The Dukan Diet – Two Versions of the Same Diet

Things have become very confusing as it is now apparent that Dr Dukan has written a different version of his Diet for the North American Market.  I’ve copied below an extract taken from the FAQ section of the official US site which explains that US edition is different from the ROW (Rest of the World) version yet the same!

The diet is the same. The list of 100 foods has changed to 67 proteins, 32 vegetables and sugar-free gelatin, to reflect American and Canadian tastes, and the availability of the foods.

We’ve added more information for vegetarians, with recommendations of plant proteins that meet the standards of the diet.”

One of the many Dukan Diet forums has picked up on these differences and at the moment the feeling is that perhaps the changes introduced are not for the better. A new forum member ‘viva’ from New York posted on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 2:53 am, advising that:

As far as the MorningStar products go, Dr. Dukan mentions the following regarding Soy and Vegetable burgers on page 50 of the American version of the Dukan Diet book – “From Boca, choose Boca Grilled Vegetable, Boca All American Flame Grilled, Boca Original Vegan or From MorningStar Farms, choose MorningStar Farms Classic Burger made with Organic Soy or MorningStar Farms Grillers.” Hope that helps!

It does feel to me that by increasing the types of plant proteins allowed, to include these vegetarian processed foods, Dr Dukan has moved a little too far.  This is of course a personal view, as I consider that it is our over dependence on highly processed foods, that has given rise to the obesity epedemic in the first place.  There have been other changes in the past, introduced by Dr Dukan, such as the addition of goji berries and brewer’s yeast which I have taken on board, as I considered that they helped improve the nutritional content of the diet.

It therefore won’t surprise you to find out that I won’t be including these processed vegetarian foods in my personal eating plan, although I do already eat sugar free jello which is a form of processed food .  This is because I consider sugar free jello to be the same as a flat diet soda with gelatin added and also unlike the burgers, sugar free jello only has 10 calories per serving and is fat and carb free.

As I discover more about the differences in the two versions I will of course be posting more details and personally picking and choosing which of the new bits I will use.  If the US version has some different, low starch, vegetables that I like, I will probably add these to my list.

I like the Dukan Diet because it has provided me with the structure that allows me to have a diet which is:

  • high in protein
  • low in fat
  • low in carbohydrates
  • low in cholesterol

I try to eat as wide a variety of different foods as I can, whilst still enjoying my food, to maximise the nutritional content my body gets and on PP days,  I also try to ensure that I include any type of permitted or tolerated food that includes dietary fiber to keep me regular!

4 Responses to “The Dukan Diet – Two Versions of the Same Diet”

  • Saida on November 12, 2017

    Hi Amber
    I started this diet few days ago with the 3 days attack w I am on the 3rd day of cruise phase . It’s getting hard for me to go further for 2 more months of this phase . Can I change it to 7 step nutrition plan? Will help me loose weight?

    • Amber on November 26, 2017

      Hi saida

      Yes you can change and yes the 7 step will help you lose weight but it is slower than the original Dukan Diet.

      It is more important to find a diet you can stick with.

      Best wishes


  • Lorna on August 18, 2013

    Hello again Amber!

    I was wondering if you could give me some advice on ways to up my fiber intake so that I can go to the bathroom easier. I have just had a very very difficult week with cramping in stomach and back. I have been taking something called Calm which is a natural magnesium sulfate powder added to water. It was recommended by another woman who had been on the diet and felt it really helped. I was on my period this week which may have contributed to the constipation but I have never felt it this painfully so in the end I went to the pharmacist and she gave me a natural laxative.

    I would really like to make my journey less uncomfortable. Are there certain veggies I should be eating more of on PV days? Any advice would be wonderful.

    Thank you as always,

    Toronto, Canada.

    • Amber on August 19, 2013

      Hi Lorna

      I don’t know if you’ve read this post I put together or not but it does contain some hints to help with constipation

      Leafy green vegetables are best. I know of quite a few people who use Metamucil to help with this problem, I also know of one person who on her doctor’s advice added two apples to the Dukan Diet. The apples would of course not be an adaptation that Dr Dukan would approve of.

      Best wishes


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