The Consolidation Phase of the Dukan Diet Explained

After you have reached your target weight you move onto the third phase of the Dukan program – Consolidation. The first of the two steps to keeping the weight off for good. This is the period of the diet where you consolidate the weight that you’ve lost and gradually increase the variety of food that you eat and reintroduce those foods which have higher levels of carbohydrates whilst maintaining your target weight. For every pound that you lost in the Attack and Cruise Phases you should spend 5 days in the Consolidation Phase.


In this phase you have 6 protein and vegetable (PV) days each week with one pure protein (PP) day from the earlier stages six days out of seven. On PV days you can also eat the following foods each day:

  • 40 grams of hard cheese
  • Two slices of wholemeal bread spread with low fat spread
  • One portion of low sugar fruit such as an apple or papaya in the first half of the phase and two portions a day in the second half of the phase.

On a weekly basis you can also add:

  • One or two portions of high carb starchy foods cooked without oil or fat such as rice, pasta (in tomato sauce) polenta or potatoes. You have one portion a week in the first half of the Consolidation period and two in the second.
  • One or two special meals. You have one special or celebration meal each week in the first half of the Consolidation period and two in the second. In these special meals nothing is off but you can’t have seconds and you can’t eat a special meal on two consecutive days.
  • Lean ham, pork or lamb to your protein foods once or twice a week.

Keep the amount of oat bran you are eating at 2 tablespoons each day and increase the amount/ intensity of the exercise being carried out.

250 Responses to “The Consolidation Phase of the Dukan Diet Explained”

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  • Jackie on May 18, 2017

    Hi can I add beans or lentils in this fase?

    • Amber on May 18, 2017

      Hi Jackie

      You could use these foods as the starchy food. You have one portion a week in the first half of Consolidation and 2 in the second half. Or you could include them in your Celebration meals. You have one per week in the first half of Consolidation and 2 in the second half.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Naz on March 6, 2016

    Hey amber so celebration meals does that mean I can have anything ?? Even photo chips and chocolate?? Popcorn or no ?? I’m really confused about the celebration meal not sure what to have and how to have thank you

    • Amber on March 6, 2016

      Hi Naz

      You can have nuts/chips/crisps/chocolate as part of your celebration meal. There are no limits but the more sensible you are the less impact it has on your weight loss.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Alrinsa on September 28, 2015

    Hi Amber! I’m just consolidating a list of the foods I’m allowed in the Consolidation phase, and I was wondering if the following are allowed/is right!

    1. Are processed cheese slices allowed? (E.g. Kraft’s)
    2. We can eat ANYTHING for the celebration meal (including things that are outside of the ‘allowed’ list?)
    –> E.G. Using normal table sugar, a slice of store-bought cake, or store-bought food
    3. No snacks are allowed at all?

    I’ll be in Korea for a week during my Consolidation period, so I’m trying to plan out my week’s meals using the information I’m gathering!

    Thanks Amber!

    • Amber on September 28, 2015

      Hi Alrinsa

      You can eat processed cheese slices try to get the lower fat version.
      Yes you can eat anything but have sensible servings and no seconds.
      You can snack on the same foods as you did before.

      Have a lovely time

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

      • Alrinsa on September 29, 2015

        Hello Amber! Thanks for the prompt reply!

        When you say ‘same foods as you did before’, does that refer to the Dukan Diet allowed snacks or the snacks that we usually eat outside of the Dukan Diet? I used to be an avid snacker, and while that has changed significantly, I still wonder if it’s possible to just have a handful of snacks per week?

        Thanks!

        • Amber on October 3, 2015

          Hi Alrinsa

          I mean Dukan Diet allowed snacks.

          Kind regards

          Amber:)

          • Alrinsa on October 4, 2015

            Alright, thank you so much Amber! 🙂

          • Alrinsa on October 5, 2015

            Sorry to bother you again Amber, but another question popped into my head while I was resting the other night.

            I was wondering, if I have pasta during the ‘celebration meal’ does that count as the weekly portion of ‘starchy foods’?

