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Pierre Dukan, France’s Nouvelle (Old School) Diet Guru

The latest international connoisseur on the secrets of weight loss is an old-school doctor who isn’t afraid to call you ‘fat’.

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Veronique Grousset

PARIS - When he talks about weight, Pierre Dukan isn't always tender. He's the only acclaimed nutritionist author to consistently refer to his readers as "fat," and tell them they'll have to be on a diet "for life." His publisher at Flammarion called his blunt wording a "major marketing mistake" and predicted "a sure failure" if he didn't tweak his text. But the doctor stood his ground, and after selling 3 millions copies of his book worldwide, Dukan will not be softening his approach anytime soon.

"If you want to be understood by people who want to lose weight you have to be straightforward," he says. Dukan points to the "Five fruits and vegetables a day" campaign, a French state-sponsored nutrition campaign. "It cost millions of euros, but no one understood what it meant! I do the opposite: I tell my patients exactly what they can and cannot eat, without giving them a way out, and they're thankful for that."

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