The Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton, keeps her Barbie-like figure with the Dukan Diet. She has been an inspiration for women all over the world who want to lose some pounds, stay fit and eat healthy.
Kate Middleton followed the Dukan Diet just before her wedding. And she didn’t do it alone. Her mother, Carole, and sister, Pippa, also went on a diet. They were the first ones to introduce the diet at an international level and boost its popularity.
Dukan diet is actually very popular in France. Some consider it the European version of the Atkins diet. It was created by the French nutritionist Pierre Dukan and it’s not as new as you may think. The Dukan way of eating is over three decades old. The book, “The Dukan Diet” has been translated into 14 languages and its copies are sold worldwide.
The Diet has the advantage of not having to count the calories or measure the quantities of the foods you eat. It is based on a list of 100 allowed foods. It has four stages, each with its own food characteristics, in order to achieve the weight goal and also be able to maintain it:
Phase one: The Attack – in this phase you can lose a few pounds rapidly, consuming 72 of the 100 foods allowed. It is the phase where the metabolic rate starts modifying. It lasts 2 to 7 days. You can eat as much as you want.
Phase two: The Cruise – phase two allows the weight loss gradually (about 2 – 2.5 pounds per week). The other 28 foods on the list are included and you can also cheat with some “tolerated foods”. Any weight gain bans them, though.
Phase three: The Consolidation – its purpose is to prevent the future weight gain. Bread, fruit and cheese are introduced gradually.
Phase four: The Stabilization – this final phase has little restrictions. By now, dieters have learned to eat healthy and correctly, so they only have a few simple rules to follow from now on.
The Duchess of Cambridge is not the only celebrity who is a Dukan diet follower. Among the fans of the diet there are also hot Latina Jennifer Lopez and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.