            Or does it not count? 😀

          • Amber on October 5, 2015

            Hi Alrinsa

            The starchy food is allowed in addition to the ‘celebration meal’ but try to space them out from each other.

            Best wishes

            Amber:)

  • Uaso on September 3, 2015

    What’s meant by first and second half of consolidation?
    And in this phase we will do as cruise phase+ adding the friut servings etc.
    Like what we did in cruise phase 5/5

    • Amber on September 6, 2015

      Hi Uaso

      You calculate how long you will follow Consolidation and divide it in 2 to give you the first and second halves. In Consolidation you have 6 days of PV plus addtional Consolidation foods plus one day of PP with no additional foods.

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

  • Dawa on September 1, 2015

    hi Amber,
    First of all thank you very much for this site. It really help a lot to me. Now am already at my target weight. So, next week am going to do third phase. I have a question regarding cheese. I am not kind of cheese eating person but sometime I cook vegetables with two tablespoon of blue cheese. If I am allowed to do that then can I do it twice a week?

    • Amber on September 6, 2015

      Hi Dawa

      Sorry but blue cheese isn’t allowed in Consolidation only hard cheeses.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Susan on August 6, 2015

    Hi Amber, Thank you for your site. In Consolidation can we have a cup of fruit juice instead of eating fruit that day? Thank you!

    • Amber on August 6, 2015

      Hi Susan

      It is much better to eat the fruit. It will give you more fiber, better nutrition, the sugars in the fruit will be more slowly absorbed and you will feel more satisifed.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sheila santos on July 19, 2015

    HI Amber sorry it is me again. On my celebration meal can i have like cake in the morning, some pasta for dinner, some appetizer on lunch time? Or need to be all together the same time? Thank you.

    • Amber on July 26, 2015

      Hi Sheila

      The Celeberation meals should be eaten all at the same time.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Sheila santos on July 19, 2015

    HI Amber what is half consolidation? Is there 2phase on consolidation? How can I do it? I just started on consolidation phase and I don’t know about this first half and etc.. can you explain please:) thank you

    • Amber on July 26, 2015

      Hi Sheila

      You just split the Consolidation period into two equal parts so there are 2 phases to Consolidation. This split allows you to phase in higher amounts of the diffeent foods in readiness for when you move to Stabilisation.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Irina on May 24, 2015

    Hi Amber, I am interested in making this recipe: http://www.myrussianfood.com/breakfast/syrniki
    I had planned to replace the sugars in the recipe with Splenda and vanilla extract, but I am curious if I can use wheat flour (or all purpose flour) as my starch for the week (I am in the second half of consolidation). I tried to make this recipe with oat bran in place of the flour, but it didn’t work, hence my wanting to use flour. Is this a permitted starch in consolidation?
    Thank you!

    • Amber on May 24, 2015

      Hi Irina

      Instead of using wheat flour how about using cornflour/corn starch instead. You are allowed 1 tablespoon as one of your two daily tolerated items so can have 2 tablespoons a day and then add a tablespoon of oatbran to make up the 3 tablespoons of flour needed for the recipe. If you have a grinder you could grind the oat bran to make it finer.

      Wheat flour isn’t an approved starchy food for Consolidation so I’d recommend avoiding if possible but if you replaced it for your starchy food very occasionally as a treat it shouldn’t hurt.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • ic on May 23, 2015

    Hi,

    I have seen on other webpages that i can swap the slices of bread for pasta is this true? – this is in the consolidation phase of the dukan diet

    Thanks

    • Amber on May 24, 2015

      Hi ic

      This isn’t an approved swap. It would be better to swap for a wholemeal/wholewheat wrap, or 2 or 3 wholegrain crackers as pasta is on the list of starchy foods that are only allowed on a restricted basis once or twice a week depnding on what stage you’ve reached.

      Best wishes

      Amber:)

  • Irina on May 19, 2015

    Hi, thanks for your site! Do you know if I can use wheat flour in my cooking as my starch during the consolidation phase (instead of pasta or a bread that week)? Thank you.

    • Amber on May 21, 2015

      Hi Irina

      How would you be using the flour?

      Kind regards

      Amber:)

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