Back when Kate Middleton was preparing to marry Prince William, there were numerous reports that she had been following something called the Dukan Diet, a very popular European diet that we rarely ever hear about in the United States. So, here’s the royal scoop.
While we have the popularity of high protein, low carb and low sugar diets here in the US, the Dukan Diet is sort of a mix of everything. The diet is essentially a high protein plan that is based on a list of 100 foods that you can eat without worrying about counting calories at all.
The diet is broken down into four different phases, each getting less restrictive as you move along. Yahoo Health reported, “The first is called ‘the attack’ phase, where you focus on consuming protein,” explains Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, founder of The Well Necessities. “Next is the ‘cruise phase,’ where you can eat a ton of non-starchy vegetables. The third stage is called ‘consolidation,’ where you add in fruit and whole-grain bread. This phase allows you to consume more starchy foods during ‘celebration meals.’ The final phase is called ‘stabilization’ and is ongoing. This is the maintenance stage where you can eat what you please, but one day a week, you go back to the ‘attack phase’ with extra fiber and exercise.”
Just like any diet, sticking with it can be challenging, and it doesn’t promise to help you keep off those pounds once they’re lost — unless you stick with it.
And lastly, this certainly isn’t a diet to turn to if you’re looking for quick weight loss, as the Dukan Diet is more of a longer term, lifestyle change kind of plan.