Dukan the French Atkins?

Well, according to this article from Fox News, it is.  But upon closer inspection this diet has nothing to do with Atkins other than restricting carbohydrates.  Let’s see how they differ:

Dukan is low fat, Atkins is high fat

Dukan allows no vegetables in the first phase, Atkins REQUIRES 12-15 net carbs daily from vegetables in the first phase.

Dukan is not backed by science, Atkins has been studied extensively and has been found to be more effective in weigh loss than other diets.

Dukan is high protein, Atkins is moderate protein

This list can go on forever, but the truth is, news outlets all over are comparing this diet to Atkins.  I really wish these media outlets would do their research and realize that just because a diet is low carb does not mean it is Atkins warmed over.  I also wish that the media would get it through their thick skulls that Atkins is NOT high protein, nor is it the all meat diet.  Ask anybody who has done Atkins correctly and they will tell you that they eat more vegetables than they ever did before.  It cracks me up when ill-informed critics say that Atkins is bad for you because you will have high cholesterol due to no grains and high fat consumption.

Let’s look at the grain issue. Presumably you should eat whole grain because of the benefits of fiber.  If that is the case, then I am A-ok in that department.  Today, I had 35 grams of fiber and yet I had zero grains.  The recommended minimum amount is 25 grams.  There goes the grain argument.

What about high cholesterol.  Oddly enough, it is carbohydrate that causes high cholesterol, not fat.  That’s right.  No need to clear your eyes.  Carbohydrate causes high cholesterol, not dietary fat.  I am not going to go all scientific on you here, because I can’t do it nearly as well or as entertaining as it is done here.  But from my experience, my LDL went from so high it couldn’t be measured to normal by eating 70% of my daily calories as fat and only 10% from carbohydrate.  Same for my triglycerides.  They went from the 700’s to normal.

So why is Dukan afraid of fat?  Because, apparently, he has bought in to the fatophobia of the last half century, but unfortunately, there has never been any research definitively linking fat with coronary heart disease.  Sorry. Just doesn’t exist.  The real problem with Dukan limiting fat and carbohydrates is that when you restrict carbs you go in to ketosis.  Nothing wrong with ketosis.  It just means you are burning fat for energy instead of glucose.  You do it every night when you go to sleep.  That’s what keeps you from waking up at 1 in the morning from hunger.  But here’s the rub: if you restrict carbs and fat, you are restricting the primary fuel your body needs while in ketosis.  Not good.

Anyway, I just wanted to rant since I saw this article this morning.  Do not be fooled.  Dukan is no Atkins.  Atkins is a healthy approach to weight loss and lifetime maintenance.  Dukan is a scientifically unsupported fad that hopefully will fade quickly.  The only good that can come of this silliness is that more people will discover the health benefits to a healthful approach to low carb living like Atkins.


About wahoowa96

I am a low carb fan and have been for over a year now. Before I discovered this way of eating, I was pre-diabetic, had off the charts cholesterol and high blood pressure. With no meds, all of that stuff is normal now. Thank you so much, Dr. Atkins, for showing me such a wonderful way of eating that is delicious, satisfying and healthy! Even if you don't struggle with your weight, I highly recommend you taking on the low carb way of life. The health benefits to doing so are legion! I have a beautiful wife and two of the most adorable children a dad could ask for.
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One Response to Dukan the French Atkins?

  1. Dave says:

    Glad to see someone sees the difference!

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