If you have heard about the stabilisation phase of the Dukan Diet and are looking for recipe ideas, then read on. The stabilisation phase is the last stage on the diet, although describing it as a stage is misleading. It is a way of eating that you adopt permanently to ensure you do not put back all the weight lost in the previous three phases.
You can choose any recipe you desire within reason
The stabilisation phase is about returning to a normal way of eating. It is based on the principles of the third phase of the diet, the consolidation phase, with one day a week dedicated to eating proteins.
By eating only proteins for one day a week, you are reminding yourself and your body of what you have gone through to get to your target weight. Dr Dukan suggests Thursday as the day you eat only proteins and it has fast become known as Protein Thursday among the Dukan Diet followers.
Dr Dukan suggests you choose from any of the following proteins:
- Lean meat but not pork and lamb. If you want to eat beef, ensure it is as fat-free as possible and buy the lean version of mince if you are making meatloaf or meatballs. Also, if you choose steak, ensure it is well cooked rather than raw as this eliminates more of the fat in the meat.
- Fish and seafood, preferably oily fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
- Poultry except duck and goose and remember to remove the skin prior to eating.
- Non-fat dairy products.
You can use any of the recipes you followed during the attack phase of the Dukan Diet. If you need inspiration, then buy the associated recipe book or go online for suggestions. There are hundreds of ways you can eat pure proteins by combining them with herbs, spices and sauces and you will soon select a few that will become your favourites.
Stick to recipes that use low fat products
It is advisable that you stick to recipes that use low fat products, whether that is protein or dairy. Sticking to a low fat diet will become second nature after a while and you will automatically select foodstuffs and choose recipes based on this. It is worthwhile to avoid recipes that are heavy on carbohydrates. Some carbohydrates in your meals are good for you but stick to low quantities or avoid altogether if possible.
The stabilisation phase of the diet is about adhering to the food rules you learnt during the earlier phases and adopting them until they become habit. There are no specific recipes for the stabilisation phase of the Dukan Diet except for Protein Thursdays, when you can use the recipes picked up during the previous phases of the diet.