Dukan Diet during Pregnancy

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Last reviewed: 20.10.2021

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The Ducane diet during pregnancy is, first of all, a protein diet, which includes the use of such products as fresh vegetables, fish, meat, bran.

Diet during pregnancy for Dyukan has its own characteristics, which consist in respecting the rules of rational nutrition. During a long period of bearing a child, all necessary vitamins and nutrients must be supplied to the body for proper intrauterine development of the child. Unfortunately, the phrase that a woman during pregnancy should eat for two, long since exhausted herself and has no semantic validity. As a result of many studies, doctors came to a consensus: the nutrition of a pregnant woman should be maximum balanced. Large portions and non-observance of dietary rules can lead to obesity of the future mother and have a negative impact on the fetus. That is why a woman who is expecting a child should think about choosing a diet that is optimal for her.

The French doctor Pierre Ducane thought of a food system consisting of several phases. Nutritionist stresses that if a woman already has problems with excess weight, then you must adhere to the third stage of the diet - the so-called "fixing phase", while refusing to starch-containing products. Dyukane diet during pregnancy is indicated for women who are predisposed to obesity and gaining significant weight during the previous pregnancy. Despite the fact that Ducane's diet says "Eat as much as you want", this rule, first of all, presupposes a reasonable attitude to food, as well as the quality of food.

According to Dyukan, once a day a pregnant woman can eat 2 slices of bread and 40 grams of ripe cheese. The weekly rate of starchy foods (rice, pasta, beans, peas and maize) should be only two servings. Among Dukan's recommendations on food intake: the abolition of "protein" Thursday and the replacement of "protein", the daily use of two portions of fruit (excluding grapes, cherries and bananas), the addition of various dairy products (milk 2% fat, yogurt, cottage cheese). Once a week, a pregnant woman can afford two "feasts," so-called. "Festive" dinner, which includes the reception of those dishes you want most. However, this means that the reception of such food should be one-time and in no case be transferred to a two-day zhor.

Protein Diet During Pregnancy

Diet during pregnancy should be optimally balanced and directed to ensure that the woman's body is fully received all the necessary nutrients and vitamins.

Protein diet during pregnancy indicates that in the diet of a pregnant woman should include foods with high protein content. Supporters of this type of diet promise that the weight of a woman after birth will remain stable, i.e. Such as was before pregnancy. Nutritionists recommend daily intake of up to 120 grams of protein. Despite the name of this diet, it also includes the consumption of carbohydrates in an amount of 350-400 g per day. In this case, it is necessary to exclude from the diet products such as cakes, bread, condensed milk, chocolate, sugar. It is best to replace them with fresh fruits and juices.

Diet during pregnancy, including protein, implies the correct distribution of food throughout the day. Nutritionists believe that optimal for a woman who is carrying a child, will be five meals a day. It consists of three main meals and two snacks. Such a variant of nutrition will help to saturate in time and prevent the occurrence of nausea. The break between meals should be 3-3.5 hours. At the same time, one must remember the obligatory use of water in its pure form at the request of a pregnant woman, but without overstatement, there must be a measure in everything.

Protein diet during pregnancy has a number of positive aspects, among which you can note the following: 

  • absence of special restrictions in nutrition; 
  • the use of a sufficient amount of protein, which is rightly considered the "building material" of all tissues and cells of the human body; 
  • emphasis on diet, which is the basis for weight control; 
  • inclusion in the diet of carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, cereals); 
  • ban on the use of products that promote the development of constipation in pregnant women and give "empty" calories: white bread and various sweets.
  • The daily menu of the protein diet should include the following products: 
  • boiled eggs (not hard-boiled) - 2 pcs .; 
  • milk - 2 cups; 
  • cottage cheese - 150 g; 
  • fresh lettuce leaves (or fresh vegetable); 
  • meat (lean) and seafood; 
  • cheese (the best option - mozzarella) - 1 piece; 
  • peanuts and pistachios (several pieces).

There is a kind of protein technique - it is a protein-vegetable diet, which is also popular in pregnant women. The menu of this type of diet consists of alternating the use of boiled fish, boiled meat and 2-4 glasses of drinking water in the first 2 days with the intake of exclusively vegetables and fruits in the next 2 days.

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