I nearly bought Dukan's book, but he REALLY needs to hire himself a better translator (he's French). I read the intro and part of the first chapter on Amazon, and couldn't fathom out what on Earth he was on about... Honestly, it read like he'd run the whole thing through BabelFish!
Pegala, whilst I respect anyone's choice, to me HCG is a scam (indeed, it's been exposed as such - I'll see if I can dig up the links to the studies someone emailed me). All this business about resetting your hypothalamus to reset your metabolism...?! Eh - what...?! The hypothalamus has bugger all to do with controlling your metabolic rate, its primary function is the regulation of body temperature.
The reason people lose on the HCG diet is because it's practically a starvation diet (no, screw that, it IS a starvation diet) - you're not allowed to consume more than 520kcals/day. I subbed to their FB page and just rolled my eyes and shook my head in despair - if this ruddy stuff was so good, why the bleedin' heck would people need to cheat...?! The solution to cheating (from what I gleaned)...? An apple day! Yep, a day eating nothing but apples! Your average apple is about 150g, so that's 18g fructose, and the recommendation was between 15 and 20, so that's between 270 and 360g pure sugar! Yah, like that's healthy!
But back to KimKins, I'd heard of it but, being in the UK, not checked it out. I've just looked at the site now and some of the losses they claim for members concern me (nearly 2 stone in a month...?! That's about 1lb/day! Now I've known people who've been SERIOUSLY overweight (my friend Gilly's one of them - and I despair of her - and her fiance - I REALLY do! She's arthritic (and she's only 45!) and, well, he's just fat due to a lifetime of Mucky D's and high GL carbs. She NEEDS to lose half of herself - so does he!)
Anyway, however obese you are, losing 1lb per day ISN'T SAFE!!! That not withstanding, you're gonna be losing more muscle than fat (same as with all these MRP diets and HCG). Besides how can that kind of weight loss be sustainable...? I think I was lucky when I did LighterLife (probably the stupidest thing I've ever done - and I've done some VERY stupid things in my time, trust me on this!) Yes, I lost 6 stone, but I was left with a body which looked like a saggy bag!
The only time, I believe, for such restrictive diets is under strict medical supervision when fast weight loss is required before surgery. I would like to see FAR tighter controls placed on the diet industry, both here, in the US and elsewhere. I watched a VERY sad (it had me in tears) documentary about 3 years ago about a little 7-year-old Irish lass who'd been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa - AT SEVEN!!! The reasons behind it were obvious; she had 2 teenage half-sisters (14 and 16) who were obese and a mother who was a gym freak and dancing/aerobics instructor. So, obviously, this poor little mite didn't want to end up looking like her sisters, so she started using her mum's treadmill for 2 hours a day (and she'd get up early before school). She used to walk the dog round and round the local park, until she almost collapsed from exhaustion. At 7, she weighed no more than the average toddler, she had no hair, had lost more baby teeth than any one else in her class (and these, of course, weren't being replaced by adult dentition due to severe calcium deficiency) and looked like a famine victim. The problem was, the more weight she lost, the fatter she thought she was becoming, because she developed the characteristic swollen, bloated abdomen of someone who is severely malnourished.
Her age, of course, was against her; no ED clinic was geared up to taking a child not yet out of infant school, so her family had to take her out of school, and move from Ireland to the UK (her half-sisters went to live with their dad). Thankfully the story had a happy ending and, by the end of the film, she was just below average for an 8-year-old girl.
Right, this has been longer than I'd intended (again!) so I'll end by answering Pegala's query: - Quark is a low-fat curd cheese, popular not only in the UK, but all over Europe (particularly in Germany, where it's used to make Kasekuchen, a type of double-baked cheesecake (the Dutch do something similar, and it's SERIOUSLY scrummy!) Russia (where it's so popular, that it's a required item in poverty parcels) and all over Eastern Europe.)
The nearest equivalent in the States would be pot cheese (it was introduced to the US by the Pilgrim Fathers, many of whom were Dutch, so think about Pennsylvania Dutch cheesecake (if you've ever had it). Cheesecake is probably the most widely-available dessert on Earth, there are so many countries which have their own variant.
One final, final, word (and this is it - promise!) Dukan isn't British - he's French (the French also use quark).
Hope that helps!