Which Diets Are Total BS?

Dukan Diet 1 of 9

Rumored as the diet choice of Kate Middleton, Dukan is a high-protein, extremely low-carb diet thought up by a French doctor. It consists of a complicated and rigid four stage plan: Attack, Cruise Control, Consolidation, and Stabilization. The Dukan has been compared to the Atkins diet but takes the concept even further by also excluding vegetables during its first phase.

Although this severely restrictive diet may help you lose weight short term, problems with it include:

  • Many rules to follow -- difficult to stick with long term
  • Elimination of grains and fruit -- risk of nutritional deficiencies
  • Too much salt and too little fiber

Possible side-effects of the plan include lack of energy, bad breath, constipation, and the potential for kidney damage.