Dukan diet slammed as ‘utterly ineffective and with no scientific basis’.

November 17, 2011

No surprises here as another celebrity fad diet gets written off. Here’s the article from the Mail Online:

A diet said to be followed by the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother Carole Middleton has been branded ‘confusing, rigid and ineffective’ by a leading health group.Cate Middleton

Experts from the British Dietetic Association named the Dukan Diet the worst celebrity weight loss plan to follow and said it has ‘absolutely no solid science behind it at all’.

The Dukan – also reported to be followed by actress Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Gisele Bundchen – is a complicated four-phase diet that starts with a protein-only approach which promotes weight loss of around 7lb per week.
It topped the BDA’s annual list of the five worst celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.

It works on restricting foods, calories and portion control. However, the BDA says cutting out food groups is not advisable.

The BDA said: ‘This diet is so confusing, very rigid, full of very French foods that most Brits would run a mile from like rabbit and offal, and even Dr Dukan himself warns of the associated problems like lack of energy, constipation and bad breath.’

The BDA receives hundreds of calls every year on the subject of diets and analysed results to form a list of the most unreliable, difficult to follow or unhealthy diet plans.

BDA’S FIVE WORST DIETS

1 Dukan diet
2 Alcorexia diet (very low calories, calorie saving, alcohol binges)
3 Blood group diet
4 Raw food diet
5 Baby food diet

Based on the volume of telephone calls and other contributing factors, the Dukan Diet topped a list of ‘dodgy’ celebrity diets to avoid in the New Year.

DUKAN DRAWBACKS

While weight loss can be quick, followers of the Dukan report difficulties. Here are the main cons.

1 Much of the diet prescribes solely protein for days on end. Followers complain this can get boring and as a result is difficult to adhere to.

2 Eating so much protein – around three to four times the normal amount – can put a strain on the kidneys. This can be more problematic for those with underlying kidney problems they may not have known about.

3 A lack of fibre can be a problem. An unbalanced diet short of fruit and vegetables and heavy in fish and meat can lead to constipation.

4 Lack of cereal-based foods can lead to deficiency of vitamin B.

5 Weight loss is difficult to maintain once the rigid programme has ended. The maintenance phase alone – six days of eating normally and one Dukan day of protein – is unlikely to keep the weight off for the average dieter, whose indulgence throughout the week will outweigh the benefits of the protein day.

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