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Does the Dukan diet work in patients with obesity?

Surely you’ve heard about the “miraculous” diet Dukan , chosen by many Hollywood artists. It is the favorite of those who want to lose wei...

Surely you’ve heard about the “miraculous” diet Dukan , chosen by many Hollywood artists.

It is the favorite of those who want to lose weight without much effort since, for example, does not require exercise and eat almost what you want.

However, those who have investigated this method of the French doctor Pierre Dukan indicate that it does not work in 80% of people who practice it , especially in those who have obesity.

Learn more information in this article.

The alleged success of the Dukan system

Does the Dukan diet work in patients with obesity?

This doctor has released several books on his miraculous diet and they are all a success. In Spain, for example, its three publications are “best seller” with more than half a million sales.

As the commotion for this plan to lose weight did not go unnoticed by anyone , from the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) an investigation was carried out that showed that Dr. Dukan’s method “is fraudulent, illegal, does not serve to lose weight and it is a big risk for those who practice it “.

A lot of people have started this diet after seeing the effects it has had on the actress Penelope Cruz after giving birth to her son and also the mother of the future Queen of England Kate Middleton (it is said that, in this case, Dr. Dukan sent a copy of his book directly to his house thanking him for trusting him).

Can the Dukan diet be used obese?

Does the Dukan diet work in patients with obesity?

Some indicate that it is perfect for those who suffer from obesity and others that is only for those who want to get rid of extra pounds. The method promises lasting effects (for life) but many researchers have unmasked this supposed miraculous technique.

One of the studies that serve to understand why this diet does not work was carried out by a condemned group of Doctor Dukan.

A survey was conducted among 5000 people who practiced the diet.

Although the majority of them indicated that at the beginning the method served them , later:

  • 35% recovered the lost weight after a year or less.
  • 48% returned to the initial weight after one year.
  • 64% of the respondents were more overweight than at the beginning, after two years of treatment.
  • 70% exceeded the weight of the start at 3 years.
  • 80% of those consulted weighed the same or more than when they started 4 years earlier.

One of the maxims that revolve around this method is that  “if you do not get the expected results it is because of your lack of commitment” . That is, it is the patient’s fault, not the method.

This has been possible to conclude from the responses of the respondents. 60% of them said that “they did not lose weight because they ate a lot of foods”, “they did not respect the first phases of the diet”, “one day a week they ate something they should not eat”, etc.

This feeling of guilt is one of the psychological consequences associated with the Dukan diet, but it is not the only one.

Patients “dukanianos” have also suffered from depressive symptoms and a decrease in self-esteem, because one day they look in the mirror and have a beautiful body and after a few weeks everything is as before, or much worse.

It is also worth saying that Pierre Dukan himself has stated that, for him, people with a few extra kilos are sick, not to mention the obese.

Does the Dukan diet work in patients with obesity?

The World Health Organization declared something similar in 1997, when it qualified obesity as a chronic disease, although incontinuous. This nutritionist treats all those who are not thin equally, on the basis that they have problems.

It is estimated that patients with obesity and overweight have been able to reduce, using this Dukan diet, an average of 2 kilos at the end of the first month. However, it is not a significant amount if we take into account the food imbalances to which we submit by carrying out this method.

That is, there are more effective and healthy plans that can be followed to obtain better results.

With eating less flours, sugars and fats, increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables, doing physical exercise and avoiding certain habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol, fats dissolve.

It is not necessary to resort to such drastic treatments with a large number of collateral effects and above all, with a high probability of suffering the so-called “rebound effect” of re-fattening the few or many kilograms lowered.

Among those who are against the Dukan diet and indicate that it is not recommended for any person, whether obese or not , there is a researcher from the University of Navarra.

Dr. Silva indicates that the method, when done by reading a book that is bought even in a supermarket, offers no guarantee of results.

Of course, because Doctor Dukan is not in charge of analyzing each particular case or of carrying out the corresponding follow-up, as a nutritionist of a medical center would do.

Nor is there much control in relation to the patient’s understanding of diet and as if that were not enough, the book is somewhat generalized and does not concentrate on a specific group of the population.

It is clear that we can not all do the same diet , due to differences in:

  • Age
  • Physical context
  • Overweight
  • Habits and activities
  • Hereditary factors
  • Diseases that can influence the process

Therefore, it is necessary to go to the doctor and analyze other options to eat healthier and at the same time, lose weight, always at the pace of each.

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