A new diet that promotes a high-protein, low-fat, low-carb eating style has quickly become a hot trend among people looking to shed a few pounds and gain a few coveted holes on their belt.The Dukan Diet, developed by Dr. Pierre Dukan, has earned several spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Best Diets rankings.
The food plan ranked #12 among Best Commercial Diets, #22 among Best Diets for Healthy Eating, #23 for Best Weight-Loss Diets and #24 for Best Diets overall and Easiest Diets to Follow.
The rankings are not exactly stellar. Many of the more well-known programs, including Weight Watchers and Atkins, rank considerably higher. The survey is partly based on the opinion of 22 experts in the obesity and nutritional field.
The Dukan Diet claims to have millions of followers, and "Dukan Diet" was a top search term in the fastest-rising diets category, according to Google's Zeitgeist 2011 report.
The actual eating plan discards the counting of calories and instead allows an unlimited amount of Dukan-approved foods. The diet's official website claims that eight out of 10 people who enter its coaching are able to reach and stabilize their "true weight," and 98 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with the Dukan method.
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"With many Americans dieting with new resolve, picking a proven, highly-personalized method for weight loss is essential for long-term success," said Nicolas Holleville, managing director Dukan Diet, North America, in a press release. "The U.S. News ranking furthers recognition for the Dukan Diet program, which is just getting started in North America, but is already a global sensation."
Dukan's book outlining the diet was originally published in France in 2000. Since then, it has has spread throughout the globe, gaining popularity in 30 other countries. In the United States, nearly 400,000 copies of "The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose Weight. 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever" are in print, according to an official press release.