Both the Dukan Diet and the Atkins Diet stay with the same objective. First and foremost to aid in shedding pounds and second to decrease ingestion of carbohydrates from food. One other important similarity is the number of phases which they possess equally. Both of them offer four phases respectively. However, in order to reach the same objective, they use two different routes. Where the Dukan Diet stresses on the use of high proteins to cut down carbohydrates, the Atkins diet doesn't. It emphasizes on the ingestion of carbohydrates which it would like to first diminish and then finish off in the dieter’s meal.

Phase 1:
Where phase 1 in the Dukan Diet is known as the “Attack phase”, Atkins diet has named it the “Induction phase”. Even though the objective of the first phase is similar (to reduce excess weight significantly), they move on with unique techniques. Dukan focuses on complete protein food in this first phase, scaling down all the carbs and fat. Atkins focuses on cutting down the consumption of the carbs only, and then concentrates on converting the body from burning mostly carbohydrates (in the form of glucose) to burning primarily fat (including your body fat) for energy. Whilst there is no consumption of carbs in the Dukan Diet whatsoever, Atkins diet will allow only 20 grams per day (including vegetables) in the first phase.
Phase 2:
Though objectives remain the same, there's a dissimilarity in the paths in phase 2. The “Cruise phase” of the Dukan Diet is about how to attain the target weight and for the first time enables the dieter to consume vegetables. The Atkins diet ensures that a small boost of 5gm to 10gm (25 to 30 grams per day) in the consumption of carbohydrates takes place in the first week of the phase “Ongoing Weight Loss” (OWL) until the weight stops dropping so the dieter can easily decide where the maintenance period must start. Then the dieter is told to take away 5 grams of carbohydrates from their daily intake to make sure they continue on with continual, moderate weight loss.

Phase 3:
The diets use a different strategy at phase 3, which is the “Consolidation phase” for the Dukan Diet and “Pre-maintenance” for the Atkins diet. For the Dukan Diet, this is the beginning of the maintenance period of the dieter’s “true weight” that was attained in phase 2. Where as at this phase the Atkins diet performs the preparations essential for the Pre- maintenance period. The carbohydrate ingestion reduces again to obtain the goal weight.

Phase 4:
In this final phase, “Stabilization” for Dukan and “Lifetime Maintenance” for Atkins, it’s about showing everyone around you that “Yes! I can stick with it!” At this stage either of the weight loss plans will make you get up on the same platform. You will have to live the remainder of your life in phase 4 of your respective diets, great job!

Eating is part of life and should be neither regimented nor sacrificed. The Dukan Diet promises those on a diet to shed weight by eating as much as they desire with one hundred accepted food items. The Atkins Diet has been around for forty years and has been supported with over sixty reports during this period. In summary, both diets are made to help one experience weight loss. However, to lose weight the diets ask for the dieter to give up some foods, regardless of which one you follow.