerated foods on these two phases is to maximise the weight loss benefits of these days. In the Attack Phase you are looking to give your diet a great kick start and in Stabilisation you are looking to use this day to counter any excesses of the other 6 days.
The List of 72 Pure Proteins Foods
In all of the phases except Stabilisation you can eat from the entire list of pure proteins foods. This is because to enhance the impact of Dukan Thursday Dr Dukan has removed some of the pure protein foods that have the highest fat content.
The foods that are off limits on Dukan Thursday are:
- Chicken wings and the Parson’s nose!
- Sirloin steak
- Smoked Salmon/Trout/Haddock/Eel
- Tinned tuna in oil
Understanding which pure protein foods are more fattening is very useful and you can use it to help you break through a short period of stagnation on the Cruise phase.
Dr Dukan does not like protein powder as it is not a natural food but in Stabilisation only he does waiver just a little and allow their use very occasionally, especially when it might be difficult for you otherwise to fit in your Dukan Thursday because you are travelling or have a busy workload.
If you have suffered with water retention you may already have been restricting your salt intake in the other phases but for Dukan Thursday Dr Dukan recommends cutting it right down to help water pass quickly through your body and clean it out.
The usual minimum amount of water drunk of any day of the Dukan Diet is 1.5 liters of water, for Dukan Thursdays this increases to 2 liters. This is to help your body really clean out its systems.