Once you finished the Attack Phase the next goal is to achieve your target weight. This is done while on the Cruise Phase – an alternating rhythm of pure protein days and vegetable & protein days. During this phase you continue eating protein every day but will now start a rotation of days eating protein only and then protein and vegetable.
Cruise Phase Rhythms
- 1PP + 1PV
Dr. Dukan now prefers the one day rhythm, as it often has similar effects to the 5/5 one, while it is easier on the dieter.
- 5PP + 5PV
The original rhythm alternating every five days. However as five days is a long time it is considered to be tougher to follow and requires higher motivation.
- 2PP + 5PV
This rhythm is better for people who are older, and/or weaker and don’t have many pounds to lose. The weight loss will be slower using this method though than the other two above.
Vegetable and Protein days
Allowed vegetables include:
- Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel sprouts
- French beans
- Salad leaves
- Soya beans
- Swiss chard
Allowed in moderation are carrots and beetroot.
A healthy weight loss is about two pounds per week. It can seem slow after a successful attack phase, however this speed is better for long term results – for example your skin has time to shrink not leaving empty flabs behind.
Cruise Phase Diet Rules
You can now increase the oat bran intake to 2 tablespoons per day.
Another suggested change is increasing from 20 minutes of exercise to 30 minutes of brisk walking per day.
Just because you are allowed vegetables do not eliminate protein produce from a PV day. After all it is called Protein & Vegetables not Pure Vegetables for a reason.