And here I was thinking French women didn’t get fat because amidst the stresses of a permanent existential crisis, fuelled by many re-readings of Camus, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, they must attempt to subdue an ever present and yet socially unacceptable anger with their philandering husband, appear in salons and cafés, beaming a beautiful smile of pure unconcern when they accidentally overhear their hateful best friend whisper the latest rumour of her husband’s indiscretions, all whilst chain smoking cigarettes, downing countless coffees and cognacs, and finding time to spend hours having very exotic French sex with a string of young lovers, in unexpected settings. What a fool I was.
The real reason why French women don’t get fat is, it would now appear (silly me), The Dukan Diet by Dr Pierre Dukan.
The Dukan Diet is a unique 4-step programme, combining two steps to lose your unwanted weight and two steps to keep it off for good:
- Step 1: Attack For 2-7 days eat as much as you want of 72 protein-rich foods.
- Step 2: Cruise Continue eating the protein-rich foods with the addition of 28 vegetables.
- Step 3: Consolidation Add fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods, and 2 celebration meals a week, allowing 5 days for every pound lost.
- Step 4: Stabilisation Eat what you like without regaining weight by following 3 simple rules, including the famous ‘protein Thursdays’.
Devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently, The Dukan Diet is the culmination of thirty-five years’ clinical experience. Without any of the usual marketing hype, The Dukan Diet swept across France, championed by the people who had successfully lost weight following the diet.
It is now estimated that the Dukan community numbers over 5 million people in France. Easy to follow with no calorie counting, The Dukan Diet offers clear simple guidelines, menu planners and delicious recipes for long term success. Beyond its immense success in France, The Dukan Diet has been adopted by 20 countries and translated into 10 languages.
Many international observers agree that this is the method most likely to put a stop to the world’s weight problems.
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About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.